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Christine L. Williams, DNSc, PMHCNS-BC
Dr. Williams began working as a staff nurse and later as a clinical specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing. Her academic career began as an instructor at Saint Anselm College (SAC), a Benedictine liberal arts college where she progressed to tenured professor and coordinator of the baccalaureate program with responsibility for managing all student and curricular issues for about 300 students as well as teaching assignments for about 20 faculty.
She was appointed associate professor at University of Miami (UM) School of Nursing in 1994. There she conducted research and taught undergraduate, graduate and doctoral courses. In 1995, she accepted a joint appointment as Senior Nurse Researcher to the GRECC (Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center) at the Miami VA Medical Center and a position on the Executive Committee of Miami Geriatric Education and Clinical Center (MAGEC). MAGEC is a HRSA funded interdisciplinary center at UM School of Medicine with a mission to educate professionals about geriatrics. In 2000, she became a charter member of the Steering Committee of the Florida Teaching Nursing Home (FTNH) funded by the state of Florida and sponsored by the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Stein Gerontological Institute at the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged. The FTNH was a statewide interdisciplinary effort whose mission was to improve the quality of care in nursing homes in Florida. Dr. Williams' work on the FTNH steering committee (2000-2007) highlighted the critical role of nursing in the care of institutionalized elders with dementia.
She is lead author of Therapeutic Interaction in Nursing (2nd ed.) released in September 2007. This book focuses on communication concepts and strategies grounded in current theory and research and addresses a wide range of situations that nurses encounter in their daily interactions with clients. Dr. Williams has published numerous articles in scholarly journals reporting her research with older adults and the problems of coping with cognitive impairment and health disparities.
Teaching & Research
Dr. Williams has taught courses at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Since coming to Florida Atlantic University in September, 2007, she has taught Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Nursing Research, Advanced Nursing Research Applied Quantitative Design and Methods, Doctoral Seminar I, Doctoral Seminar III, and Crafting a Life of Scholarship in the PhD program. She has also taught Nursing Theory at the graduate level. Her program of research focuses on the mental health of older persons with dementia and their families and improving health care for vulnerable older adults especially those from minority ethnic populations.
Currently she is working on several studies including communication between caregivers and persons with cognitive impairment, stress in caregivers and persons attending a day program for memory impairment, and the role of culture in willingness to be screened for memory problems. As a member of a research team that includes Drs. Tappen and Rosselli from FAU, she is working is to improve methods of assessing dementia and mental health for minority older adults.
Wiese, L., Williams, C., Tappen, R. (2014). Analysis of Barriers to Cognitive Screening in Rural Populations, Advances in Nursing Science, 37(4), 327-339.
Abbott, L. Williams, C. Evaluation of Nursing Interventions Designed to Impact Knowledge, Behaviors, and Health Outcomes for Rural African Americans: An Integrative Review. Accepted for publication in Public Health Nursing.
*Sadule-Rios, Tappen, RM, Williams, CL, Rosselli, M. (2014). Older Hispanics' Explanatory Model of Depression, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 28, 242-249.
* Bonorandi, A., Williams, C. (2014). Voices of couples affected by Alzheimer’s disease. FAU Undergraduate Research Journal, 3(1), 57-63.
* Tappen, R., Rosselli, M., Williams, C., Gibson, S. (2014). Multiethnic perspectives on mainstream American. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 21(2), 67-73.
*Sadule-Rios, Tappen, RM, Williams, CL, Rosselli, M. (2014). Older Hispanics' Explanatory Model of Depression, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 28, 242-249.
* Tappen, R., Rosselli, M., Williams, C., Gibson, S. Multiethnic perspectives on mainstream American. Journal of Cultural Diversity, accepted for publication.
*Brennen, M. & Williams, C. (2013). The effect of a lifestyle management program on the cardiovascular risk factors of a group of African American women. The ABNF Journal, 24 (4), 92-97.
*Tanioka, T., Chiba Onishi, Y., Kataoka, M., Kawamura, A., Tomotake, M.,Williams; C., Yasuhara, Y., Mifune, K. (2013). Factors associated with discharge of long-term inpatients with schizophrenia in Japan: A retrospective study, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 34, 256-264.
Engström, G., Hammar, L., Williams, C., and Götell, E. (2010). The impact of singing in caring for a person with dementia: Single case analysis of video recorded sessions. Music and Medicine. DOI: 10:1177/1943862110386048.
Williams, C.L. Tappen, R.M., Rosselli, M., Keane, F. Newlin, K. (2009). Cross Cultural Comparison of Community Dwelling Adults: Willingness to be Screened for Cognitive Impairment and to Pursue Follow-up Diagnostic Evaluation. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias, 15(6), 1-7. DOI: 10 10.77/1533317509352333.
Tappen, R.M. & Williams, C.L. (2009). Therapeutic conversation to improve mood in nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 2(4), 267-275. DOI: 10.9999/19404921-20090428-02.
Williams, C. Tappen, R.T. (2007). The Effect of Exercise on Mood in Nursing Home Residents with Alzheimer's Disease, American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias, 22(5), 389-397.
