Marlene G. Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Psychology & Philosophy

Marlene G. Williams, Ph.D.

CFO 709


Marlene Williams is an assistant professor in the Counseling Psychology program at Texas Woman's University. Prior to joining TWU, Marlene received her undergraduate degree from UT Austin, her masters in psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University, and her doctorate in counseling psychology from University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Marlene has a passionate commitment to social justice advocacy and identity based equity, which is exemplified in her research, teaching, and practice. During her training she gained clinical experience providing mental health services in various settings including an inpatient rehabilitation center for substance addiction as well as various university counseling centers. She completed her APA accredited Pre-doctoral internship at Florida International University in Miami, FL. In addition, she has an ongoing research agenda focused on illuminating the correlates of mental and physical health among Black women as they relate to experiences of racism and sexism. Similarly, in teaching, she utilizes a feminist multicultural approach that is intersectional in nature with emphasis on how multiple marginalized identities intersect with multiple systems of oppression.


Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Nacogdoches, TX, 2019
M.A., Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, 2014
B.S., History, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 2011

Research Interests

Intersectionality Theory; Gendered Racial Microaggressions; Gendered Racial Identity Development; Black Woman's Health and Well Being; Social Justice Advocacy; Equity

Latest Articles

Gendered racial microaggressions, gendered racial identity regard, coping strategies, and depressive symptoms: A moderated mediation model. Psychology of Women Quarterly.
Psychology of Women Quarterly (2019)
Marlene G. Williams, Jioni A. Lewis

Applying intersectionality to explore the relations between gendered racism and health among black women
Journal of Counseling Psychology (2017)
J A Lewis, Marlene Williams, E J Peppers, C A Gadson


Intersectionality theory and microaggressions: Implications for research, teaching, and practice
in Microaggression Theory: Influence and Implications | John Wiley & Sons (2018)
J A Lewis, Marlene Williams, A Moody, E P Peppers, C A Gadson

Lewis, J. A., Gadson, C., & Williams, M.G., & Gadson, C. (2017). Multiculturalism and gender: Overview. In K. L. Nadal (Ed.), SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender (pp. 1204- 1207). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. 10.4
in Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender | Sage (2017)
Jioni A. Lewis, Cecile A. Gadson, Marlene G. Williams

Racial discrimination, gender-based. In K. L. Nadal (Ed.), SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender (pp. 1393-1396). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications,Inc. 9781483384269.n
in SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender | Sage Publications, Inc (2017)
J A Lewis, Marlene Williams, C Gadson