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James Herbert Williams, PhD., MSW is Dean and Milton Morris Endowed Chair. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University, his MSW from Smith College, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado and his PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Washington-Seattle.
Dr. Williams’ primary research and community services are focused on health promotion and disease prevention, mental health, delinquency, youth violence, social issues of the African American community. Dr. Williams’ current research and community service addresses health prevention and mental health services for African American children in urban schools, disproportionate minority confinement of African American youth in the juvenile justice system, school safety and violence prevention, , and community strategies for positive youth development.
His many published writings have explored a multiplicity of children, youth, and family issues: health promotion, health prevention, community-based health programming, program evaluation, youth violence, delinquency prevention, pathways to delinquent behavior, risk and protective factors for delinquency involvement, and African American relationship development and family structure. His writings have been published in Health Promotion Practice, Social Work Research, Annals of Behavior Medicine, Diabetes Care, Health Education & Behavior, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Research on Social Work Practice, Violence and Victims, and Journal of Family Issues.