Dr. Karen Williams is a Consultant Psychiatrist who specializes in PTSD and other trauma syndromes. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. She obtained her undergraduate and medical training at the University of Sydney, NSW. She went on to complete Masters in Public Health and obtained specialty qualifications in Psychiatry. She completed additional training in Traumatic Stress Disorders through the Trauma Centre (Justice Resource Institute, MA). 


Dr. Williams is a member of Family Violence Network Committee in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. She is the Special Advisor on Mental Health at the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre. She is also a member of the Professional Advisory Group for The Trauma Recovery Centre being developed on New South Wale’s South Coast.


Dr. Williams is the founder of Doctors Against Violence Towards Women, an advocacy group aimed at promoting the mental and physical safety of women who are survivors of Family Violence and sexual assault.

Dr. Williams has recently provided evidence at the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into Family, Sexual and Domestic Violence, as well as the Joint Select Committee on Coercive Control in NSW.


Most recently Dr Williams has been involved in the establishment of the first womens-only hospital dedicated to the treatment of the psychological and psychiatric consequences of trauma to be opened on NSW South Coast in August this year.