Don Williams

2011 TxABA Award - Career Contributions to Behavior Analysis in Texas

Dr. Williams developed a certification program for Behavior Analysts at RSS early on, using the Bourland-Smith text and a Keller-style of self-paced learning. Everyone had to reach 90% to be certified. Dr. Williams developed study questions for JABA and other journals that the staff had to answer and turn in before discussions (pre-dates the study questions by Brian Iwata and students). Dr. Williams always looked for graduates of the best behavioral programs in the country when openings occurred. He hired mostly from: Drake, Western Michigan, Southern Illinois, University of Texas at Arlington, Kansas, Auburn, North Texas, and UH Clearlake.  He always had 3-4 behaviorally trained psychologists on board. Dr. Williams attended his first ABA was in Chicago at MABA.Don Williams

Dr. Williams has over 55 publications. He continues to be an active researcher and consultant in behavior analysis. He has received honors for research. Dr. Williams has participated in grants addressing self-injury and assessment of psychopathology in persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Williams has served as a Guest Reviewer, Editorial Consultant, and been on the Editorial Review Board for a variety of professional journals. He was a book reviewer for Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Dr. Williams has been a college instructor at Texas A&M University, Blinn College, and University of Houston – Clear Lake. For over 35 years, Dr. Williams has served in a leadership role and has mentored others. He has received honors and been on committees. At RSS (now RSSLC), he served as a Unit Psychologist, Unit Director, Director of Quality Assurance, Director of Behavioral and Psychological Services, Interim Assistant Superintendent, and a Behavioral Consultant. Dr. Williams was the Director of the Behavior Treatment and Training Center (BTTC) and the Clinical Director at the Texana MHMRA Center.

Dr. Williams has served as an excellent mentor and friend to many of his colleagues.

Presented by Deb Grossett at the 2011 TxABA Annual Conference