Associate Professor Stacy Williams Honored with New York Association of School Psychologists Presidential Service Award

Julia Fishman

Stacy Williams

Williams was recognized for her work dealing with the organization’s response to COVID-19 and for its statement on discrimination.

September 17, 2020—Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Stacy Williams is a force for good both inside and outside the classroom. Known for her strong relationships with students and her involvement in many campus initiatives (she created the Marist College Diversity Leadership Institute), she is also a Licensed Psychologist and a New York State Certified School Psychologist. Over the past two years, she has served as treasurer-elect for the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) and is now one of the individuals being honored with the organization’s Presidential Service Award.

NYASP’s mission is to serve children, their families, and schools by promoting psychological well-being, excellence in education, and sensitivity to diversity through best practices in the field. The Presidential Service Award is a distinct honor. “This award is for those individuals who go above and beyond their roles,” said NYASP Immediate Past-President John Garruto. Although Williams was serving as the organization’s treasurer-elect (and is now moving into the role of treasurer) she took on much more than the financial concerns of the group. “Our country has been confronted with two major issues: one dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, and the other on appropriately responding to systemic racism. Many of our board members actively ‘stepped-up’ to respond to these crises; Dr. Williams was one of them,” Garruto noted.

Williams helped author a statement on discrimination for NYASP and served as a strong and important voice on ensuring that NYASP was actively engaged in this issue. She also assisted in the development of NYASP's "Here to Help" campaign, which focused on the importance of school psychologists during the pandemic. The group produced a video, which can be viewed here.

“I am delighted but not surprised that Dr. Stacy Williams is being honored with a service award by NYASP,” said Deborah Gatins, Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “She is remarkably thoughtful in the planning and implementation of her courses across both undergraduate and graduate programs. Every year, she provides mentorship to students that results in the presentation of scholarly works at national conferences,” said Gatins. “Dr. Williams volunteers her time across our campus on a variety of committees. Her grace, humor, and intelligence make her highly sought after with regard to collaboration on campus initiatives. In particular, she was a founding member of the Creating an Inclusive Community (CIC) movement in SBS, and has influenced many colleagues in developing curriculum designed to represent all voices, as well as hear all voices.”

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