James Williams

James Herbert Williams

Dean Emeritus


  • PhD. Social Welfare, 1994, University of Washington, School of Social Work, Seattle, Washington. 
  • MPA Public Administration, 1989, University of Colorado, School of Public Affairs, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • MSW Clinical Social Work, 1975, Smith College, School for Social Work, Northampton, Massachusetts.
  • BA Sociology, 1972, Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana. 


  • Arizona CEAL COVID Consortium: Promoting Health Equity during the COVID Pandemic; Community-Engagement Research Alliance Against COVID-19 in Disproportionately Affected Communities: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
  • Leveraging Bio-Cultural Mechanisms to Maximize the Impact of Multi-Level Preventable Disease Interventions with Southwest Populations, Community Engagement & Dissemination Core: National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
  • Title IV-E Stipend Program for Undergraduate and Graduate Child Welfare Education: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF)/Arizona Department of Child Safety.
  • Pets in Families Project:  Examining impact of animal abuse and intimate partner violence on child behavior: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASCPA).
  • Children exposed to intimate partner violence:  Mental health correlates of concomitant exposure to animal abuse: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.
  • Mobilizing social work as a resource for eliminating behavioral health disparities: A behavioral health disparities curriculum infusion project: A cooperative agreement between the US HHS Office of Minority Health and the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work.
  • Human security in Northern Kenya: Assessment, capacity-building and operational tools to promote sustainable livelihoods and conflict management: The Office of Internationalization, University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work – University of Denver, and The United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) Africa Office.
  • The healthy students/safe schools’ violence prevention initiative: The Department of Justice, Department of Education, and Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Advancing knowledge on disproportionate minority confinement: Social Development Research Group, University of Washington and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
  • Urban family and community development inter-professional and inter-university certificate training program: The State of Missouri - Family Investment Trust Partnership, and The Danforth Foundation.
  • The Eat Well Live Well Nutrition Program: Dietary changes in African American women by activation, (Minority Supplement), Funded by National Institute of Diabetes and Disease Kidney.

