dr. Alishia D Williams, PhD
A.D.Williams@uu.nl
Associate Professor
Psychology - Clinical Psychology
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Dr Alishia Williams employs both experimental and clinical approaches in her research with the aim of translating basic cognitive findings into clinical outcomes for depression and anxiety disorders. Her current program of research is focused on the development and evaluation of internet-based cognitive behavioural therapies and novel cognitive training interventions that incorporate emerging assessment technologies to target interpretive, attentional and memory processes. 

Dr Williams previously held positions as a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Early Career Clinical Research Fellow and psychologist working at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression – a not for profit joint initiative of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia specialized in the development, evaluations and dissemination of internet based interventions. 

 

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  2018
O'Moore, K.A., Newby, J.M., Andrews, G., Hunter, D.J., Bennell, K., Smith, J. & Williams, A.D. (2018). Internet cognitive behaviour therapy for depression in older adults with knee osteoarthritis - A randomized controlled trial. Arthritis Care and Research, 70 (1), (pp. 61-70). © 2017, American College of Rheumatology..
Mahoney, Alison E J, Hobbs, Megan J, Newby, Jill M, Williams, Alishia D & Andrews, Gavin (2018). Maladaptive Behaviours Associated with Generalized Anxiety Disorder - An Item Response Theory Analysis. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (18 p.).
Mahoney, Alison E J, Hobbs, Megan J, Newby, Jill M, Williams, Alishia D & Andrews, Gavin (2018). Psychometric Properties of the Worry Behaviors Inventory - Replication and Extension in a Large Clinical and Community Sample. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 46 (1), (pp. 84-100) (17 p.).
Mahoney, A.E.J., Hobbs, M.J., Newby, J.M., Williams, A.D. & Andrews, Gavin (2018). Psychometric Properties of the Worry Behaviors Inventory - Replication and Extension in a Large Clinical and Community Sample. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 46 (1), (pp. 84-100).
Williams, A.D. (2018). True technology-enabled mental health care: when will we trust the computers and robots?. mHeath
  2017
Wong, Shiu F, Williams, Alishia D & Grisham, Jessica R (13.06.2017). Distrust of the senses and its association with obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 57, (pp. 189-197) (9 p.). Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved..
Smith, Jessica, Newby, Jill M, Burston, Nicole, Murphy, Michael J., Michael, Sarah, Mackenzie, Anna, Kiln, Felicity, Loughnan, Siobhan A., O'Moore, Kathleen A., Allard, Benjamin J., Williams, A.D. & Andrews, Gavin (2017). Help from home for depression: - A randomised controlled trial comparing internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy with bibliotherapy for depression. Internet Interventions, 9, (pp. 25-37).
Mahoney, Alison E J, Newby, Jill M, Hobbs, M., Williams, A.D. & Andrews, Gavin (2017). Reducing behavioral avoidance with internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Internet Interventions (5 p.).
Dekker, Roos & Williams, A.D. (2017). The Use of User-Centered Participatory Design in Serious Games for Anxiety and Depression. Games for health journal, 6 (6), (pp. 327-333).
  2016
Williams, A.D. (29.10.2016) Invited speaker ABCT 50th annual convention New York (27.10.2016 - 30.10.2016)
Williams, A.D. (2016). Harnessing the quantified self-movement for optimal mental health and wellbeing - Invited Keynote at at the Lifelogging Tools and Applications (LTA 2016) @ the ACM Multimedia Conference, Amsterdam. .
Williams, A.D. (2016). Serious games principles in mental health research - Invited talk - Utrecht Centre for Serious Game Research (Health Domain) .
Bockting, C. L. H., Williams, A. D., Carswell, K. & Grech, A. E. (2016). The potential of low-intensity and online interventions for depression in low- and middle-income countries. Global Mental Health, 3, (pp. 1-5).
Mahoney, Alison E J, Hobbs, Megan J, Newby, Jill M, Williams, Alishia D, Sunderland, Matthew & Andrews, Gavin (06.06.2016). The Worry Behaviors Inventory - Assessing the behavioral avoidance associated with generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 203, (pp. 256-264) (9 p.). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved..
  2015
Williams, A.D. (21.09.2015) Invited speaker 16th International Conference on Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns Malta (02.09.2015 - 04.09.2015)
Williams, A.D. (21.07.2015) Invited speaker 43rd British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Warwick (21.07.2015 - 24.07.2015)
Williams, A.D., O'Moore, Kathleen, Blackwell, Simon E, Smith, Jessica, Holmes, Emily A & Andrews, Gavin (2015). Can we boost the effects of iCBT for depression with positive imagery CBM?. Invited paper presented as part of the symposium ‘Imagery across anxiety and depression’ at the annual conference of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), Warwick, UK..
