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Williams Named to Duquesne's Rangos Rizakus Chair in Health Sciences and Ethics

Dr. Diane Williams, CCC-SLP, has been selected as the third holder of Duquesne University's Anna Rangos Rizakus Endowed Chair in Health Sciences and Ethics.

Williams, associate professor of speech-language pathology in the Rangos School of Health Sciences, focuses on autism and language disorders, incorporating functional magnetic resonance imaging to study thought and language processing differences, drawing volunteers from across the country to her studies.

Associated with the Autism Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh and the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon University, Williams worked on three National Institute of Child Health and Human Development grants in the position of consortium principal investigator, co-principal investigator and co-director. Additionally, she served as principal investigator on a study funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. She has presented this work nationally and internationally.

A Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language and a certified speech-language pathologist with extensive child and adult clinical experience, Williams also uses behavioral methodology in her work.

As program director of Duquesne's Child Language Clinic, Williams coordinates clinical services for children with a variety of language problems and teaches the language disorders coursework. She has worked in early intervention programs, preschool programs, community agencies, pediatric hospitals and university clinics.

Williams, an Allison Park resident, arrived at Duquesne in July 2006. She earned her doctoral degree in speech-language pathology from Bowling Green State University, her master's in speech-language pathology from the University of Tennessee and her master's in religious studies from Villanova University. Her bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology is from Auburn University.

The Anna Rangos Rizakus Chair is endowed through a gift from John Rangos Sr. in memory of his mother. It spearheads expanded University initiatives in health sciences and ethics.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.