Roger Williams, Ph.D.
Practice Location and type:
My primary appointment is in the Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders Center, Zablocki VA Medical Center (ZVAMC), Milwaukee WI. I am the also the Ethics Consult Service Coordinator for ZVAMC, member of the Integrated Ethics Council, and member of the Medical Executive Committee. I am an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI.
Please tell us about your professional practice:
I provide a full range of psychological services to newly injured Veterans, as well as those who have completed their initial rehabilitation and are returning for follow-up care. Psychotherapeutic interventions are evenly divided between inpatient and outpatient settings with the aim of facilitating the post-injury adjustment of Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Personality, psychological and neuropsychological assessments are utilized to refine diagnosis and inform the treatment process. Clinical supervision and consultation are provided to trainees of various disciplines, including psychology interns, practicum students and postdoctoral fellows, medical students and residents, nursing students, as well as medical staff and other allied professionals. Facility wide duties include being the Ethics Consultation Coordinator and answering ethics consults. I also serve on the Veterans Health Administration Central Office Mental Health Operations - Mental Health Coding/Business Rules Workgroup which is tasked with developing guidance and training materials to facilitate adherence with VA workload data capture efforts that support the continuity of patient care, resource allocation, and performance measurement. I am also a Certified VHA Mentor Fellow.
What activities do you enjoy outside of work?
My hobbies include furniture restoration and woodworking. I play several instruments and enjoy singing.
Why did you join NAN?
I joined NAN early in my career to develop relationships with other neuropsychologists and to continue my education. I took to heart the advice in graduate school that formal course work was only the beginning of your education. Continuing education is the avenue to stay current and develop expertise.
Do you have any advice to offer or anything else you’d like to add?
I was fortunate to write an article, Moral Injury in Times of COVID-19
, with two of my esteemed colleagues which outlines many of the important issues I believe we’re facing during this pandemic. My standing advice to trainees and early career psychologists is to find places that they can grow and flourish. Supervision is only beneficial when we (supervisor & supervisee) are learning from each other. It is also important to find trusted mentors and seek out mentor training so that we can be effective mentors to others.