Martha Walter, PhD
Position title: Psychologist
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.
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
- Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
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.
- 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.