Dr. Cara D. Williams


Dr. Cara D. Williams is an Assistant Professor at SEA. She has over 19 years experience working with students who have mild-to-moderate learning differences, such as specific learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dr. Cara incorporates various evidence-based practices in her teaching, including game-based learning, Universal Design for Learning, differentiated instruction, and strategy implementation. Previously, Dr. Cara was employed by the Emirates College for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi as an assistant professor and Program Coordinator for Special Education. Dr. Cara has presented research and workshops at numerous international conferences. She was a Special Education Teacher in the United States. Dr. Cara founded Enlighten Lounge, a game-based learning center, in Abu Dhabi to spark a passion for life-long learning in today’s youth.


Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University, USA
M.Ed. in Special Education, Texas A&M University, USA
B.A. Ed. In Special Education, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, USA

Research Interests

Dr. Cara’s research is focused on game-based learning, inclusive education, and at-risk student populations.

Recent Publications

Eppard. J., Williams, C., Hojeij, Z., Johnson, J. D. (2021). Ipad integration: How parents and students at a Dubai-based indian school perceive its effectiveness. International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology (IJEMST), 10(2), 372-390. https://doi.org/10.46328/ijemst.2079

Johnson, J. & Williams, C. D. (2019). Emirati university students in the united arab emirates describe preferred mobile learning features used to make sense of mathematics. International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 15(3), em0596. http://doi.org/10.29333/iejme/8325

Williams, C. D. (2018). Special needs education: Trends and future outlook in the UAE. The Knowledge Review October 2018. 66-67. http://magazine.theknowledgereview.com/The-10-Best-Value-Institutes-In-UAE-2018-October2018/#page=69c


Dr. Cara D. Williams

Assistant Professor