Rosselli, M. Tappen, R.T. Williams, C., Salvatierra, J. (2006). The influence of education and gender on the attention subtests of the Mini-Mental State Examination in Spanish speaking elders. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 21, 677-686.
Williams, C., Molinari, V., Bond, J., Smith, M., Hyer, K., Malphurs, J. (2006). Development of a curriculum for long term care nurses to improve recognition of depression in dementia Educational Gerontology, 32(8), 647-667.
Ruiz, J.G., Smith, M., vanZuilen, M.H., Williams, C., & Mintzer, M.J. (2006). The educational impact of a computer-based training tutorial on dementia in long term care for Licensed Practical Nursing students. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 26(3), 67-79.
Williams, C. Rittman, M. Boylstein, C., Faircloth, C., Qin, H. (2005). Qualitative and quantitative measurement of depression in veterans recovering from stroke. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 42 (3), 277- 290.
Williams, C., Hyer, K. Kelly, A., Leger-Krall, S., Tappen, R.M. (2005). Development of nurse competencies to improve dementia care. Geriatric Nursing, 26(2), 98-102.
Rittman, M., Faircloth, C., Boylstein, C., Gubrium, J., Williams, C., Van Puymbroeck Holt, M., Ellis, C. (2004). The experience of time in the transition from hospital to home following stroke. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 41 (3A), 1-11.
Gubrium, J., Rittman, M., Williams, C., Young, M.E., Boylstein, C. (2003). Benchmarking as everyday functional assessment in stroke recovery. Journal of Gerontology, Social Sciences, 58B (4), S203-S211.
Tappen, R., Williams, C., Barry, C., DiSesa, D. (2001). Conversation intervention with Alzheimer's patients: Increasing the relevance of communication. Clinical Gerontologist, 24(3/4), 63-75.
Williams, C., Tappen, R.T., Buscemi, C., Rivera, R., LezCano, J. (2001). Obtaining family consent for participation in Alzheimer's research in a Cuban-American population: Barriers and strategies to overcome them American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 16(3), 183-187.
Tappen, R., Williams, C., Fishman, S., Touhy, T. (1999). Persistence of self in advanced Alzheimer's disease. Image: The Journal for Nursing Scholarship, 31(2), 121-125.
Williams, C. & Vines, S. (1999). Broken past, fragile future: Personal stories of high-risk adolescent mothers. Journal of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, 4(1), 15-23.
Williams, C., Tappen, R. (1999). Can we create a therapeutic relationship with nursing home residents in the later stages of Alzheimer's disease? Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 37(3): 1-8.
Tappen, R., Williams, C. (1998). Attribution of emotion in advanced Alzheimer's disease. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 14, 257-264.
Tappen, R., Williams-Burgess, C., Edelstein, J. Touhy, T. Fishman, S. (1997). Communicating with individuals with Alzheimer's disease: Examination of recommended strategies. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 11(5), 249-256.
Williams-Burgess, C., Ugarriza, D. Gabbai, M. (1996). Agitation in older adults with dementia: A research synthesis. Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing, 3(37).
Chen, C.; Paxton, P. & Williams-Burgess, C. (1996). Feeding tube placement verification using gastric pH measurement. Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing, 3(34).
Beyea, S., Farley, J.K., Williams-Burgess, C. (1996). Teaching baccalaureate nursing students research utilization. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 4, 215-219.
Williams-Burgess, C., Vines, S., DiTulio, M. (1995). The Parent-Baby Venture program: Prevention for child abuse. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 8(3), 15-23.
Kimball, M.J.; Williams-Burgess, C. (1995). Failure to thrive: The silent epidemic of the elderly. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 9(2), 99-105.
Vines, S. & Williams-Burgess, C. (1994). Effects of a community health nursing Parent-Baby (Ad) Venture Program on depression and other selected maternal-child health outcomes. Public Health Nursing, 11(3), 188-195.
Williams-Burgess, C., Matzo, M., Perrin, K. (1993). Integrating communication skills in nursing education: Focus on older adults. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 13(3), 47-54.
Matzo, M., Perrin, K., Williams-Burgess, C. (1993). Curriculum development in gerontological nursing practice. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 13(3), 7-18.
Williams-Burgess, C., Kimball, M.J. (1992). The neglected elder: A family systems approach. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 30(10), 21-25.
Thies, K., Williams-Burgess, C. (1992). Communication as a progressive curriculum concept. Nurse Educator, 26(6), 248-249.
Perrin, K., Williams-Burgess, C. (1990). Nursing approaches to the suicidal patient in the critical care unit. Critical Care Nurse, 10(7), 59-63.
Thies, K., Williams, C. (1987). The clinical application of mental health concepts in an integrated curriculum. Journal of Nursing Education, 26(6), 248-250.
Books and Book Chapters:
Williams, C. (2008). Therapeutic Interaction in Nursing Second Edition, Boston: Jones and Bartlett. (lead author and editor)
Williams, C., Davis, C. (2004). Therapeutic Interaction in Nursing, Boston: Jones and Bartlett. (lead author and editor)
Williams-Burgess, C. (1991). Cognitive coping strategies in labor and delivery in D. Angelini and C. Knapp (Eds.) Case Studies in Perinatal Nursing, Gaithersburg, Maryland: Aspen, 149-159.
Recognition & Awards
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