Dahra Jackson Williams
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Office: Wister M-22
Dr. Williams’s current clinical and research interests are in various areas of child clinical and pediatric psychology. There is the primary focus of providing effective empirically based evaluations and interventions to children and adolescents (with or without chronic medical illness), while taking into consideration factors related to the child’s family, culture, and society at large. Although her primary orientation is cognitive behavioral, treatment is always considered in the context of the broader family system. There is also an emphasis on providing services that are sensitive to diversity. Think of it as “evidence-based, culturally-competent, solution-focused skills building!”
Dr. Williams is especially interested in potential barriers to psychological services and the stigma of mental health concerns especially among young minority populations. She supervises a research program that investigates these and other related issues. Students are invited to participate in existing lines of investigation or develop research ideas in areas of child-clinical and pediatric psychology (adjustment and coping with chronic health issues). Current projects include the implementation of a group-based intervention at a local urban high school and at an elementary school, understanding children’s attitudes toward seeking and receiving psychological help, and improving outcomes among children and adolescents with sickle cell disease and HIV. Students will have opportunities to be involved in all aspects of research (from design, implementation, analysis and presentation).
Dr. Williams enjoys spending time with her family (especially baking home-made bread with her husband and trying to throw foam boomerangs with her boys while trying to minimize harm to people and property).
Areas of Expertise
- Child psychopathology (assessment and intervention); The impact of pediatric chronic illness on the child and family; Issues related to multiculturalism and diversity
- B.A. Psychology, Williams College
- M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Miami
- Ph.D. Clinical Psychology (Concentration in Children and Families), University of Miami
- The Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Pre-Doctoral Internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship)
- Licensed Psychologist (Delaware)
- PSY 707: Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
- PSY 765: Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
- PSY 719: Assessment of Children and Adolescents
- PSY 762: Advanced Seminar in Child/Adolescent Psychology
- PSY 753: Pediatric Psychology
Jackson Williams, D. (2012). Where do Jamaican Adolescents turn to for psychological help? Child Youth Care Forum. 41 (5), 461-477. DOI: 10.1007/s10566-012-9177-7
Del Mauro, J & Jackson Williams, D. (In Press). Children’s and Adolescents Attitudes Toward Seeking Help. International Journal of Counseling & Guidance. DOI:10.1007/s10447-012-9172-6
Sarubbi, A., Block Lerner, J., Moon, S., & Jackson Williams, D. (2012). Experiential Acceptance and Psychological Well-Being in Korean-Born Adoptees. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 20(4), 399-410.
Johnson, A. & Jackson Williams, D. (2013). Comparisons between Black and White Psychology Trainees on Colorblind Racial Attitudes, Multicultural Training, and Multicultural Counseling Competence. Poster accepted for presentation at the 30th Annual Winter Roundtable Multicultural Conference, New York, NY.
Oddo, J., Fuchs, N., Brown, C., Rottenberg, H., Branch, K., & Jackson Williams, D. (2012). Feasibility and utility of a school-based intervention program for at-risk minority elementary age children. Poster presented at The Annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, National Harbor, Maryland.
Jackson Williams, D., Ziegelbaum, B., Appino, K., O'Donnell, L., Lyman, B., & Collins, J. (2012). Attitudes toward seeking psychological help among HIV infected/affected youth. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 120th Convention, Orlando, FL.
American Psychological Association (APA)
APA Division 54 - Society of Pediatric Psychology
APA Division 45 - Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues
Philadelphia Behavioral Therapy Association (PBTA)