The University of Arkansas Medical School (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Center have appointed Jason Williams (Psy.D., MSEd). Lead their work together to improve the mental and behavioral health of children statewide.
Williams serves as the new Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UAMS in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Senior Vice President for Children of Arkansas and the newly created position of Chief Mental and Behavioral Health Officer. serve as a
A graduate of Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Williams was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Director of Operations for the Children’s Mental Health Institute.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Williams will join the Executive Leadership Team of UAMS’ Psychiatry Division as the first Chief Mental and Behavioral Health Officer in Children’s, Arkansas,” said Laura Dunn, M.D., Ph.D. She is a psychiatrist and she is director of the UAMS Psychiatric Institute. “His extensive experience in children’s behavioral health combined with his drive for excellence will advance the overarching mission of enhancing the behavioral health of Arkansas’ youth.”
Williams has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field and is known for her leadership at local, regional and national levels. He currently serves on the Board of Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.
“Children are facing mental health crises in Arkansas and across the nation. With Dr. Williams’ leadership, we will develop innovative ways to support them where they live, learn and play. “He, along with partners across the state, will help create a healthier tomorrow where mental health care is a priority and every child has limitless opportunities to reach their potential.”
Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, and a master’s and doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. Children of Los Angeles He completed his internship and postdoctoral training at the hospital, where he worked for 12 years before moving to Colorado.
He was previously President of the Colorado Psychological Association, Chair of the Center for Pre- and Post-Doctoral Internships (APPIC), and Chair of the Council of Chairs of the Council of Training (CCTC).