James Herbert Williams research and scholarship focuses on K-12 academic performance, youth violence, delinquency prevention, adolescent substance use, race and gender differences, and mental health service needs and utilization patterns in urban schools.
Prior to joining ASU, served as Professor, Dean, Distinguished Emil M. Sunley Endowed Chair, and Milton Morris Endowed Chair at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. He previously served at ASU as Foundation Professor of Youth and Diversity in the School of Social Work.
His funded research has included grants from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development; the National Institute of Mental Health; the Danforth Foundation; the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease; and the departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services.
Williams also has published widely in the area of health promotion, disease prevention among African American women and, most recently, conflict and human security in Northern Kenya.
Ph.D., social welfare, University of Washington
MPA, public administration, University of Colorado
MSW, clinical social work, Smith College
BA, sociology, Grambling State University
2016 – Dean Emeritus – University of Denver
2016 – Distinguished Emil M. Sunley Endowed Chair – University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work 2016 – Class of Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)
2013 – University Summer Commencement Speaker – University of Denver
2013 – Distinguished Alumnus Award – University of Washington, School of Social Work
2013 – Day-Garrett Award – Smith College, School for Social Work
2011 – Clinical Social Work Advocate Award – Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work
2010 – Milton Morris Endowed Chair – University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work
2006 – Foundation Professor of Youth and Diversity – Arizona State University, School of Social Work
2001 – E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity – Washington University, St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Editor-in-Chief Social Work Research, 2013 – 2017.
International Editorial Advisory Board, Regional Development Studies, 2011-2014.
Editorial Board, Social Work Research, 2011 – 2013.
Editorial Board, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2004 - Present.
Editorial Board, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 2007 – 2011.
Consulting Editor, Social Work Research, 2009 - 2011
Book Committee, National Association of Social Workers, 2008 – 2010.
Editorial Board, Research on Social Work Practice, 1999 - 2006.
Editorial Board, Journal of Social Service Research, 2002-2005.
Advisory Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 1998-2001.
Consulting Editor, Social Work Research, 1999-2001.
British Journal of Educational Psychology
Families in Society
Health Education and Behavior
Journal of Adolescent Health
Journal of Applied Social Sciences
Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Journal of Social Service Research
Research on Social Work Practice
Social Work Research
Violence and Victims
Society for Social Work and Research Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences American Society of Criminology Council on Social Work Education Society for Prevention Research National Association of Social Workers
Program Evaluator, Saint Louis Partnership for Safe Schools/Healthy Students, Saint Louis Public Schools, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1999 - 2003.
Consultant & Planner, Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative, thirdland Consulting Resource Team, Saint Louis, Missouri, 2000 - 2002.
Consultant, Community Participation to Assess Non-Financial Barriers to Health Care. Access to Health Project of Saint Louis 2004, Saint Louis, Missouri, 2000 - 2001.
Consultant, Planning Initiative for Local Leadership Development Program. Saint Louis 2004, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1999.
Consultant, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, & Hamilton, New York, New York, 1996 - 1997.
Consultant and Trainer, State of Washington, Division of Children & Family Services, Department of Social & Health Services, Olympia, Washington, 1991 - 1994.
Social Worker, Trauma Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, 1991 - 1994.
Social Worker, University of Washington Medical Center Virology (AIDS/HIV) Clinic, Seattle, Washington, 1990 - 1991.
Social Worker, Colorado Springs School District, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1989 - 1990.
Social Worker, Memorial Hospital, Pediatrics and Pediatric Oncology, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1988 - 1989.
Social Worker, Colorado Department of Health, AIDS Risk Reduction Programs, Denver, Colorado, 1987 - 1988.
Community Advocate, African American Community Outreach Program, El Paso County Department of Public Health, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1988.
Program Planner, Stay Well: A Health Symposium for Lesbian and Gay Men, Colorado Department of Public Health, Denver, Colorado, 1985.
Medical Social Consultant, Colorado Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health, Denver, Colorado, 1981 - 1987.
Adult Service Unit Supervisor, Grant County Department of Social Services, Lancaster, Wisconsin, 1978 - 1980.
Program Coordinator, Grant County Coordinated Adult Respite Services, Wisconsin Department of Aging and Adult Services, 1979 - 1980.
Social Worker, Adams County Department of Social Services, Commerce City, Colorado, 1976 - 1977.