Marian E. Williams, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
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. Harrison LA, Kats A, Williams ME, Aziz-Zadeh L. 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. PMID: 30804830.
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    2. Perrigo JL, Berkovits LD, Cederbaum JA, Williams ME, Hurlburt MS. Child abuse and neglect re-report rates for young children with developmental delays. Child Abuse Negl. 2018 Sep; 83:1-9. PMID: 29940307.
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    3. St Amant HG, Schrager SM, Peña-Ricardo C, Williams ME, Vanderbilt DL. Language Barriers Impact Access to Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 Feb; 48(2):333-340. PMID: 28988384.
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    4. Williams ME, Zamora I, Akinsilo O, Chen AH, Poulsen MK. Broad Developmental Screening Misses Young Children With Social-Emotional Needs. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Jun; 57(7):844-849. PMID: 28952371.
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    5. 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. Utility of the Autism Observation Scale for Infants in Early Identification of Autism in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Pediatr Neurol. 2017 Oct; 75:80-86. PMID: 28844798.
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    6. Williams ME, Wheeler BY, Linder L, Jacobs RA. Evolving Definitions of Autism and Impact on Eligibility for Developmental Disability Services: California Case Example. Intellect Dev Disabil. 2017 06; 55(3):192-209. PMID: 28608770.
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    7. Moore C, Zamora I, Patel Gera M, Williams ME. Developmental Screening and Referrals: Assessing the Influence of Provider Specialty, Training, and Interagency Communication. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 Oct; 56(11):1040-1047. PMID: 28403632.
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    8. Earhart BA, Williams ME, Zamora I, Randolph LM, Votava-Smith JK, Marcy SN. Phenotype of 7q11.23 duplication: A family clinical series. Am J Med Genet A. 2017 Jan; 173(1):114-119. PMID: 27615053.
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    10. 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. PMID: 26404703.
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    11. 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. PMID: 25931290; PMCID: PMC4554774.
    12. 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):6903220020p1-10. PMID: 25871593; PMCID: PMC4453036.
    13. 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; 57(4):1162-77. PMID: 24686340; PMCID: PMC4326041.
    14. 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. PMID: 25114916; PMCID: PMC4119730.
    15. 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.
    16. Williams ME, Sando L, Soles T.Cognitive tests in early childhood: Psychometric and cultural considerations. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. 2014; 5(32):455-476.
    17. 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.
    18. 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. PMID: 24000901.
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    19. 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.
    20. 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.
    21. 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.
    22. 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. PMID: 19051002.
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    23. Williams ME, Latta J, Conversano P. Eliminating the wait for mental health services. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2008 Jan; 35(1):107-14. PMID: 17975730.
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