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William Hall

Associate Professor

William Hall, Ph.D.


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Room 324-K

325 Pittsboro Street

Campus Box 3550

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 919-962-1698

Dr. Will Hall is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). After receiving his Ph.D. in Social Work from UNC in 2015, he completed a NIMH-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health Services through a collaborative program between the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. Dr. Hall’s research is aimed at understanding mental health disparities facing LGBTQ adolescents and young adults (i.e., depression, anxiety, and suicidality), as well as developing and evaluating interventions that address these problems. He is interested in interventions at multiple socio-ecological levels, such as clinical practice guidelines for LGBTQ issues, group counseling and psychotherapy with LGBTQ clients, education and training to improve the cultural competency of mental health service providers regarding LGBTQ clients, school-based interventions to improve the school climate for LGBTQ youth, and policy interventions to protect the rights and well-being of LGBTQ people. Dr. Hall’s research has been informed by his clinical practice and advocacy work with the LGBTQ community.

Degrees and Licenses

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Primary Program

Doctoral Education
MSW Education

Research and Professional Interests

Mental Health
Health Disparities
Interventions with LGBTQ People
Social Policy Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
School Bullying

Principal Investigator

Implicit Internalized Stigma: Measuring and Examining a Determinant of Mental Health Disparities for Sexual Minorities
A Feasibility Study of an Adapted Cognitive Behavior Therapy Intervention to Treat Depression among LGBTQ Youth

Recent Publications

Hall, W. J., Jones, B. L. H., Witkemper, K. D., Collins, T., & Rodgers, G. K. (2019). State policy on school-based sex education: A content analysis focused on sexual behaviors, relationships, and identities. American Journal of Health Behavior, 43, 506-519. doi:10.5993/AJHB.43.3.6

Hall, W. J. (2018). Psychosocial risk and protective factors for depression among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer youth: A systematic review. Journal of Homosexuality, 65, 263-316. doi:10.1080/00918369.2017.1317467

Hall, W. J. (2017). The effectiveness of policy interventions for school bullying: A systematic review. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 8, 45-69. doi:10.1086/690565

Hall, W. J., Witkemper, K. D., Rodgers, G. K., Waters, E., & Smith, M. R. (2018). Activating adult allies from a rural community on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues in school using photovoice. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 30, 49-63. doi: 10.1080/10538720.2017.1408517

Hall, W. J., & Rodgers, G. K. (2019). Teachers’ attitudes toward homosexuality and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer community in the United States. Social Psychology of Education, 22, 23-41. doi:10.1007/s11218-018-9463-9


SOWO 570

Human Development in Context: Infancy through Adolescence

SOWO 501

Confronting Oppression and Institutional Discrimination

SOWO 709

Social Work with the LGBTQ Community

SOWO 914

Measurement in Intervention Research

SOWO 919

Systematic Reviews and Introduction to Meta-Analysis