Cheryl K. Walker, M.D.
Associate Research Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, UC Davis School of Medicine
4869 Y Street, Suite 2500
Sacramento, CA 95817
Cheryl Walker, MD, is an Obstetrician Gynecologist who has been working to understand the role of the gestational environment in the development of autism and developmental disabilities for the past several years. Dr. Walker’s early research concentrated on the impact of infections and immunologic responses in reproductive health and pregnancy outcomes. She transitioned her focus to reproductive epidemiology over a decade ago, and began working to understand the complex influences of maternal physiology, medical conditions and obstetric interventions on neurodevelopmental outcomes including autism spectrum disorders. Working with various data sources, including self-reported data, objective information from medical records, biological samples and large administrative databases, Dr. Walker is trying to understand how the gestational environment responds to maternal conditions that result systemic inflammation, metabolic derangements, and placental suboptimality, and what implications these alterations have for neurodevelopment.
B.A., History, Smith Collge, Northampton, MA 1980
M.D., University of California, San Francisco, CA 1985