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Marian E. Williams, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
AddressCHL MailStop 115
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089
Phone+1 323 361 8525
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    Title(s)Program Area Lead, Early Childhood Mental Health Programs


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    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.

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    1. Factors Influencing Implementation of Evidence-Based Mental Health Interventions for Infants and Young Children. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2020 May 04. Skale G, Perez H, Williams ME. PMID: 32367263.
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    2. Language predictors of autism spectrum disorder in young children with tuberous sclerosis complex. Epilepsy Behav. 2020 Feb; 103(Pt A):106844. Schoenberger A, Capal JK, Ondracek A, Horn PS, Murray D, Byars AW, Pearson DA, Williams ME, Bebin M, Northrup H, Wu JY, Sahin M, Krueger DA. PMID: 31864941.
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    3. Child-Parent Psychotherapy with Infants Hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2019 12; 26(4):584-596. Lakatos PP, Matic T, Carson M, Williams ME. PMID: 30941622.
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    4. Neurodevelopmental outcome of monochorionic twins with selective intrauterine growth restriction (SIUGR) type II: laser versus expectant management. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019 Jul 16; 1-9. Quintero R, Kontopoulos E, Williams ME, Sloop J, Vanderbilt D, Chmait RH. PMID: 31309857.
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    5. Impacting development in infants with tuberous sclerosis complex: Multidisciplinary research collaboration. Am Psychol. 2019 04; 74(3):356-367. Williams ME, Pearson DA, Capal JK, Byars AW, Murray DS, Kissinger R, O'Kelley SE, Hanson E, Bing NM, Kent B, Wu JY, Northrup H, Bebin EM, Sahin M, Krueger D. PMID: 30945897.
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    6. The Importance of Sensory Processing in Mental Health: A Proposed Addition to the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) and Suggestions for RDoC 2.0. Front Psychol. 2019; 10:103. Harrison LA, Kats A, Williams ME, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 30804830.
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    7. Child abuse and neglect re-report rates for young children with developmental delays. Child Abuse Negl. 2018 09; 83:1-9. Perrigo JL, Berkovits LD, Cederbaum JA, Williams ME, Hurlburt MS. PMID: 29940307.
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    8. Language Barriers Impact Access to Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 02; 48(2):333-340. St Amant HG, Schrager SM, Peña-Ricardo C, Williams ME, Vanderbilt DL. PMID: 28988384.
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    9. Broad Developmental Screening Misses Young Children With Social-Emotional Needs. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 06; 57(7):844-849. Williams ME, Zamora I, Akinsilo O, Chen AH, Poulsen MK. PMID: 28952371.
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    10. Utility of the Autism Observation Scale for Infants in Early Identification of Autism in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Pediatr Neurol. 2017 Oct; 75:80-86. Capal JK, Horn PS, Murray DS, Byars AW, Bing NM, Kent B, Bucher LA, Williams ME, O'Kelley S, Pearson DA, Sahin M, Krueger DA. PMID: 28844798.
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    11. Evolving Definitions of Autism and Impact on Eligibility for Developmental Disability Services: California Case Example. Intellect Dev Disabil. 2017 06; 55(3):192-209. Williams ME, Wheeler BY, Linder L, Jacobs RA. PMID: 28608770.
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    12. Developmental Screening and Referrals: Assessing the Influence of Provider Specialty, Training, and Interagency Communication. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 Oct; 56(11):1040-1047. Moore C, Zamora I, Patel Gera M, Williams ME. PMID: 28403632.
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    13. Phenotype of 7q11.23 duplication: A family clinical series. Am J Med Genet A. 2017 Jan; 173(1):114-119. Earhart BA, Williams ME, Zamora I, Randolph LM, Votava-Smith JK, Marcy SN. PMID: 27615053.
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    14. PARALLEL MODELS OF ASSESSMENT: INFANT MENTAL HEALTH AND THERAPEUTIC ASSESSMENT MODELS INTERSECT THROUGH EARLY CHILDHOOD CASE STUDIES. Infant Ment Health J. 2016 07; 37(4):452-65. Gart N, Zamora I, Williams ME. PMID: 27333488.
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    15. Brief Report: Recruitment and Retention of Minority Children for Autism Research. J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 Feb; 46(2):698-703. Zamora I, Williams ME, Higareda M, Wheeler BY, Levitt P. PMID: 26404703.
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    16. 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. Cermak SA, Stein Duker LI, Williams ME, Dawson ME, Lane CJ, Polido JC. PMID: 25931290.
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    17. Feasibility of a sensory-adapted dental environment for children with autism. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 May-Jun; 69(3):6903220020p1-10. Cermak SA, Stein Duker LI, Williams ME, Lane CJ, Dawson ME, Borreson AE, Polido JC. PMID: 25871593.
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    18. The psychologist as an interlocutor in autism spectrum disorder assessment: insights from a study of spontaneous prosody. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2014 Aug; 57(4):1162-77. Bone D, Lee CC, Black MP, Williams ME, Lee S, Levitt P, Narayanan S. PMID: 24686340.
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    19. Physiological and behavioral stress and anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorders during routine oral care. Biomed Res Int. 2014; 2014:694876. Stein LI, Lane CJ, Williams ME, Dawson ME, Polido JC, Cermak SA. PMID: 25114916.
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    20. Child-Parent Psychotherapy in the context of the developmental disability and medical service systems. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy. 2014; (10):212-226. Williams, M. E., Carson, M. C., Zamora, I., Harley, E. K., & Lakatos, P. P.
    21. Cognitive tests in early childhood: Psychometric and cultural considerations. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. 2014; 5(32):455-476. Williams ME, Sando L, Soles T.
    22. 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. Harley, E., Williams, M. E., Zamora, I., & Lakatos, P. P.
    23. Autism assessment in children with optic nerve hypoplasia and other vision impairments. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2014 Jan; 56(1):66-72. Williams ME, Fink C, Zamora I, Borchert M. PMID: 24000901.
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    24. Barriers to accessing services for young children. Journal of Early Intervention. 2013; (35):61-74. Williams ME, Perrigo, J, Banda T, Matic T, Goldfarb F.
    25. Linking infants and toddlers in foster care with early childhood mental health services. Children and Youth Services Review. 2012; 4(34):838-844. Williams ME, Park S, Anaya A, Perugini SM, Rao S, Neece C, Rafeedie J.
    26. Opportunities arising from transformation from treatment as usual to evidence-based practice. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 2012; 1(43):9-16. Williams ME, Rogers KC, Carson MC, Sherer S, Hudson B.
    27. Assessment of autism in community settings: discrepancies in classification. J Autism Dev Disord. 2009 Apr; 39(4):660-9. Williams ME, Atkins M, Soles T. PMID: 19051002.
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    28. Eliminating the wait for mental health services. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2008 Jan; 35(1):107-14. Williams ME, Latta J, Conversano P. PMID: 17975730.
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