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Anne Williford

Associate Professor
PhD Program Director
Ph.D., The University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work
Primary office:
Twente Hall
Room 305

Dr. Williford received her doctorate in Social Work from the University of Denver. Her research interests include understanding characteristics associated with bullying and peer victimization among children and adolescents, and identifying strategies to prevent such behaviors in school settings. Her dissertation research focused on identifying correlates of physical and relational aggression and victimization among girls in middle school. Dr. Williford received her MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000 and worked as a clinical and community level social worker with diverse populations, including children and adults with developmental disabilities, adults with mental illness and chemical dependency, and children and youth participating in primary prevention programs. Her teaching interests include community and organizational practice, advanced advocacy practice, social work practice with aggressive and anti-social youth, and research methods.

Teaching Interests

  • Community and organizational practice
  • Advanced advocacy practice
  • Research Methods
  • Social work practice with aggressive and anti-social youth

Research Interests

  • Bullying
  • Peer victimization
  • School-based prevention
  • Minority adolescents
  • Adolescent girls

Selected Publications

Jenson, J. M., & Williford, A. (in press). Prevention of aggression and bullying in children and adolescents. In J. N. Butcher & P. D. Kendall (Eds.), APA handbook of psychopathology. American Psychological Association.

Williford, A., & DePaolis, K. J. (2016). Predictors of cyberbullying intervention among elementary school staff: The Moderating effect of staff status. Psychology in the Schools, 53, 1032-1044.

Williford, A., Boulton, A. J., Forrest-Bank, S., Bender, K., Dieterich, W., & Jenson, J. M. (2016). The effect of bullying and victimization on cognitive empathy development during the transition to middle school. Child and Youth Care Forum, 45, 525-541.

Williford, A., Fite, P. J., Johnson-Motoyama, M., & Frazer, A. (2015). Acculturative dissonance and risks for proactive and reactive aggression among Latino/a adolescents: Implications for culturally relevant intervention. Journal of Primary Prevention, 36, 405-418. DOI:10.1007/s10935-015-0403-6

Huber-Smith, M., & Williford, A. (2015). Exploring traditional and non-traditional school engagement strategies among Latino immigrant families. Journal of Family Strengths, 14(1). http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol14/iss1/14/?utm_source=digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu%2Fjfs%2Fvol14%2Fiss1%2F14&utm_medium=PDF&utm_campaign=PDFCoverPages

DePaolis, K. J., & Williford, A. (2015). The nature and prevalence of cybervictimization among elementary school children. Child and Youth Care Forum, 44, 377-393. DOI:10.1007/s10566-014-9292-8

Hawley, P. H., & Williford, A. (2015). Articulating the theory of bullying intervention programs: Views from the theory of planned behavior, ecological systems theory, and organizational science. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 37, 3–15. DOI:10.1016/j.appdev.2014.11.006

Williford, A. (2015). Intervening in Bullying: Differences across Elementary School Staff Members in Attitudes, Perceptions, and Self-Efficacy Beliefs. Children & Schools, 37, 175-184.

Frauenholtz, S., Williford, A., & Mendenhall, A. N. (2015). Abilities of school staff to recognize and intervene with children experiencing mental health symptoms: Implications for school social work. School Social Work Journal, 39(2), 46-62.

Fite, P. J., Cooley, J. L., Williford, A., Frazer, A., & DiPierro, M. (2014). Parental school involvement as a moderator of the association between peer victimization and academic performance. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 25-32.

Williford, A., Fite, P. J., & Cooley, J. L. (2014). Student-Teacher Congruence in Reported Rates of Physical and Relational Victimization among Elementary School Age Children: The Moderating Role of Gender and Age. Journal of School Violence. DOI:10.1080/15388220.2014.895943

Williford, A. (2014). Understanding the experiences of a victimized child: Appropriate responses for parents, peers, and school social workers. In C. LeCroy & E. Anthony (Eds.), Case studies in child, adolescent, and family treatment (2nd Ed). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Williford, A., Boulton, A., & Jenson, J. (2014). The transitions between subclasses of bullying and victimization when entering middle school. Aggressive Behavior, 40, 24-41.

