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Emily C. Williams

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Associate Professor, Health Services


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

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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


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

Matson TE, Mcginnis KA, Rubinsky AD, Frost MC, Czarnogorski M, Bryant KJ, Edelman EJ, Satre DD, Catz SL, Bensley KM, Fiellin DA, Justice AC, Williams EC. Gender and alcohol use: influences on HIV care continuum in a national cohort of patients with HIV. AIDS. 2018 Jul 12. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000001946. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 30005010

Williams EC, McGinnis KA, Edelman EJ, Matson TE, Gordon AJ, Marshall BDL, Bryant KJ, Rubinsky AD, Lapham GT, Satre DD, Richards JE, Catz SL, Fiellin DA, Justice AC, Bradley KA. Level of Alcohol Use Associated with HIV Care Continuum Targets in a National U.S. Sample of Persons Living with HIV Receiving Healthcare. AIDS Behav. 2018 Jul 9. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2210-6. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29995206

Frost MC, Williams EC, Kingston S, Banta-Green CJ. Interest in Getting Help to Reduce or Stop Substance Use Among Syringe Exchange Clients Who Use Opioids. J Addict Med. 2018 Jun 7. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000426. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29889118

Seelig AD, Bensley KM, Williams EC, Armenta RF, Rivera AC, Peterson AV, Jacobson IG, Littman AJ, Maynard C, Bricker JB, Rull RP, Boyko EJ; Millennium Cohort Study Team. Longitudinal Examination of the Influence of Individual Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Clusters of Symptoms on the Initiation of Cigarette Smoking. J Addict Med. 2018 Jun 6. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000421. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29864086

Bensley KM, Seelig AD, Armenta RF, Rivera AC, Peterson AV, Jacobson IG, Littman AJ, Maynard C, Bricker JB, Boyko EJ, Rull RP, Williams EC. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Association With Subsequent Risky and Problem Drinking Initiation. J Addict Med. 2018 Jun 4. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000420. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29870423

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