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Emily C. Williams

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Professor, Health Systems and Population Health


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


office:   HRC 443

3980 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195-1621

campus box:   351621
voice:   206-685-5048


Emily Williams is an addictions health services and disparities researcher and an implementation scientist. She serves as Professor of Health Systems and Population Health and Director of the Doctoral Program in Health Services at the University of Washington. She also has affiliate appointments at the Denver-Seattle Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered Value-Driven Care at VA Puget Sound Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) and Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. She is interested in the influence of contextual mechanisms on health behavior, health care, health outcomes, and health disparities, particularly with regard to vulnerable populations with stigmatized conditions. Her research focuses on increasing access to needed prevention and treatment for stigmatized conditions, including unhealthy alcohol, opioid, and other substance use, hepatitis C, HIV, as well as 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 on tailoring and testing practice facilitation to implement evidence-based alcohol-related care in liver 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 578
    Preparing, Writing, and Critiquing Scientific Research Proposals
  • HSERV 592
    Health Research Training Seminar

Hoggatt KJ, Harris AHS, Washington DL, Williams EC. Prevalence of substance use and substance-related disorders among US Veterans Health Administration patients. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 Aug 1;225:108791. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108791. Epub 2021 May 31.  PMID: 34098384

Williams EC, Chen JA, Frost MC, Rubinsky AD, Edmonds AT, Glass JE, Lehavot K, Matson TE, Wheat CL, Coggeshall S, Blosnich JR. Receipt of evidence-based alcohol-related care in a national sample of transgender patients with unhealthy alcohol use: Overall and relative to non-transgender patients. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 Jul 8:108565. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108565. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 34274175

Chen J, Cabudol M, Williams EC, Merrill JO, Tsui JI, Klein JW. Perspectives on electronic portal use among patients treated with medications for opioid use disorder in primary care. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 Jul;126:108463. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108463. Epub 2021 May 7.  PMID: 34116814

Frost MC, Sweek EW, Austin EJ, Corcorran MA, Juarez AM, Frank ND, Prohaska SM, LaKosky PA, Asher AK, Broz D, Jarlais DCD, Williams EC, Glick SN. Program Adaptations to Provide Harm Reduction Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study of Syringe Services Programs in the U.S. AIDS Behav. 2021 Jun 10. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03332-7. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 34110506    PMCID: PMC8190167
PubMed Central

Kennedy AJ, McGinnis KA, Merlin JS, Edelman EJ, Gordon AJ, Korthuis PT, Skanderson M, Williams EC, Wyse J, Oldfield B, Bryant K, Justice A, Fiellin DA, Kraemer KL. Impact of intensity of behavioral treatment, with or without medication treatment, for opioid use disorder on HIV outcomes in persons with HIV. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 May 29;132:108509. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108509. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 34130128

Chair, dissertation committee for Andrew Bossick
Development of a Composite Risk Index to Examine the Impact of Diverse State Policy on Population Level Maternal and Neonatal Outcome

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

Applying Critical Race Theory to investigate the impact of COVID-19-related policy changes on racial/ethnic disparities in medication treatment for opioid use disorder
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Williams           Dates:    4/1/2022 - 3/31/2027

Health Systems Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network
Kaiser Permanente
PI:   Williams           Dates:    7/1/2021 - 2/28/2022

Validating a DSM-5 Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Symptom Checklist in EHR Data from a Large Primary Care Sample to Support Future Pragmatic Trials and Chronic Care Management of SUDs in Primary Care
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
PI:   Williams           Dates:    7/1/2021 - 2/28/2022

Alcohol Research Consortium in HIV: Ending the HIV Epidemic through interventions and Epidemiology at the intersection of the alcohol and HIV care Continua
Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
PI:   Williams           Dates:    7/1/2021 - 6/30/2026

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