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Betsy W Williams, PhD, MPH

Professional Renewal Center
Clinical Director

Dr. Betsy White Williams earned her Masters Degree in Public Health from Boston University and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with specialization in clinical aging from the University of Southern California. She completed her postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at the University of California, San Diego. Her early research and clinical work were in the area of neuropsychological changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

For the past thirteen years, her research and clinical foci have shifted to issues having to do with high professionals. She has extensive experience working with high accountability professionals, in particular healthcare professionals. Her work with physicians includes addressing concerns related to clinical competency, substance use disorders, burnout, professional boundaries, disruptive behavior and aging. In this work she has provided assessment, treatment and remedial education/treatment services. Currently she is the Clinical Director at the Professional Renewal Center in Lawrence, KS an assessment and treatment facility in Lawrence, KS.

In her clinical capacity Dr. Williams is involved in the multidisciplinary assessment process as well as treatment/remediation process. She provides ongoing interface among the client, the workplace, administrative and regulatory authorities, and professional assistance programs. As a result of her broad experience she is familiar with issues related to clinical and quality assurance systems.

In regards to her academic work, she is the former Director of Outcomes and Research in the Office of Continuing Medical Education at Rush University Medical Center and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry School of Medicine, University of Kansas.

She is the course director and faculty for The Distressed Physician, a remedial continuing medical education activity, Healthcare Communications for Healthcare Professionals, a one-day CME activity that provides an overview of the importance of and skills to foster good communication in the healthcare environment, and the COPE program which is a performance improvement CME activity.

Dr. Williams is is a member of the Kansas Pain Management & Substance Abuse Statewide Educational Initiative Planning and Expert Committees. She is Chair of the Research Committee for the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) and is currently on the Program and Research Committees of SACME. She has been actively involved and on the Board of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health SASH. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity and a reviewer for The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. She has published in the areas of the efficacy of continuing medical education, disruptive behavior, chemical dependency, sexual misconduct, aging, and clinical competence. Recent published articles include

Surgeons in Difficulty: An Exploration of Differences in Assistance-Seeking Behaviors between Male and Female Surgeons;
Assessment of a Physician’s Workplace Behavior, Pursuing Professional Accountability: An Evidence Based Approach to Addressing Residents with Behavioral Problems;

Relationship Among Practice Change, Motivation, and Self-Efficacy;

Evaluation of the Interactive Science Publishing Tool: A Three Dimensional Interactive Software Application

She received the Ray L Casterline Excellence in Writing Award in 2010 for the Article Disruptive Physicians: A Conceptual Approach and the Society for Academic CME and the 2013 Fox Award for Best Research Presentation for Self Efficacy and Structural Barriers as Mediators of Practice Change.