Caitlin Williams

Caitlin Williams

Caitlin Williams

Graduate Research Assistant

Clinical Psychology: Health risk behaviors (e.g. substance use, risky sexual behaviors), preventative interventions, adolescent development, family and peer relationships and influence, evidence-based treatments, social media use and influence

I am a fifth-year doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology in the Adolescent Mental Health Promotion lab under the mentorship of Dr. Christy Esposito-Smythers. My research interests include adolescent engagement in health risk behaviors, especially substance use and risky sexual behaviors, and preventative intervention programs targeted at reducing engagement in these behaviors. I am also interested in the effects family and peer relationships have on adolescents' decision-making processes. My master's project was focused on social media use in college students and its association with risky behaviors. My dissertation project is a preventative intervention program, developed with materials from two existing evidence-based interventions, for court-involved youth who use substances and are at-risk for dating violence. I graduated summa cum laude with highest distinction from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with minors in History and English. I completed an honor's thesis with Dr. Mitchell Prinstein, and also worked with Drs. Eric Youngstrom (UNC-CH) and Thomas Joiner (FSU) as an undergraduate.

Grants and Fellowships

Provost Graduate Student Research Grant - $1,500

Psychology Department Dissertation Research Award - $400

Jane Haddad Fund Research Grant - $1,100

Psychology Department Graduate Student Travel Award - $350 

Psychology Department Graduate Student Travel Award - $350 

Courses Taught

PSYC 301 Research Methods in Psychology (lab) 

PSYC 314 Adolescent Development (course) 

PSYC 810/811 Psychological Assessment (lab)


Bachelor of Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012

Master's of Arts, George Mason University, 2016