R Dale Walker, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
R. Dale Walker, M.D. is Director of the One Sky Center, a National Resource Center for American Indian Health, Education and Research. This Center provides expert consultation, training, and technical assistance that facilitates strategic planning and leadership development for optimal health service delivery for tribes and Native communities across North America. It also provides program evaluation and dissemination of evidence-based, culturally appropriate best practices.
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, B.S. 1968, Microbiology
University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine, Ok. City, M.D., 1972, Medicine
University of California, School of Medicine, San Diego, Residency, 1977, Psychiatry
R. Dale Walker, M.D., a psychiatrist from the Cherokee Tribe of Oklahoma, was recently named the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) 40th President at the Annual Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Walker joined that organization in 1978 and has twice — 1989 and 2009 — received their Physician of the Year Award for outstanding service to American Indians. The AAIP is the largest Native healthcare association in the United States. Its mission is to pursue excellence in Native American health care and to motivate American Indian & Alaska Native students to pursue a career in the health professions and/or biomedical research, thereby increasing the number of Native American professionals in the workforce.
Dr. Walker is a 1972 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College Of Medicine, with residency training in Psychiatry at the University Of California School Of Medicine in San Diego. His career includes research grants and scores of publications and presentations related to substance abuse and mental health issues in Indian Country. He has held numerous national leadership roles, including Speaker of the American Psychiatric Association’s Assembly, scientific program coordinator for the AAIP Coeur D’Alene meeting in 2008, director and founder of the Center of Excellence for Substance Abuse Treatment for the Seattle Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center program at the University of Washington, Founding President of the First Nations Behavioral Health Association, Director of the One Sky Center, and Director of a National Institute of Drug Abuse and National Institute of Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse funded National Mentorship program for American Indian students interested in addictions research. He is dedicated to and advocates for quality medical and mental health services for American Indian people. His mentorship and advocacy efforts include mentorship for fellow psychiatrists, primary care physicians, mental health workers from all disciplines, State and Federal policy makers and Tribal Government leaders.