Distinguished Emil Sunley Endowed Chair
Dean Emeritus 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
Professor, Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Emil Sunley Endowed Chair James Herbert Williams served as dean of the Graduate School of Social Work from 2007 to 2016. He was appointed as the University of Denver's inaugural Milton Morris Endowed Chair in 2010.
Before his appointment as dean, Williams 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 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.
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 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.