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Ed-Dee Williams

Ed-Dee Williams is a PhD candidate in the Joint Social Work and Sociology PhD Program at the University of Michigan. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Masters of Social Work degree, specializing in interpersonal practice, mental health and social policy and evaluation from the University of Michigan as well. Prior to beginning his time as a PhD student Ed-Dee worked as a clinical social worker for youth experiencing mental health challenges and youth residing in residential facilities.


Ed-Dee joined the LEVEL-UP lab in 2020 as a doctoral student and will transition to a post-doc in 2021 where he will focus on Black boys with autism and social skill intervention development. He is currently writing his dissertation that focuses on Black/African American boys’ perceptions of depression, mental health help-seeking behaviors and use of school mental health services.


Ed-Dee uses a mixed methods approach and a socio-ecological lens in his dissertation work and looks to help school mental health services better target Black/African American boys by integrating Black boys views, perceptions and beliefs into available school mental health services.