Most recently, she assisted in the development of SACME’s new Fundamental of Medical Education Scholarship (FuMES) program and Community of Practice (COP) program. She has been a reviewer of scholarly works for JCEHP and the journals Evaluation & the Health Professions and BMJ Quality and Safety.
Dr. Williams recently published two chapters in SACME’s professional book Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Healthcare: Better Education, Better Patient Outcomes (Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, 2018), Assessing and Remediating the Struggling Physician and Identifying Principles of Effective Educational Research. In 2013, she received SACME’s Fox Award for Best Research Presentation for her presentation Self Efficacy and Structural Barriers as Mediators of Practice Change. In 2017, she received the Dave Davis Research in CME Award at SACME’s Annual Meeting.
She was a Board Member of the Society for Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) from 2009-2015. During that time period she was also on the editorial board of the Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. Through her involvement with SASH she was involved in the development of the Advanced Training in Problematic Sexual Behaviors (ATPSB) program, which is dedicated to addressing and treating harmful sexual behavior including the development of course content and as a faculty member.
Dr. Williams has published numerous scholarly works in the areas of the efficacy of continuing medical education, disruptive behavior, chemical dependency, sexual misconduct, aging, and clinical competence including Assessment of Fitness For Duty of Underperforming Physicians: The Importance of Using Appropriate Norms; Assessment of a Physician’s Workplace Behavior, Pursuing Professional Accountability: An Evidence Based Approach to Addressing Residents with Behavioral Problems, and Relationship among Practice Change, Motivation, and Self-Efficacy. In 2010, Dr. Williams received the Ray L Casterline Excellence in Writing Award for the article Disruptive Physicians: A Conceptual Approach.
She has presented her work scholarly work nationally and internationally including the annual meetings of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs and Federation of State Medical Boards, the 2015 and 2017 International Conference to Promote Resilience, Empathy and Well-Being in the Health Professions: An Interprofessional Forum, Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education Annual conferences, the Ottawa Conference and the international Association of Medical Educators of Europe (AMEE) Meeting. She is a member of the AMEE CPD Special Interest Group.
Dr. Williams completed her undergraduate education at Wellesley College, her Masters Degree in Public Health at Boston University, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern California. She completed her postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at the University of California, San Diego.
Some of Dr. Williams recent scholarly work included
- Williams, B. W., Flanders, P., Welindt, D., & Williams, M. V. (2018). Importance of neuropsychological screening in physicians referred for performance concerns. PloS one, 13(11).
- Williams, B. W., Flanders, P., Grace, E. S., Korinek, E., Welindt, D., & Williams, M. V. (2017). Assessment of fitness for duty of underperforming physicians: The importance of using appropriate norms. PloS one, 12(10).
- Williams, B. W., & Williams, M. V. (2019). Understanding and remediating lapses in professionalism: Lessons from the island of last resort. The Annals of thoracic surgery.
- Williams, B. W. (2019). Professionalism Lapses and Adverse Childhood Experiences: Reflections From the Island of Last Resort. Academic Medicine, 94(8), 1081-1083.
- Williams, B. W., Byrne, P. D., Welindt, D., & Williams, M. V. (2016). Miller’s pyramid and core competency assessment: A study in relationship construct validity. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 36(4), 295-299.
- Williams, B. W., & Flanders, P. (2016). Physician health and wellbeing provide challenges to patient safety and outcome quality across the careerspan. Australasian Psychiatry, 24(2), 144-147.
- Williams, B. W., Welindt, D., Hafferty, F. W., Stumps, A., Flanders, P., & Williams, M. V. (2020). Adverse Childhood Experiences in Trainees and Physicians With Professionalism Lapses: Implications for Medical Education and Remediation. Academic Medicine.