Ben Walker PhD
Assistant Research Professor
PhD Student, Sociology, Mississippi State University M.S., Experimental Psychology, Mississippi State University B.A., Psychology, Southeastern Louisiana University
Ben Walker, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor at the Social Science Research Center and faculty affiliate in the Department of Sociology at Mississippi State University. His research examines social determinants of health with a focus on geographic disparities in mortality and life course origins of health inequality. He currently leads the data effort for Mississippi KIDS COUNT, a comprehensive resource for data, statistics, and original research about the health, education, safety, and well-being of children in Mississippi. He is currently contributing to the W.K. Kellogg-funded Mississippi Data Project which aims to deliver data concerning the health, education, and economic well-being of Mississippi’s children and families to Kellogg grantees and state agencies. He also contributes to data analysis on the Child Health and Development Project, Mississippi Thrive, a collaboration with the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Center for the Advancement of Youth and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). His previous projects include the Mississippi Division of Medicaid assessment of emergency room utilization; the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) assessment of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act of 2007; the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation’s Project Fit America Evaluation; the Center for Mississippi Health Policy survey on the Affordable Care Act in Mississippi; the CDC and AAP funded pandemic influenza preparedness survey; and the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers (MAG) project on the state of philanthropic giving in Mississippi.