Isha Williams, M.S. Chicago Campus

"Tasked with training socially responsible practitioners,  
I actively encourage students to contextualize 
what we study in the broader sense of society."  
- Isha Williams, M.S.

"Tasked with training socially responsible practitioners,
I actively encourage students to contextualize
what we study in the broader sense of society."
- Isha Williams, M.S.

Isha Williams, M.S.
Clinical Training Director and Core Faculty
Couple and Family Therapy Department

I am inspired by working with students as core faculty at Adler University—when I reflect on the mission of the University, I am compelled by our goals of creating socially responsible practitioners, facilitating and providing community engagement, and promoting social justice. I believe lack of resources or other factors should not prevent individuals from accessing quality mental health services, and it is my commitment to advocate for and empower those who experience social exclusion. Tasked with training socially responsible practitioners, I actively encourage students to contentualize what we study in the broader sense of society so they can best determine how to affect change when working with individuals and families.

We struggle with ending disparities in health care, including mental health and medical care as a nation. My research focus is medical family therapy, specifically children with chronic illness, and their families. All too often these families must make healthcare choices that significantly impact their social, emotional, and financial lives. I have experience working with patients simultaneously experiencing complex psychosocial issues and medical health issues. This unique contextual background allows me to provide therapy, collaborate with medical professionals about sensitive psychosocial patient issues, and serve as a patient advocate.

Currently I am examining how parenting styles and children’s coping mechanisms and spirituality influence the health-related quality of life of children with Type-1 diabetes, who, along with their families, are are more susceptible to psychosocial 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 Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, East Carolina University
  • M.S., Cell Biology, East Carolina University
  • B.A., Biology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Licensure

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • AAMFT-Approved Supervisor

Professional Memberships

  • American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), Member
  • International Family Therapy Association (IFTA), Member
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), Clinical Member
  • North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Member

Publications

  • 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. & 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.
  • 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.