Natalie Williams


Williams Child and Family Health Research Group

Natalie Williams

Associate Professor and Graduate Chair

Ph.D., Clinical and Developmental Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia (2008)
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia (2003)
B.A., History, Colgate University (1998)

Dr. Williams’ program of research is broadly concerned with promoting physical and psychosocial wellbeing in vulnerable child populations and their families. This work is rooted in a socio-ecological theoretical framework that assumes children’s outcomes are influenced not only by characteristics of individuals, but also by features of their home, school, and community environments. Over the past ten years, she has conducted research focusing on injury prevention in toddlers, psychosocial adjustment of children with cancer, the impact of childhood food allergy on parenting practices and caregiver quality of life, and family and child influences on childhood obesity.

Dr. Williams received a joint doctoral degree in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. These experiences provided broad training in both normative and problematic social/emotional, physical and cognitive development in childhood, as well as focused training in pediatric psychology research and clinical practice.

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