Dr. Williams completed a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) at the University of New Mexico (1984). She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree (1988) from the University of New Mexico. Following her medical degree she completed a three year pediatric residency program at the University of New Mexico.

Personal Statement

I have worked in the academic setting of the UNMH Department of Pediatrics since 1991 when I completed residency; initially as a general pediatrician with a faculty and teaching practice serving inpatient and outpatient settings. I contracted with the Center for Development and Disability at UNMH with their Early Childhood Evaluation Program multidisciplinary clinic beginning in 2003 and in 2008, rejoined the pediatric faculty as an Associate Professor on the Clinician Educator Track which requires clinical and teaching excellence. I serve in the Early Childhood Evaluation Program, Autism Spectrum Evaluation Clinic and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Clinic. I direct and coordinate the Pediatric Resident Development rotation. I also served as Medical Faculty for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training program from 2014 through 2022. I have extensive experience assessing and managing children with developmental disabilities and am dedicated to improving their access to developmental supports, as well as to training others in this important area.

Areas of Specialty

Child Development
Developmental Disabilities
Prenatal Exposures
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders


American Board of Pediatrics; Board Recertification, May 1999, October 2006, December 2013, December 2018. Diplomat, American Board of Pediatrics, 1992. Certificate No. 50180 Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners, July 1989. Certificate No. 362367

Achievements & Awards

Department of Pediatrics Faculty Service Award 2016

Super Hero of Autism from the 2016
NM Autism Society

Albuquerque Top Docs 2013

Best Doctors in America 1996
(Pediatrics, Central Region)


  • diagnosis
  • English

Courses Taught

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Diagnosis, Sequelae and Intervention

Overview of Genetics

Typical Infant Development

Research and Scholarship

Research Support for NIH P50 Grant as Co-investigator/Pediatrician:

Neurocognitive markers of prenatal alcohol exposure"

“Fetal ethanol-induced behavioral deficits: Mechanisms