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Jessica Williams, PhD, MPH, PHNA-BC

Assistant Professor
Health Care Systems, Health Disparities, Public Health and Community Practice, Qualitative & Mixed-Methods Research Methodology, Social Determinants of Health, Women’s Health

jrober65@email.unc.edu

919.966.3629

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 5004

Currently Accepting PhD Students

Jessica Williams, PhD, MPH, PHNA-BC is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing. She is a board-certified advanced public health nurse with clinical training in both hospital and community settings. Her research focuses on improving the role of the healthcare system in addressing syndemic health outcomes (e.g., chronic pain, HIV, opioid misuse) of interpersonal and gender-based violence and is facilitated through the application of community engagement methodology and dissemination and implementation science. Her research demonstrates how trauma impacts patient-provider communication and access to effective health services. This work highlights the unique difficulties survivors face managing chronic health conditions and how internal resources affect these challenges both positively and negatively. Her most recent research focuses on understanding the contribution of interpersonal violence to chronic pain opioid misuse and factors that promote resiliency among survivors.

Dr. Williams teaches courses in qualitative research methodology and evidence-based practice. She also provides training for health providers focused on screening and responding to interpersonal and gender-based violence within healthcare settings based on current evidence-based practice guidelines. She earned her PhD in 2008 from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

2019–2020 Journal of Forensic Nursing Education Article of the Year Award
2018–2020 Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar, Carolina Center for Public Service, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2015 American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Prize; Member of the award recipient team for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital at Miami Children’s Health System – Humpty Dumpty Fall Prevention ™
2014 Nurse of the Year, Public Health/Ambulatory Care Category, March of Dimes Florida Chapter, Miami-Dade/Monroe Division
2008 Second Place, Pre-Doctoral Research Award, New Investigators’ Day, Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing
2006 Outstanding Young Alumnus, University of Florida, College of Nursing
2005 Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Beta Chapter Award
2003 First Place Undergraduate Poster Award, American Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section

BOOKS AND CHAPTERS

Williams, J.R. (2016). Intimate partner violence for Florida nurses. Brockon, MA: Western Schools. 74 pp. Available at: https://www.westernschools.com/ce-course/nursing-ce-course/intimate-partner-violence-for-florida-nurses-4175.aspx

Williams, J.R. (2016). Domestic violence: Recognition and intervention strategies for Kentucky nurses. 82 pp. Brockon, MA: Western Schools. Available at: https://www.westernschools.com/ce-course/nursing-ce-course/domestic-violence-recognition-and-intervention-strategies-for-kentucky-nurses-4220.aspx

Williams, J.R., Baty, M.L., Gonzalez, R.M., Nash, K.R., & Campbell, J.C. (2009). Chapter 11: Trauma and violence. In J. C. Urbancic & C. J. Groh (Eds.), Women’s mental health: A clinical guide for primary care providers. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.

Williams, J.R. (2008). Relational aggression and dating violence among young, urban adolescents. Dissertation Abstracts International-Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 69(04-B), 2239. (UMI no. 3309779)

Yonas, M., Fredland, N., Lary, H., Glass, N., Kub, J., Sharps, P. W., Kemp, K., Araya, T., Roberts, J., Walton-Moss, B., Lawal-Muhammad, K., Forman-Bey, R., Shelly, G., Cephas, K., & Campbell, J. C. (2007). An arts-based initiative for the prevention of dating violence among African American adolescents:  Theoretical foundation, program components, and lessons learned. In D.J. Whitaker & L. Reese (Eds). Preventing intimate partner violence and sexual violence in racial/ethnic minority communities: CDC’s demonstration projects. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

REFEREED PAPERS/ARTICLES

(*data-based, †publication with student, ‡senior author)

*†Williams, J.R., Cole, V., Girdler, S., & Cromeens, M.G. (2020). Exploring stress, cognitive, and affective mechanisms of the relationship between interpersonal trauma and opioid misuse. PLoS One, 15(5), e0233185. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0233185

*†Williams, J.R., Girdler, S., Williams, W., & Cromeens, M.G. (2020). The effects of co-occurring interpersonal trauma and sex on opioid use and misuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. 21pp. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260519900309

*Williams, J.R., Burton C.W., Anderson, J.C., & Gonzalez-Guarda, R.M. (2020). Scoring interpersonal violence measures: Methodological considerations. Nursing Research. Advance online publication. 29pp. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNR.0000000000000461

*†‡Stoler, J., Verity, J., & Williams, J.R. (2020). Geodemographic disparities in availability of comprehensive intimate partner violence services in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 35(7-8), 1654-1670. doi: 10.1177/0886260517698283

*†Adebayo, O.W., Williams, J.R., & Garcia, A. (2020). “The right place and the right time”: A qualitative study of the decision‐making process of self‐initiated HIV testing among young adults. Research in Nursing & Health, 43(2), 186-194. https://doi.org/10.1002/nur.22015

†Muthoni, C., Kneipp, S., Gichane, M., Caiola, C., Pettifor, A.A., & Williams, J. (2020). A systematic review of HIV interventions for young women in Sub-Saharan Africa. AIDS and Behavior. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-020-02914-1

Burton, C.W., Williams, J.R., & Anderson, J. (2019). Trauma-informed care education in baccalaureate nursing curricula in the United States: Applying the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 15(4), 214-221. doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000263

