Name: Dr. Stacy A.S. Williams
Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office Location: Dyson 339
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2677
Email: Stacy.williams@marist.edu
Degrees Held:

Doctor of Philosophy, School Psychology (May 2004); University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA

Master of Arts, Education, (May 2002); University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (May 1997);  Amherst College, Amherst, MA

           

Certifications:

NYS Certfied School Psychologist (Permanent) 

NYS Licensed Psychologist:019149 (2011–Present)

Connecticut Certified School Psychologists (2003-2006)

Louisiana Certified School Psychologist (2002-2003)

 

Bio:

Stacy A. S. Williams, Ph.D., comes to us from the University at Albany, State University of New York where she served as Director of Field Training and Clinical Assistant Professor.  Dr. Williams is also a Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist in New York State.  Her years of working with groups of K-12 at-risk learners in both urban and rural communities have provided her with clear insights into the frustrations, challenges and joys of working as a school psychologist with limited resources.  She has consulted with Instructional Support Teams (IST) in upstate New York and Bridgeport, CT working closely with school psychologists, general educators, administrators, and support staff integrating RTI initiatives at the IST level.  Additionally, Dr. Williams has also consulted internationally, bringing RTI strategies to rural classrooms in Jamaica.  She has extensive experience collecting and managing systems' data and developing whole class or individual interventions based on the data.  Currently, Dr. Williams and her students at University at Albany are working with New York State Behavior Specialists helping them deliver effective Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) training to identified districts and schools in New York State. Dr. Williams' area of research focuses on how to effectively communicate research findings to teachers and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and supporting teachers through consultation and the development of  "responsive PD" as they deliver Tier 1 and 2 supports.  Dr. Williams is an immigrant from Jamaica, who is proud of her birth land's accomplishments on the world stage (i.e., track & field).  She welcomes any opportunity to share the beauty of her homeland with others.  

 

Interests:

I am a developing artist and a photo journalist at heart.  In my photo blog (www.najiimages.tumblr.com) you will find images I love to photograph: water, beaches, flowers, nature, people, buildings etc.  Professionally, I shoot with a Cannon 7D. Informally, I capture images with my iPhone 5 and Samsung DV 300F.  My motto is "Have camera, will travel."

 

 

Awards & Honors:

Grants

Research

Co- Investigator: Implementing and evaluating instructional practices to enhance literacy and mathematics education in rural Jamaican communities. Funded by the University at Albany Faculty Research Awards Program. 

Amount: $10, 000 (2007)

Research Institute

Selected after a rigorous application process to participate in the Richard Woodcock Institute, September 29, 2012 at Tufts University, Boston MA, sponsored by the Woodcock-Munoz Foundation (May 2012).

Selected after a rigorous application process to participate in the School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference in Toronto, Canada sponsored by The Society for the Study of School Psychology (August, 2009).

 

Publications:

Refereed Journal Articles

Williams, S. A. S., & Staulters, M. L. (2010).  Literacy instruction in rural elementary schools in Jamaica: Response to professional development.  The Journal of Negro Education, 79 (2), 97-111. 

Hintze, J.M., Callahan, J.E. III., Matthews, W.J., Williams, S.A.., & Tobin, K.G. (2002). Oral     reading fluency and prediction of reading comprehension in african-american and caucasion elementary school children. School Psychology   Review, 31, 540- 553.

Book Chapters

Williams, S. A., & Crockett, D. P. (2012). Institutional barriers: Poverty and education. In D. Shriberg, S. Y. Song, A. H. Miranda, & K. M. Radliff (Eds)., School Psychology and Social Justice: Conceptual Foundations and Tools for Practice (pp. 137 – 154).  New York: Routledge.

Sun, C.F., Cooks, L., Rinhart, C., & Williams, S.A.S. (2002). Dmx, cosby, and two sides of the American dream. In R. R. M. Coleman (Ed.), Say it Loud! (pp.115-145). New York: Routledge.

Bowman, S., Kite, M., Branscombe, N., & Williams, S. (1999). Developmental relationships of black Americans in the academy.  In A. J. Murrell, F. J. Crosby, & R. J. Ely (Eds.), Mentoring Dilemmas: Developmental Relationships within Multicultural Organization (pp. 21-46). Lawrence Erlbaum Association.

Newsletter article

Williams, S. A. (2008, December). School psychologists supporting general educators. Communiqué, 37 (4), 15 – 16.

Encyclopedia Entries

Williams, S. A. (2011). African-American English. In S. Goldstein and J. A. Naglieri (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development (pp. 56-58). Springer.

Williams, S. A. (2011). Bias. In S. Goldstein and J. A. Naglieri (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development (pp.235 -237). Springer.

