School of Psychology & Counseling

Faculty Bios

Cyrus Williams

Cyrus Williams
Assistant Professor (2010)

Areas of Interest
  • The Intersection of Race, Class and Education
  • First Generation College Students
  • Hope, Resilience & Positive Psychology Theories
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Forensic Counseling
  • Multicultural Counseling

I received a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and a Specialist in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from the University of Florida. I also have a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Hartford, a B.S. in Finance from Eastern Connecticut State University, as well as an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Mohegan Community College. Additionally, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (FL) and a Nationally Certified Counselor. I teach in the Master's face to face and online programs as well as the online PhD program.

Prior to my work at Regent University as Interim Chair of the Counseling Department and Assistant Professor in the Counseling Department, I worked for more than fifteen years in various administrative and student services positions in higher education. Specifically, I worked at Manchester Community College in student support services. I have worked exclusively with first-generation college students as a Counselor in the Student Support Services Program at the University of Connecticut, and served as the Associate Director of the Ronald E. McNair Program at the University of Florida. I was also employed as Residence Director for Housing at the University of Florida. My last position in higher education administration was as the Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Florida.

My overall research interest centers on the intersection of ethnicity, social economic status, and education and other institutions. I focus on applying non-cognitive variables, such as hope, resilience and strength-based interventions to increase access, persistence, retention rates and the overall college experience for first-generation college students and at risk individuals and families. Additional research interests include multicultural and advocacy counseling and multicultural competencies and supervision as well as substance abuse counseling.

In addition to working in higher education, I have many years experience working with adults in community counseling agencies as a forensics and substance abuse counselor. Positions I have held as a community counselor include serving as a counselor for the Non-Violence Alliance where I worked with men and women who were involved in the criminal system for their involvement in domestic abuse. I also worked as an addictions counselor for CDS Family & Behavioral Services Inc. and was the lead counselor for the forensic diversion team at Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Inc. In these clinical positions I worked with teams consisting of criminal justice, judicial and social sciences agencies to provide substance abuse and mental health treatment.

In regards to leadership and service to the profession, I have been an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and divisions therein (AMCD, AACC, SJ), since 2005, a member of the Virginia Counseling Association; currently serving as the President of Virginia Association of Counselor Education and Supervision and a member of National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and American College Professionals Association (ACPA). I also currently serve as Co-Chair of the Regent Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an International professional and academic Counseling Honor Society.

Finally, I grew up in New London, CT and am the youngest of three. I am happily married to Saranette; we have two children Hannah and Cyrus IV. My outside interests include spending time with my family and friends, laughing as much as possible, exercising, praising and serving Jesus Christ.

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