Joah L. Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Psychology Building, Room 366
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Joah L. Williams, Ph.D.

Dr. Williams plans to admit a new doctoral student for Fall 2024 admission.

Research interests

  • Assessment and prevention of trauma-related mental health problems among victims and co-victims of community and interpersonal violence
  • Development and evaluation of transdiagnostic early interventions and treatments for trauma survivors
  • Health disparities and mental health outcomes associated with community violence and traumatic loss


  • Ph.D., University of Memphis
  • M.S., University of Memphis
  • B.A., Sewanee: The University of the South

Selected Recent Publications (*Student co-author)

  • Williams, J. L., Hambrick, E. P., *Gleason, V. L., *Hardt, M. M., *Henschel, A. V., *Wilfred, S. A.,…& Moncure, M. (2023). Evaluating Skills for Psychological Recovery with gunshot injury survivors in a hospital-based early intervention program. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.  Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/ort0000710

  • *Jamison-Petr, J. R., & Williams, J. L. (2023). Understanding Black and African American grief considering inclusion of prolonged grief disorder in the DSM-5-TR. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40615-023-01727-x 

  • Williams, J. L., Keaton, K., Phillips, R. W., Crossley, A. R., Glenn, J. M., & *Gleason, V. L. (2023). Changes in health care utilization and associated costs after supportive housing placement by an urban Community Mental Health Center. Community Mental Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10597-023-01146-6  

  • Milman, E. J., Bottomley, J. S., Williams, J. L., Moreland, A. D., delMas, S., & Rheingold, A. A. (2023). Interventions for adult survivors of intrafamilial homicide: A review of the literature. Death Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2023.2201919 

  • Hambrick, E., Williams, J. L., *Hardt, M., *Collins, J. O., Punt, S., Caicedo, M. R.,…& Nelson, E. L. (2023). Disseminating early interventions for disaster mental health response using the ECHO model. Journal of Community Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/jcop.23023  

  • *Bauer, A. G., Williams, J., Hambrick, E., Rempfer, M., Bennett, K. *Christensen, K., & Berkley-Patton, J. Y. (2023). Mental health attitudes, norms, beliefs, and experiences with care among young Black men: A theory of planned behavior assessment. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/tra0001462  

  • Williams, J. L., *Hardt, M. M., *Henschel, A. V., *Wilfred, S. A., *Wilson, E. J., Friend, R., & Moncure, M. (2022). Hospital-based PTSD risk screening and early mental health intervention for nonfatal gunshot victims. General Hospital Psychiatry, 79, 177-178. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2022.07.009

  • Williams, J. L., *Hardt, M. M., *Henschel, A. V., *Jamison, J. R., Brymer, M. J., & Rheingold, A. A. (2022). An open trial of Skills for Psychological Recovery for sudden loss survivors. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2022.06.003 

  • Williams, J. L., & Rheingold, A. A. (2020). Novel application of Skills for Psychological Recovery as an early intervention for violent loss: Rationale and case examples. OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying, 81, 179-196. doi: 10.1177/0030222818766138

  • Rheingold, A. A., & Williams, J. L. (2018). A modular-based comprehensive approach for addressing heterogeneous mental health sequelae of violent loss survivors. Death Studies, 42, 164-171. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2017.1370798