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Marian E. Williams, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Program Area Lead, Early Childhood Mental Health Programs
Pediatrics
CHL MailStop 115 Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 361 8525

Overview

Marian Williams is a licensed psychologist specializing in infant-family and early childhood mental health and developmental disabilities in children. She is Co-Director of Interdisciplinary Training for the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), and Autism Training Coordinator for the California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (CA-LEND) interdisciplinary training program. Based at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Williams leads the Early Childhood Mental Health program and the recently launched Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family Mental Health Initiative. Dr. Williams leads a Birth to Five Mental Health Training project providing core training to early childhood mental health professionals throughout Los Angeles County, and leads the Training and Technical Assistance project for First Connections, a three-year project funded by First 5 LA to enhance developmental screening and linkage for young children from underserved communities. She conducts research on diagnosis and assessment of autism spectrum disorders, access to care for young children with developmental disabilities, and development of bilingual children.

Publications

Williams ME, Rogers KC, Carson MC, Sherer S, Hudson B. . Opportunities arising from transformation from treatment as usual to evidence-based practice. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 2012; 1(43):9-16. View in: PubMed

Williams ME, Park S, Anaya A, Perugini SM, Rao S, Neece C, Rafeedie J. Linking infants and toddlers in foster care with early childhood mental health services. Children and Youth Services Review. 2012; 4(34):838-844. View in: PubMed

Williams ME, Sando L, Soles T. Cognitive tests in early childhood: Psychometric and cultural considerations. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. 2014; 5(32):455-476. View in: PubMed

Harley, E. , Williams, M. E. , Zamora, I. , & Lakatos, P. P. . Trauma treatment in young children with developmental disabilities: Applications of the Child-Parent Psychotherapy model to the cases of “James” and “Juan. ”. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy. 2014; (10):156-195. View in: PubMed

Williams, M. E. , Carson, M. C. , Zamora, I. , Harley, E. K. , & Lakatos, P. P. . Child-Parent Psychotherapy in the context of the developmental disability and medical service systems. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy. 2014; (10):212-226. View in: PubMed

Williams ME, Perrigo, J, Banda T, Matic T, Goldfarb F. Barriers to accessing services for young children. Journal of Early Intervention. 2013; (35):61-74. View in: PubMed

Gart N, Zamora I, Williams ME. PARALLEL MODELS OF ASSESSMENT: INFANT MENTAL HEALTH AND THERAPEUTIC ASSESSMENT MODELS INTERSECT THROUGH EARLY CHILDHOOD CASE STUDIES. Infant Ment Health J. 2016 Jul; 37(4):452-65. View in: PubMed

Zamora I, Williams ME, Higareda M, Wheeler BY, Levitt P. Brief Report: Recruitment and Retention of Minority Children for Autism Research. J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 Feb; 46(2):698-703. View in: PubMed

Cermak SA, Stein Duker LI, Williams ME, Dawson ME, Lane CJ, Polido JC. Sensory Adapted Dental Environments to Enhance Oral Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Sep; 45(9):2876-88. View in: PubMed

Cermak SA, Stein Duker LI, Williams ME, Lane CJ, Dawson ME, Borreson AE, Polido JC. Feasibility of a sensory-adapted dental environment for children with autism. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 May-Jun; 69(3):6903220020p1-6903220020p10. View in: PubMed

Bone D, Lee CC, Black MP, Williams ME, Lee S, Levitt P, Narayanan S. The psychologist as an interlocutor in autism spectrum disorder assessment: insights from a study of spontaneous prosody. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2014 Aug 1; 57(4):1162-77. View in: PubMed

Williams, M. E. , Carson, M. C. , Zamora, I. , Harley, E. K. , & Lakatos, P. P. . Child-Parent Psychotherapy in the context of the developmental disability and medical service systems. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy. 2014; (10):212-226. View in: PubMed

Williams ME, Fink C, Zamora I, Borchert M. Autism assessment in children with optic nerve hypoplasia and other vision impairments. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2014 Jan; 56(1):66-72. View in: PubMed

Williams ME, Sando L, Soles T. Cognitive tests in early childhood: Psychometric and cultural considerations. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. 2014; 5(32):455-476. View in: PubMed

Stein LI, Lane CJ, Williams ME, Dawson ME, Polido JC, Cermak SA. Physiological and Behavioral Stress and Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders during Routine Oral Care. Biomed Res Int. 2014; 2014:694876. View in: PubMed

Harley, E. , Williams, M. E. , Zamora, I. , & Lakatos, P. P. . Trauma treatment in young children with developmental disabilities: Applications of the Child-Parent Psychotherapy model to the cases of “James” and “Juan. ”. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy. 2014; (10):156-195. View in: PubMed

Williams ME, Perrigo, J, Banda T, Matic T, Goldfarb F. Barriers to accessing services for young children. Journal of Early Intervention. 2013; (35):61-74. View in: PubMed

Williams ME, Park S, Anaya A, Perugini SM, Rao S, Neece C, Rafeedie J. Linking infants and toddlers in foster care with early childhood mental health services. Children and Youth Services Review. 2012; 4(34):838-844. View in: PubMed

Williams ME, Rogers KC, Carson MC, Sherer S, Hudson B. . Opportunities arising from transformation from treatment as usual to evidence-based practice. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 2012; 1(43):9-16. View in: PubMed

Williams ME, Atkins M, Soles T. Assessment of autism in community settings: discrepancies in classification. J Autism Dev Disord. 2009 Apr; 39(4):660-9. View in: PubMed

Williams ME, Latta J, Conversano P. Eliminating the wait for mental health services. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2008 Jan; 35(1):107-14. View in: PubMed

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