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About Bob Williams

Robert L. Williams, a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, has been leading a graduate-student research group that so far this year has published five articles in major peer-reviewed journals. The doctoral students in his research group examined the instructional format of a large UTK educational psychology course and the psychosocial characteristics of the students who took the course. In his more than 40-year career, Williams has published seven books and over 100 research and theoretical articles in national and international peer-reviewed journals. He usually publishes articles with a team of doctoral students. His overall research goal has been to advance our understanding of (1) student characteristics that potentially affect learning and (2) instructional arrangements that promote student learning.


Present Faculty Member, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • The research study, "The Utility of Behavior Management Techniques in Changing Interracial Behaviors," honored by the Journal Press as a Carl Murchison Memorial Paper (only the second study to receive this distinction) and accepted for immediate publication in The Journal of Psychology.
  • The dissertation, “The Relationship between Selected Psychological, Environmental and Behavioral Variables and Health Status of Americans in Middle Adulthood,” (written by Sandra Thomas and chaired by Robert Williams) honored as the top dissertation in the College of Education in 1983.
  • Nominated in 1982 and 1991 by the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology for the Chancellor’s Research Scholar Award.
  • Received the John Tunstall Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching, Research, and Service in the College of Education in 1996.
  • Nominated by the College of Education for University Distinguished Professor Award in 1998.
  • Received the Award for Outstanding Researcher in the College of Education in 2001.
  • The research article “Article Publications, Journal Outlets, and Article Themes for Current Faculty in APA-Accredited School Psychology Programs: 1995-1999” selected as one of two finalists for top article of the year in the School Psychology Quarterly in 2004.

Contact Information

1122 Volunteer Boulevard
516 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452
Phone: 865-974-6625
Fax: 865-974-0135


Articles (17)