Positions

Overview

  • Jessica H. Williams, PhD, MPH is a full-time Associate Professor and Program Director, Undergraduate Health Care Management in the Department of Health Services Administration, School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in Health Education/Health Promotion and an M.P.H. in Epidemiology, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health. Dr. Williams has over seventeen years’ experience in health services research at UAB, with interventions focused on health disparities, improving access to healthcare, doctor-patient communication and smoking cessation. Dr. Williams’ current research interests are in the role of unconscious bias during medical encounters and its contribution to health disparities. She currently teaches Managerial Epidemiology in the undergraduate program and Essentials of Health and Human Disease (Population Health) in the master’s programs. Dr. Williams has published widely in peer-reviewed publications, and conference proceedings.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 Diet and exercise changes following bone densitometry in the Patient Activation After DXA Result Notification (PAADRN) studyArchives of Osteoporosis.  13. 2018
    2018 Health System Affiliation and 30-Day Readmission After Heart Attack in Black MenAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  55:S22-S30. 2018
    2018 Exploring Online Asynchronous Counseling With Tobacco Treatment Specialists in the QUIT-PRIMO and National Dental PBRN HI-QUIT Studies: Who Uses It and What Do They Say?American Journal of Health Promotion.  32:1170-1177. 2018
    2018 Magnetic work environments: Patient experience outcomes in Magnet versus non-Magnet hospitalsHealth Care Management Review2018
    2018 Thirty Day Hospital Readmissions after an Acute Myocardial Infarction in Black Men: Does Hospital System Affiliation Matter?American Journal of Preventive Medicine2018
    2016 Exploring online cessation counseling: Qualitative analysis of Tobacco Treatment Specialist counseling delivered via a web-based platform.American Journal of Health Promotion2016
    2015 Narratives to enhance smoking cessation interventions among African-American smokers, the ACCE project Health Services Research567BMC Research Notes.  8. 2015
    2014 Smoking-cessation e-referrals: A national dental practice-based research network randomized controlled trialAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  46:158-165. 2014
    2013 Crowdsourced peer-versus expert-written smoking-cessation messagesAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  45:543-550. 2013
    2013 The PAADRN Study: A design for a randomized controlled practical clinical trial to improve bone healthContemporary Clinical Trials.  34:90-100. 2013
    2011 Stories to communicate risks about tobacco: Development of a brief scale to measure transportation into a video story-The ACCE ProjectHealth Education Journal.  70:184-191. 2011
    2011 Cognitive mapping tobacco control advice for dentistry: A dental PBRN studyAmerican Journal of Health Behavior.  35:228-239. 2011
    2007 IMPACT OF AN INTERACTIVE DVD OF "STORIES TO COMMUNICATE RISK @ TOBACCO" ON PATIENT QUIT PLANS - A RANDOMIZED TRIALAnnals of Behavioral Medicine.  33:S214-S214. 2007

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Williams is focused on building a research agenda where health outcomes are independent of race and class by addressing unconscious bias in the healthcare encounter. Specifically, her primary research interest is in understanding the role of unconscious bias in healthcare and its impact on health disparities.

    Dr. Williams also has research interests in the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in organizations.
  • Teaching Overview

  • HA 612 Essentials of Health and Human Disease
    HCM 460 Research Methods
    HCM 375 Managerial Epidemiology
    HCM 411 Biopsychosocial Factors of Aging
  • Teaching Activities

  • AHS375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Spring Term 2013)
  • AHS375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Spring Term 2014)
  • AHS375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Spring Term 2014)
  • AHS375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Summer Term 2012)
  • AHS375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Summer Term 2012)
  • AHS375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Summer Term 2013)
  • AHS375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Summer Term 2013)
  • AHS375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Summer Term 2014)
  • AHS375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Summer Term 2014)
  • AHS411 - Bio/Psych/Soc Issues of Aging (Fall Term 2012)
  • AHS411 - Bio/Psych/Soc Issues of Aging (Fall Term 2012)
  • AHS411 - Bio/Psych/Soc Issues of Aging (Fall Term 2013)
  • AHS411 - Bio/Psych/Soc Issues of Aging (Fall Term 2013)
  • AHS460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2012)
  • AHS460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2012)
  • AHS460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2013)
  • AHS460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2013)
  • AHS460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2013)
  • AHS460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2013)
  • AHS460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2014)
  • AHS460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2014)
  • GER411 - Bio/Psych/Soc Aspects of Aging (Fall Term 2012)
  • HA612 - Essentials Health/Hum Disease (Spring Term 2015)
  • HA612 - Essentials Health/Hum Disease (Spring Term 2016)
  • HA612 - Essentials Health/Hum Disease (Spring Term 2017)
  • HA612 - Essentials Health/Hum Disease (Spring Term 2018)
  • HA612 - Essentials Health/Hum Disease (Spring Term 2019)
  • HA612 - Essentials Health/Hum Disease (Spring Term 2020)
  • HA612 - Essentials Health/Hum Disease (Spring Term 2021)
  • HA612 - Essentials Health/Hum Disease (Spring Term 2022)
  • HA612 - Essentials Health/Hum Disease (Summer Term 2015)
  • HA612 - Essentials Health/Hum Disease (Summer Term 2015)
  • HA612 - Essentials Health/Hum Disease (Summer Term 2020)
  • HCM375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Spring Term 2015)
  • HCM375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Spring Term 2015)
  • HCM375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Spring Term 2016)
  • HCM375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Spring Term 2016)
  • HCM375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Spring Term 2017)
  • HCM375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Spring Term 2017)
  • HCM375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Spring Term 2018)
  • HCM375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Spring Term 2018)
  • HCM375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Summer Term 2015)
  • HCM375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Summer Term 2015)
  • HCM375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Summer Term 2016)
  • HCM375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Summer Term 2016)
  • HCM375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Summer Term 2017)
  • HCM375 - Managerial Epidemiology (Summer Term 2017)
  • HCM411 - Bio/Psych/Soc Issues of Aging (Fall Term 2014)
  • HCM411 - Bio/Psych/Soc Issues of Aging (Fall Term 2014)
  • HCM416 - Fin Mgt in HC Organizations (Spring Term 2021)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2014)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2014)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2015)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2015)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2016)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2016)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2017)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2017)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2020)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2020)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Fall Term 2021)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2015)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2015)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2016)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2016)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2017)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2017)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2020)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2020)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2021)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2021)
  • HCM460 - Research Methods (Spring Term 2022)
  • HCM481 - HCM Internship (Fall Term 2015)
  • HCM481 - HCM Internship (Fall Term 2015)
  • HCM481 - HCM Internship (Spring Term 2015)
  • HCM481 - HCM Internship (Spring Term 2015)
  • HCM481 - HCM Internship (Spring Term 2016)
  • HCM481 - HCM Internship (Spring Term 2016)
  • HCM481 - HCM Internship (Summer Term 2015)
  • HCM481 - HCM Internship (Summer Term 2015)
  • HRP410 - Honors Project (Spring Term 2016)
  • HRP410 - Honors Project (Spring Term 2017)
  • HRP410 - Honors Project (Summer Term 2016)
  • Full Name

  • Jessica Williams