Dr. Susan WilliamsAssociate Professor College of Letters and Sciences
Dr. Susan L. Williams is a licensed psychologist with 30 years of clinical experience. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island; her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from San Jose State University, and her B.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State University. She has been serving as the Regional Lead Faculty in Psychology at the Stockton Academic Center since 2005. She directs the M.A. in Counseling Psychology graduate program. Prior to her employment at National, she directed the Counseling Center at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA from 1998 – 2005, where she taught as an adjunct faculty in the Masters in College Student Affairs Program. She also served as the Counseling Center Director at the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA from 1990-1998 where she held an appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychology and taught undergraduate psychology and women's studies classes. She also taught undergraduate psychology courses at the University of Rhode Island and Bristol Community College in Bristol, MA. She completed her two year pre-doctoral clinical internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, where she held an appointment as Clinical Fellow in Psychology, Harvard Medical School.
At National University, Dr. Williams regularly teaches graduate courses in counseling paradigms, cultural competencies, counseling practicum, and legal and ethical issues. She has also taught courses in clinical assessment, relational violence, adulthood and aging, and treatment of addictions.
Dr. Williams' clinical and research interests include: therapist self-care, self-transformation following loss, elders' perceptions of the aging process, erotic transference and countertransference, effective strategies for teaching cultural competence in psychotherapy, utilizing mindfulness based approaches for stress reduction and healthy eating.
Shook, B.L., Parker, J., & Williams, S. L. (2013). Assessing counseling students’ knowledge about sexual compulsivity: Implications for training curricula. Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching, 6(1), 133-146.
Washburn, A. & Williams, S. (2014, November). Person perception in frail older adults: Content analysis of their impressions of unfamiliar others. Paper presentation at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, D.C.
Williams, S. & Washburn, A. (2014, November). Person perception in frail older adults: Content analysis of their descriptions of familiar others. Poster presentation at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC.
Williams, S. (2014, April). Effective teaching strategies for increasing counselor awareness about cultural competence in therapy. Presentation at the Las Vegas National Technology & Social Science Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
Williams, S. (2013, January). Practicing what we preach: Research supported therapist self-care strategies to prevent burnout and promote resilience. Presentation at the Hawaii University International Conference (HUIC), Honolulu, HI.
Shook, B. & Williams-Quinlan, S. (2012, March) Teaching about IPVA in GLBTQ relationships. Presentation at the Association of Women in Psychology Annual Conference, Palm Springs, CA
Williams-Quinlan, S. & Shook, B. (2012, March). Clinical and educational implications concerning intimate partner violence and abuse during pregnancy. Presentation at the Association of Women in Psychology Annual Conference, Palm Springs, CA
Williams-Quinlan, S. (2011, March). Nurturing ourselves through mindful eating. Presentation at the Association of Women in Psychology Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Williams-Quinlan, S. (2009, March). Caring for ourselves: Mindfulness meditation for stress reduction and mindful eating. Presentation at the Association of Women in Psychology Annual Conference, Newport, RI.
Parker, J. & Williams-Quinlan, S. (2008, September). Using a developmental model of recovery to assess clients’ readiness to integrate healthy sexuality into their life. Clinical presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
Parker, J., Shook, B. & Williams-Quinlan, S. (2008, September) Integrating education about sexual compulsivity into graduate clinical curricula. Poster session at the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
Williams-Quinlan, S. (2007, October). Utilizing mindfulness techniques in the treatment of binge eating disorder and obesity. Presentation at the Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education (OCCDHE) Annual Conference, Shell Beach, CA.
Williams, S.L. (2016) The road to recovery: Treating depression and anxiety in cardiac patients. The Therapist, 28(1), 17-21.
Williams, S.L., Shook, B.L. & Parker, J.S. (2016). Assessing marriage and family therapy graduate students’ responses to sexual attraction in therapy. Psychology, (7), 258-270.
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