Joey is a research coordinator at the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living and a master trainer with CATCH. She received her Master of Public Health from The University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health in 2001.
Currently, Joey is the Project Director for the Texas CORD (Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration) Project, which is a CDC-funded study designed to evaluate community-based obesity prevention and treatment programs in Austin and Houston. Recently, she served as Project Director of the Lunch is in the Bag, which is a preschool nutrition education project.Joey was also the Project Director for the Dell CATCH Elementary Travis County Project and was intricately involved in facilitating the implementation of CATCH in elementary schools in Travis County.
Additionally, Joey is a CATCH Master Trainer in the CATCH Program, CATCH Early Childhood Program (CEC), and CATCH Kids Club (CKC) Program, and CATCH-MEND Physical Activity Program. She is involved in training school, early childhood, and after-school personnel in CATCH, CEC, and CKC in Texas and across the nation. Joey has been working with the CATCH Program training and assisting schools with the implementation of CATCH for over fifteen years. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Walker was an Assistant Athletic Trainer for Women’s Athletics at The University of Texas at Austin where she earned a BS in Kinesiology and Health Education.
Research interests include: child health, specifically nutrition and physical activity behaviors, and coordinated school health