A paediatrician, public health physician and an internationally recognised clinical epidemiologist, Professor Williams has recently commenced an appointment as APEX Australia Chair of Developmental Medicine at the University of Melbourne and Director of the Department of Developmental Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Professor Williams has worked as a clinician and researcher in developmental medicine and community child health since 1996.
Professor Williams’ current research is on autism and research methodology, including recently completed or ongoing projects of (1) assessing outcome measures for children with autism, (2) a trial of oxytocin as a treatment for autism; (3) a comparison of educational approaches to improve outcomes of children with autism, (4) a trial of different early intervention approaches for autism and (5) a study of the prognosis of autism.
Professor Williams has over 50 peer reviewed publications, has edited three books about evidence based medicine and research methods, has co-authored three book chapters and presented numerous invited and peer reviewed talks. She was invited to co-deliver a plenary session at the 2007 Biennial Australian Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders on the topic “Prevalence of Autism in Australia. Can it be established from existing data?” She has also delivered over 15 other invited presentations on the topic of autism and over 20 invited presentations about evidence-based practice and research methods. Professor Williams is an editor for the Cochrane Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems Review Group; Cochrane commentaries section of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; Child: Health, Care and Development; Evidence-based child health - A Cochrane review journal. She was also author and editor for the British Medical Journal publication Evidence based paediatrics and child health (2004 & 2000) and Healt