Selected Publications

Academic Article

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2022 A multisite focus group study of US adult women's beliefs and assumptions about bladder health and functionNeurourology and Urodynamics.  41:1590-1600. 2022
2022 Women’s Knowledge of Bladder Health: What We Have Learned in the Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research ConsortiumCurrent Bladder Dysfunction Reports.  17:188-195. 2022
2022 Social Support as a Mediator of the Personality-Physical Functioning Relationship in a National Sample of African Americans: A Two-Wave Longitudinal StudyJournal of Black Psychology.  48:43-66. 2022
2022 A longitudinal study of social, religious, and spiritual capital and physical and emotional functioning in a national sample of African–AmericansJournal of Community Psychology2022
2021 Non-invasive bladder function measures in healthy, asymptomatic female children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysisJournal of Pediatric Urology.  17:452-462. 2021
2021 Comparison of Two Methods for Implementing Comfort Care Order Sets in the Inpatient Setting: a Cluster Randomized TrialJournal of General Internal Medicine.  36:1928-1936. 2021
2021 Marital Status and Depressive Symptoms in African Americans: The Moderating Role of Social and Religious ResourcesJournal of Family Issues.  42:1403-1428. 2021
2021 Views of Normal Bladder Function Among Women Experiencing Lower Urinary Tract SymptomsUrology.  150:103-109. 2021
2021 Social Processes Informing Toileting Behavior Among Adolescent and Adult Women: Social Cognitive Theory as an Interpretative LensQualitative Health Research.  31:430-442. 2021
2021 “It's important to me”: A qualitative analysis on shared decision-making and patient preferences in older adults with early-stage breast cancer 2021
2020 Meaning in Life Predicts Decreased Depressive Symptoms and Increased Positive Affect over Time but Does not Buffer Stress Effects in a National Sample of African-AmericansJournal of Happiness Studies.  21:3037-3049. 2020
2020 A Longitudinal Examination of Social Support as a Mediator of the Personality-Health Relationship in a National Sample of African AmericansJournal of Black Psychology.  46:607-637. 2020
2020 Should we be talking about guidelines with patients? A qualitative analysis in metastatic breast cancerBreast Cancer Research and Treatment.  184:115-121. 2020
2020 Trust but Verify: Exploring the Role of Treatment-Related Information and Patient-Physician Trust in Shared Decision Making Among Patients with Metastatic Breast CancerJournal of Cancer Education.  35:885-892. 2020
2020 “Online Training Is Great but Human Interaction Is Better”: Training Preferences of VA Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Consult Teams 2020
2020 "i'd Want to Know, because a Year's Not a Long Time to Prepare for a Death": Role of Prognostic Information in Shared Decision Making among Women with Metastatic Breast CancerJournal of Palliative Medicine.  23:937-943. 2020
2020 Development of Conceptual Models to Guide Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy: Synthesizing Traditional and Contemporary ParadigmsHealth Promotion Practice.  21:510-524. 2020
2020 Applying concepts of life course theory and life course epidemiology to the study of bladder health and lower urinary tract symptoms among girls and womenNeurourology and Urodynamics.  39:1185-1202. 2020
2020 Do neighborhood characteristics contribute beyond individual demographics to cancer control behaviors among African American adults? 2020
2020 I never knew anyone who peed on themselves on purpose: Exploring adolescent and adult women's lay language and discourse about bladder health and functionNeurourology and Urodynamics.  39:225-236. 2020
2020 It's About Time: The Temporal Burden of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Among Women.Urologic Nursing.  40. 2020
2019 Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Research Consortium focus group Study of Habits, Attitudes, Realities, and Experiences of Bladder healthJournal of Advanced Nursing.  75:3111-3125. 2019
2019 Unique contribution of education to behavioral and psychosocial antecedents of health in a national sample of African AmericansJournal of Behavioral Medicine.  42:860-872. 2019
2019 What Is Important When Making Treatment Decisions in Metastatic Breast Cancer? A Qualitative Analysis of Decision-Making in Patients and Oncologists 2019
2019 U.S. adolescent and adultwomen’s experiences accessing and using toilets in schools, workplaces, and public spaces: A multi-site focus group study to inform future research in bladder healthInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  16. 2019
2019 Explaining the Relationship Between Personality and Health in a National Sample of African Americans: The Mediating Role of Social SupportJournal of Black Psychology.  45:339-375. 2019
2018 A Longitudinal Study of Religiosity, Spiritual Health Locus of Control, and Health Behaviors in a National Sample of African AmericansJournal of Religion and Health.  57:2258-2278. 2018
2018 Positive and negative religious coping styles as prospective predictors of well-being in African AmericansPsychology of Religion and Spirituality.  10:318-326. 2018
2018 Personality, Social Capital, and Depressive Symptomatology Among African AmericansJournal of Black Psychology.  44:422-449. 2018
2018 “They said on the death certificate… but really what i think happened”: Characterizing cause of death in VA medical centersJournal of Palliative Care.  33:53-58. 2018
2017 Continuation of non-essential medications in actively dying hospitalised patientsBMJ Supportive and Palliative Care.  7:450-457. 2017
2017 Which Personality Traits Moderate the Relationship Between Religious Capital and Depressive Symptomology in a National Sample of African Americans?Journal of Black Psychology.  43:517-537. 2017
2017 The relationship between religious beliefs and behaviours and changes in Spiritual Health Locus of Control over time in a national sample of African-AmericansMental Health, Religion and Culture.  20:449-463. 2017
2016 An ethic of heroism shapes next of kin’s perceptions of veterans’ end-of-life care in veterans affairs medical centers 2016
2016 Qualitative assessment of self-identity in people with advanced dementia 2016