Featured Publications

  • Bent-Goodley, T., Williams, J. H., Teasley, M. L., & Gorin, S. H. (2019). Grand challenges for society:  Evidence-based social work practice. Washington, DC: NASW Press. 
  • Herrenkohl, T. I., Aisenberg, E., Williams, J. H., & Jenson, J. M. (2011).  Violence in context:  Current evidence on risk, protection, and prevention.  New York:  Oxford University Press.
  • Kumssa, A., Williams, J. H., & Jones, J. F.  (2011). Conflict and Human Security in Africa: Kenya in Perspective. Palgrave MacMillan Press.
  • Gould, J. B, & Williams, J. H. (2020). Want to reform the police? Look to social work for lessons. The Crime Report, Center on Media, Crime, and Justice at John Jay College.  https://thecrimereport.org/2020/06/17/want-to-reform-the-police-look-to-social-work-for-lessons/.
  • Williams, J. H. (2018). Child separations and families divided:  America’s history of separating children from their parents. Social Work Research, 42, 141-144.
  • Lein, L., Uehara, E. S., Lightfoot, E., Lawlor, E. F., & Williams, J. H. (2017).  A collaborative framework for envisioning the future of social work research and education. Social Work Research, 41, 67-71.
  • Williams, J. H., & Jones, J. F. (Guest Editors) (2012) Human Security, Conflict Resolution, Capacity Building and Sustainable Livelihoods in Africa, Regional Development Dialogue. 
  • Robbins, S. P., Regan J. R. C., Williams, J. H., Smyth, N. J. & Bogo, M. (2016). The future of social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 52, 387-397. 
  • Hartman, C., Hageman, T., Williams, J. H., Mary, J. S., & Ascione, F. R. (2019). Exploring empathy and callous-unemotional traits as predictors of animal abuse perpetrated by children exposed to intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34, 2419–2437.
  • Hageman, T. O., Langenderfer-Magruder, L., Greene, T., Williams, J. H., St. Mary, J., McDonald, S. E., & Ascione, F. R. (2018).  Intimate partner violence survivors and pets:  Exploring practitioners’ experiences in addressing client needs. Families in Society, 99, 134-145. 
  • Hartman C. A., Hageman, T. O., Williams, J. H., & Ascione, F. R. (2018).   Intimate partner violence and animal abuse in an immigrant-rich sample of mother-child dyads recruited from domestic violence programs. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 33, 1030-1047. 
  • McDonald, S. E., Corona, R., Maternick, A., Ascione, F., Williams, J. H., & Graham-Bermann, S.  (2016). Examining profiles of risk, protection, and resilience among children exposed to intimate partner violence using latent profile analysis. Journal of Family Violence, 31, 849-864. 
  • McDonald, S. E., Vidacovich, C., Ascione, F. R., Williams, J. H., & Green, K. E. (2015). Validity of the Children’s Treatment of Animals Questionnaire: A Rasch analysis. Anthrozoös, 28, 131-144. 
  • Kumssa, A., Williams, J. H., Jones, J. F., & Des Marais, E. A.  (2014). Conflict and migration: The case of Somali refugees in Northeastern Kenya. Global Social Welfare:  Research, Policy, and Practice, 1, 145-156. 
  • Rank, M. R., & Williams, J. H.  (2010). The life course approach to understanding poverty among older American adults.  Families in Society, 91, 337-341. 
  • Williams, J. H., Van Dorn, R. A., Bright, C. L., Jonson-Reid, M. & Nebbitt, V. E. (2010). Child maltreatment and delinquency onset among African American adolescent males. Research on Social Work Practice, 20, 253-259. 
  • Wei, H., Williams, J. H., Chen, J., & Chang, H. (2010).  The effects of individual characteristics, teacher practice, and school organizational factors on students’ bullying: a multilevel analysis of public middle schools in Taiwan. Children and Youth Services Review, 32, 137-143. 
  • Kumssa, A., Jones, J. F., & Williams, J. H. (2009).  Conflict and human security in the Northern Rift and North Eastern Kenya. International Journal for Social Economics, 36, 1008-1020. 
  • Wei, H. & Williams, J. H. (2009). Instrumental or emotional aggression: Testing models of bullying, victimization and psychological maladjustment among Taiwanese Seventh-Graders. Social Work Research, 33, 231-242. 
  • Van Dorn, R. A., Williams, J. H., Del-Colle, M. & Hawkins, J. D.  (2009). Substance use, mental illness, and violence: The co-occurrence of problem behaviors among young adults. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 36, 465-477. 
  • Williams, J. H., Davis, L. E., Johnson, S. D., Williams, T. R., Saunders, J. A., & Nebbitt, V. E.  (2007). Substance use and academic performance among African American high school students. Social Work Research, 31, 151-161. 
  • Williams, J. H., Van Dorn, R. A., Ayers, C. D., Bright, C. L., Abbott, R. D., & Hawkins, J. D. (2007). Understanding race and gender differences in delinquent acts, alcohol, and marijuana use: A developmental analysis of initiation. Social Work Research, 31, 71-81. 
  • Williams, J. H., Horvath, V. E., Wei, H., Van Dorn, R. A., & Jonson-Reid, M. (2007).  Teacher’s perspectives of children’s mental health service needs in urban elementary schools. Children and Schools, 29, 95-107. 
  • Williams, J. H., Auslander, W. F., de Groot, M., Robinson, A. D., & Haire-Joshu, D. (2006). Cultural relevancy of a diabetes prevention nutrition for African American women.  Health Promotion Practice, 7, 56-67.


  • 2019 – Shanti K. Khinduka Lecture in Social Development, 21st ICSD International Conference of Strengthening Social Development to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • 2019 – Visiting Lecturer, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland, Erasmus+: European Union Programme for Education. 
  • 2018 – Distinguished Professor, School of Sociology, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing Shi, China.
  • 2017 – Arizona Centennial Professor of Social Welfare Services – School of Social Work, Arizona State University.
  • 2016 – Fellow, American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
  • 2016 – Ambassador Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Community Service Award – The Bridge Project, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver.
  • 2016 – Distinguished Emil M. Sunley Endowed Chair – Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver.
  • 2016 – Fellow, Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).
  • 2013 – Distinguished Alumnus Award – School of Social Work, University of Washington.
  • 2013 – Day-Garrett Award – School for Social Work, Smith College.
  • 2011 – Clinical Social Work Advocate Award – Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work
  • 2010 – Milton Morris Endowed Chair – Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver.
  • 2006 – Foundation Professor of Youth and Diversity – School of Social Work, Arizona State University.
  • 2001 – E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity – George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis.