Milton Morris Endowed Chair
Dean and Professor
PhD, University of Washington
Academic and Research Interests
- K-12 academic performance
- youth violence and delinquency prevention
- adolescent substance abuse
- race and gender differences
- mental health services in urban schools
- health promotion/disease prevention among African American women
- conflict and human security in Northern Kenya
James Herbert Williams, Professor and Milton Morris Endowed Chair, is Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work.
Before his appointment in June 2007, he was foundation professor of youth and diversity at the School of Social Work in the College of Public Programs at Arizona State University.
His funded research includes 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.
Among his publications, Williams’ research and scholarship have focused 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.
Williams has also published widely in the area of health promotion, disease prevention among African American women and, most recently, conflict and human security in Northern Kenya.