2016 Sudden Advanced Illness: An Emerging Concept Among Palliative Care and Surgical Critical Care Physicians 2016
2016 Racial differences in processes of care at end of life in VA medical centers: Planned secondary analysis of data from the BEACON trialJournal of Palliative Medicine.  19:157-163. 2016
2016 “He’s on his dying bed”: Next-of-kin’s experiences of the dying bodyDeath Studies.  40:1-10. 2016
2015 Characterizing Change in Religious and Spiritual Identity Among a National Sample of African American Adults 2015
2015 Social Integration and Health Insurance Status Among African American Men and Women 2015
2015 Predictors of physical restraint use in hospitalized veterans at end of life: An analysis of data from the BEACON trialJournal of Palliative Medicine.  18:520-526. 2015
2015 Participant retention in a longitudinal national telephone survey of African American men and women 2015
2015 The religion-health connection among African Americans: What is the role of social capital?Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.  25:1-18. 2015
2015 “I Was Ready to Take Him Home”: Next-of-Kin’s Accounts of Loved One’s Death During Hospice and Palliative Care Discussions in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers 2015
2014 Impact of a hospice emergency kit for veterans and their caregivers: A prospective cohort studyJournal of Palliative Medicine.  17:931-938. 2014
2014 Exploring the affective dimension of the life review process: Facilitators’ interactional strategies for fostering personhood and social value among older adults with early dementia 2014
2014 Social support as a mediator of religious involvement and physical and emotional functioning in a national sample of African-AmericansMental Health, Religion and Culture.  17:421-435. 2014
2014 "Don't get weak in your compassion": Bereaved next of kin's suggestions for improving end-of-life care in Veterans Affairs Medical CentersJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  62:642-648. 2014
2014 Formative Evaluation of a Multi-Component, Education-Based Intervention to Improve Processes of End-of-Life CareGerontology and Geriatrics Education.  35:4-22. 2014
2014 Team-Based Volunteerism with the Seriously Ill: A Qualitative Analysis from 10 Volunteers' Perspectives 2014
2013 Intermittent Subcutaneous Furosemide: Parenteral Diuretic Rescue for Hospice Patients With Congestive Heart Failure Resistant to Oral Diuretic 2013
2013 "He got his last wishes": Ways of knowing a loved one's end-of-life preferences and whether those preferences were honoredThe Journal of clinical ethics.  24:113-124. 2013
2013 Hospice emergency kit for veterans: A pilot studyJournal of Palliative Medicine.  16:356-361. 2013
2013 Religious involvement and physical and emotional functioning among African Americans: The mediating role of religious support 2013
2012 "Wrapped in their arms": Next-of-kin's perceptions of how hospital nursing staff support family presence before, during, and after the death of a loved oneJournal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.  14:541-550. 2012
2012 Assessment of Religious and Spiritual Capital in African American CommunitiesJournal of Religion and Health.  51:1061-1074. 2012
2012 Opioid pain medication orders and administration in the last days of lifeJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  44:681-691. 2012
2012 Do-not-resuscitate orders in the last days of lifeJournal of Palliative Medicine.  15:751-759. 2012
2012 Social, Religious and Spiritual Capital and Physical/Emotional Functioning in a National Sample of African AmericansJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.  22:346-362. 2012
2012 Wearing the Garment of Widowhood: Variations in Time Since Spousal Loss Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults 2012
2012 "A room full of chairs around his bed": Being present at the death of a loved one in veterans affairs medical centers 2012
2011 Intrinsic association of widowhood with mortality in community-dwelling older women and men: Findings from a prospective propensity-matched population study 2011
2011 Expanding the notion of researcher distress: The cumulative effects of codingQualitative Health Research.  21:830-838. 2011
2010 The experience of older patients with cancer in phase 1 clinical trials: A qualitative case series 2010
2010 Ethical capital: 'What's a poor man got to leave?' 2010
2009 Surgeons' attitudes and practices in the utilization of palliative and supportive care services for patients with a sudden advanced illnessJournal of Palliative Medicine.  12:1037-1042. 2009
2008 Marital status and health: Exploring pre-widowhoodJournal of Palliative Medicine.  11:848-856. 2008
2008 Identifying and responding to ethical and methodological issues in after-death interviews with next-of-kinDeath Studies.  32:197-236. 2008
2008 Palliative care intervention for choice and use of opioids in the last hours of life 2008
2007 What about the trach? Tracheotomy removal as a palliative care maneuver 2007
2007 Barriers to mobility during hospitalization from the perspectives of older patients and their nurses and physiciansJournal of Hospital Medicine.  2:305-313. 2007
2007 Bereavement among African American and White older adultsJournal of Aging and Health.  19:313-333. 2007
2006 The feminization of bereavement among community-dwelling older adults 2006
2005 Nonspousal family loss among community-dwelling older adults 2005
2005 Improving processes of hospital care during the last hours of lifeJAMA Internal Medicine.  165:1722-1727. 2005
2005 Preparation of residents for death pronouncement: a sensitive and supportive method.Palliative and Supportive Care.  3:107-114. 2005
2004 The balm of gilead project: A demonstration project on end-of-life care for safety-net populationsJournal of Palliative Medicine.  7:486-493. 2004
2004 Dying Young, Dying Poor: A Sociological Examination of Existential Suffering among Low-Socioeconomic Status PatientsJournal of Palliative Medicine.  7:27-37. 2004
2001 The emerging role of the medical sociologist in palliative care settings 2001


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Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2002
  • Full Name

  • Beverly Williams