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David Walker, Ph.D.

David Walker, Ph.D., is a private practice psychologist, researcher, and writer, who has consulted for many years with the 14 Confederated Tribes and Bands of Yakama Nation. He’s also worked as a diversity trainer and served on faculties for Washington School of Professional Psychology, Heritage University, Oakland University, Wayne State University Medical School, and University of Detroit-Mercy. His research aims to expose the Western mental health movement’s complicity in cultural oppression. He shared a 2006 Special Educational Needs Academic Book Award with other contributors to Critical New Perspectives on ADHD (Routledge) for his chapter, “ADHD as the new ‘feeblemindedness’ of American Indian Children,” and has also written for Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry, International Journal of Critical Psychology, and Journal of Clinical Psychology. His debut indie novel about a strong-hearted Yakama Indian teen and her curmudgeon psychologist, Tessa’s Dance, garnered a 2013 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) for multicultural fiction, while its sequel, Signal Peak, won a 2013 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Award and was finalist in the 2014 Nancy Pearl Literary Awards ( for more info). Dr. Walker is a continuing member on the board of directors of Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) in Seattle.   

ADHD as the new ‘feeblemindedness’ of American Indian children (chapter in Critical New Perspectives on ADHD, Routledge, 2006 (Gwynedd Lloyd, Joan Stead & David Cohen, eds.)