Dr. Laura Williamson is truly passionate about supporting people at any stage and ability, to transform their lives. As a researcher, writer, therapist, and educator, with over 20 articles, book chapters, instructional CD’s, and professional presentations in publication, she views the process of learning and psychological development through a trauma-informed, family systems, and cognitive-behavioral therapy lens, each of which have been influenced by her extensive training and experience. Several notable influences include LifeSpan Integration, “The Work” by Byron Katie, Cognitive Load Theory, Schema Acquisition Theory, and Relational Life Therapy.
She is also dedicated to organizational transformation. Recognizing the need for today’s organizations to fully integrate knowledge about trauma into their policies, procedures, and practices, she is passionate about creating business solutions as they present at the intersection of data- and relational-centered systems.
This is no small task and she loves the challenge! Two examples of finding these solutions follow. In an effort to create accessibility for those who would not otherwise pursue a higher education, she created a roadmap for learning and outreach with Seattle area chambers to develop stackable and portable business microcredits around specific study areas, such as finance, HR, accounting, and more. These areas now align with the following professional certifications CPA, CMA, CFA, PCM, CAPM, PMP, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, CAP, which are globally recognized and portable and able to reach a diverse student market. For the second example, she established and implemented success metrics for stakeholders internal to the organization and worked with the system to deploy them at scale, revising on a continual basis based on feedback and data. She insisted on the highest standards through creating metrics around instructional, curriculum, and delivery performance, which are now being rolled out to the entire university, resulting in improvement in faculty performance in exceeding standards from 13% to 83%.
Additionally, Laura holds five degrees starting with a BA in Philosophy, MBA in Leadership, EdD in Instructional Technology, MEd in Adult Education for Diverse Learners, and MA in Counseling. Her therapeutic work has been with the YWCA Angeline’s Day Center, WA State Women’s Correctional Facility, PEER Seattle, and the CityU of Seattle Counseling Center where she engaged in individual, couples, and group therapy focusing on addiction, grief and loss, stress management, assertive communication, cognitive distortions and relapse prevention. Her industry experience includes private sector work with several west coast firms including Data I/O Corporation, Boeing Computer Services, Physio-Control, and L-3 Corporation, where she was responsible for a variety of educational technology, technical training, and process improvement projects including the development and delivery of technical manuals, trainings and programs (using multimedia methodologies) such as interactive CD-ROMs, job-aids, reports, and quick reference guides with clients such as the LAPD, the US Coast Guard, and KTLA News in Los Angeles California to name a few.
Finally, she has worked for over twenty-five years in higher education in the capacity of adjunct faculty, dissertation chair, dissertation committee member, professor, program director, and associate dean. For four universities she has designed and taught courses for online delivery, international, hybrid, ESL, and face-to-face formats using WebCT, eCollege, and Blackboard platforms.