Carolyn Walker is a professor of nursing in SDSU's School of Nursing and assistant dean for student services in graduate and research affairs at SDSU. Walker's clinical and research specialty is pediatric nursing with a subspecialty in pediatric oncology. She chaired the research committee for the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses for five years and has also served as its president. Walker received her associate's degree in nursing from Fullerton College in 1968, her B.S. in nursing from California State University, Fullerton in 1976, her M.S. from California State University, Los Angeles in 1979, and her Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1986.