William Lawson, MD, PhD, DFAPA

Portrait of William Lawson, MD, PhD, DFAPA

William Lawson, MD, PhD, DFAPA

William Lawson, MD, PhD, is a nationally renowned expert on health disparities and has contributed significantly to substance abuse education, awareness and research.  He received a BS in psychology from Howard University, an MA from the University of Virginia, and PhD in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. He received his MD from the Pritzker School of Medicine University of Chicago, did his residency at Stanford University and a fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health. He has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois, Urbana, University of California, Irvine, Vanderbilt University, University of Arkansas, and Howard University.  Dr. Lawson previously served as Associate Dean for Health Disparities at Dell Medical School and Director of Community Health Programs and Professor at Huston-Tillotson University.  

Dr. Lawson has held numerous senior positions and received national recognition including past President of the DC chapter of Mental Health America, Past President of the Washington Psychiatric Society, past Chair of the Section of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the National Medical Association, and past president of the Black Psychiatrists of America.  He received the American Psychiatric Foundation Award for Advancing Minority Mental Health, the 2014 Solomon Carter Fuller Award by the American Psychiatric Association, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award and Outstanding Psychologist Award, the Jeanne Spurlock Award from the American Psychiatric Association, and the E.Y. Williams Clinical Scholar of Distinction Award from the NMA.