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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 an addictions health services and disparities researcher and an implementation scientist. She holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor of Health Services and Director of the Doctoral Program in Health Services at the University of Washington and a core investigator and co-director of the post-doctoral fellowship at the Denver-Seattle Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered Value-Driven Care at VA Puget Sound Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D). She has longstanding interests in health behavior and the mechanisms (both societal- and healthcare-level) that help drive behavior change, particularly as these relate to vulnerable populations and stigmatized conditions. Her research is specifically focused on increasing access to evidence-based treatments for unhealthy alcohol and other substance use in diverse medical settings, including understanding and promoting equity in this care for vulnerable patient subpopulations (e.g., those with HIV and HCV, racial/ethnic minorities, persons living in rural areas, transgender patients, and women). She currently leads research focused on understanding patterns of alcohol use and care across transgender status, tailoring and testing practice facilitation to implement evidence-based alcohol-related care in hepatology clinics, and increasing access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorders in primary care.

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
  • HSERV 592
    Health Research Training Seminar

Oster NV, Williams EC, Unger JM, Newcomb PA, Jacobson EN, deHart MP, Englund JA, Hofstetter AM. Hepatitis B Birth Dose: First Shot at Timely Early Childhood Vaccination. Am J Prev Med. 2019 Oct;57(4):e117-e124. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.05.005.  PMID: 31542144

Oster NV, Williams EC, Unger JM, Newcomb PA, Jacobson EN, deHart MP, Englund JA, Hofstetter AM. Sociodemographic, clinical and birth hospitalization characteristics and infant Hepatitis B vaccination in Washington State. Vaccine. 2019 Mar 28. pii: S0264-410X(19)30384-6. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.03.050. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 30930007    PMCID: PMC6713629
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Williams EC, Bobb JF, Lee AK, Ludman EJ, Richards JE, Hawkins EJ, Merrill JO, Saxon AJ, Lapham GT, Matson TE, Chavez LJ, Caldeiro R, Greenberg DM, Kivlahan DR, Bradley KA. Effect of a Care Management Intervention on 12-Month Drinking Outcomes Among Patients With and Without DSM-IV Alcohol Dependence at Baseline. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Aug 20. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05261-7. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 31432438

Lipira L, Williams EC, Huh D, Kemp CG, Nevin PE, Greene P, Unger JM, Heagerty P, French AL, Cohn SE, Turan JM, Mugavero MJ, Simoni JM, Andrasik MP, Rao D. HIV-Related Stigma and Viral Suppression Among African-American Women: Exploring the Mediating Roles of Depression and ART Nonadherence. AIDS Behav. 2018 Oct 20. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2301-4. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 30343422

Williams EC, McGinnis KA, Tate JP, Matson TE, Rubinsky AD, Bobb JF, Lapham GT, Edelman EJ, Catz SL, Satre DD, Bryant KJ, Marshall BDL, Kraemer KL, Bensley KM, Richards JE, Skanderson M, Justice AC, Fiellin DA, Bradley KA. HIV Disease Severity is Sensitive to Temporal Changes in Alcohol Use: A National Study of VA Patients with HIV. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 Apr 6. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002049. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 30973541    PMCID: PMC6594884
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Member, thesis committee for Fathiya Abdi
Perceived Racial/Ethnic Discrimination & Stress Among Black/African American Graduate Students On a Predominately White Campus

Member, thesis committee for Cathea Carey
Help Seeking Patterns and Perceived Barriers to Care for Latino Immigrant Men with Unhealthy Alcohol Use

Member, thesis committee for Marissa Jackson
Systems of Reproductive Health Knowledge Among African American Women with Endometrial Cancer

Member, thesis committee for Nupur Pravin Kulkarni
A Retrospective Impact Evaluation of Parental Behavior Change Around Their Child's Sleep

Chair, dissertation committee for Natalia Oster
Improving childhood vaccine coverage: Understanding factors associated with receipt of Hepatitis B and other recommended vaccines.

Chair, dissertation committee for Julie Richards
Improving Identification of Suicide risk Via Routine Screening for Depression and Alcohol Use

Member, dissertation committee for Vanessa Torres
Assessing alcohol-related consequences, participant satisfaction, and engagement strategies in the Vida PURA study of u healthy alcohol use among Latino day laborers.

Chair, dissertation committee for Lauren Lipira
Social and behavioral determinants of HIV care and outcomes among a sample of African-American women living with HIV

Chair, dissertation committee for Kara Bensley
Racial/Ethnic and Rural Differences in Alcohol Use, Care and Related Outcomes among VA Patients Living with HIV

Member, thesis committee for Madeline Frost
Factors associated with interest in drug treatment among syringe exchange clients who use opioids

Member, thesis committee for Clara Hill
Help Wanted: Social and Economic Stressors and Mental Health among Latino Day Laborers

Chair, thesis committee for Vanessa McMahan
Alcohol use and HIV risk in the iPrEx study

Collaborating to Heal Addiction and Mental Health in Primary care (CHAMP)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
PI:   Fortney           Dates:    10/1/2019 - 9/30/2024

Improving Physician Opiod Prescribing for Chronic Pain in HIV-Infected Persons
Boston Medical Center
PI:   Tsui           Dates:    9/1/2019 - 8/31/2020

Pilot Study of a Community-Pharmacy Model to Expand Access to Medications to Treat and Prevent Hepatitis C, Opioid Use Disorders, Overdose and HIV Among Persons Who Inject Drugs
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Tsui           Dates:    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022

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