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Professor Katrina Williams
Professor Katrina Williams is a Paediatrician and Public Health Physician who has worked in Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne and London.
Professor Williams completed her PhD titled ‘The epidemiology and classification of autistic spectrum disorders in NSW’, University of Sydney in 2005. As a researcher and clinician Katrina has been actively involved in the development of new knowledge, synthesis of existing evidence, establishment of population data and promotion of evidence into practice and service delivery, especially in relation to autism and other developmental disability, for over fifteen years.
• APEX Australia Chair of Developmental Medicine, University of Melbourne
• Director, Developmental Medicine, Royal Children's Hospital
• Honorary Fellow, Deakin Child Study Centre, Deakin University
Child development, developmental differences and autism.
• Neurogenetic causes
• Effective interventions and best care
• Prognosis (outcomes)
• Diagnostic accuracy and practice
• UNIQUE Autism: An epigenetic approach to understanding differences between twins.
• Victorian Collaborative Autism Study (CATS): Family and community study of the genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder. A study investigating prevalence, describing phenotypes, exploring risk factors and identifying families for gene discovery studies.
• Melton Developmental Differences Database: M3D
• Longitudinal Investigation of Autism (LIA)
Williams K, Roberts J. Understanding Autism: The essential guide for parents. Sydney. Exisle, 2015. http://www.exislepublishing.com.au/Understanding-Autism.html
Williams K. Timely identification of children with autism: Are we asking the right question? A commentary on the original acticle by Charman et al. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (2015). doi:10.1111/dmcn.12896
Randall M, Sciberras E, Brignell A, Efron D, Dissanayake C, Ihsen E, Williams K. Autism Spectrum Disorder: Presentation and prevalence in a nationally representative Australian sample. Australia New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2015. DOI: 10.1177/0004867415595287.
McConachie H, Parr JR, Glod M, Hanratty J, Livingstone N, Oono IP, Robalino S, Baird G, Beresford B, Charman T, Garland D, Green J, Gringras P, Jones G, Law J, Le Couteur AS, Macdonald G, McColl EM, Morris C, Rodgers J, Simonoff E, Terwee CB, Williams K. Systematic review of tools to measure outcomes for young children with autism spectrum disorder. Health Technology Assessment. 2015;19(41):1-506. DOI: 10.3310/hta19410.
James S, Stevenson SW, Silove N, Williams K. Chelation for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD010766. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010766.pub2.
Williams K, Brignell A, Prior M, Bartak L, Roberts J. Regression in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2015; 51(1):61-4. DOI: 10.1111/jpc.12805.
Iorio A, Spencer FA, Falavigna M, Alba C, Lang E, Burnand B, McGinn T, Hayden J, Williams K, Shea B, Wolff R, Kujpers T, Perel P, Vandvik PO, Glasziou P, Schunemann H, Guyatt G. Use of GRADE for assessment of evidence about prognosis: rating confidence in estimates of event rates in broad categories of patients. British Medical Journal 2015; 350:h870. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h870
Eapen V, Woolfenden S, Williams K, Jalaludin B, Dissanayake C, Axelsson E, Murphy E, Eastwood E, Descallar J, Beasley D, Crncec R, Short K, Silove N, Einfeld S and Prior M. “Are you available for the next 18months?" - methods and aims of a longitudinal birth cohort study investigating a universal developmental surveillance program: the 'Watch Me Grow' study." BMC Pediatrics 14(1): 234.2014. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2431-14-234.
Woolfenden S, Eapen V, Williams K, Hayden A, Spencer N and Kemp L. "A systematic review of the prevalence of parental concerns measured by the Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) indicating developmental risk." BMC Pediatrics 14(1): 231.2014. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2431-14-231.
Dadds MR, MacDonald E, Cauchi A, Williams K, Levy F, Brennan J. Nasal Oxytocin for Social Deficits in Childhood Autism: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Autism Dev Disord . 2014;44(3):521-531
Williams K, Perkins D, Wheeler D, Hayen A, Bayl V. Can questions about social interaction correctly identify preschool aged children with Autism? J Paediatr Child Health. 2013;49(2):E167-74
Williams K, Brignell A, Randall M, Silove N, Hazell P. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). 2013 Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2013, Issue 8 Art. No.: CD004677. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004677.pub3
Williams K, Wray JA, Wheeler DM. Intravenous secretin for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD003495. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003495.pub3.
Woolfenden S, Sarkozy V, Ridley G, Williams K. A systematic review of the diagnostic stability of autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2012;6:345-354
Williams K, Thomson D, Seto I, et al. Standard 6: Age groups for Pediatric Trials. Pediatrics. 2012, 129:S153-60
A systematic review of two outcomes in autism spectrum disorder - epilepsy and mortality. Woolfenden S, Sarkozy V, Ridley G, Coory M, Williams K. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2012 Apr;54(4):306-12
Prior M, Roberts JMA, Rodger S, Williams K. A Review of the Research to Identify the Most Effective Models of Practice in Early Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. 2011
Sinha Y, Silove N, Hayen A, Williams K. Auditory integration training and other sound therapies for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD003681. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003681.pub3
Roberts J, Williams K, Carter M, Evans D, Parmenter T, Silove N, Clarke t, Warren A. A randomised controlled trial of two early intervention programs for young children with autism: Centre-based with parent program and Home-based. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. October-December 2011;5:1553-1566