Dr. Shanna Williams

Co-Director, CCIRT
Assistant Professor
McGill University


Dr. Shanna Williams is currently an Assistant Professor at McGill University. She completed her PhD in School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill University and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Gould School of Law, University of Southern California. Her research interests include the development of children’s lie-telling, children’s disclosures of abuse, interviewing of human trafficking victims and executive functioning in maltreated populations. As a registered psychologist in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, Dr. Williams has clinical experience in hospital, school and community agencies. She is experienced in assessment of autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities and attention disorders.  She is a trained forensic interviewer (completed a 14-week in-person training on the Ten-Step protocol by Dr. Thomas Lyon) and has worked with maltreated populations while conducting interviews for Edelman Children’s Court and the District Attorney’s Office of Los Angeles. Her research has been supported through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

For a complete list of publications please visit Dr. Williams’ Google Scholar profile