Department of Psychology

Catherine L. Williams

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Dr. Catherine L. Williams, Assistant Professor
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Marcus Autism Center and Emory University School of Medicine
Ph.D., West Virginia University, Psychology: Behavior Analysis, 2021
M.S., West Virginia University, Psychology: Behavior Analysis
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, Psychology

Teaching Laboratory Building, Rm 3033 (Lab 3110)
601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-3288.

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My goal is to identify and disseminate teaching procedures that lead to lasting student learning. I pursue this goal through translational laboratory and classroom research with children and adult learners. In the laboratory, I primarily focus on arbitrary learning to be sure that the reason participants learn is because of the way I’m teaching. In classrooms, I focus on understanding how these procedures benefit students in “real world” and why this learning might differ from learning in a laboratory. I want to promote the use of effective academic instruction for all students who are not excelling in classes, regardless of diagnosis or age. In addition to research, I also provide consultation for teachers who want to implement evidence-based instruction and for schools interested in improving tiered support systems.

Select Publications (*student author)

Williams, C. L. & St. Peter, C. C. (2020). Resurgence of previously taught academic responses. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 113, 232-250.

Houchins, A. L.*, Williams, C. L. & St. Peter, C. C. (2021). Timeout during alternative reinforcement does not reduce subsequent resurgence. The Psychological Record.

Finch, K. R., Williams. C. L., Kestner, K. M. (2022). ABA and ABC renewal during ongoing omission training. The Psychological Record.