Dr. Robert L. Williams



Dr. Robert L. Williams


Williams, Robert L.
Distinguished Alumnus


Dr. Robert L. Williams

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  • Dunbar High School, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • BS Philander Smith College
  • M.Ed Wayne State University
  • Ph.D. Washington University


  • Professor of Psychology, African and Afro American Studies, Washington University, St. Louis
  • Staff Psychologist, Arkansas State Hospital
  • Chief Psychologist, Jefferson Barracks Veterans Affairs Hospital, St. Louis Missouri
  • Director of Hospital improvement Project, Spokane Washington
  • Consultant for the National Institute of Health
  • Founded the Black Studies Dept. at Washington University
  • Developed the Black Intelligence Test of Cultural Homogeneity (BITCH)
  • Coined the phrase "Ebonics" in 1973
  • Writer of "Ebonics: The True Language of Black Folks" (St. Louis: The Institute of Black Studies, 1975)
  • Publisher, Speaker/Consultant


  • Founding member of the Association of Black Psychologists
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • National Alumni Association, Philander Smith College

Honors and Awards

  • Hospital Director of Commendation (St. Louis VA Hospital)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Philander Smith College, 1970
  • Devoted Service Award, Association of Black Psychologist
  • The Distinguished Psychologist Award, Association of Black Psychologist
  • Research Award, American Personal and Guidance Assoc.
  • National Leadership Award. Afro-American Family Community Service, Chicago, Illinois
  • Clarence W. Failor Professional Award, (The American Personnel and Guidance Association) 1976
  • Distinguished Professional Service Award, Association of Non-White Concerns
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Phi Beta Sigma
  • Distinguished Black Psychologist Award, Association of Black Psychologist
  • Award of Excellence, Savanna State College
  • Inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame
  • Distinguished Laureate at the Clinton's Professional Center


Biographical Sketch: Robert L. Williams, Ph. D., 2016

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