Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Health Services & Outcomes Research
                                    Center for Education in the Health Sciences
                                    Feinberg School of Public Health & Medicine
                                    Northwestern University

                                    Ph.D., Social Policy
                                    University of Chicago
                                    Dissertation: Substance Abuse Treatment: An
                                    Organizational Perspective

                                    M.P.A, Kennedy School of Government
                                    Harvard University

                                    B.A., Sociology
                                    Northwestern University


Academic Interests and Expertise

The primary focus of my research is on the relationship between policy, funding and service delivery. These are important considerations with respect to addiction, diabetes as well as intellectual and developmental disability; conditions managed over the life course that often involve Medicaid reimbursement of services provided by community-based nonprofit organizations. My research involves large panel data sets that permit analysis of service delivery, cost, outcomes and demographic characteristics often associated with health disparities.

Areas of Teaching Interest

I have experience teaching human resources, financial management, program evaluation and strategic planning. In the MPA, I currently teach the capstone course and a course in fundraising and financial management that is part of a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. My approach to teaching is to provide many opportunities for hands-on learning that builds skills and leads to career advancement.


Selected Reports & Publications

Walker, Melissa A., DeHaven, M., Schrag, C. Assessment of Transportation Needs of Persons with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities in Sedgwick County. October 2019. Sedgwick County Developmental Disability Organization.

Walker, Melissa A., Ash, K., Azad, T. Kinchion, K. Sandefur, S. Patient-Centered Care in Treatment of Diabetes Treatment. March 2018. Project Access, Via Christi & Wesley Medical Center Residency Clinics. Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation.

Walker, Melissa A., Irvin, M., Emerson, J., Sharma, N. Process Evaluation of Drug Court. October 2015. Reno County Community Corrections.

Walker, Melissa A. Payment and Delivery of Case Management for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. December 2014. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. Vol. 11, No. 4, 268-278.

Walker, Melissa A. Budgeting and Forecasting: Implementing Sound Strategic Financial Planning. In Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations Volume 1 edited by Kathryn A. Agard, 433-446. 2011. Sage Publications: Los Angeles, CA.

Walker, Melissa A. Public Policy on Tax Exemptions for Nonprofit Organizations. In Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations Volume 2 edited by Kathryn A. Agard, 577-584. 2011. Sage Publications: Los Angeles, CA.

Walker, Melissa A. & Sipult, Linsey F. Nonprofit Sales Tax Exemption: Where Do States Draw the Line? December 2011. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 6, 1005-1019.

Walker, Melissa A. & Osterhaus, Jason E. Medicaid Fee for Service Reimbursement and the Delivery of Human Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities or Severe Mental Illness: Negotiating Cost. Spring 2010. Journal of Health and Human Service Administration Vol. 3, Issue 4, 380-405.

Walker, Melissa A. Program Characteristics and the Length of Time Clients are in Substance Abuse Treatment. July 2009. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research Vol. 36, Issue 3, 330-343.


Recent grants

Sedgwick County CDDO, Fall 2018, $27,486 grant. Principal investigator working with two graduate assistants to survey the transportation needs of persons served by agencies that are part of the Sedgwick County Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO).

Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation, Fall 2016, $15,000 grant. Principal investigator, three graduate assistants, one MPA graduate student involved in a study of diabetes care with the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Via Christi Hospitals, Wesley Medical Center and Project Access. Presented results at annual research conference of University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita.

Wichita Transit, Fall 2015, $4,100. Principal investigator directed six graduate assistants in data collection (interviews & bus observation) and analysis. Presented results to Director and staff of Wichita Transit.

Reno County Drug Court, 2014-15, $39,675. Principal investigator in evaluation of drug court. Two graduate assistants conducted interviews with treatment providers and observed drug court status hearings.