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Thomas O. Williams

Associate Professor


Dr. Thomas O. Williams is an associate professor of education specializing in Special Education. He earned a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Special Education from Auburn University. To date he has authored or co-authored more than 25 referred journal publications and book chapters. He has also contributed greatly to the field by presenting at many national and international conferences.

In addition to being actively involved in research and teaching, Dr. Williams engages in service activities. He serves on the Council for Educational Diagnosticians Research Committee and reviews for a variety of scholarly journals and textbooks. He provides staff training on the topic of adults with severe developmental disabilities for New River Valley Community Services. Finally, Dr. Williams has garnered awards in recognition of his exemplary professional contributions. He received the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award in 2009 and the New River Valley Community Services Community Service Award in 2007. Dr. Williams’ contributions through teaching, research, and service enrich the Virginia Tech School of Education community.


Ph.D.  Rehabilitation and Special Education, Auburn University, 2000

M.Ed.  Special Education, James Madison University, 1993

B.S.  Psychology, James Madison University, 1989

A.A.S.  Business Administration, Lord Fairfax Community College, 1986

Curriculum Vitae

  • Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Williams’ research interests include test development, psychometrics, and the effects of affective and cognitive arousal on behavior problems and intelligence. Publications in the Encyclopedia of Research Design, Psychological Reports, Assessment for Effective Intervention, and Education and Training in Development Disabilities demonstrate dedication to his research interests, as well as his contributions to the field. Involvement in grand-funded projects also exemplifies commitment to the field. He currently serves as a co-principal investigator on a grant related to STEM careers and college bound youth with disabilities. Dr. Williams’ research and content expertise informs his teaching and advising activities at Virginia Tech. He teaches graduate special education courses with topics such as behavior management, assessment and measurement, and methods for teaching students with emotional and behavioral disorders.

    Hokie Bird

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