Visiting Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology
Norissa Williams obtained a BS with a major in Human Services and a minor in Psychology from St John's University. She then obtained a Master's in Social Work from Stony Brook University. Thereafter, impassioned with the desire to create interventions and work at the community level, Norissa returned back to school at Fordham University where she obtained a PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology in 2014.
Dr. Williams main research interests are as it pertains to cultural competence, racial socialization, cross cultural differences in the development of coping skills and other mental health related behaviors. She is currently using a community based participatory action research design to study the impact of the current racial climate in the United States on messages black parents use to socialize their children about race. In addition, she is working on another project exploring therapists perceptions of the needs of their Caribbean clients. Most recently she has published, "When the Trainer Got Trained: 7 things I Learned Delivering Diversity Trainings," "Recognizing the Needs of Black Social Work Students in the Current Racial Climate," and "Everybody Pulls Together: A look at coping and resilience from the perspective of one Trinidadian woman."
Prior to coming to NYU, Dr. Williams served as an Assistant Professor in the Social & Behavioral Sciences Department of Medgar Evers College at the City University of NY. In addition, she has served as contributing faculty at Walden University and has served as an Adjunct Lecturer/Professor at several schools across New York including; Westchester Community College, Dominican College, Queens College & Fordham University.