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Emily C. Williams

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Associate Professor, Health Services


Education

PhD   University of Washington, 2009   (Health Services)
MPH   Boston University, 2003   (Health Policy, Health Law)
BA   Lewis And Clark College, 1998   (Political Science)

Contact Info

email:   emwilli@uw.edu

address:
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
1660 S Columbian Way (S-152)
Seattle, WA 98108

campus box:   358280 (152)
voice:   206-277-6133
fax:   206-764-2935

About

Emily Williams is a health services researcher and implementation scientist with 15 years of experience in research related to prevention and management of unhealthy alcohol use in medical settings. She is a core investigator at the Denver-Seattle Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered Value-Driven Care at VA Puget Sound Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) and an Associate Professor of Health Services and the Associate Director of the Doctoral Program in Health Services at the University of Washington. Her interests are in health behavior and mechanisms and systems of care that can help drive behavior change, as well as vulnerable populations, stigma and health and healthcare disparities. She has applied these interests and expertise to a 15-year research career focused on ensuring that patients with unhealthy alcohol use and alcohol use disorders receive the care they need to help with their drinking. For 13 of these years, her work has been focused on Veterans receiving VA care. Her primary contributions include: 1) development and pilot testing of clinical informatics tools to implement alcohol-related care; 2) mixed-methods implementation science focused on understanding and addressing gaps in care and care quality for Veterans with unhealthy alcohol use; 3) clinical epidemiology focused on predicting alcohol-related medical risks using routine alcohol screening scores; 4) disparities research focused on understanding differences in alcohol use and related care across demographic and clinical sub-groups to identify patient populations that may be particularly vulnerable; and 5) health services research focused on effects of and interventions for unhealthy alcohol use among patients with HIV and Hepatitis C.


Implementing evidence-based management of unhealthy alcohol use in medical settings; decision-making in health and health care (patient, provider, and system-level decision making); stigmatized chronic conditions (e.g., unhealthy alcohol use, HIV); social and cultural determinants of health and healthcare
  • HSERV 514
    Social Determinants of Population Health and Health Disparities


Bradley K, Williams EC. Necessary Clarifications Concerning Results of the SUMMIT Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Mar 1;178(3):428-429. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.8356.  PMID: 29507976
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Williams EC, Bryson CL, Sun H, Au DH, Bradley KA. Association Between Alcohol Use and Angina Symptoms Among Outpatients From the Veterans Health Administration. J Addict Med. 2018 Mar/Apr;12(2):143-149. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000379.  PMID: 29334512    PMCID: PMC5847476
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Williams EC, Achtmeyer CE, Young JP, Berger D, Curran G, Bradley KA, Richards J, Siegel MB, Ludman EJ, Lapham GT, Forehand M, Harris AHS. Barriers to and Facilitators of Alcohol Use Disorder Pharmacotherapy in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study in Five VA Clinics. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Mar;33(3):258-267. doi: 10.1007/s11606-017-4202-z. Epub 2017 Oct 30.  PMID: 29086341    PMCID: PMC5834954
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Berger D, Lapham GT, Shortreed SM, Hawkins EJ, Rubinsky AD, Williams EC, Achtmeyer CE, Kivlahan DR, Bradley KA. Increased Rates of Documented Alcohol Counseling in Primary Care: More Counseling or Just More Documentation? J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Mar;33(3):268-274. doi: 10.1007/s11606-017-4163-2. Epub 2017 Oct 18.  PMID: 29047076    PMCID: PMC5834950
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Chen JA, Owens MD, Browne KC, Williams EC. Alcohol-related and mental health care for patients with unhealthy alcohol use and posttraumatic stress disorder in a National Veterans Affairs cohort. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2018 Feb;85:1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2017.11.007. Epub 2017 Nov 22.  PMID: 29291765    PMCID: PMC5753430
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Patterns of Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Care Among Transgender Persons
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Williams           Dates:    4/1/2018 - 3/31/2020