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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
1100 Olive Way, Suite 1400
Seattle, WA 98101

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

Bensley KM, Harris AH, Gupta S, Rubinsky AD, Jones-Webb R, Glass JE, Williams EC. Racial/ethnic differences in initiation of and engagement with addictions treatment among patients with alcohol use disorders in the veterans health administration. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2017 Feb;73:27-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2016.11.001.  PMID: 28017181

Williams EC, Joo YS, Lipira L, Glass JE. Psychosocial Stressors and Alcohol Use, Severity, and Treatment Receipt across HIV Status in a Nationally Representative Sample of U.S. Residents. Subst Abus. 2016 Dec 7:0. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 27925867

Tsui JI, Williams EC, Green PK, Berry K, Su F, Ioannou GN. Alcohol use and hepatitis C virus treatment outcomes among patients receiving direct antiviral agents. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Dec 1;169:101-109. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.10.021.  PMID: 27810652

Bradley KA, Rubinsky AD, Lapham GT, Berger D, Bryson C, Achtmeyer C, Hawkins EJ, Chavez LJ, Williams EC, Kivlahan DR. Predictive validity of clinical AUDIT-C alcohol screening scores and changes in scores for three objective alcohol-related outcomes in a Veterans Affairs population. Addiction. 2016 Nov;111(11):1975-1984. doi: 10.1111/add.13505.  PMID: 27349855

Williams EC, Young JP, Achtmeyer CE, Hendershot CS. Primary Care Providers' Interest in Using a Genetic Test to Guide Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2016 Nov;70:14-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2016.07.009.  PMID: 27692183