Dr. Williams Stiers is an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a fellowship-trained rehabilitation psychologist and neuropsychologist who specializes in the clinical evaluation and treatment of persons with brain injuries and physical disabilities. He is board certified in rehabilitation psychology and is a licensed psychologist.
Dr. Stiers serves as the director of psychology training for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Patients are referred to Dr. Stiers for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of brain-related injury or illness, including cognitive problems, emotional problems, adjustment issues, difficulty with thinking and memory, difficulty with daily function/activities, behavior and self management issues, and control of behavior.
Dr. Stiers completed his doctoral degree in counseling psychology at Northwestern University, and then worked as a senior research health scientist in Health Services Research at the Department of Veterans Affairs. His work there involved health services outcomes research, program evaluation and multisite clinical trials. He later completed a two-year post-doctoral clinical fellowship in rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology at the University of Michigan, then served in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center .
His research interests include the education and training of rehabilitation professionals.
He has completed 17 journal publications, five book chapters, 11 refereed national conference presentations and eight invited national and international conference presentations. He has also received more than $4.5 million in grant funding.
Dr. Stiers has served as a grant reviewer and study section member for the Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development and the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research. He has served as an editorial board member for Rehabilitation Psychology and The Clinical Neuropsychologist, and as an ad-hoc manuscript reviewer for Archives of Physical Medicine, Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation and Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. He was an item writer for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology.
He has served as an executive board member for the American Psychological Association Division 22 Rehabilitation Psychology, including a term as president. He also served on a study committee for the National Academy of Science, and has been selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist.