Wendy M. Williams

Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Founder/Director of Cornell Institute for Women in Science

Wendy M. Williams is a psychologist and Professor in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University, where she studies the development, assessment, training, and societal implications of intelligence. Williams founded, and now directs, the Cornell Institute for Women in Science (CIWS), a National Institutes of Health-funded research and outreach center that studies and promotes the careers of women scientists. In addition to dozens of articles and chapters on her research, Williams has authored nine books and edited five volumes. Her research has been featured in Nature, American Scientist, Newsweek, Business Week, Science, Scientific American, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Child Magazine. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and four divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA), and she has received two early career awards and an award for her work on women in science. She holds Ph.D. and Master's degrees in psychology from Yale University, a Master's in physical anthropology from Yale, and a B.A. in English and biology from Columbia University.