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Michael W. Williams, Ph.D.

Michael W Williams

Assistant Professor
Director of the Measurement and Intervention for Neuropsychological Disorders (MIND) Laboratory
Clinical Psychology
Ph.D., Wayne State University

Heyne Building, Room 231C

Dr. Williams will be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Application deadline is December 1, 2020. Please see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for details.

Biographical Summary

Dr. Michael W. Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. He holds a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Morehouse College. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology with a focus in Clinical Neuropsychology and Advanced Statistical Methods from Wayne State University. Dr. Williams completed his Clinical Psychology internship on the Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychology track at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Adult Rehabilitation and Clinical Neuropsychology program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a licensed clinical psychologist. The goal of his research program is to improve patient centered outcomes for those who have suffered a brain injury. His research examines neuropsychological characteristics (e.g., cognition, mood, pain) that are associated with long-term functional outcomes (e.g., independence, return to work, etc.) to identify novel targets of intervention and to develop tailored interventions for optimizing medical rehabilitation and functional recovery.


  • Ph.D., Wayne State University

Research Interests

  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Rehabilitation Neuropsychology
  • Functional Outcomes/ Recovery
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Acquired Brain Injury


  • PSYC 6357: Clinical Assessment II (graduate)

Professional Activities

  • Member-at-Large, Houston Neuropsychological Society
  • Chair, Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) Science Committee


  • Center for Large Data Research & Data Sharing in Rehabilitation Travel Award (2019)

Selected Publications

  • Williams, M. W., Rapport, L. J., Hanks, R. A., & Parker, H. A. (2019). Engagement in rehabilitation therapy and functional outcomes among individuals with acquired brain injuries. Disability and Rehabilitation. DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1613682
  • Beier, M., Hughes, A. J., Williams, M. W., & Gormisch, E. S. (2019). Brief and Cost- Effective Tool for Assessing Verbal Learning in Multiple Sclerosis: Comparison of the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT) to the California Verbal Learning Test - II (CVLT-II). Journal of Neurological Sciences.
  • Verney, S. P., Gibbons, L. E., Dmitrieva, N. O., Kueider, A. M., Williams, M. W., Meyer, O. L., Manly, J. J., Pieper, C. F., Sisco, S. M., & Marsiske, M. (2018). Health Literacy, Sociodemographic Factors, and Cognitive Training in the ACTIVE Study of Older Adults. International journal of geriatric psychiatry.
  • Greene, H. A., Rapport, L. J., Williams, M. W., Hanks, R. A., Lumley, M. A., & Bogg, T. (2018). Functional independence after acquired brain injury: Prospective effects of health self-efficacy and cognitive impairment. Rehabilitation Psychology. PMID: 30247052