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Ed-Dee G. Williams

Ed-Dee G. Williams

PhD Student. Social Work/Sociology Graduate - 2021

Ed-Dee G. Williams’ area of research is concerned with improving help-seeking behaviors and access to mental health support for Black adolescents experiencing depression. His work up to this point focused on Black adolescent males in high school and their utilization of available mental health resources in their schools and community, and uses a mixed-methods approach. Williams looks to leverage his expertise to branch into research on Black autistic adolescents, their experiences with depression and their ability to access adequate support. A key aspect of his research is ensuring that it is fully grounded and accessible in the Black community. Williams received his Master of Social Work in interpersonal practice in mental health, and social policy and evaluation from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2014. He completed his PhD in Social Work and Sociology at the School's Joint PhD Program in the summer of 2021. He will begin a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Matthew J. Smith in the Level-Up Lab, where he will receive mentoring on quantitative intervention research methods specific to examining depression among Black autistic adolescents, and developing interventions to improve their access to adequate support.

Dissertation Title

Black Boys Mental Health Help-Seeking: Exploring Perceptions, Barriers and Social Processes


Year Degree   School
2021 PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2014 MSW University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2013 BA University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Year Description
2020 - Winter Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant
2019 - Winter Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant
2019 - Fall W. K. Kellogg Foundation Family Endowed Fellowship
2018 - Winter Bobbe and Jon Bridge Award
2017 - Fall Bobbe and Jon Bridge Award

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