Andrews, Gavin, Newby, Jill M & Williams, Alishia D (2015). Internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety disorders is here to stay. Current Psychiatry Reports, 17 (1), (pp. 533) (5 p.).
Williams, A.D. (2015) Invited speaker Narrative Academic Research Teleconference (26.11.2015)
Williams, Alishia D, O'Moore, Kathleen, Blackwell, Simon E, Smith, Jessica, Holmes, Emily A & Andrews, Gavin (01.06.2015). Positive imagery cognitive bias modification (CBM) and internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) - a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 178, (pp. 131-41) (11 p.). Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved..
Erfani, Tahereh, Keefe, Francis, Bennell, Kim, Chen, J, Makovey, J, Metcalf, B, Williams, A.D., Zhang, Y & Hunter, David (28.05.2015). Psychological Factors and Pain Exacerbation in Knee Osteoarthritis - A Web Based Case-Crossover Study. Rheumatology: Current Research (8 p.).
Andrews, Gavin & Williams, Alishia D (2015). Up-scaling clinician assisted internet cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for depression - A model for dissemination into primary care. Clinical Psychology Review, 41, (pp. 40-48). Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved..
Williams, A.D. (2015). Wearable cameras and mental health research - Invited web lecture: Narrative Academic & Industry Conference .
  2014
Newby, Jill M, Mewton, Louise, Williams, Alishia D & Andrews, Gavin (2014). Effectiveness of transdiagnostic Internet cognitive behavioural treatment for mixed anxiety and depression in primary care. Journal of Affective Disorders, 165, (pp. 45-52) (8 p.). Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved..
Mahoney, Alison E J, Mackenzie, Anna, Williams, Alishia D, Smith, Jessica & Andrews, Gavin (2014). Internet cognitive behavioural treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder - A randomised controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 63, (pp. 99-106) (8 p.). Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved..
Andrews, Gavin & Williams, Alishia D (2014). Internet psychotherapy and the future of personalized treatment. Depression and Anxiety, 31 (11), (pp. 912-915) (4 p.). © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc..
Williams, Alishia D, Pajak, Rosanna, O'Moore, Kathleen, Andrews, Gavin & Grisham, Jessica R (29.05.2014). Internet-based cognitive bias modification for obsessive compulsive disorder - study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 15 (9 p.).
Grisham, Jessica R & Williams, Alishia D (03.12.2014). Long-term outcomes of young people who attempted suicide. JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, 312 (21), (pp. 2277-2278) (2 p.).
Williams, A.D. (2014). Mental health care: From bench to virtual bedside - Digital presentation at the 2nd Biennial Australian Implementation Conference, Sydney, Australia. .
Newby, Jill M, Williams, Alishia D & Andrews, Gavin (2014). Reductions in negative repetitive thinking and metacognitive beliefs during transdiagnostic internet cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for mixed anxiety and depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 59, (pp. 52-60) (9 p.). Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved..
Williams, A.D. (2014) Invited speaker Vancouver Coastal Health Regional E-Mental Health Committee | Diamond Centre, Vancouver General Hospital, Canada The computer will see you now: Guide to internet based CBT
Williams, A.D., O'Moore, Kathleen, Mason, Elizabeth & Andrews, Gavin (2014). The effectiveness of internet cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for social anxiety disorder in routine practice. Internet Interventions, 1 (4), (pp. 225-229).
Grisham, Jessica R, Becker, Lauren, Williams, A.D., Whitton, Alexis & Makkar, Steve (2014). Using cognitive bias modification to deflate responsibility in compulsive checkers. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 38 (5), (pp. 505-517).
  2013
Watts, Sarah, Mackenzie, Anna, Thomas, Cherian, Griskaitis, Al, Mewton, Louise, Williams, Alishia & Andrews, Gavin (07.02.2013). CBT for depression - a pilot RCT comparing mobile phone vs. computer. BMC Psychiatry, 13, (pp. 49).
Williams, Alishia D & Grisham, Jessica R (09.10.2013). Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) of obsessive compulsive beliefs. BMC Psychiatry, 13, (pp. 256).
Williams, Alishia D, Blackwell, Simon E, Mackenzie, Anna, Holmes, Emily A & Andrews, Gavin (2013). Combining imagination and reason in the treatment of depression - a randomized controlled trial of internet-based cognitive-bias modification and internet-CBT for depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81 (5), (pp. 793-799) (7 p.).
Williams, A.D. (2013). Combining imagination and reason in the treatment of depression: A randomized controlled trial of internet-based cognitive bias modification and internet-CBT for depression - Paper presented at the 7th annual World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT), Lima, Peru..
Newby, J. M., Mackenzie, A., Williams, A. D., McIntyre, K., Watts, S., Wong, N. & Andrews, G. (2013). Internet cognitive behavioural therapy for mixed anxiety and depression - a randomized controlled trial and evidence of effectiveness in primary care. Psychological Medicine, 43 (12), (pp. 2635-2648) (14 p.).
