Lorraine O. Walker, RN, EdD, MPH, has had a lifelong focus in maternal and infant health and well-being. She received a BSN from the University of Dayton, as well as a Master’s degree in nursing education with a specialization in maternity nursing and a doctoral degree in philosophy of education from Indiana University-Bloomington. Her dissertation focused on nursing as an academic and practice discipline. She also completed post-doctoral study in educational psychology at The University of Texas at Austin and received the MPH degree in maternal-child health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She currently holds the Luci B. Johnson Centennial Professorship in Nursing. Her teaching includes global health, data analysis using SPSS, and theoretical and philosophic aspect of nursing. She currently works at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.