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Charles Williams, Ph.D.

Program(s) Association(s):

  • Center for the Prevention of School-Aged Violence, Director
  • Special Education
  • Conflict Resolution


  • Ph.D. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Educational Psychology
    Dissertation title: The effects of Social Skills and Media on Student Achievement in Elementary School Students
    Committee chair: Joseph P. DuCette
  • 1999 M.S. MCP-Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA, Group Counseling and Organizational Dynamics
    Thesis title: The Psycho dynamics of Diversity in Organizations: a comparative review of affirmative action and diversity valuing efforts.
    Committee chair: David W. Danner
  • 1998 - 1999 Organizational Training & Development Practicum: Organization
    Development Unit, Office of the Health Commissioner, City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1997 - 1998 Clinical Training Practicum: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Unit, Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1997 B.A. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Psychology

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, 2008 - present
    School of Education - Goodwin College of Professional Studies, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Graduate Lecturer, 2007- 2008
    School of Graduate Professional Studies - Performance and Learning Systems, Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA.
  • Graduate Lecturer, 2005 -2007
    Graduate School of Education - School Counseling Program, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd-Mercy, PA.
  • Adjunct Professor, 2000-2005
    Temple University - College of Arts and Sciences- First Year Writing Program - Department of English

Areas of Expertise:

  • Developing social and problem solving skills in children with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges
  • Developing behavior intervention plans for children suffering from conduct and attention disorders
  • Dealing with issues of school and community violence
  • Drafting parent support and training curriculum
  • Designing and implementing mentoring programs
  • Advising school staff on how to improve school climate
  • Devising and implanting diversity management and inclusion programs

Professional Experience

Courses Taught

  • Counseling Interventions
  • Human Development
  • Career Counseling for School Counselors
  • Diversity and Work Performance
  • Guidance and Counseling
  • Assessment Techniques in Counseling
  • College Composition
  • Business Communications
  • Technical Communications
  • Human Performance Technology
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities

Courses Developed

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Diversity and Work Performance

Research Interests

  • Social skills and learning
  • Bullying prevention
  • Child hood emotional/behavioral disorders
  • Media and child social behavior
  • Mentoring and youth violence prevention
  • Outcomes for youth in placement
  • Psychology of gender and race

Administrative Appointments

Director, Center for the Prevention of School-Aged Violence, 2008- present. Goodwin College of Professional Studies, Drexel University.

Selected Works

Selected Workshops, Presentations and Public Testimony

Panelist – Bullying in Our Schools - College Board – Middle States Region and the Delaware Valley Minority Achievement Consortium (DVMSAC). University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, May 5th, 2011.

Keynote – Freedom Fund Dinner “Student Leadership and Activism” - Penn State National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP), Penn State University, College Park, PA., November, 7th, 2010.

Panelist- A New Era of Education: Beyond the Bricks, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, November, 6th, 2010.

Workshop Presenter – Preventing Bullying in the Classroom, Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools - Walter Palmer Leadership Learning Charter School, Philadelphia, PA., October, 29th, 2010.

Public Testimony – Bullying Prevention, Baltimore City Council - Special Hearing, Baltimore, MD., June, 16th, 2010.

Public Testimony - Finding Humane Solutions to the Crisis of Youth Violence. Pennsylvania House of Representatives and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Girard College, Philadelphia, PA., June 4th, 2010.

Moderator - Toward a More Perfect Union: Confronting America’s Racial Divide, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA., March, 18th, 2010.

Workshop Presenter - Classroom Management, Noyce Scholars Program, School of Education, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA., April, 21st, 2010.

Public Testimony - Intergroup Conflict and School Violence. Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, April, 6th, 2010.

Public Testimony - Parent Accountability Act (SB. 99). Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee, March, 15th, 2010.

Moderator - South Philadelphia High School - Diversity, Bullying and School-Aged Violence: Challenges and Solutions, 1st Community Symposium, Center for the Prevention of School-Aged Violence, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA., February, 1st, 2010.

Public Testimony - Foster Care and Adoption. Joint Committees on Public Health, Human Services and Legislative Oversight, City Council of Philadelphia, PA, December, 15th, 2009.

Selected Peer Reviewed Scholarly Contributions

Williams, C. A. (2011, March). Mentoring and evidence-based tool to prevent youth violence and improve academic achievement among urban youth. Paper to be presented at the National Conference on Juvenile and Family Law, Reno, Nevada.

Williams, C. A. (2010, October). Social skills and mentoring: Getting urban youth to graduation with the support of evidence-based practices. Paper presented at the National Social Science Conference: Fall Professional Development Conference, Reno, Nevada.

Williams, C. A. (2010, May). Teaching social skills and mentoring: Preventing school failure. Paper presented at the One Voice International Conference for Educators, New Jersey. (Invited.)

Williams, C. A. (2010, May). Mentoring to improve outcomes: empowering our youth. In L. S. Reddick (Chair), 6th Annual Black Male Development Symposium. Workshop conducted at symposium conducted at Arcadia University¸ PA.

Williams, C. A. (2010, February). “He Aint’ Heavy…” : Mentoring, Collective Responsibility, and Social Change. Panel discussion at Black Leadership Summit - REACH Project. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Williams, C. A. (2009, November). Mentoring, social skills and caregiver support: Tools for preventing school-aged violence. Paper presented at One Voice International Conference for Educators, New York.

Selected Peer Reviewed Scholarly Publications

Williams, C. A. (accepted). Understanding the socio-cultural factors affecting learning in diverse student populations within the United States: Leading by example. In Aiken, J. A., & Gerstl-Pepin, C. (Eds.), Defining social justice leadership in a global context: The changing face of leadership (working). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Williams, C. A. (accepted). Mentoring and social skills training: Ensuring better outcomes for youth in foster care. Child Welfare.

Williams, C. A. (in press). Teaching Social Skills and Mentoring: Preventing school failure [Abstract]. One Voice International Collection of Scholarly Works (Vol. 1, 2008-2009).

Williams, C. A. (in press). Mentoring, Social Skills and Caregiver Support: Tools for preventing school-aged violence [Abstract]. One Voice International Collection of Scholarly Works (Vol. 1, 2010).

Chuck Williams
Charles Williams, Ph.D.
School of Education
Email: drchuck@drexel.edu
Office:Goodwin College, 3001 Market Street, Suite 100