Williams, S. A. (2011). Culture. In S. Goldstein and J. A. Naglieri (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development (451 -452). Springer.

Williams, S. A. (2011). Ebonics. In S. Goldstein and J. A. Naglieri (Eds.), Encyclopedia of  Child Behavior and Development (553-555). Springer.

Williams, S. A. (2011). Extended families. In S. Goldstein and J. A. Naglieri (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development (pp. 623 - 624). Springer.

Williams, S. A. (2011). Identity styles. In S. Goldstein and J. A. Naglieri (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development (pp. 782-785). Springer.

Williams, S. A. (2011). Literacy. In S. Goldstein and J. A. Naglieri (Eds.), Encyclopedia of  Child Behavior and Development (pp. 890 – 892). Springer.

Williams, S. A. (2011). Nuclear family. In S. Goldstein and J. A. Naglieri (Eds.),  Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development (pp.1026 – 1027). Springer.

 

 

Research Interests:

Systems Level Consultation

Supporting Technology Integration at Tier 1

Building capacity: Behavior Specialists as Systems Consultants 

Conferences & Workshops:

National Conference Presentations

Williams, S. A., Brewer, E., Gifford, T., Teplitsky, R. & Hoffman, D. (2013, February). Developing the tools of our trade: Intervention 101 for schools.  Symposium presented at the National Association of School Psychologist Conference, Seattle, Washington.

Williams, S. A., & Cook, E. (2013, February).  Professional development For teachers who are stressed and resistant to change: Lessons learned.  Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologist Conference, Seattle, Washington. 

Williams, S. A. & Cook, E. (2012, October).  Professional development for systems in transitions and crisis: Working effectively with teachers.  Paper presented at the 2nd Joint Conference between the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, University at Albany & Specialty area of Educational, Developmental, and Counseling Psychology, & Research group on Psychosocial Transitions, College of Psychology and Education, Universidade de Coimbra

Williams, S. A. (2010, March).  Helping teachers understand the true nature of interventions. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologist, Chicago, IL.

Williams, S. A. (2009, October). Developing a lingua franca: How to talk to teachers about intervention scripts and coach cards? Paper presentation at the Northeastern Research Association Conference, Rocky Hill, CT.

Williams, S. A., & Miranda, A. H. (2009, February). Supporting teachers: RTI and instructional support team integration. Mini skills presentation at the National Association of School Psychologist, Boston, MA.

Williams, S., & Staulters, M. L. (2009, February). Lessons learned from international and cross-cultural collaboration. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologist, Boston, MA.

Williams, S., & Staulters, M. L. (2009, February). Promoting and sustaining positive changes in rural educators’ instructional practices. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologist, Boston, MA.

Staulters, M., & Williams, S. (2008, November). Promoting and sustaining positive changes in rural educators’ instructional practices. Poster presented at the Teacher Education Division Conference, Dallas, Texas.

Staulters, M., & Williams, S. (2008, April). Promoting and sustaining positive changes in rural educators’ instructional practices. Paper presented at the Council of Exceptional Children Conference, Boston, MA.

Williams, S., & Staulters, M. (2008, February). Evaluating instructional practices to enhance literacy and mathematics education in rural Jamaican communities. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologist Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Williams, K., & Williams, S. (2008, February). Assessing cultural needs: Parent perception of  their child’s cultural needs. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologist Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Staulters, M. & Williams, S. (2007, September).  Exploring instructional practices to enhance literacy and mathematics education in rural Jamaican communities. Paper presented at the Northeastern Educational Research Association Convention, Middletown, CT.

Williams, S. A. (2007, August). The cultural reading interests of minority students. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association of Black Psychologist Conference, Houston, TX.

Williams, S. A. (2007, March). African- American students’ comprehension in culturally matched and unmatched materials. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New York, NY.

Williams, S. A. (2006, August). Culturally matched and unmatched reading materials: Reading comprehension in African-American elementary students. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association of Black Psychologist Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Local Conference Presentations

Williams, S. A. & Dernavich, T. (2007, May). Multicultural awareness for school based practitioners: A graduate seminar. Paper presented at the Diversity Conference held by the school of Social Welfare, University at Albany, NY.

Williams, S. A. (2006, December). A literature review on the correlation between reading achievement and cultural group membership: What does the data show us and where can we go from here?” Paper presented at the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology Brown Bag Lunch Series, Albany, NY.

Williams, S. A. (2006, April). Culturally matched and unmatched sentence verification passages: Reading comprehension in African-American elementary students. Paper presented at the meeting of NYSATE & NYACTE educators meeting, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Williams, S. A. (2006, April). Designing and implementing pre-referral activities in an urban elementary school: success stories. Paper presented at the meeting of NYSATE & NYACTE educators meeting, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Williams, S. A. (2003, December). The effects of culturally matched and unmatched reading materials. Paper presented to Bridgeport Public School System Psychological Services, Bridgeport, CT.

