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Katrina Williams Williams

Paediatrics Royal Children'S Hospital
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
child, preschool
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Katrina Williams Williams

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
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Katrina Williams Williams


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 Health science research and a handbook of quantitative methods (Allen & Unwin 2001). Her track record is extensive and she is taking a senior role in the generation of future health-care related knowledge.

Professor Williams has extensive national and international research collaborations including her roles as co-convenor of the Cochrane Child Health Field (collaborating with Canada); co-convenor of the Cochrane Prognosis Methods Group (collaborating with Canada, UK, the Netherlands); group leader for the STAR initiative to improve methods for clinical trials in children (collaborating with USA, Canada, India, the Netherlands). She has also co-authored a Federal Government review about early intervention in ASD and acted as a consultant to another Federal Government review about early intervention for all developmental disabilities. Professor Williams has active roles in implementing evidence to clinical care and service delivery and therefore the reach and dissemination of her research output to the Australian community is extensive.

Professor Williams has a strong presence in relevant professional bodies. She is a current member of the Autism Victoria Accreditation Panel; the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders; and past member of the Australian Better Treatment for Children Network; the Out of Home Care research group for NSW Health; Positive Partnerships (DEEWR component, Australian Governments $190 million Helping Children with Autism Program) Content Review Team; and Research Committee for the Board of Autism Spectrum Disorders Australia (ASPECT). Professor Williams is a founding Member and executive committee member of the Australasian Society for Autism Research.


Displaying the 15 most recent projects by Katrina Williams Williams.



Project Types


Research Grant


Research Contracts

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 208 most recent scholarly works by Katrina Williams Williams.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


FAFPHM - Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine


FRACP - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians






Paediatrics Royal Children'S Hospital


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Sydney

Masters of Science in Community Child Health

University of London

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Science

Adelaide University