Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Associate Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes is associate professor of practical theology, teaching courses in pastoral care and counseling, spiritual formation, and reconciliation studies. Dr. Walker-Barnes began her career as a clinical research psychologist, earning degrees from Emory University (B.A., Psychology and African-American/African Studies) and the University of Miami (M.S. and Ph.D., Clinical Child/Family Psychology) and focusing her research and clinical work on ethnic minority families, adolescent development, and health disparities. She later earned her M.Div. from Duke University. With her unique background in behavioral health, theology, and race/gender studies, her work focuses upon identifying and healing the individual and societal legacies of racial and gender oppression.

Dr. Walker-Barnes is the author of Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength (2014) and I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation (2019). She has written nearly two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles in child development, clinical psychology, and pastoral theology.

Beyond the classroom, Dr. Walker-Barnes spends most of her professional energy writing and ministering to clergy and faith-based activists. Her faith has been shaped by Methodist, Baptist, and evangelical social justice communities as well as by Buddhism and Islam. She is an ecumenical minister, ordained by an independent fellowship that holds incarnational theology, community engagement, social justice, and prophetic witness as its core values.

Education

  • M.Div., Duke University Divinity School, 2007
  • Ph.D., University of Miami, 2000
  • M.S., University of Miami, 1996
  • B.A., Emory University, 1994

Contact Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes


(678) 547-6442
walker-barnes_cj@mercer.edu
www.drchanequa.com