Joanna Lee Williams« Employee directory
- Ph.D., Temple University, 2008
- M.Ed., University of Pennsylvania, 2001
- B.A., Brown University, 1997
Joanna Lee Williams received her Ph.D. in 2008 in Developmental Psychology from Temple University. She is an assistant professor and is also affiliated with Youth-Nex: The U.Va. Center to Promote Effective Youth Development.
Williams’ research interests focus on race and ethnicity as social contexts for youth development. Specifically, her work examines ethnic identity as a form of positive youth development in the face of discrimination and other stressors, and ethnic identity in relation to youths’ beliefs and behaviors. She also has applied interests in understanding diversity, peer relations, and positive outcomes in youth development programs and serves as the Associate Director of Research for the Young Women Leaders Program YWLP), a mentoring program for middle school girls.
In 2014, Williams was one of five young scholars in the country to be awarded the William T. Grant Foundation Award. The grant sponsors a five-year study of the benefits and challenges of ethnic diversity in middle schools sponsored. For this new work she will investigate diversity in early adolescent peer social networks.
- Q&A: We Need to Talk About Race to Understand Positive Youth Development
- Alumnus Myles Durkee Discusses His Research on the Racial Experiences of Minority Students
- Grad Student Takes Research to D.C. As Intern for New White House Initiative
- Mentorship and Mentoring Research is Key for Two SURP Interns
- Tolan Co-authors Policy Report on Boys and Young Men of Color; Williams Offers Its Commentary
- Curry Faculty Member, Student Part of ‘Black Girls Matter’ Forum
- Prof. Williams Part of “Engaging Race” Forum Discussing Black Girls: “Overpoliced, Underprotected”
- Youth-Nex Impacts Community with ‘Youth of Color Matter’ Conference
- CBS19 Talks to Youth Activist at Youth-Nex “Youth of Color Matter” Conference
- Undergraduate Researcher Program from Summer 2015