Marian E. Williams, PhD

Title(s)Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
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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    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CAPhD08/1990Clinical Psychology
    Williams College, Williamstown, MABA06/1982Psychology/English
    University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA08/1991Postdoctoral Child Neuropsychology

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    Marian Williams is a licensed psychologist specializing in infant-family and early childhood mental health and developmental disabilities in children. Based at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Williams is Director of the Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family Mental Health Initiative and Program Area Lead of the Early Childhood Mental Health program. These prenatal to five mental health programs provide innovative trauma-informed, relationship-based services for families across the continuum from prenatal care to inpatient hospitalization to outpatient care, including services in hospital, community, and clinic settings. Dr. Williams is also Director of Interdisciplinary Training for the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). She has co-developed psychology training programs that provide specialized training for interns and postdoctoral fellows in infant and early childhood mental health, and an interdisciplinary training model for assessment and diagnosis of young children with complex psychosocial, developmental, and medical needs. She led the Training and Technical Assistance project for First Connections, a six-year project funded by First Five LA to enhance developmental screening and linkage for young children from underresourced communities. Dr. Williams conducts research on diagnosis and assessment of autism spectrum disorders, access to care for young children with developmental disabilities, diagnosis of young children, development of bilingual children, and evaluation of training.

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    1. Sensory Adaptations to Improve Physiological and Behavioral Distress During Dental Visits in Autistic Children: A Randomized Crossover Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2023 06 01; 6(6):e2316346. Stein Duker LI, Como DH, Jolette C, Vigen C, Gong CL, Williams ME, Polido JC, Floríndez-Cox LI, Cermak SA. PMID: 37266941; PMCID: PMC10238943.
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    2. Providing Continuity in Infant Mental Health Services for Medically Fragile Infants and Their Families. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2023 Mar 31. Lakatos PP, Rodas NV, Matic T, Williams ME, Samora LL, Carson MC. PMID: 37000305.
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    3. Clinical use and implementation of the diagnostic classification of mental health and developmental disorders of infancy and early childhood. Infant Ment Health J. 2023 05; 44(3):362-371. Williams ME, Rediker AM, Mulrooney K. PMID: 36950869.
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    4. Profile of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex: Results from a Longitudinal, Prospective, Multisite Study. Ann Neurol. 2021 12; 90(6):874-886. Capal JK, Williams ME, Pearson DA, Kissinger R, Horn PS, Murray D, Currans K, Kent B, Bebin M, Northrup H, Wu JY, Sahin M, Krueger DA, TACERN Study Group. PMID: 34668231; PMCID: PMC8639652.
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    5. Brief Report: Caregiver Confidence in Reporting Anxiety Symptoms in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2022 Aug; 52(8):3727-3733. Williams ME, Stein Duker LI, Vigen CLP, Wylde C, Cermak SA. PMID: 34363572; PMCID: PMC8818806.
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    6. Policy and Practice Barriers to Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the California Early Intervention System. J Autism Dev Disord. 2021 Oct; 51(10):3423-3431. Williams ME, Harley EK, Quebles I, Poulsen MK. PMID: 33386551.
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    7. Infant-Family Mental Health in the NICU: A Mixed-Methods Study Exploring Referral Pathways and Family Engagement. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2021 Jan-Mar 01; 35(1):68-78. Driver M, Mikhail S, Carson MC, Lakatos PP, Matic T, Chin S, Williams ME. PMID: 33528190.
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    8. Unique deficit in embodied simulation in autism: An fMRI study comparing autism and developmental coordination disorder. Hum Brain Mapp. 2021 04 01; 42(5):1532-1546. Kilroy E, Harrison L, Butera C, Jayashankar A, Cermak S, Kaplan J, Williams M, Haranin E, Bookheimer S, Dapretto M, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 33320398; PMCID: PMC7927289.
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    9. Factors Influencing Implementation of Evidence-Based Mental Health Interventions for Infants and Young Children. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2020 10; 47(4):493-508. Skale G, Perez H, Williams ME. PMID: 32367263; PMCID: PMC8889878.
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    10. The Complexity of Making a Diagnosis. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2020 Apr; 41(3):242-244. Call CR, Williams ME, Lau D, Nyp SS. PMID: 32091456.
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    11. Language predictors of autism spectrum disorder in young children with tuberous sclerosis complex. Epilepsy Behav. 2020 02; 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; PMCID: PMC6947531.
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    12. 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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    13. Neurodevelopmental outcome of monochorionic twins with selective intrauterine growth restriction (SIUGR) type II: laser versus expectant management. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2021 May; 34(10):1513-1521. Quintero R, Kontopoulos E, Williams ME, Sloop J, Vanderbilt D, Chmait RH. PMID: 31309857.
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    14. 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, TACERN Study Group. PMID: 30945897; PMCID: PMC6612428.
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    15. 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; PMCID: PMC6370662.
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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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, TACERN Study Group. PMID: 28844798; PMCID: PMC5610103.
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    20. 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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    21. Influence of seizures on early development in tuberous sclerosis complex. Epilepsy Behav. 2017 May; 70(Pt A):245-252. Capal JK, Bernardino-Cuesta B, Horn PS, Murray D, Byars AW, Bing NM, Kent B, Pearson DA, Sahin M, Krueger DA, TACERN Study Group. PMID: 28457992; PMCID: PMC5497719.
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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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    25. 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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    26. 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; PMCID: PMC4554774.
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    27. 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; PMCID: PMC4453036.
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    28. 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; PMCID: PMC4326041.
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    29. 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; PMCID: PMC4119730.
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    30. 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.
    31. Cognitive tests in early childhood: Psychometric and cultural considerations. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. 2014; 5(32):455-476. Williams ME, Sando L, Soles T.
    32. 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.
    33. 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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    34. 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.
    35. 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.
    36. 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.
    37. 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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    38. 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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    39. Cognitive/neuropsychological studies of children with a schizophrenic disorder. Schizophr Bull. 1994; 20(4):647-69. Asarnow RF, Asamen J, Granholm E, Sherman T, Watkins JM, Williams ME. PMID: 7701274.
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    40. Relaxation, reduction in angry articulated thoughts, and improvements in borderline hypertension and heart rate. J Behav Med. 1991 Oct; 14(5):453-68. Davison GC, Williams ME, Nezami E, Bice TL, DeQuattro VL. PMID: 1744909.
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