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Anne Williford, PhD, MSSW

Anne Williford Associate Professor

Contact information


Education 134A
1586 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1586
anne.williford@colostate.edu

Areas of Interest

Bullying, Aggression, Peer Victimization, School-Based Prevention and Intervention, Juvenile Justice, and Gender and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Risk

Bio

Dr. Anne Williford, Associate Professor and PhD Program Director, joined the faculty at CSU in 2017. Her research focuses on the etiology of bullying, aggression, and peer victimization among youth, particularly emphasizing ecological factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of these behaviors in peer, school, family, and community settings. A critical aim of her research and scholarship is to identify effective prevention and intervention strategies to mitigate aggressive behavior and promote positive behavioral health outcomes among children and adolescents. More recent work has focused on the experience of youth involved in the juvenile justice system with the goal of identifying effective practices that promote successful cross-system collaboration to meet the behavioral health and safety needs of this population and reduce recidivism. Dr. Williford’s teaching interests include community and organizational practice, advanced advocacy practice, social work practice with aggressive and anti-social youth, and research methods. She has a B.A. in Psychology from American University, a MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Denver. Before receiving her PhD, Dr. Williford worked as a clinical and community level social worker with diverse populations, including children and adults with developmental disabilities, adults with mental illness and chemical dependency, and youth participating in primary prevention programs.

Degree Information

PhD, June 2009, Social Work, University of Denver
MSSW, May 2000, Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
BA, May 1997, Psychology, The American University

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor and PhD Program Director, School of Social Work, Colorado State University, 2017-Present
Associate Professor with Tenure, School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas, 2015 – 2017
PhD Program Director, School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas, 2016 – 2017
Director, Multicultural Scholars Program, School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas, 2010 – 2017
Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas, 2009 – 2015
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, 2007-2009

Current professional, academic, community-related, and scientific memberships

National Association of Social Workers, 1998 – Present
Society for Research on Adolescence, 2010 – Present
Society for Social Work and Research, 2005 – Present

Community service responsibilities and activities for the last 3 years

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2015-Present.
Member, The Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health, Working Group Responding to the Grand Challenges Initiative of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), 2013-Present.
Consulting Editor, Social Work Research, 2013-Present.
Guest Editor, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 2015.
Member, Kansas Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force, 2015-2017.
Member, Kansas Advisory Council for Bullying Prevention, 2013-2017.
Associate Editor, Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 2017-Present.

Special awards, fellowships, grants, and other recognitions received during the last 3 years

2014 – 2016: School-based Mental Health Services in Kansas. Title XVIX Children’s Mental Health Grant - Kansas Department of Aging & Disability Services (Federal flow through Funding).
2014 – 2015: Evaluating the Impact of Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) on Knowledge Gains and Self-Efficacy to Intervene among K-12 Educators. Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services and Kansas State Department of Education.
2013 – 2015: Anti-Bullying Policy Development Initiative. Kansas State Department of Education (Competitive Process).
2016: Budig Award for Excellence in Teaching, School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas.
2015: Steeples Award for Service to Kansas, University of Kansas.

Professional presentations presented during the last 5 years

Williford, A. & Moses, M. Individual and School Level Indicators of Self-Reported Victimization among Elementary School-Age Students. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Meeting. Austin, Texas. April 8, 2017.

Williford, A. (Symposium Organizer & Presenter). Improving the Precision of Anti-bullying Interventions via Targeting Individual and Classroom Level Risk Factors (Discussant: Dorothy Espelage). Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. San Francisco, California. June 2, 2016.

Williford, A., Boulton, A J., Forrest-Bank, S. S., Bender, K. A., Dieterich, W. A., & Jenson, J. M. The Effect of Bullying and Victimization on Cognitive Empathy Development during the Transition to Middle School. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting. Baltimore, Maryland. April 2, 2016.

DePaolis, K. & Williford, A. Students’ Knowledge and Perceptions of Cyberbullying: Implications for Social Work Education. Poster presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Conference. Denver, Colorado. October 15, 2015.

