Melanie N. Williams

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Adjunct Professor

Education: PsyD

Industry Expertise: clinical forensic psychology

Research Interest: influence of military culture on the mental health and disposition of military brats


Dr. Melanie N. Williams earned her doctorate in clinical and forensic psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her theoretical orientation is an integrative approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Humanistic Psychology with emphasis on empirically based treatments for trauma and serious mental illness. She completed her undergraduate studies in evolutionary psychology and anthropology, and graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Long Beach. She completed her APA-accredited internship at the Federal Correctional Complex in Victorville, CA. Dr. Williams is currently a psychologist for the California Department of State Hospitals at Atascadero State Hospital, where she provides treatment for offenders with mental health disorders. Dr. Williams is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and teaches Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals. Her research interests include the assessment and treatment of trauma and serious mental illness. She is the author of Influence of Military Culture on the Mental Health and Disposition of Military Brats.