Valerie Williams, M.A., M.S., is a data analyst and mental health services
researcher with interests in the areas of juvenile justice, homelessness, evaluation,
implementation science, and research focused on parents with mental illness and their
families and substance abuse treatment. She has over 10 years of experience as
co-investigator and statistician on various SAMHSA/CMHS and foundation-funded projects
within both the adult and child systems. Much of her current work focuses on the mental
health needs of youths in the juvenile justice system, with special emphasis on
strategies for attaining and maintaining high fidelity implementation of mental health
screening and assessment under real-world conditions.
Over the past eight years, she has co-directed the Methods Core of the Center for Mental
Health Services Research (CMHSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School,
providing expertise and support to CMHSR faculty and staff in all phases of
research—design, data collection and management, analysis and reporting. Her interest in
research data security logically follows from her role as data analyst. She leads the
CMHSR Data Security Committee, the group responsible for developing and updating the
Center’s data security plan as well as overseeing compliance with security protocols.
This committee stays abreast of evolving best practices and shares experiences and
approaches with other departments and centers to help create a consensus of minimum
standards necessary for any data collection project.
Contributions to Books
Posters and Presentations
Mothers with Mental Health Disorders: Mental Health Promotion in the Context of Parenting (with Joanne Nicholson, Elizabeth A. Aaker, Michael Agar, Karen Albert, Steven M. Banks, Kathleen Biebel, Bernice Gershenson, Antonia Seligowski, Brenda Warren, Sierra Williams, and Katherine Woolsey), Margins to Mainstream: World Congress on Mental Health Promotion and Prevention (2008)