DePaolis, K. & Williford, A. The nature and prevalence of cyber victimization among elementary school children. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. January 16, 2015.

DePaolis, K. & Williford, A. The relationship between staff attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs toward cyberbullying and the likelihood of intervention. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. January 17, 2015.

Jenson, J. M., Williford, A., & Boulton, A. Characteristics of Responders to the Youth Matters Program: A Latent Growth Curve Analysis. Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. Washington, DC. May 30, 2014.

Williford, A. (Discussant). Efficacy of Prevention Programs to Reduce Bullying, Aggression, and Teen Dating Violence: The Important Role of Context. Symposium organized by Dorothy Espelage, PhD. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Austin, Texas. March 21, 2014.

Williford, A. (Discussant). Moving Beyond Participant Roles in Bullying to Explore Overt, Relational, and Social Participation and Associated Outcomes: Implications for Prevention and Intervention. Symposium organized by Deborah M. Casper, PhD. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Austin, Texas. March 21, 2014.

DePaolis, K., Williford, A., & Hawley, P. H. The relationship between staff attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs toward cyberbullying and the likelihood of intervention. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Austin, Texas. March 21, 2014.

Williford, A., Boulton, A. J. & Jenson, J. M. Effects of Gender, Ethnicity, and Depressive Symptoms on Latent Classes of Bullying among Early Adolescents. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Austin, Texas. March 20, 2014.

Williford, A. Advancing bullying interventions: Context matters. Roundtable organized by Patricia H. Hawley, PhD, and fellow participants included Dorothy Espelage, PhD, Shelley Hymel, PhD, and Karin Frey, PhD. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Austin, Texas. March 20, 2014.

Williford, A. & Hawley, P. H. Theory in Bullying Interventions: Social Psychology, Ecological Systems, & Organizational Science. Invited symposium organized by Shelley Hymel, PhD. American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Honolulu, Hawaii. August 4, 2013.

Williford, A., Boulton, A. J., & Jenson, J. M. The Influence of Individual Characteristics on Transitional Patterns of Bullying and Victimization During the Transition to Middle School. Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. San Francisco, California. May 29, 2013.

Elledge, L. C. (principal author), Williford, A., DePaolis, K., Boulton, A., Little, T., & Salmivalli, C. The Effect of KiVa on Cyberbullying: Individual and Contextual Moderators. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development. Seattle, Washington. April 20, 2013.

Williford, A., Boulton, A. J., & Jenson, J. M. Understanding Transitional Patterns among Subclasses of Bullying and Victimization when Entering Middle School. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development. Seattle, Washington. April 18, 2013.

Williford, A., Elledge, L., C., DePaolis, K., Boulton, A., Little, T., & Salmivalli, C. Effects of the KiVa AntiBullying Program on Rates of Cyberbullying and Cybervictimizaiton among Early Adolescents. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. March 9, 2012.

Williford, A. (Symposium Organizer & Presenter), DePaolis, K., & Jenson, J. Symposium: School-Based Bullying Prevention: Results from Intervention Trials in the US and Finland. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference. Washington, DC. January 14, 2012.

Selected Publications

Jenson, J. M., & Williford, A. (in press). Prevention of aggression and bullying in children and adolescents. In J. N. Butcher & P. D. Kendall (Eds.), APA handbook of psychopathology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Moon, J., Williford, A., & Mendenhall, A. (2017). Educators' perceptions of youth mental health: Implications for training and the promotion of mental health services in schools. Children and Youth Services Review, 73, 384-391.

Williford, A., & DePaolis, K. J. (2016). Predictors of cyberbullying intervention among elementary school staff: The Moderating effect of staff status. Psychology in the Schools, 53, 1032-1044.

Williford, A., Boulton, A. J., Forrest-Bank, S., Bender, K., Dieterich, W., & Jenson, J. M. (2016). The effect of bullying and victimization on cognitive empathy development during the transition to middle school. Child and Youth Care Forum, 45, 525-541.

