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Wendy Reed Williams, PhD
Wendy Williams
Senior Director, Academic Training and Outreach Programs

Advances CHOP’s education and research missions by working collaboratively to create a culture of learning, discovery, integrity, and innovation to ensure success of the next generation of scientific leaders in child health.



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Wendy Reed Williams, PhD, is a leader in the areas of strategic goal setting, advocacy in education, community/relationship building, and program development within academic and research hospital settings. As Senior Director of Academic Training and Outreach Programs, Dr. Williams leads a multifaceted training and outreach program that provides institutional oversight in three key strategic areas: academic training, outreach programs, and specialty programs and diversity. She oversees the development of engaging and comprehensive educational experiences for a diverse research community and maintains an infrastructure that supports students and trainees. This includes the development of learning programs and the implementation of institution-wide events, seminar series, and workshops that promote collaboration and networking among researchers, including Responsible Conduct of Research training.

Dr. Williams is committed to creating and supporting a diverse workforce by developing improved recruitment and retention efforts among CHOP trainees from diverse backgrounds. She led the establishment and evolution of CHOP’s research education and training office and instituted a diversity function within the Research Institute. Her efforts also advanced CHOP’s pipelining efforts through the establishment of the CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) and the CHOP Research Internship for Scholars and Emerging Scientists (CHOP-RISES). She has a demonstrated track record in delivering career and professional preparation instruction to trainees and, as a former graduate student and postdoctoral fellow, she understands the importance of gaining exposure to a variety of career paths and strongly values high quality mentorship practices.

Education and Training

BS, Howard University (Zoology), 1993

PhD, Johns Hopkins University (Biology), 2000

Professional Memberships

American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2002-

Professional Awards

Advancing Diverse Leaders Program inaugural program graduate, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2016

“Advancing Child Health: Preparing the Next Generation of Pediatric Researchers” administrative leader, National Institutes of Health R25 Summer Research Experience Grant (Ian Krantz, MD, principal investigator), 2015-2019

Emerald Award in Career Achievement - Industry, Minorities in Research Science Conference, 2016

“Mentoring International Postdocs: Working Together to Advance Science and Careers” project director, Office of Research Integrity grant, 2005

“A Guidebook for Teaching Selected Responsible Conduct of Research Topics to a Culturally Diverse Trainee Group” project co-director, Office of Research Integrity grant, 2004

Personal Interests

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Diversity Council

National Research Mentoring Network