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Renee Cunningham-Williams, PhD

Inducted in 2021

Current Position

Associate Professor, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis



Renee Cunningham-Williams is an Associate Professor at the Washington University in St. Louis’ Brown School of Social Work.  She served as its inaugural Associate Dean for Doctoral Education and also the Director of the PhD Program in Social Work for seven years.  Having begun her career in the Washington University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, she has continued her research focused on the epidemiology and comorbidity of problem gambling, substance use/abuse, and mental and behavioral health, particularly among Black youth/emerging adults. A dedicated teacher and mentor, her publications have recently shifted into the area of doctoral education quality, capacity development, and experiences among doctoral students and faculty of color. The NIH and private foundations have supported her research portfolio to date, which also includes a NIDA-funded pre/postdoctoral transdisciplinary training program in addictions research nearing its 20th year of continuous operation.  Dr. Cunningham-Williams has extended her expertise as an editorial board member for several journals in the field and has served on national and international scientific committees such as those convened by the NIH, National Academy of Sciences, and the Singapore Ministry, and among others.

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