Ann Williams, Ed.D, RNC, FAAN

Ann Williams

Professor Emerita of Nursing

Yale School of Nursing

phone: 203-737-2350
fax: 203-785-2330


Ann Williams received a diploma in nursing from Chicago’s Illinois Masonic Medical Center School of Nursing after earning a degree in history from Roosevelt University, also in Chicago. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from YSN and master’s and doctoral degrees in Education from Columbia University. She was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Nurse Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship for two years at the University of California, San Francisco where she focused on epidemiology and HIV/AIDS.

For over 3 decades Williams has worked as a nurse practitioner caring for persons with AIDS in New Haven, San Francisco, and abroad. Her program of research grows directly from 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. She served for many years on the Board of Trustees of Yale-China Association and from 2008-2009 as Interim Executive Director of that organization. She has been Guest Professor Nursing at Xiangya School of Nursing, in Hunan Province, China, since 2004. Williams is the Nurse Consultant for Harvard AIDS Initiative Vietnam where she has led the development of a national cohort of HIV/AIDS nurse educators.

Williams’s awards include Research Article of the Year from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (1999 and 2005); the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Award for Outstanding Women of Connecticut (2002), the Ruth B. Freeman Award for Distinguished Career in Public Health Nursing (American Public Health Association, 2002), Best Book of 1998 from The Nurse Practitioner (for HIV Nursing and Symptom Management), and the Women’s Health Research Award from the National Center for Excellence in Women’s Health (1998). She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nurses.

Williams retired from Yale in 2010 after 3 decades to serve as Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship at UCLA School of Nursing. In 2015, she returned to the East coast to take up a position as leader of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing’s Global Health Initiatives. She maintains her Yale connections, including ongoing collaborations with colleagues at Yale School of Nursing, Yale School of Medicine, and Yale-China Association.

Research Interests/Clinical Practice

Research Interests

Developing an ART Adherence Intervention in South Central China. PI: Williams National Institute of Mental Health. This is a developmental project to design and test an intervention to promote adherence to antiretroviral medications among patients living with HIV/AIDS in south central China. 

Her other research interests. include; HIV, primary care, substance abuse, international nursing, and ethics and human rights.

Clinical Practice

AIDS Care Program, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Member, Medical Staff, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Staff, AIDS Care Program, Yale New Haven Hospital.

Selected Publications/Presentations


Li X, Wang H, He G, Fennie K, Williams AB. Shadow on My Heart: A Culturally Grounded Concept of HIV Stigma Among Chinese Injection Drug Users. (2011). Journal of Associated Nurses AIDS Care. 2012 Jan;23(1):52-62. Epub 2011 Sep 15.PMID: 21924643

Li XHuang LWang HFennie KPHe GWilliams AB. Stigma mediates the relationship between self-efficacy, medication adherence, and quality of life among people living with HIV/AIDS in China. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2011 Nov;25(11):665-71.  PMID: 22023316

Williams ABAmico KRBova CWomack JA. (2012). A Proposal for Quality Standards for Measuring Medication Adherence in Research. AIDS Behavior. 2012 Mar 10. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22407465 

Williams AB, Wang HH, Burgess JD, Li XH, Danvers KA. (2012). Cultural adaptation of an evidence-based nursing intervention to improve medication adherence among people living with HIV/AIDS in China. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2013 50(4): pp. 487-494. (DOI 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2012.08.018)

Williams AB, Le ST, Colby D, Le TTT, Pollack T, Cosimi L.  (2013) Effectiveness of train-the-trainer HIV education: A model from Vietnam.  JANAC

Wang HH, Zhang CH, Ruan Y, Li XH, Fennie KP, Williams AB.  (2014). Depressive symptoms and social support among people living with HIV in Hunan, China   JANAC Vol. 25, No. 6, November/December 2014, 568-576.

Williams AB, Wang HH, Li XH, Chen J, Li L, Fennie KP.  Efficacy of an evidence-based ARV adherence intervention in China. AIDS Patient Care and STDs. (2014) 28(8): 411-7.

Zou XB, Chen X, Tian HP, Williams AB, Wang HH, He JM, Zhen J, Chiarella J, Blake LA, Turenchalk G, Kozal MJ. Prevalence of WHO transmitted drug resistance mutations by deep sequencing in antiretroviral-naïve subjects in Hunan Province, China.  (2014). PLoS.

Li XH, Li L, Wang HH, Fennie KP, Chen J, Williams AB. (2014) Mediation analysis of health related quality of life among HIV-infected people in China. Nursing and Health Sciences. doi: 10.1111/nhs.12181

Li XH, Williams AB. The Health Belief Model: A qualitative study to understand high-risk sexual behavior in Chinese men who have sex with men. JANAC. In press 2015.

Li XH, Williams AB, Mental Health and Suicidal Ideation among Chinese Women Who Have Sex with Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM). Women & Health. In press 2015.

Ing-Randolph AR, Phillips LR, Williams AB. (2015). Group music interventions for dementia-associated anxiety: A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 52(11); 1175-84.