Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling
M.Div. 2007, Duke University Divinity School, Ph.D. 2000, University of Miami, M.S. 1996, University of Miami, B.A. 1994, Emory University
Born and raised in Atlanta, Rev. Dr. Walker-Barnes received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and African-American/African Studies from Emory University (1994), the Master of Science (1996) and Doctor of Philosophy (2000) degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Miami, and the Master of Divinity degree from Duke University (2007).
Prior to coming to McAfee, Dr. Walker-Barnes taught at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Florida.
Dr. Walker-Barnes utilizes an interdisciplinary approach in her teaching and research, drawing upon pastoral theology, womanist/feminist theology, cultural studies, and the social sciences. Her current interests include racial and gender issues in pastoral care, clergy self-care, Christian spirituality, and reconciliation. Her book, Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength, seeks to heighten pastoral awareness about the inordinate burden that the demand for strength places upon women of African descent and to provide a framework for liberative pastoral care with African American women. Dr. Walker-Barnes is a recipient of the Louisville Institute First Book Grant for Minority Scholars.
Dr. Walker-Barnes is an ordained minister and lives with her husband, Delwin, and son, Micah.