Williford, A., Elledge, L. C., DePaolis, K., Boulton, A., Little, T., & Salmivalli, C. (2013). Effects of the KiVa Antibullying Program on rates of cyberbullying and cybervictimization among early adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. DOI:10.1080/15374416.2013.787623

Elledge, L. C., Williford, A., DePaolis, K., Boulton, A., Little, T., & Salmivalli, C. (2013). Individual and contextual predictors of cyberbullying: The influence of children’s provictim attitudes and teacher’s ability to intervene. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 698-710. DOI:10.1007/s10964-013-9920-x

Jenson, J. M., Brisson, D., Bender, K. A., & Williford, A. P. (2013). Effects of a bullying prevention program on youths' patterns of aggression and victimization during the transition to middle school. Social Work Research, 37, 361-372.

Williford, A., & Boulton, A. (2013). Validating a measure of the forms and functions of aggression on low-income, minority adolescent girls. Social Work Research, 37, 389-401.

Williford, A. (2012). Appendix H: A conceptual overview of structural equation modeling (A. Rubin). Statistics for evidence-based practice and evaluation.(3) Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Williford, A., Boulton, A., Noland, B., Little, T., Kärnä, A., & Salmivalli, C. (2012). Effects of the KiVa Antibullying Program on adolescents' perception of peers, depression, and anxiety. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40, 289-300.

Williford, A., & DePaolis, K. J. (2012). Identifying predictors of proactive and reactive aggression among low-income, minority adolescent girls. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Jenson, J. M., Powell, A., & Forrest-Bank, S. (2011). Effective violence prevention approaches in family, school, and community settings. In T. I. Herrenkohl, E. Aisenberg, J. H. Williams, & J. M. Jenson (Eds.), Violence in context: Current evidence on risk, protection, and prevention. New York: Oxford University Press.

Williford, A. (2011). Assessing a measure of femininity ideology for low-income, minority adolescent girls. Affilia, 26, 395-405.

Williford, A., Brisson, D., Bender, K., Jenson, J., & Forrest-Bank, S. (2011). Patterns of aggressive behavior and peer victimization from childhood to early adolescence: A latent class analysis. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 644-655.

Powell, A., & Jenson, J. M. (2010). Predictors of peer victimization among Hispanic adolescent girls: Implications for school social work. Children & Schools, 32, 211-222.

Jenson, J. M., Dieterich, W. A., Brisson, D., Bender, K. A., & Powell, A. (2010). Preventing childhood aggression and bullying: Implications for school-based intervention research from the Denver Public Schools trial. Research on Social Work Practice, 20, 509-517.

Powell, A. (2008). Impact of school characteristics on passing and failing status of public elementary and secondary schools. Perspectives on Social Work, 7, 8-13.

Powell, A., & MacNamara, M. (2008). Women and martial arts: Re-negotiating narratives of oppression into narratives of power. Social Work Perspectives, 19, 19-28.

Selected Presentations

Williford, A. (06/02/2016). Improving the Precision of Anti-bullying Interventions via Targeting Individual and Classroom Level Risk Factors . Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. San Francisco, CA

DePaolis, K. & Williford, A. (01/16/2016). Concurrent and Longitudinal Associations Between Psychosocial Risk Factors and Peer Victimization Among Elementary School Children. Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research. Washington, DC

DePaolis, K. & Williford, A. (01/17/2015). The relationship between staff attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs toward cyberbullying and the likelihood of intervention. Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisana

DePaolis, K. & Williford, A. (01/16/2015). The nature and prevalence of cyber victimization among elementary school children. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisana

Selected Awards & Honors

Budig Award for Excellence in Teaching
School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas

Steeples Award for Service to Kansas
University of Kansas

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