Dr. Larry Walker is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia where he has spent most of his career since earning his PhD at the University of Toronto. Dr. Walker is also Senior Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. His portfolio includes responsibility for chairing the Graduate Academic Policy Committee, overseeing the development and amendment of the Faculty’s policies, overseeing the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies processes relating to periodic reviews of academic units, and providing academic decision-making and support in areas including doctoral exams, academic misconduct, thesis-related issues, and exceptions to policy.
Dr. Walker's research focuses on the psychology of moral development, particularly in terms of moral reasoning, personality, motivation, and identity. This research is aimed at developing a more full-bodied account of moral functioning that may help explain the psychological dynamics in exemplary moral action; thus he examines both individuals’ conceptions of moral excellence as well as the psychological functioning of a range of actual moral exemplars.
Walker, L. J. (2017). The moral character of heroes. In S. T. Allison, G. R. Goethals, & R. M. Kramer (Eds.), Handbook of heroism and heroic leadership (pp. 99-119). New York: Routledge.
Walker, L. J., & Frimer, J. A. (2015). Developmental trajectories of agency and communion in moral motivation. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 61, 412-439. doi:10.13110/merrpalmquar1982.61.3.0412
Walker, L. J. (2014). Moral personality, motivation, and identity. In M. Killen & J. G. Smetana (Eds.), Handbook of moral development (2nd ed., pp. 497-519). New York: Psychology Press.
Walker, L. J. (2013). Exemplars’ moral behavior is self-regarding. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 140, 27-40. doi:10.1002/cad.20047
- American Psychological Association Fellow (2001)
- Canadian Psychological Association Fellow (1994)
- Association for Moral Education: Kuhmerker Career Award (1994)
- Robert E. Knox Master Teaching Award (1990)
- UBC Alumni Award for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (1988)
- UBC Killam Faculty Research Prize (1988)