RN BN (hons), PhD
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Dr Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing & Midwifery. She is a registered nurse who gained clinical experience in the cardiothoracic unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital, before starting her research journey with an Honours degree in 2002.
Dr Williams has worked in a number of different roles, most recently working in both industrial and research settings. She was employed as a Research Fellow and Program Coordinator at the Menzies Research Institute where she worked with clinicians to both develop their research skills and support them in undertaking small research projects. Before recommencing in her current role at the University of Tasmania she was employed as a Nursing Officer at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, where she was responsible for providing information and advice to members on a wide variety of issues, including professional and industrial advice on any work related matters, including case management, representation and advocacy for individual members.
Dr Williams currently teaches both a undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum. She is the unit coordinator (and Hobart lecturer) for Introduction to Nursing (CNA116).
Dr Williams is passionate about student experience and nursing, so teaching undergraduate students is something she finds fulfilling. She is also interested in critical teaching pedagogy, and working with students to create transformative teaching spaces.
Dr Williams holds a doctoral qualification in nursing, which she completed through Nursing & Midwifery at the University of Tasmania. Her research used a constructivist grounded theory methodology to further understand and generate dialogue about the experiences of overweight and obese female healthcare consumers. Her research adds to the limited body of health science literature which has investigated weight through a framework which is cognisant of the multilayered meanings attached to fat female bodies.
Dr William's current research interests include women's health and their clinical experiences; the intersection between social and medically constructed bodies in both the health and public domains; and, the impact of health-related stigma on identity.
Authorised by Head of Nursing and Midwifery
2 May, 2015