Dr. Cara D. Williams

Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education

  • PhD, Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University, 2014
  • MEd, Special Education, Texas A&M University, 2012
  • BA, Special Education, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 2007

Dr. Cara D. Williams has over 19 years experience supporting students with mild-to-moderate learning differences, such as Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Previously, Dr. Williams was Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Special Education at the Early Childhood, Counseling, Neuroscience, and Special Education Division at the Emirates College for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi. She is a prolific speaker, both locally and internationally, on diverse learning needs and at-risk populations.

Dr. Williams began her career as a special education teacher in the United States. In 2022, Dr. Williams founded the Enlighten Lounge Game-Based Learning Center in Abu Dhabi to spark a passion for life-long learning in today’s youth. Research interests include: game-based learning, at-risk students, curriculum-based measurement, mathematics education, and special education.

Recent Publications

Eppard, J., Williams, C., Hojeij, Z., & Johnson, J. D. (2022). 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.

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.

Dr. Cara D. Williams

Assistant Professor