Ann S. Williams, PhD, RN, CDE

Ann S. Williams



Phone: 216.368.1704


Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Self-management for people with diabetes and visual or hearing impairment
  • Health needs of persons with disabilities
  • Inclusion of persons with disabilities in research

Research Projects

  • "Nonvisual Foot Examination for People with Diabetes and Visual Impairment," 1R21NR12513-01A1 (Williams, PI) 7/15/11-7/14/13, NIH/NINR. Role: Principle Investigator
  • Administrative Supplement: Center of Excellence to Build the Science of Self-Management: A Systems Approach, Core Consolidation for Behavioral Science Measurement Lab, P30NR010676 - 04S1 (Moore, PI) 9/29/10-9/28/11, NIH/NINR. Role: Co-Investigator
  • "Nonvisual Foot Inspection for People with Visual Impairment," International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Grant, 8/30/2010 - 8/29/2012. Role: Principle Investigator
  • "Full Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Self-Management Research," 3P30NR010676-03S1 (Moore, PI) 9/18/09-8/31/11, NIH/NINR. Role: Co-Investigator
  • "Audio Instruction for the Use of Insulin Pens by Blind People," Sigma Theta Tau International/AADE Foundation Research Award, 1/09-12/09. Role: Principle Investigator
  • "Use of Insulin by Blind People: A Feasibility Study," 2008, supported by the National Federation of the Blind

Training Projects

  • "Multiple Morbidities in Vulnerable Populations: Nurse Scientist Training," T32-NR009761 (Moore, PI), 5/18/06-4/30/11. Role: Post-Doctoral Fellow 1/08-3/10

Education Interests

  • Diabetes self-management education
  • Inclusion of persons with disabilities in research
  • Visual and hearing disabilities

Educational Background

  • BA, Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • BSN, Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • MSN, Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • PhD, Psychology, Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA


  • Williams, A. S. (2016). Requirements for Accessibility for Persons with Visual Impairment. In: Needle-based Injection Systems for Medical Use. Requirements and test methods. International Standards Organization.

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