Arson, Ethics in Criminal Justice Practice
President and Founder, Center for Arson Research
Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Dian Williams lectures at home and abroad on firesetting, fire bombing and domestic terrorism. She appears regularly in the print and visual media and consults with federal, state and local criminal justice agencies throughout the United States, United Kingdom and other countries. During the mid 1980s, Dian Williams appeared before the United States Senate as an expert on juvenile firesetters and violent juvenile offenders. She is a full time member of the Criminal Justice Department faculty at West Chester University.

Dr. Williams has written a chapter on treatment strategies for firesetters for a forensic textbook published in 2005 and authored a textbook entitled Understanding the Arsonist: From Assessment to Confession, available for sale through her office or Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company. A second, expanded edition of the text is currently underway. A future project involves comparative research on female firesetting behavior in the US and Australia. She is also a column editor on ethics and legal nurse consulting issues for the Journal of Forensic Nursing. In addition to her work on arson, Dr. Williams lectures on ethics in forensic practice for medical, nursing and criminal justice practitioners. She works as an expert witness (generally for the prosecution) throughout the United States.

Dr. Williams was awarded the honor of appointment as a Distinguished Fellow of the International Association of Forensic Nurses for outstanding contributions to the field.