Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery
Areas of Expertise: Health and wellbeing
Susan's specialist areas are contraception and sexual health, and teaching clinical assessment skills.
Susan qualified in medicine from Queens' University in Belfast in 1990. She specialised in general practice in 1993, became a Diplomate of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, and developed an interest in the intersection of gender and medicine. She undertook a BA (Hons) in Women's Studies and Sociology at Anglia Ruskin University and was awarded a PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge in 2010. Her PhD title was The Effect of Gendered Body Image upon Contraceptive Outcomes.
Susan is a member of both the British Medical Association and the British Sociological Association. She continues to work at the intersection of medicine and sociology, with a particular interest in gender.
Susan's research interests lie at the intersection of sociology and health. She is particularly interested in the effects of gender and sexuality upon health behaviours. She has researched attitudes, knowledge and beliefs about the body and towards contraception. She has also led projects which examined the impacts of education and training upon the healthcare workforce.
Susan would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with the following research interests/topics:
Susan teaches two modules related to contraception and sexual health at post-registration level. She also contributes to a number of other modules at pre- and post-registration level where she teaches on contraception and sexual health, screening and health promotion. She contributes to the teaching and examining of advanced clinical assessment skills for nurses and other allied health professionals.
Walker, S., 2013. The Impact of CPD upon the Clinical Workforce in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – Quantitative findings.[Unpublished Report]
Walker, S., Davis, K., Andrew, S., & Page, P. 2013. The Impact of CPD upon the Clinical Workforce in Essex.[Unpublished Report]
Peer reviewed papers:
Walker, S.H. & Davis, G., 2014. Knowledge and Reported Confidence of Final Year Midwifery Students Regarding Giving Advice on Contraception and Sexual Health. Midwifery, 30, e169-e176.
Walker, S., & Davis, G. 2013. Learning at work and university: Midwifery students and sexual health advice, Practitioner Research in Higher Education Journal, 7(1), October.
Walker, S. & Davis, G., 2013. “Seeking the views of midwifery students on teaching contraception and sexual health within a Midwifery curriculum”. Networks, 16, pp.85-88
Walker, S. 2013. “Clinicians should consider the effect of bodily metaphors when discussing contraceptive options.”[Letter] Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care;39:152 doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2012-100561
Hodson, M., Andrew, S., Walker, S. and Roberts, M. 2012. “Coming and going: COPD patients’ experiences of hospital admission and discharge”. Thorax: An International Journal of Respiratory Medicine, 67(Suppl 2) A1-204, pp. A98.
Walker, S. 2012. "Mechanistic and ‘Natural’ Body Metaphors and their effects on attitudes to hormonal contraception". Women & Health.[online]
Andrew, S. & Walker, S.H. 2012. [Report] Developing a Patient Reported Experience Measure for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (PREMCOPD).
Walker, SH. 2011. Attitudes towards a Male contraceptive Pill in a group of UK Contraceptive Users in the UK. Journal of Men's Health ,8(4),p.267-273, Dec 2011 (online) DOI information: 10.1016/j.jomh.2011.04.003
Walker, SH & Thurston, C 2011. Experiences and training in delivering sexual healthcare. British Journal of School Nursing.6 (6), pp.289-293.