ASHA President Profile

Kayce Solari Williams

Clinical Assistant Professor & Health Internship Coordinator, University of Houston

Pronouns: She/Her

Area of Expertise/WSCC Component: Physical Activity Promotion; Obesity Prevention; Positive Body Image/ WSCC: PE/PA; Employee Wellness; Family Engagement

Over the past 23 years, Dr. Kayce D. Solari Williams has taught at the K-12 and higher education levels. She has been a dance, physical education, and theater teacher in Aldine ISD, Fort Bend ISD, and Houston ISD. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the University of Houston in the Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences, co-owner of Be Well Health Resources, LLC, Co-investigator on a NIH-funded cancer and health disparities research training grant, and president of the American School Health Association. Her education and work experiences focus on the human body. She promotes movement that is natural, challenging, and rewarding. She strives to be a constant and consistent reminder to people about the joys of physical activity not just with words, but with proven, sound, and replicable actions. She strives to create a safe atmosphere which fosters learning and the use of critical thinking skills while engaging students. She is dedicated to teaching and training future health professionals using innovative and inspiring in-class and virtual techniques as well as providing students with service learning opportunities locally and abroad. Her primary research mission is to prevent new cases of obesity and associated chronic diseases through physical activity and active lifestyle promotion. Other areas of interest include the promotion of a positive body image and reduction of risky health behaviors in youth (e.g., alcohol and other drug use; sexual health; unhealthy diet; violence). She is married, has one daughter, a bonus son, and a dog named Tyger.