PJ earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Although now retired, her work career was in the area of early childhood special education. This included direct service to young children (birth to age 8) with disabilities and their families, research, in-service training of professionals, university-based pre-service education, and faculty training. She served as Assistant Director of the Family, Infant, and Preschool Program in Morganton, NC, was a researcher at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, and a faculty member in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. Dr. McWilliam is also the parent of a 37-year- old daughter with developmental disabilities.