Lynn S. Walker, Ph.D.


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Faculty Appointments
Professor of Pediatrics Professor of PsychologyProfessor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., Psychology , George Peabody College, Nashville, TennesseeM.S., George Peabody College, Nashville, TennesseeB.A., Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Office Address
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
11128 Doctors' Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232-9060
Research Keywords
Chronic pain in adolescents
Clinical Research Keywords
pain, chronic pain, child, adolescent, functional gastrointestinal disorders, stress, coping, emotions, anxiety, depression, development, behavior, parents, family, attachment, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headache, outcomes, impairment, gender, multidisciplinary, heart rate variability, blood pressure, galvanic skin response, abdominal pain, medically unexplained symptoms, functional disorders, somatization, mind-body relationship, hyperalgesia, perception
Walker LS, Baber KF, Garber J, Smith CA. A typology of pain coping strategies in pediatric patients with chronic abdominal pain. Pain [print-electronic]. 2008 Jul 7/15/2008; 137(2): 266-75. PMID: 17928144, PMCID: PMC2760309, PII: S0304-3959(07)00500-3, DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2007.08.038, ISSN: 1872-6623.

Puzanovova M, Rudzinski E, Shirkey KC, Cherry R, Acra S, Walker LS. Sex, psychosocial factors, and reported symptoms influence referral for esophagogastroduodenoscopy and biopsy results in children with chronic abdominal pain. J. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr. 2008 Jul; 47(1): 54-60. PMID: 18607269, PMCID: PMC3101503, PII: 00005176-200807000-00009, DOI: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e31815a0a13, ISSN: 1536-4801.

Walker LS, Smith CA, Garber J, Claar RL. Appraisal and coping with daily stressors by pediatric patients with chronic abdominal pain. J Pediatr Psychol [print-electronic]. 2007 Mar; 32(2): 206-16. PMID: 16717138, PMCID: PMC3150731, PII: jsj124, DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsj124, ISSN: 0146-8693.

Little CA, Williams SE, Puzanovova M, Rudzinski ER, Walker LS. Multiple somatic symptoms linked to positive screen for depression in pediatric patients with chronic abdominal pain. J. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr. 2007 Jan; 44(1): 58-62. PMID: 17204954, PMCID: PMC3144697, PII: 00005176-200701000-00013, DOI: 10.1097/01.mpg.0000243423.93968.7c, ISSN: 1536-4801.

Walker LS, Williams SE, Smith CA, Garber J, Van Slyke DA, Lipani T, Greene JW, Mertz H, Naliboff BD. Validation of a symptom provocation test for laboratory studies of abdominal pain and discomfort in children and adolescents. J Pediatr Psychol [print-electronic]. 2006 Aug; 31(7): 703-13. PMID: 16861396, PMCID: PMC3147020, PII: jsj062, DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsj062, ISSN: 0146-8693.

Mulvaney S, Lambert EW, Garber J, Walker LS. Trajectories of symptoms and impairment for pediatric patients with functional abdominal pain: a 5-year longitudinal study. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2006 Jun; 45(6): 737-44. PMID: 16721324, PMCID: PMC3124957, PII: S0890-8567(09)61232-6, DOI: 10.1097/10.chi.0000214192.57993.06, ISSN: 0890-8567.

Walker LS, Williams SE, Smith CA, Garber J, Van Slyke DA, Lipani TA. Parent attention versus distraction: impact on symptom complaints by children with and without chronic functional abdominal pain. Pain [print-electronic]. 2006 May; 122(1-2): 43-52. PMID: 16495006, PMCID: PMC3232036, PII: S0304-3959(05)00643-3, DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2005.12.020, ISSN: 1872-6623.

Walker LS, Smith CA, Garber J, Claar RL. Testing a model of pain appraisal and coping in children with chronic abdominal pain. Health Psychol. 2005 Jul; 24(4): 364-74. PMID: 16045372, PMCID: PMC3144700, PII: 2005-07929-005, DOI: 10.1037/0278-6133.24.4.364, ISSN: 0278-6133.

Walker LS, Claar RL, Garber J. Social consequences of children's pain: when do they encourage symptom maintenance?. J Pediatr Psychol. 2002 Dec; 27(8): 689-98. PMID: 12403859, PMCID: PMC3145212, ISSN: 0146-8693.

Lewis Claar R, Walker LS, Barnard JA. Children's knowledge, anticipatory anxiety, procedural distress, and recall of esophagogastroduodenoscopy. J. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr. 2002 Jan; 34(1): 68-72. PMID: 11753168, ISSN: 0277-2116.

Claar, R. L, Walker, L. S., Smith, C. A., & Garber, J. The influence of appraisals in understanding children?s experiences with medical procedures. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2002; 27: 553-63.

Walker LS, Garber J, Smith CA, Van Slyke DA, Claar RL. The relation of daily stressors to somatic and emotional symptoms in children with and without recurrent abdominal pain. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2001 Feb; 69(1): 85-91. PMID: 11302281, PMCID: PMC3144704, ISSN: 0022-006X.

Claar RL, Walker LS. Maternal attributions for the causes and remedies of their children's abdominal pain. J Pediatr Psychol. 1999 Aug; 24(4): 345-54. PMID: 10431500, PMCID: PMC3240944, ISSN: 0146-8693.

Walker LS, Garber J, Van Slyke DA. Do parents excuse the misbehavior of children with physical or emotional symptoms? An investigation of the pediatric sick role. J Pediatr Psychol. 1995 Jun; 20(3): 329-45. PMID: 7595820, ISSN: 0146-8693.

Walker LS, Garber J, Greene JW. Somatic complaints in pediatric patients: a prospective study of the role of negative life events, child social and academic competence, and parental somatic symptoms. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1994 Dec; 62(6): 1213-21. PMID: 7860819, ISSN: 0022-006X.

Walker, L. S. Psychological factors in the development and natural history of functional gastrointestinal disorders. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

Anderson, J., Acra, S., Bruehl, S., & Walker, L. S. The relation between clinical symptoms and experimental visceral hypersensitivity in pediatric patients with chronic abdominal pain. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.