Charles Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor of Psychology and Education
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Charles A. Williams III, PhD, aka “Dr. Chuck” is a trained child and adolescent psychotherapist and an educational psychologist who has joint faculty appointments at Drexel University as an associate teaching professor in the Department of Psychology and the School of Education -- where he served as the founding director of the Center for the Prevention of School-Aged Violence. Dr. Chuck is a fellow at the Stoneleigh Foundation, where he is studying the effects of social skills training and mentoring on life outcomes for foster youth. This work is very important to Dr. Chuck, given that he himself was once a foster youth.
His work in the areas of policy, practice and research focuses on child welfare, social-emotional learning and well-being, mentoring, bullying and the achievement of minority and special needs children and youth.
His contribution The sociocultural factors affecting minority student achievement in the US, was published in 2012 in the text Social leadership for a global world. His article Mentoring and social skills training: ensuring better outcomes for youth in foster care was published in the journal Child Welfare in 2011. Dr. Chuck also served as on-camera expert and content advisor for Real Arts Media for their ground breaking 5-part educational video series titled Combating Conflict with Character, which deals with bullying, diversity and school violence; it is now being distributed nationally by Cambridge Films. He was also invited to take part in a special series on bullying for the national teen news network Channel One News, whose daily broadcast reaches nearly five million youth, representing 7,000 middle and high school students across the US.
He has been invited by the White House to serve as a plenary speaker for the White House Conference on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He has been appointed by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to the Community Oversight Board for the Department of Human Services (DHS), where he serves as chair of the subcommittee on Older Youth/Aging Out. In 2011, he received the National Adoption Center’s prestigious Alison Award, for his commitment to the agency's core mission of finding families for older youth languishing in the child welfare system. He also a member of the Board of Directors for the National Adoption Center. He is a member of the Amercian Psychological Association (APA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA).
Dr. Chuck is also no stranger to the media. In fact, he is the former co-host of The Grimaldi & Williams Show, which was heard weeknights on CBS Radio in Philadelphia. He is frequently called upon by national media outlets such as Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, truTV, the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal USA Today, and the Christian Science Monitor. Dr. Chuck has been able to accomplish such extraordinary things given that he has held on to his faith and one sacred tenet — "the way you start does not have to be the way you finish."