Dr. Verónica García Walker’s work in the area of psychiatric mental health with children and adolescents has spanned over 20 years in a variety of settings including both in-patient and out-patient settings. In 2002, she was hired to manage two psychiatric neurobehavioral units that served adolescents and children at Meridell Achievement Center in Liberty Hill, Texas. Meridell is a specialized residential treatment center for children and adolescents. Dr. García-Walker was recruited in 2006 from Meridell to teach mental health nursing courses in the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs at The University of Texas at Austin. At this time she also was invited to be an instructor for a course in health-professional Spanish language that included content on the Hispanic culture.
Dr. Garcia-Walker completed her PhD in Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin. She is now involved in the research of older adults diagnosed with schizophrenia (OADWS) using Life Course theory in an effort to learn about their perceptions of aging. The purpose of this research is to inform interventions that address their special needs. The research will ultimately assist nursing practice in improving current negative health care outcomes among OADWS, working toward their improved health, increased disease prevention, and improved quality of life.