Grisham, Jessica R & Williams, Alishia D (2013). Responding to intrusions in obsessive-compulsive disorder - The roles of neuropsychological functioning and beliefs about thoughts. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 44 (3), (pp. 343-50) (8 p.). Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved..
Williams, Alishia D, Thompson, Jessica & Andrews, Gavin (2013). The impact of psychological distress tolerance in the treatment of depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51 (8), (pp. 469-75) (7 p.). Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved..
Williams, Alishia D, Lau, Gloria & Grisham, Jessica R (2013). Thought-action fusion as a mediator of religiosity and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 44 (2), (pp. 207-212) (6 p.). Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved..
Williams, A.D. (2013) Invited speaker University of Melbourne Translating understanding of basic cognitive processes into novel interventions and clinical outcomes for depression,
  2012
Moulds, Michelle L, Williams, A.D., Grisham, Jessica R & Nickerson, Angela (2012). A comparison of retrieval vantage perspective of positive and negative intrusive memories. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 3 (2), (pp. 168-177).
Williams, A.D. (2012). Are compulsive buyers more impulsive? Evidence of poor response-inhibition and delay discounting. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 3 (5), (pp. 794-806).
Williams, A.D. (2012). Comparison of emotion regulation deficits and impulsivity in pathological gamblers and compulsive buyers. Gambling Research, 23 (2).
Williams, Alishia D, Grisham, Jessica R, Erskine, Alicia & Cassedy, Eva (2012). Deficits in emotion regulation associated with pathological gambling. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 51 (2), (pp. 223-38) (16 p.). ©2011 The British Psychological Society..
Williams, A.D. (2012). Distress tolerance and experiential avoidance in compulsive acquisition behaviours. Australian Journal of Psychology, 64 (4), (pp. 217-224).
Williams, A.D. (2012). Evaluation of the mood repair hypothesis of compulsive buying. Open Journal of Psychiatry, 2 (2), (pp. 83-90).
Williams, A.D. & Grisham, Jessica R (2012). Impulsivity, emotion regulation, and mindful attention focus in compulsive buying. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36 (5), (pp. 451-457).
Williams, Alishia D (2012). Quality of life and psychiatric work impairment in compulsive buying - increased symptom severity as a function of acquisition behaviors. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 53 (6), (pp. 822-8) (7 p.). Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved..
Williams, A.D. (2012). Targeting repetitive negative thinking via an internet based CBT program for MDD and GAD - Invited paper presented as part of the symposium ‘Worry, rumination and post-event processing: New developments in theory, practice, and assessment’ at the 42nd annual European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EACBT). Geneva, Switzerland..
  2011
Williams, A.D. (2011). Emotion regulation deficits associated with pathological gambling - Paper presented as part of the symposium ‘Cognitive and Affective Processes in Psychological Disorder’ at the 39th annual conference of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Guilford, UK. .
Grisham, Jessica R, Flower, Karyn, Williams, A.D. & Moulds, Michelle L (2011). Reappraisal and Rumination During Recall of a Sad Memory. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 35 (3), (pp. 276-283).
  2010
Williams, A.D., Moulds, Michelle L, Grisham, Jessica R, Gay, P., Lang, Tamara J & Werner-Seidler, Aliza (2010). A Psychometric Evaluation of the Thought Control Ability Questionnaire (TCAQ) and the Prediction of Cognitive Control. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 32 (3), (pp. 397-405).
Grisham, Jessica R, Norberg, Melissa M, Williams, Alishia D, Certoma, Sarah P & Kadib, Raja (2010). Categorization and cognitive deficits in compulsive hoarding. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48 (9), (pp. 866-72) (7 p.). 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved..
Williams, A.D. (2010). Compulsive Acquisition: Impulse-Control Disorder? Talk at the St. Vincent’s Hospital Academic Meeting, Sydney, Australia .
Williams, A.D. (2010). Deficits in planning and categorization associated with compulsive hoarding - Paper presented as part of the symposium ‘Recent Advances in Exploring the Psychopathology of Hoarding’ at the 6th World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT), Boston, USA..
Moulds, Michelle L, Yap, Carol, Kerr, Emma, Williams, A.D. & Kandris, Eva (2010). Metacognitive beliefs increase vulnerability to rumination. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 24 (3), (pp. 351-364).
Grisham, Jessica R, Henry, Julie D, Williams, Alishia D & Bailey, Phoebe E (28.02.2010). Socioemotional deficits associated with obsessive-compulsive symptomatology. Psychiatry Research, 175 (3), (pp. 256-9) (4 p.). 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved..
Williams, Alishia D & Moulds, Michelle L (2010). The Impact of Ruminative Processing on the Experience of Self-Referent Intrusive Memories in Dysphoria. Behavior Therapy, 41 (1), (pp. 38-45). 2009. Published by Elsevier Ltd..
