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Ann B. Williams, RNC, EdD, FAAN

E-mail: awilliams@sonnet.ucla.edu

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise

For over 3 decades, Williams has worked as a nurse practitioner caring for persons with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and abroad. Her program of research is a direct outgrowth of that clinical work. She designed and conducted some of the earliest studies of AIDS among drug users. Her work tested interventions to decrease HIV transmission, improve gynecologic care of women living with HIV, and increase patient adherence to antiretroviral medication. The work has been funded by sources such as NIH, AMFAR and World AIDS Foundation.  Her work in China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Poland supports the international effort to limit the spread of HIV and improve the care of those already infected. Currently, she leads a collaborative study of HIV/AIDS medication adherence in China. Knowledge gained from Ai Sheng Nuo will contribute to successful treatment of HIV disease around the world through increased understanding of factors associated with antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence, interventions to improve adherence, and factors associated with resistance to ART.

Read more about this research in International Innovations.

Accomplishments and Achievements

Before coming to UCLA, Williams was the Helen Porter Jayne and Martha Prosser Jayne Professor of Nursing at Yale School of Nursing and Professor of Medicine in Internal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. From 1991 to 2010, she led the Connecticut AIDS Education and Training Center. Currently she serves as a Guest Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan Province, China.

For the past 3 decades, Williams has been an active participant in professional and community service, serving on numerous local, national, and international advisory boards. Most recently, she was the only nurse on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Social Security HIV Disability Criteria. Member and serves on the External Review Panel for CDC's PRS Efficacy Review for Adherence Interventions.


Roosevelt University, BA, 1972
Illinois Masonic Medical Center, School of Nursing, Diploma, 1977, Nursing
Yale University, School of Nursing, MSN, 1981, Nursing
Columbia University, Teacher's College, MA, 1988
Columbia University, EdD, 1989
University of California, San Francisco, Post-doctoral Research, 1991

Honors and Awards

2005  Research Article of the Year, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (Kitchen table wisdom:  A Freirian approach to medication adherence, 16(1): 3-12)
2003 Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Award for Outstanding Women of Connecticut
2002 Ruth B. Freeman Award for Distinguished Career in Public Health Nursing, American Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section
1999  Research Article of the Year, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (Factors associated with vaginal yeast infections in HIV positive women, 9(5):47-25)
1999 The Nurse Practitioner, Best Books of 1998 (HIV Nursing and Symptom Management, M.E. Ropka and A.B.Williams, eds.)
1998 Women's Health Research Award, National Center for Excellence in Women's Health
1994 Virginia Henderson Award for Contributions to Nursing Research, Connecticut Nurses Association
1993 Distinguished Alumna Award, Yale University Alumni Association
1992 Distinguished Lecturer in Nursing, La Salle University
1991 Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses
1989 Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Nurse Scholar, University of California, San Francisco
1987 YWCA of Greater New Haven, Women in Leadership Award,  May, 1987
1986 Connecticut Mental Health Center Award for Excellence in Nursing Research
1985 Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society of Nursing


Li X, Wang H, He G, Fennie K, Williams AB. (2012).Shadow on My Heart: A Culturally Grounded Concept of HIV Stigma Among Chinese Injection Drug Users. The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care,23, 52-62.

Li X, Huang L, Wang H, Fennie KP, He G, Williams AB. (2011). Stigma Mediates the Relationship Between Self-Efficacy, Medication Adherence, and Quality of Life Among People Living with HIV/AIDS in China. AIDS Patient Care and STDS, 25, 665-71.

Williams, A. B. (2010). Ethical challenges in HIV research and clinical care. In D.W. Swanepoel & B. Louw (eds.), HIV/AIDS: A Clinical Resource for Communication, Hearing and Swallowing Disorders.  San Diego: Plural Publishing, Inc.

Knafl, G.J., Delucchi, K.L., Bova, C.A., Fennie, K.P., Ding, K., and Williams, A.B. (2010) A systematic approach for analyzing electronically monitored adherence data. In: Ekwalll, B. & Cronquist, M. (eds.),  Micro Electro Mechanical Systems. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Wang, H., Zhou, J., Huang., L., Li, X., Fennie, K.P., & Williams, A.B. (2010). Effects of nurse-delivered home visits combined with telephone intervention on medication adherence and quality of life in HIV-infected heroin users in Hunan, China. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 19(3-4):380-388.

Knafl, G.J., Bova, C.A., Fennie, K.P., O'Maley, J.P., Dieckhaus, K.D., Williams, A.B. (2010) An analysis of electronically monitored adherence to antiretroviral medications. AIDS Behavior. 14:755-768.

Gribble, A. E. and Williams, A. B. (2010) Multi drug resistant TB: What NPs need to know. Nurse Practitioner. 35 (3): 14-22.

