The mission of Walker Applied Research is to develop, inform, study, and evaluate practice models and interventions to improve outcomes for youth and families. Beginning with The Other Twenty-Three Hours, a groundbreaking text on residential treatment of children by Walker’s founder, Dr. Albert Trieschman, Walker’s research includes the development of effective practices for working with youth and their parents and caregivers. WTI is currently focusing its efforts on evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of the Walker Permanency Practice Model©. Walker staff previously collaborated on a major research study to reduce the prescription of psychotropic medication for children in residential treatment.
WTI continues to pursue opportunities to collaborate with other agencies and academic institutions interested in conducting research in practices designed to improve outcomes for youth and families.