Dr. Deshawnda Williams is a passionate scholar-practitioner in the field of Clinical Social Work and Special Education. She is a practicing Social Worker who facilitates as an independent Behavior Specialist Consultant contractor. She has worked in the mental health field for sixteen years where she has delivered Family Focused Therapy (FFT), Attachment-Based Therapy with Children, Adolescents and Families (ABT).
In addition, she has worked evidence-based treatments with adolescent clients having a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and adjustment issues; such as anxiety, stress, depression, and social peer relationship problems. She is certified with the state of Pennsylvania in Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA).
Dr. Williams served as a High School Science Teacher at Community Education Partners for students with special needs. Additionally, while at Community Education Partners, Ms. Williams provided leadership, accountability and direction in providing comprehensive services to promote academic success for her students as a Behavior Specialist. In her role as Senior Class Sponsor Dr. Williams was influential in graduating over 450 students, 350 of which ascertained higher education. During her tenure at Community Education Partners, she was voted Employee of the Year, Employee of the Month, and Senior Class Sponsor of the Year for four consecutive years.
After her tenure as a Behavior Specialist counselor, Dr. Williams moved on to serve in the role of Clinical Supervisor at NHS Human Services. There, Dr. Williams ensured compliance with licensing and fiscal requirements as well as provided support and supervision to clinical staff members to ensure that continuity of care was being provided for the clients being serviced.
Dr. Williams earned her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, managing a double major in Sociology and Religion, with a minor in Philosophy. She pursued two Master’s degrees; one in Clinical Social Work from Tulane University, in New Orleans, LA, and the other in Education, specializing in Special Education, from Arcadia University, in Glenside, PA. In 2015, Dr. Williams completed her Doctoral degree in Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary Eastern University.Presently, Dr. Williams is attending Walden University pursuing a PHD Social Work degree with a concentration in Families and Interventions.
Along with Dr. Williams’ professional and educational endeavors, she remains active in various areas of the community. Dr. Williams in 2016 ran for State Senator district 3 office in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Williamsis the former Pastor of New Inspirational Baptist Church located in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia.
Dr. Williams is the CEO/President of On The Right Track With Dr.Dee that has three nonprofit organizations that are community based called Cerebrum: One Mind At A Time, H2H (Hood 2 Hood) and Peculiar Daughters Ministries.
Dr. Williams is eager to apply her experience and compassion with the clients she services as they begin to address issues that will help them to improve their quality of life and attain a sense of fulfillment.