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Wendy Williams

Wendi S. Williams

Chair, Department of Counseling and School Psychology; Associate Professor of Counseling
School and department: Counseling and School Psychology

B.S., University of California at DavisM.A., Pepperdine University Ph.D., Georgia State University


Dr. Williams’ work centers on the development, implementation and evaluation of school and community-based health and educational interventions that promote optimal health and well-being among urban youth and their families and the practitioners that will work with them.  Through a variety of popular and academic writings, Dr. Williams has articulated the intersectionality of Black/African women’s and girls’ identity in their social and cultural positionality.  Through development and implementation of psycho-social spiritual intervention for middle school girls in an urban context, she extends the notion of reflective-intervention to address similar and different dynamics among their adult counterparts.

Dr. Williams is the 2014-16 President for Section One (Psychology of Black Women) and chairs the Inter-Sections Taskforce on the Healthy Development of Sexually Diverse, Indigenous Girls and Girls of Color for the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35) of the American Psychological Association.  


  • Publications in
    “Abandoned Abandoned in the Matrix: Frankea Dabbs, Struggling Mothers and Mental Health Published on July 15, 2014
    Is 'Strong Black Womanhood' Killing Our Sisters? Published on April 14, 2014
    Publication for
    Four tips for Improving Black Mental health.
  • Williams, W. S. (2014). Women and girls of African descent. In  C. Z. Enns, J. K. Rice, & R. L. Nutt,  Psychological Practice with Diverse Groups of Women, (Chapter 3). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Williams, W. S., Dhami, A. K. & Moody, A. (2014). The social injustice of stress: Identity intersectionality and well-being among urban Black/African and Latina adolescent girls. In C. V. Johnson, H. Friedman, J. Diaz, B. Nastasi, & Z. Franco (Eds.), Praeger Handbook for Social Justice and Psychology, (Chapter 2).  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger ABC-CLIO.
  • Bailey, T. K., Williams, W. S., & Favors, B. (2014). African Americans. In E. J. R. David (Ed.), Internalized Oppression: The Psychology of Marginalized Groups. (pp. 138-162). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Williams, W.S. & Chung, Y. B. (2013).  Do Cultural Attitudes Matter? The Role of Cultural Orientation on Academic Self-concept among Black/African College Students. Journal of College Counseling, 16, 228-242.
  • Short, E. L. & Williams, W. S. (2013). From the Inside Out: Group Work with Women of Color. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 12, 1-21.
  • Williams, W. S., Karlin, T. & Wallace, D. (2012). Project SisterCircle: Risk, Intersectionality and Intervening in Urban Schools. Journal of School Counseling. 10, 1-35.
  • Williams, W. S. (2011, November). A labor of love: The student teacher contract and collective struggle. Women in Higher Education, 20(11), 27-28.
  • Bailey, T. M., Chung, Y. B., Williams, W. S., Singh, A. A., & Terrell, H. K. (2011). Development and validation of the internalized racial oppression scale for Black individuals. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 58(4), 481-93. doi: 10.1037/a0023585.
  • Chung, Y.B., Williams, W. S., & Dispenza, F. (2009). Validating work discrimination and coping strategy model for sexual minorities. Career Development Quarterly, 58(2), 162-170.
  • Williams, W.S., & Ancis, J. R. (2007). Care-giving of Aging Parents. In J. Ancis & A. Jongsma (Eds.) The complete Women’s Psychological Treatment Planner, Hoboken, NJ: John
  • Williams, W. S., & Ancis, J. R. (2006). African/Black psychology. In Y. Jackson (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Cokely, K., & Williams, W. S. (2005). A psychometric examination of the Africentric Scale: Challenges in measuring Africentric values. Journal of Black Studies, 1, 1-17.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Executive Board, American Psychological Association, Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), Section 1 (Black Women)
  • Member, Executive Board, New York Association of Black Psychologists (NYABPsi)