Dr. Cara D. Williams

Dr. Cara D. Williams

Dr. Cara D. Williams

Assistant Professor in the Counseling, Special Education, and Neuroscience Division


  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University, USA.
  • MEd., Special Education, Texas A&M University, USA.
  • BA., Special Education, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, USA.


As the Assistant Professor in the Counseling, Special Education, and Neuroscience Division, Dr. Cara Williams brings in a wealth of experience and deep knowledge in special education from her extensive work with American and local schools.

Her focused research projects at ECAE, include “Screen Media as an Educational Tool to Teach English-learning Infants Language” which was conducted with an ECAE Research Grant and “Beyond ABC’s and 123’s: A Two-Year Longitudinal Study of the Impact of Kindergarten Education on Student Outcomes in Abu Dhabi”  undertaken with the ADEK Award for Research Excellence.

Prior to joining ECAE, Dr. Williams worked as a Special Education Teacher focusing on secondary students in mathematics with mild-moderate disabilities, such as Autism, Specific Learning Disabilities, or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities. She tailored her pedagogic approach to include evidence-based teaching strategies.

Dr. William’s research interests are in the areas of teaching strategies in mathematics and learning strategies, progress monitoring, and at-risk populations.

She currently serves on the editorial board for the International Journal of Technology in Education and Science (IJTES).


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Research Journals

  • Shih, M., Calhoon, M. B., Olson, C. L., & Williams, C. D. (2013). Using computation curriculum based measurement probes for error pattern analysis. Intervention in School and Clinic 49(5). 281-289. doi: 10.1177/1053451213513957