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 Dr. Adelle Williams  




Dr. Adelle Williams earned her Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh.  She later earned an MBA from Robert Morris College.

Teaching Emphasis

  • Foundations of Aging
  • Counseling Older Adults
  • Women and Aging
  • Death and Dying
  • Seminar in Gerontology and Aging and the Older Person
  • Health Care Organizations I and II
  • Health Services Management
  • Medical and Health Care Law
  • Principles of Community Health
  • Gerontology Seminar
  • International Health
  • Introduction to Health Services Administration
  • Financial Management of Health Care Organizations
  • Professional Development

Research Interests and Practitioner Experience

Areas of research interests include: Gerontology, Cultural Diversity, Health and Mental -Health, and Administration.

Dr. Williams held positions in the private sector as a Clinician, Clinical Supervisor, Admissions Coordinator, and Research Program Coordinator within the Geriatrics Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurology Module of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. She later served as a consultant and Research Program Director at the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh within their Geriatrics division.

Current positions within the department include Professor, Gerontology Coordinator of the graduate specialization in Aging within the Community Counseling division and Coordinator of the gerontology minor and certificate program at the undergraduate level.

Prior university experience include:  Assistant to the Dean for the College of Health, Environment and Science and Director of the Health Services Administration Program.

Professional Association Membership

  • Gerontological Association of America
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Educations
  • American Counseling Association

Selected Publications

Strategies to Enhance the Success of African American Students in Higher Education,  International  Conference Monograph Series (2001)

Health Services Education: Meeting the Challenge of a Culturally Diverse Workforce, Journal of Health Administration Education (1996)

How to Manage Changes in the Health-Care Workforce, Journal of Long Term Care Administration (1996)

Psychiatric Implication for Geriatric Nursing Home Residents, Protective Services Quarterly (1992)

Physician Prescribing Practices in Various Geriatric Facilities, The Gerontologist (1991)

Dr. Adelle Williams
Associate Professor

Office Location:
018 Carruth Rizza Hall
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Phone: (724) 738-2855

Applications are due January 15th for our NEW Students Affairs in Higher Education with College Counseling program. Click here for more information and click here to apply.
Good News! We are now accepting applications for our new program in Counseling Older Adults. Applications are due January 15th. Click here to apply.