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Mark WilliamsMark Williams

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Ph.D., University of Washington
M.S.W., University of Washington
M.Div., Vanderbilt University
B.A., Kentucky Wesleyan College

Email: williame@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-4735
Room: 1071 Enderis Hall

Professional Interests

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adult health
  • Health disparities and aging
  • Health care social work practice
  • The influence of intimate partnerships on health outcomes

Mark Williams earned his PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Washington in 2012.  Prior to his doctoral studies, Mark worked as a hospice grief counselor upon completing his Master of Social Work degree at the University of Washington in 2006. Prior to becoming a social worker, Mark worked as a United Methodist pastor in the Pacific Northwest. He joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare upon completing his doctorate, where he currently teaches advanced direct social work practice in health and behavioral health care to master’s level students.

Mark has conducted research regarding the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults, specifically examining the associations between intimate partnership status and health outcomes. He also completed a study of research methods for hard-to-reach populations, exploring the utility of respondent-driven sampling for LGBT older adult research.

Publications: Journal Articles

van Eeden-Moorefield, B., Martell, C.R., Williams, M., & Preston, M. (2011). Same-sex relationships and dissolution: The connection between heteronormativity and homonormativity. Family Relations, 60(5), 562-571.

Williams, M. & Freeman, P. (2007). Transgender health: Implications for aging and caregiving.  Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 18(3/4), 93-108.

Williams, M. & Smolak, A. (2007).  Integrating faith matters in social work education. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 26(3), 25-44.

Publications: Edited Volumes

Hooyman, N. & Williams, M. (2009).  Aging: An Overview. In Oxford Bibliographies Online. http://www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/

Professional Work
Ad Hoc Reviewer, The Journal of Homosexuality

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Social Workers
Association for Gerontological Education in Social Work
Gerontological Society of America
Council on Social Work Education
Society for Social Work and Research

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