Williams, A.D. (2010). Working memory capacity and thought suppression in OCD - Paper presented as part of the symposium ‘Processing of threatening information in obsessive-compulsive disorders’ at the 6th World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT), Boston, USA. .
  2009
Grisham, Jessica R & Williams, Alishia D (2009). Cognitive control of obsessional thoughts. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47 (5), (pp. 395-402) (8 p.).
Williams, A.D. (2009). Rumination and obsessional thoughts - Paper presented as part of the symposium ‘Repetitive Thinking in Clinical Disorders’ at the 32nd National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), Perth, Australia..
  2008
Moulds, Michelle L, Kandris, Eva, Williams, Alishia D, Lang, Tamara, Yap, Carol & Hoffmeister, Karolin (2008). An Investigation of the Relationship Between Cognitive Reactivity and Rumination. Behavior Therapy, 39 (1), (pp. 65-71) (7 p.).
Williams, Alishia D & Moulds, Michelle L (2008). Manipulating recall vantage perspective of intrusive memories in dysphoria. Memory, 16 (7), (pp. 742-50) (9 p.).
Williams, A.D. (2008). Manipulating recall vantage perspective of intrusive memories in dysphoria - Paper presented as part of the symposium ‘Depression and PTSD: Shared Cognitive and Memory Processes’ at the 31st National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), Adelaide, Australia. .
Williams, Alishia D & Moulds, Michelle L (2008). Negative appraisals and cognitive avoidance of intrusive memories in depression - a replication and extension. Depression and Anxiety, 25 (7), (pp. E26-33).
Williams, A.D. & Moulds, Michelle L (2008). The role of recall vantage perspective in depression.
Williams, A.D. (2008). The role of recall vantage perspective in depression - Paper presented as part of the symposium ‘Developments in the Understanding of Memory in Depression’ at the 36th Annual Conference of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), Edinburgh, Scotland. .
Moulds, Michelle L, Kandris, Eva, Williams, Alishia D & Lang, Tamara J (2008). The use of safety behaviours to manage intrusive memories in depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46 (5), (pp. 573-80) (8 p.).
  2007
Williams, Alishia D & Moulds, Michelle L (21.11.2007). An investigation of the cognitive and experiential features of intrusive memories in depression. Memory, 15 (8), (pp. 912-20) (9 p.).
Williams, Alishia D & Moulds, Michelle L (2007). Cognitive avoidance of intrusive memories - recall vantage perspective and associations with depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45 (6), (pp. 1141-53) (13 p.).
Williams, A.D. (2007). Indulgence cycles hypothesis of suppression in dysphoria - Paper presented at the 5th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Barcelona, Spain. .
Williams, Alishia D & Moulds, Michelle L (2007). Investigation of the indulgence cycles hypothesis of suppression on experimentally induced visual intrusions in dysphoria. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45 (11), (pp. 2780-8) (9 p.).
Moulds, Michelle L, Kandris, Eva & Williams, Alishia D (2007). The impact of rumination on memory for self-referent material. Memory, 15 (8), (pp. 814-21) (8 p.).
Williams, A.D. & Moulds, Michelle L (2007). The impact of ruminative processing on the development of intrusive memories. Behaviour Change, 24, (pp. 55) (69 p.).
Williams, A.D. (2007). The impact of ruminative processing on the development of intrusive memories - Paper presented at the 30th National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), Brisbane, Australia..
  2006
Williams, A.D. (2006). Vantage perspective of intrusive memories in depression - Paper presented as part of the symposium "Memory Processes Across Clinical Disorders" at the 29th National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT), Sydney, Australia. .
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Project:
Stop or Go: Relapse prevention training with guided tapering of antidepressants during pregnancy.
01.09.2014 to 01.08.2018
General project description 

In the Stop or Go study we investigate the effect of relapse prevention training in combination with guided tapering of antidepressants during pregnancy. We furthermore study the effects of continuation or tapering on both mother and child.

Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant: Goed Gebruik Geneesmiddelen - ZonMw
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Dr Mijke Lambregtse-van den Berg; Dr Huib Burger

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Course coordinator: Clinical Psychology and Health Promotion 

Supervisor: Masters and Bachelor research theses 

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Additional functions and activities

Management Committee Member: European Network for the Joint Evaluation of Connected Health Technologies (ENJECT), COST Action TD1405  http://enject.eu

Senior Member: The Dutch-Flemish Postgraduate School Experimental Psychopathology (EPP)

http://epp-research.eu

 

Editorial Board Member: Behavior Research & Therapy 

Editorial Board Member: Clinical Psychologist 

 

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