Isha Williams, M.S. Chicago Campus

"As a faculty member tasked with training socially   
responsible   therapists, I actively engage my students  
to place themselves in the   larger context of society so  
that they can determine how they will   affect change both  
within the family system and within the larger   society." 
-Isha Williams, M.S.

"As a faculty member tasked with training socially
responsible therapists, I actively engage my students
to place themselves in the larger context of society so
that they can determine how they will affect change both
within the family system and within the larger society."
-Isha Williams, M.S.

Isha Williams
Clinical Training Director and Core Faculty
Couple and Family Therapy Department

I am excited about the opportunity to work here at Adler University. When I reflect on the mission of Adler University, I can readily identify with the outcomes specified in the university’s mission of creating socially responsible practitioners, facilitating and providing community engagement, and promoting social justice. Lack of resources should not prevent anyone from access to quality mental health services. It is my personal commitment to advocate for those who are pushed to the outer boundaries of society. As a faculty member tasked with training socially responsible therapists, I actively engage my students to place themselves in the larger context of society so that they can determine how they will affect change both within the family system and within the larger society.

As a nation, we still struggle with ending healthcare disparities. This includes both mental and medical care. My research focus is on medical family therapy, specifically children with chronic illness or disease and their families. All too often, these families must make healthcare choices that impact their social, emotional, and financial lives. I have worked with patients and their families who were experiencing psychosocial issues in addition to having a medical health issue. This unique context allowed me to provide therapy, to collaborate with medical professionals about the psychosocial issues that patients were experiencing, and to serve as an advocate for patients in their medical care. 

Currently I am examining how parenting style, children’s coping, and children’s spirituality can influence the health-related quality of life of children with type I diabetes. Children in this population and their family members are more susceptible to psychosocial and mental health issues and need support to help manage living with the disease. 

Please email or call me (312.662.4363) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Ph.D., Candidate Marriage and Family Therapy, Virginia Tech
  • M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, East Carolina University
  • M.S., Cell Biology, East Carolina University
  • B.A. Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Licensure

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Professional Memberships

  • Member, American Family Therapy Academy
  • Member, International Family Therapy Association
  • Clinical Member, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy,
  • Clinical Member, North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Publications

  • Williams, I. D., Richardson, T. A., Moore, D. D., Gambrel, L. E., & Keeling, M. L. (2010). Perspectives in self-care. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 5, 320-338.

Presentations

International Presentations

  • Ungureanu, I. & Williams, I. D. (2016, March). Teaching medical family therapy: Global experiences. Presentation presented at the annual conference of the International Family Therapy Association, Kona, Hawaii.
  • Williams, I. D. (2015, July). Biopsychosocial what? Integrating family therapy into the medical setting. Postgraduate seminar taught at the Areopagus Institute of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, Timisoara, Romania.
  • Williams, I. D. & Rogobete, I. C. (2014, March). Cultural perspectives on family therapy education. Presentation presented at the annual conference of the International Family Therapy Association, Panama City, Panama.
  • Williams, I. D., Rogobete, I. C., & Ungureanu, I. (2014, March). Multicultural Perspectives on Family Therapy Training and Supervision: A three continents journey. Workshop presented at the Annual Conference of the International Family Therapy Association, Panama City, Panama.
  • Williams, I. D. (2013, April). Couple therapy and assessment. Postgraduate seminar taught at the Areopagus Institute of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, Timisoara, Romania.
  • Williams, I. D. (2012, February). Medical family therapy. Postgraduate seminar taught at the Areopagus Institute of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, Timisoara, Romania.
  • Williams, I. D. (2012, February). Structural family therapy. Postgraduate seminar taught at the Areopagus Institute of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, Timisoara, Romania.

National Presentations

  • Williams, I. D. (2014, August). Developing student and faculty international partnerships, activities, and exchanges. Keynote panel speaker at the annual conference of the International Conference on Psychology Education, Flagstaff, Arizona.
  • Williams, I. D. (2014, August). Internationalizing the psychology curriculum to appropriately reflect cultural traditions while teaching psychological literacy. Keynote panel speaker at the annual conference of the International Conference on Psychology Education, Flagstaff, Arizona.
  • Williams, I. D. & Smith, C. L.  (2009, October).  The effects of trauma on children. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Sacramento, CA.

Regional Presentations

  • Ungureanu, I. & Williams, I. D. (2015, March). Integrating spirituality and religion into the medical family model. Presented at the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Naperville, IL.
  • Jimenez, M., & Williams, I. D. (2015, November). Building cultural competence to enhance your clinical practice. Presented at the Mental Health America of the North Shore Workshop, Glenview, IL.
  • Williams, I. D. (2012, November). Psychosocial health and wellness. Presented at the Demoiselle 2 Femme PAUSE for Diabetes Awareness Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Williams, I. D. (2012, February). Systems theory and family therapy. Presented to master’s level genetic counseling students at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.
  • Williams, I.D. (2011, June). Helping families when children have diabetes. Presented at the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center Conference, Resilience: Supporting Individuals and Families Facing the Challenges of Diabetes, Chicago, IL.
  • Williams, I. D. (2011, June). Psychosocial dynamics: Children with diabetes and their families. Presented to diabetic pediatric nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL.
  • Williams, I. D. (2011, March). The family system in health and illness.  Presented to master’s level genetic counseling students at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.
  • Kennington, M., Williams, I. D., & Klemme, T. (2009, November). How to manage difficult situations: Dating violence, depression/anxiety, and body image. Represented Kappa Omicron Nu in presentation to Upward Bound/Talent Search Assembly, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Krepps, J. & Williams, I. D.  (2007, March).  Conversations on diversity: Talking our way forward.  Session presented at the meeting of Pre-Conference Institutes of the North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Raleigh, NC.