Newsletter Article

Introducing Two New Faculty Members

Dr. Amber Williams

Amber Williams, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist whose research investigates how children think about racial and ethnic categories, stereotypes, and inequality. She also examines how children's beliefs and attitudes about racial/ethnic groups impact their behaviors, including their friendship choices. Amber is interested in better understanding the direct and indirect messages parents and other socializers send children about race and ethnicity, and how these messages impact children's own attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.

Amber received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Rice University in 2010, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan in 2012 and 2015, respectively. Following her Ph.D., Amber received a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin from 2015 to 2017. She then joined the faculty at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA as an assistant professor from 2017 to 2023. Amber joined UW in autumn 2023. We are lucky have her as an assistant professor in our department!

Dr. Delancey Wu

Delancey Wu, Ph.D., is an assistant teaching professor in the psychology department. In addition to her teaching, her main research interests are in social psychology, specifically how people maintain their close relationships and the consequences of the different forms of support one can provide. Delancey is also interested in cultural psychology, understanding the various ways people can convey love and provide support to close others, and investigating which forms of support best fit one's culture.

Delancey received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Decision Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in 2017, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA in 2020 and 2023, respectively. She joined UW in autumn 2023. We are excited to have such a talented new faculty member joining our department!