Estella Williamson, DSW
DSW, MSW, ACSW
Field Director and Clinical Professor, Social Work
Building/Room: Casey 330-01
Estella Williamson, DSW, MSW, ACSW
Dr. Estella Williamson comes to us from Fordham University, where she served as Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education. As a field director and teaching faculty at Fordham and the University at Albany School of Social Welfare, Dr. Williamson has worked to uphold the educational standards of field education, promote cohesive partnerships between the schools and their agency partners, and collaborate with faculty to ensure the educational success of students at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. At the national level, she holds the position of Chair of the CSWE Council on Field Education, is a Commissioner with the Commission on Educational Policy, and serves as a member of the CSWE Joint Committee on Educational Policy & Accreditation EPAS 2022 (until 2020). Dr. Williamson is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers and NASW Academy of Certified Social Workers.
Dr. Williamson earned her Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University at Albany, State University of New York. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in Sociology from the Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Her research interests are in field education, mental health and HIV prevention with women of color. Dr. Williamson has professional social work practice and leadership experience in the areas of child welfare, outpatient mental health and addictions, prenatal services and HIV clinical and preventive care. As an adjunct professor, she has instructional and curriculum development experience and has served as a field instructor of practice to students. Dr. Williamson has also maintained a private clinical practice in New York State for many years.