Special Interest and Research: Psychiatric Nursing, Health Care Systems, Family Functioning, Stress, Coping and Adaptation, Community Support for individual and family functioning, Public Health, Social Systems, Health Promotion, and Nursing Education.
Professional Experience: Graduated with BSN from Texas Womans University in 1972 and worked in a number of roles in military and surrounding civilian communities for 17 years, including teaching at Central Texas College and with the Red Cross domestically and oversees. Earned MSN at New Mexico State University in 1994 while working as a School Nurse and Pediatric Nurse. Post Masters Prescriptive Certificate completed in 1996 while also serving as an adjunct faculty member at NMSU and working in the community. Director of Nursing Education at Memorial Medical Center from 1998 to 2002 before moving the NMSU full time. PhD completed in 2004 at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, while serving as an Assistant Professor at NMSU and being active in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner practice outpatient and inpatient. Subsequently served for eleven years with Department of Veterans Affairs, with responsibility for assessment and management of Veterans of the Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom and their families as well as overseeing a variety of community based programs and social work case management programs. Completed MPH with emphasis on border health at NMSU in 2008. Practiced full time as Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist for a year before rejoining NMSU faculty in 2017. Dr. Williams is an active member of American Nurses Association (and New Mexico Nurses Association), Sigma Theta Tau, Neuroscience Educational Institute, and National Association (and New Mexico Association) of Nurse Practitioners.