James Herbert Williams
Director, Arizona Centennial Professor, Interim Director Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center
School of Social Work

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.

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.

  • Global practice
  • Community practice
  • Sustainable development
  • Child welfare
  • Youth development
  • Race and gender disparities
  • Health equity