Graduate College of Social Work

Sheara Williams

Assistant Professor , ACSW
Room: 414 Social Work Building
Phone: (713) 743-8120
Curriculum Vita


B.S. (Rehabilitation Psychology), Southern University A & M, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1992;
M.S.W. (Social Work), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1994;
Ph.D. (Social Work), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2004.

Areas of Specialization:

Children’s Behavioral and Mental Health; the Academic Achievement Gap; School-Based Interventions and Cultural Diversity Training.

Courses Taught:

School Social Work Practice
Introduction to Psychology
Approaches to Brief Treatment
Antisocial Aggressive Behavior in Childhood and Early Adolescence: Theory and Practice
Diversity, Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity Training
Introduction to Social Work Practice
Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups

Research Interests:

To utilize both quantitative and qualitative techniques to conduct research in the following areas: the interrelatedness of children’s mental health, social, behavioral and academic competencies; the emotional, behavioral, and social aspects of school readiness; the development, delivery, evaluation, and dissemination of effective interventions for families and children that promote positive child developmental outcomes and protective factors while also reducing risk factors ; the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 on academic achievement and future outcomes for poor and minority children; and the role of school social workers in addressing and reducing the academic achievement gap.

Selected Publications:

Araujo Dawson, B., & Williams, S. A. (2008). The impact of language status as an acculturative stressor on internalizing and externalizing behavior among Latino/Hispanic youth: A longitudinal analysis from school entry through third grade. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 37, 399-411.

Williams, S. A. (2008). The ECLS-K study and database: A resource for school social work practitioners and researchers. School Social Work Journal, 33(1), 35-46.

Williams, S. A.., Leach, M. T., & Becker, L. (2008). Intergenerational family influences on the education of African American children. In C. Waites (Ed.), Social work practice with African-American families: An intergenerational perspective (pp. 105-122). New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Williams, S. A. (2008). Introduction. Impact of natural disasters: Implications for human and social services [Special Issue]. Journal of Social Service Research, 34(3), 1-3.

Williams, S. A. (2008). Violence. In T. Mizrahi and L. Davis (Eds.), Encyclopedia of social work (20th ed., Vol. 4, pp. 259-265). New York: National Association of Social Workers and Oxford University Press.

Araujo, B. Y., Williams, S. A., & Lopez-Humphreys, M. (2007). Linking language barriers to the life satisfaction of Latino immigrant children: Indications from a pilot intervention. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 5(3), 61-76.

Leach, M. T., & Williams, S. A. (2007). The impact of the academic achievement gap on the African American family: A social inequality perspective. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 15(2/3), 39—59. [Published simultaneously, in J.C. Hall and S.L. Bowie (Eds.), African American behavior in the social environment: New perspectives. Binghampton, NY: Haworth Press, Inc.]

Fraser, M. W., & Williams, S. A. (2004). Aggressive behavior. In L.A. Rapp-Paglicci, C. N. Dulmus, & J. S. Wodarski (Eds.), Handbook of prevention interventions for children and adolescents (pp. 100 – 129). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.

Edited Volumes:

Williams, S. A. (Guest Editor, 2008). Impact of natural disasters: Implications for human and social services [Special Issue]. Journal of Social Service Research, 34(3), 98 pages.