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Richard N. Williams

Director (2007-2019)

Richard N. Williams was the founding Director of Wheatley Institute, having served through more than a decade of initial development and growth. Previous to his time at Wheatley Institute, he spent a decade in the administration of Brigham Young University, including a term from 2001 to 2008 as associate academic vice president for faculty. During this time he continued to serve as a professor in the Department of Psychology, where he had been teaching since 1986. His specialty areas include the philosophical, theoretical, and historical foundations of psychology, with a concentration on issues related to human agency, as well as the science of psychology and research methods and statistics. Williams has authored, co-authored, or edited numerous journals, articles, and books. He has been a visiting faculty member at Duquesne University and at Georgetown University. He holds an MS and PhD from Purdue University in psychological science and is a summa cum laude graduate of Brigham Young University. Williams and his wife Camille have five children.