Rush Ciaran Williams

Dr. Rush Williams
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, 8th Fl, New York, NY 10027

Dr. Rush Williams joined Columbia Health in 2016. Prior to joining CPS, he worked for the Washington, D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he focused extensively on issues related to gender identity, sexual orientation, and HIV status. Rush completed his internship in clinical psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he also served as Chief Resident of the Clinical Psychology service. Rush was a member of the research teams at the Washington DC VA Medical Center(HIV), the VA North Texas Healthcare system (PTSD/military sexual trauma), and the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training in NYC.

Rush’s deep commitment to the LGBTQ and HIV+ communities spans nearly two decades, and includes work as a clinician, researcher, and advocate. Rush enjoys working with individuals on issues related to coming out, responding to stigma and bias, and navigating relationships. He is also passionate about the needs of military service members and their families, and has extensive experience working with Veterans. Additional professional interests include treatment for anxiety, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and psychological issues surrounding health behavior and chronic illness.

Rush also enjoys working with the unique challenges faced by performing artists. Prior to embarking on a career as a clinical psychologist, he trained as a classical musician, spent years as an opera singer, and worked extensively in executive development for a Fortune 500 company.


  • Ph.D., The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • M.M., The University of Minnesota
  • B.M., Illinois Wesleyan University

Certifications and Licensure:

  • Licensed to practice psychology in the state of New York
  • Certified in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy, The Albert Ellis Institute
  • Credentialed, The National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Professional Experience:

  • Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Southern Methodist University Counseling & Psychiatric Services
  • Parkland Memorial Hospital
  • Center for HIV Educational Studies & Training

Professional Memberships:

  • American Psychological Association

Published Articles:

  • Lucar, J., Hart, R., Rayeed, N., Terzian, A., Weintrob, A., Siegal, M., Parenti, D., Squires, L., Williams, R., & Benator, D. (in press). Sexually Transmitted Infections Among HIV-Infected Individuals in the District of Columbia and Estimated HIV Transmission Risk: Data from the DC Cohort. Open Forum Infectious Diseases.
  • Holder, N., Holliday, R., Williams, R., Mullen, K., & Surís, A. (2018). A preliminary examination of the role of psychotherapist fidelity on outcomes of cognitive processing therapy during an RCT for military sexual trauma-related PTSD. Cognitive behaviour therapy, 47(1), 76-89.
  • Hemmy Asamsama, O., Squires, L., Tessema, A., Rae, E., Hall, K., Williams, R., & Benator, D. (2017). HIV Nurse Navigation: Charting the Course to Improve Engagement in Care and HIV Virologic Suppression. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (JIAPAC), 16(6), 603-607.
  • Williams, R. C., Holliday, R., Holder, N., & Surís, A. (2017). Childhood sexual assault, quality of life, and psychiatric comorbidity in veterans with military and civilian sexual trauma. Military Psychology, 29(4), 307.
  • Holliday, R., Bonds, S., & Williams, R. (2017). Military Sexual Trauma and Sexual Health: Practice and Future Research for Mental Health Professionals. Federal Practitioner, 34(4), 24-27.
  • Funk, R., Cisneros, C., Williams, R., Kendall, J., & Hamann, H. (2016). What Happens After Distress Screening? Patterns of Supportive Care Service Utilization Among Oncology Patients Identified Through a Systematic Screening Protocol. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(7).
  • Williams, R., Holliday, R., Clem, M., Anderson, E., Morris, E.E., & Surís, A. (2015). Borderline personality disorder and military sexual trauma: Analysis of previous traumatization and current psychiatric presentation. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, published online ahead of print.
  • Holliday, R., Williams, R., Matlock, A., & Surís, A. (2015). Differences in depressive and PTSD symptom severity between survivors of military sexual or combat trauma: Results within a Vietnam era veteran sample. Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences, 2, 19-28.
  • Holliday, R., Anderson, E., Williams, R., Bird, J., Matlock, A., Ali, S., Edmondson, C., Morris, E. E., Mullen, K., & Surís, A. (2015). Differences in college adjustment stressors and depression and anxiety symptoms between White Hispanic and White non-Hispanic female college students. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, published online ahead of print.
  • Holliday, R., Williams, R., Mullen, K., & Surís, A. (2015). The Role of Cognitive Processing Therapy in Improving Psychosocial Functioning, Health, and Quality of Life in Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Psychological Services, 12(4).
Last updated February 05, 2018