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Office Hours: By appointment. Schedule by e-mail (preferred) or telephone.
Education: PhD, Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis (2013)
MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1996)
BSW, North Carolina University (1995)
Research Interests: Include cultural competence among social work and helping professionals and racial/ethnic disparities in access to and utilization of quality mental health services, with an emphasis on African Americans and emerging adults.
Sha-Lai Williams received her PhD from The Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. Her research interest focuses on issues related to race/ethnicity and mental health and utilization of mental health services, particularly among African Americans and emerging adults. She is also interested in factors associated with cultural awareness/sensitivity among social work and helping professionals. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, Dr. Williams gained over 12 years of practice experience in residential care facilities, non-profit agencies, and private practice, providing direct clinical practice to individuals, families, and groups affected by mental illness. She is a licensed clinical social worker, and has previously served as a supervisor to provisionally licensed clinical social workers in North Carolina. Dr. Williams received her MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BSW from North Carolina State University.
As an associate professor in the School of Social Work at University of Missouri – St. Louis, Dr. Williams teaches Social Work Practice and Human Behavior courses, utilizing her expertise as an accomplished facilitator of several nationally recognized training curricula and her experience teaching Masters-level courses at The Brown School. She enjoys interacting with undergraduate students, serving as an advisor for master’s level students and those involved with the BHWET program. In addition, Dr. Williams is an active participant in the School of Social Work, as well as the UMSL and surrounding community.