Li, X.H., He, G.P., Wang, H.H., & Williams, A.B. (2009) Consequences of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS in China: Recommendations for integrated care of HIV-infected drug users. AIDS Patient Care and STDs. 22(10): 1-8.

Womack, Julie A; Scherzer, Rebecca; Cole, Stephen R; Fennie, Kristopher; Williams, Ann B; Grey, Margaret; Minkoff, Howard; Anastos, Kathryn; Cohen, Mardge H; Tien, Phyllis C. (2009). Hormonal contraception and metabolic outcomes in women with or at risk for HIV infection. JAIDS  52(5):581-587.

Wang, H., Zhou, J., He, G., Luo, Y., Li, X., Yang, A., Fennie, K., & Williams, A.B. (2009) Consistent ART adherence is associated with improved quality of life, CD4 counts, and reduced hospital costs in central China. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses. 25(8): 1-8.

Li, X, Wang, H., Williams A.B., He, G.  (2009) Stigma reported by people living with HIV/AIDS in South Central China.  Journal of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.20(1):22-30.

Wang, H., He, G., Li, X., Yang, A., Chen, X., Fennie, K., & Williams, A.  (2008) Self-reported adherence to antiretroviral treatment among HIV-infected people in Central China.  AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 22(1), 71-80.

Tangredi, L., Danvers, K., Maloney, S., & Williams, A.B.  (2008)  New CDC recommendations for HIV testing:  Implications for older adults.  Nurse Practitioner. 33(6):37-44.

Womack, J. & Williams, A.  (2008). Hormonal contraception in HIV positive women.  The AIDS Reader. 18(7):372-7,381.

Womack, J., Richman, S., Tien, P.C., Grey, M., Williams, A. (2008). Hormonal
contraception and women living with HIV: Metabolic concerns and management
strategies. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health.  53(4): 362-375.

Willliams, A.B.  (2007)  Enhancing adherence in the HIV Clinic.  The AIDS Reader.  17(4): S17-S23.

Maneesriwongul, W.L., Tulathong, S.,  Fennie, K.P., & Williams, A. B.  (2006)  Adherence to antiretroviral medication among HIV-positive patients in Thailand.  JAIDS:  Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndromes. 43, S119-122.

Fennie, K.P., Bova, C.A. & Williams, A.B.  (2006)  Adjusting and censoring electronic monitoring device data:  Implications for study outcomes.  JAIDS:  Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndromes. 43, S88-95.

Bova, C., Fennie, K.P., Watrous, E., Dieckhaus, K., & Williams, A.B.  (2006)  The health care relationship (HCR) trust scale:  Development and psychometric evaluation.  Research in Nursing and Health, 29, 477-488.

Williams, A.B., Fennie, K.P., Bova, C.A., Burgess, J.D., Danvers, K.A., & Dieckhaus, K.D. (2006)  Home visits to improve adherence to HAART:  A randomized controlled trial.  Journal of  Acquired Immune Deficiency Synromes, 42, 314-321.

Williams, A. B., Wang, H., Burgess, J.D., Wu, C., Gong, Z., & Li, Y. (2006)  Effectiveness of an HIV/AIDS educational program for Chinese nurses.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 53(6), 710-720.

Williams, A.B. & Friedland, G.H.  (2006) Enhancing adherence:  Proceedings of the State-of-the-Science meeting on intervention research to improve ARV adherence.  JAIDS:  Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndromes.  Journal of  Acquired Immune Deficiency Synromes, 43, Special supplement.

Shawn, E.R., Campbell, L., Mnguni, M.B., Defilippi, K. M., & Williams, A.B.  (2005). The Spectrum of Symptoms Among Rural South Africans With HIV Infection.  Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. 16(6), 12-23.

Huang, J.,  Bova, C., Fennie, K.P., Rogers, A., & Williams, A.B.  (2005)  Knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions of risk related to HIV/AIDS among Chinese university students in Hunan, China.  AIDS Patient Care and STDs.  19(11), 769-77.

Dieckhaus, K. D., Vontell, S., Pfeiffer, C., & Williams, A. B. (2005)  The Use of Standardized Patient Encounters for Evaluation of a Clinical Education Program on the Development of HIV/AIDS-related Clinical Skills.  Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services. 4(2), 9-26.

Bova, C. A., Fennie, K.P., Knafl, G.J., Dieckhaus, K.D., Watrous, E., & Williams, A.B. (2005)  Use of electronic monitoring devices to measure antiretroviral adherence:  Practical considerations.  AIDS and Behavior. 9(1), 103-110.

Williams, A.B., Burgess, J.D., Danvers, K., Malone, J., Winfield, S., & Saunders, L.  (2005)  Kitchen table wisdom:  A Freirian approach to medication adherence. Journal of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. 16(1), 3-12.

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