Williford, A., Fite, P. J., Johnson-Motoyama, M., & Frazer, A. (2015). Acculturative dissonance and risks for proactive and reactive aggression among Latino/a adolescents: Implications for culturally relevant intervention. Journal of Primary Prevention, 36, 405-418.

Huber-Smith, M., & Williford, A. (2015). Exploring traditional and non-traditional school engagement strategies among Latino immigrant families. Journal of Family Strengths, 14(1). http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol14/iss1/14/?utm_source=digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu%2Fjfs%2Fvol14%2Fiss1%2F14&utm_medium=PDF&utm_campaign=PDFCoverPages

DePaolis, K. J., & Williford, A. (2015). The nature and prevalence of cybervictimization among elementary school children. Child and Youth Care Forum, 44, 377-393.

Hawley, P. H., & Williford, A. (2015). Articulating the theory of bullying intervention programs: Views from the theory of planned behavior, ecological systems theory, and organizational science. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 37, 3–15.

Williford, A. (2015). Intervening in Bullying: Differences across Elementary School Staff Members in Attitudes, Perceptions, and Self-Efficacy Beliefs. Children & Schools, 37, 175-184.

Frauenholtz, S., Williford, A., & Mendenhall, A. N. (2015). Abilities of school staff to recognize and intervene with children experiencing mental health symptoms: Implications for school social work. School Social Work Journal, 39(2), 46-62.

Williford, A., Fite, P. J., & Cooley, J. L. (2015). Student-Teacher Congruence in Reported Rates of Physical and Relational Victimization among Elementary School Age Children: The Moderating Role of Gender and Age. Journal of School Violence, 14, 177-195.

Fite, P. J., Cooley, J. L., Williford, A., Frazer, A., & DiPierro, M. (2014). Parental school involvement as a moderator of the association between peer victimization and academic performance. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 25-32.

Williford, A. (2014). Understanding the experiences of a victimized child: Appropriate responses for parents, peers, and school social workers. In C. LeCroy & E. Anthony (Eds.), Case studies in child, adolescent, and family treatment (2nd Ed). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Williford, A., Boulton, A., & Jenson, J. (2014). The transitions between subclasses of bullying and victimization when entering middle school. Aggressive Behavior, 40, 24-41.

Williford, A., Elledge, L. C., DePaolis, K., Boulton, A., Little, T., & Salmivalli, C. (2013). Effects of the KiVa Antibullying Program on rates of cyberbullying and cybervictimization among early adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42, 820-833.

Elledge, L. C., Williford, A., DePaolis, K., Boulton, A., Little, T., & Salmivalli, C. (2013). Individual and contextual predictors of cyberbullying: The influence of children’s provictim attitudes and teacher’s ability to intervene. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 698-710.

Jenson, J. M., Brisson, D., Bender, K. A., & Williford, A. P. (2013). Effects of a bullying prevention program on youths' patterns of aggression and victimization during the transition to middle school. Social Work Research, 37, 361-372.

Williford, A., & Boulton, A. (2013). Validating a measure of the forms and functions of aggression on low-income, minority adolescent girls. Social Work Research, 37, 389-401.

Williford, A. (2012). Appendix H: A conceptual overview of structural equation modeling (A. Rubin). Statistics for evidence-based practice and evaluation.(3) Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Williford, A., Boulton, A., Noland, B., Little, T., Kärnä, A., & Salmivalli, C. (2012). Effects of the KiVa Antibullying Program on adolescents' perception of peers, depression, and anxiety. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40, 289-300.

Williford, A., & DePaolis, K. J. (2012). Identifying predictors of proactive and reactive aggression among low-income, minority adolescent girls. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 3, 145-161.

Williford, A. (2011). Assessing a measure of femininity ideology for low-income, minority adolescent girls. Affilia, 26, 395-405.

Williford, A., Brisson, D., Bender, K., Jenson, J., & Forrest-Bank, S. (2011). Patterns of aggressive behavior and peer victimization from childhood to early adolescence: A latent class analysis. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 644-655.