University of Wisconsin–Madison

Martha Walter, PhD

Psychologist

Martha Walter, PhD

Profile

Martha Walter, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic and the Autism Treatment Programs. She received her PhD in school psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a clinical fellowship in developmental disabilities at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and other developmental and/or mood concerns; treatment of anxiety and co-occurring behavioral difficulties for children with developmental disabilities; and school consultation. Walter’s current research interests are primarily focused on school services and supports for children with disabilities, particularly children with intellectual disability and/or autism. She recently conducted a study investigating factors associated with school placement (e.g., inclusive, sub-separate, combined program) for children with Down syndrome. Walter provides focused behavioral treatment in the Growing Together program.

Clinics

Professional Certifications and Education

  • PhD, School Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Licensed Psychologist, Wisconsin and Georgia
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Developmental Medicine Center, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship, Florida State University Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Consulting Center
  • Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Certificate

Department Appointments

Research

Dr. Walter’s current research interests are primarily focused on school services and supports for children with disabilities, particularly children with intellectual disability and/or autism. She recently conducted a study investigating factors associated with school placement (e.g., inclusive, sub-separate, combined program) for children with Down syndrome.

Selected Publications

  • Walter, M. J., Baumer, N. T., Sideridis, G., & Stein, D. (2016). Predictors of inclusion for children with Down syndrome: An analysis of neurodevelopmental and family factors. Manuscript in preparation.
  • McGivern, J. E. & Walter, M. J. (2013). Legal and ethical issues related to treatment integrity in psychology and education. In Hagermoser Sanetti, L. M. & Kratochwill, T. (Eds.), Treatment integrity: A foundation for evidence-based practice in applied psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Carter, E. W., Swedeen, B., Cooney, M. A., Walter, M. J., & Moss, C. K. (2012). I don’t have to do this by myself? Parent-led community conversations to promote inclusion. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 37(1), 9-23.
  • Carter, E. W., Weir, K., Cooney, M., Walter, M. J., & Moss, C. (2012). Fostering self-determination among children and youth with disabilities: Learning from parents. Exceptional Parent, 42(3), 13-17.
  • Gettinger, M., & Walter, M. J. (2012). Classroom strategies to enhance academic engaged time. In S. L. Christenson, A. L. Reschly, & C. Wylie (Eds.), The handbook of research on student engagement. New York: Springer Science.
  • Carter, E. W., Swedeen, B., Walter, M. J., Moss, C. K., & Hsin, C.-T. (2011). Perspectives of young adults with disabilities on leadership. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 34(1), 57-67.