Williams, S. A. (2002, November). The effects of culturally matched materials on the reading comprehension of African-American students. Paper presented at the meeting of Louisiana Psychology Association Conference.

Williams, S. A. (2001, April). Curriculum based measurement of reading: Assessment of ethnic and gender bias. Paper presented at the meeting of National Association of School Psychologists Conference, Washington, DC.

 

 

Affiliations:

Association of Black Psychologists (ABPSI)

American Psychology Association (APA)

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA)

New York Association of School Psychologist (NYASP)

School Psychology Educators Council of New York State (SPECNYS)

Presentations:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

Williams, S. A. (2011 - 2012). Implementing RTI in urban schools.  Training provided to Instructional Support Teams from the Albany Public School System, Albany, NY.

Williams, S. A. (2011, Spring).  RTI: Evidence based interventions. Training provided to instructional support and response to intervention teams from the City School District of Albany, Albany, NY.

Williams, S. A. (2011, Spring). RTI: Practical strategies for school psychologists. Bureau of Education & Research (Detroit, MI., Long Island, NY., Colchester, VT., Bedford, NH., Natick, MA.).

Williams, S. A. (2011,Winter). Determining the effectiveness of interventions. Training provided to instructional support and response to intervention teams from the City School District of Albany, Albany, NY.

Williams, S. A. (2010, Fall). RTI: It’s all about data. Training provided to instructional support and response to intervention teams from the City School District of Albany, Albany, NY.

Williams, S. A. (2010, Fall).  RTI and the school psychologist. Training provided to school psychologists and administrators from North Colonie Central School, North Colonie, NY. 

Williams, S. A. (2010, August). RTI: Practical strategies for administrators. Training provided to administrators from the City School District of Albany, Albany, NY.

Williams, S. A. (2010, August). RTI: Practical strategies for school psychologists. Bureau of Education & Research, Rocky Hill, SC.

Williams, S. A. (2007 – 2010). Pre-referral assessment model: Response to intervention & academic interventions.  Training provided to instructional support teams from the City School District of Albany, Albany, NY.

Williams, S. A. (2010, May). RTI: Practical strategies for school psychologists. Institute for Educational Development, Minneapolis, MN.

Williams, S. A. (2010, May). RTI: Practical strategies for school psychologists. Institute for Educational Development, Chicago, IL.

Williams, S. A. (2010, June). RTI: Practical strategies for school psychologists. Institute for Educational Development, Albany, NY.

Williams, S. A. (2007, June). Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and Literacy Interventions.

Training provided to teachers at Pepper All Age School, St. Elizabeth. JWI. Training funded by University at Albany Faculty Research Awards Program.

Training provided to teachers at Nain All Age School, St. Elizabeth. JWI. Training funded by University at Albany Faculty Research Awards Program.

Training provided to teachers at Lititz All Age School, St. Elizabeth. JWI. Training funded by University at Albany Faculty Research Awards Program.

Training provided to teachers at Austin Primary School, St. Elizabeth. JWI. Training funded by University at Albany Faculty Research Awards Program.

Training provided to teachers at Warminster All Age School, St. Elizabeth. JWI. Training funded by University at Albany Faculty Research Awards Program.

Training provided to teachers at Hopeton All Age School, St. Elizabeth. JWI. Training funded by University at Albany Faculty Research Awards Program.

 

Miscellaneous:

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Ad Hoc Reviewer

Journal of Black Psychology (2006-Present)

Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation (2012 - Present)

Excelsior (2005 – Present)

International Journal of Behavioral Development (2008 – Present)

School Psychology Forum  (2010 – Present)

Psychology in the Schools (2010 – Present)

Division 16 APA proposal reviewer for 2009 Conference in Toronto Canada (August 2009)

National Association of School Psychology proposal reviewer for 2010 conference in Chicago

Community

Board member, National Association of School Psychology Minority Scholarship (2009 – Present)

Discussant, Expert Panel on “The effects of teacher expectation on student achievement,” WAMC Student Town Meeting (March, 2007)

Educational Consultant, HEROS Organization (2003-2005); Bridgeport, CT

Faculty Advisor & Trainer of Academic Tutors (2003-2005); Wilbur Cross Elementary School, Bridgeport Public School System, Bridgeport, CT

Member, Pre-referral Assessment Model (PAM) (2002-2003);  East Baton Rouge Parish System, Baton Rouge, LA

Board Member, National Educational Empowerment Summit, Inc., (2001-Present); National Educational Empowerment Summit Inc. Laurel, MD