Williams, J.R., Lorenzo, D., Salerno, J., Yeh, V.M., Mitrani, V., & Kripalani, S. (2019). Current applications of precision medicine: A bibliometric analysis. Personalized Medicine. 16(4), 351-359. doi: 10.2217/pme-2018-0089

*†Gonzalez-Guarda, R., Williams, J.R., Williams, W.O., Lorenzo, D., & Carrington, C. (2019). Determinants of HIV and sexually transmitted infection testing and acquisition among female victims of intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. 20pp. doi: 10.1177/0886260519827662

*Williams, J.R., Yeh, V.M., Bruce, M.A., Szetela, C., Ukoli, F., Wilkins, C.H., & Kripalani, S. (2019). Precision medicine: Familiarity, perceived health drivers, and genetic testing considerations across health literacy levels in a diverse sample. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 28(1), 59-69. doi: 10.1007/s10897-018-0291-z

†Hooshmand, M., Foronda, C., Snowden, K., de Tantillo, L., & Williams, J.R. (2019). Transforming health care through meaningful Doctor of Nursing Practice community partnerships. Nurse Educator, 44(3), 132-136. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000577

*Williams, J.R., Petersen, N., & Stoler, J. (2018). Characterizing the spatial mismatch between intimate partner violence related healthcare services and arrests in Miami-Dade County, Florida. BMC Public Health, 18(1085), 1-10. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5985-5

*†‡Salerno, J., McEwing, E.M., Matsuda, Y., Gonzalez-Guarda, R., Ogunrinde, O., Azaiza, M.T., & Williams, J.R. (2018). Evaluation of a nursing student health fairs program: Meeting curricular standards and improving community members’ health. Public Health Nursing, 35(5): 450-457. doi: 10.1111/phn.12402

†‡Adebayo, O.W., Salerno, J.P., Francillon, V., & Williams, J.R. (2018). A systematic review of components of community-based organisation engagement. Health & Social Care in the Community, 26(4), e474-e484. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12533

*†Halstead, V., Williams, J.R., & Gonzalez-Guarda, R. (2018). College students’ perspectives on student health centers as a sexual assault resource: A qualitative analysis. Violence & Victims, 33(1), 109-125. doi: 10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-16-00162

Williams, J.R., Gonzalez-Guarda, R.M., Halstead, V., Martinez, J., & Joseph, L. (2017). Disclosing gender-based violence during health care visits: A patient-centered approach. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advanced online publication. 22 pp. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260517720733*†

Williams, J.R., Gonzalez-Guarda, R.M., & Ilias, V. (2017). Trauma-informed decision-making between providers and victims of intimate partner violence during HIV testing: A qualitative study. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Advanced online publication. 13 pp. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jana.2017.04.010*†

Halstead, V., Williams, J.R., Gattamorta, K., & Gonzalez-Guarda, R. (2017). Sexual violence screening practices of student health centers located on universities in Florida. Journal of American College Health. Advanced online publication. 22 pp. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2017.1351447*†

Stoler, J., Verity, J., & Williams, J.R. (2017). Geodemographic disparities in availability of comprehensive intimate partner violence services in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advanced online publication. 17pp. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260517698283*†

Williams, J.R., Halstead, V., Salani, D., & Koermer, N. (2017). An exploration of screening protocols for intimate partner violence in healthcare facilities: A qualitative study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26(15-16), 2192-2201. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13353*†

Halstead, V., Williams, J.R., & Gonzalez-Guarda, R. (2017). Sexual violence in the college population: A systematic review of disclosure and campus resources and services. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26(15-16), 2137-2153. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13735†

Williams, J.R., Halstead, V., Salani, D., & Koermer, N. (2016). Intimate partner violence screening and response: Policies and procedures across healthcare facilities. Women’s Health Issues, 26(4), 377-383. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2016.03.006†

Williams, J.R., Halstead, V., & Mitchell, E.M. (2016). Two models for public health nursing clinical education. Public Health Nursing, 33(3), 249-255. doi: 10.1111/phn.12256*†

Halstead, V., De Santis, J., & Williams, J.R. (2016). Relationship power in the context of heterosexual intimate relationships: A conceptual development. Advances in Nursing Science, 39(2), E31-E43. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000113†

Gonzalez, J., Hill-Rodriguez, D., Hernandez, L., Williams, J.R., & Cordo, J. (2016). The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Program™: Preventing falls in children across the globe. Nurse Leader, 14(3), 212-218. doi: 10.1016/j.mnl.2015.12.005

Williams, J.R., Caceda-Castro, L.E., Dusablon, T., & Stipa, M. (2016). Design, development, and evaluation of printed educational materials for evidence-based practice dissemination. International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 14(2), 84-94. doi:10.1097/XEB.0000000000000072*

Williams, J.R., Gavin, L., Carter, M., & Glass, E. (2015). Client and provider perspectives on quality of care: A systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 49(2), S93-S106. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2015.03.017

Gavin, L., Williams, J.R., Rivera, M., & Lachance, C. (2015). Programs to strengthen parent-adolescent communication about reproductive health: A systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 49(2), S65-S72. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2015.03.022

Brittain, A., Williams, J.R., Zapata, L., Pazol, K., Romero, L., & Weik, T.S. (2015). Youth-friendly family planning services for young people: A systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 49(2), S73-S84. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2015.03.019

Brittain, A., Williams, J.R., Zapata, L., Moskosky, S., & Weik, T.S. (2015). Confidentiality in family planning services for young people: A systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 49(2), S85-S92. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2015.04.001

Tregear, S.J., Gavin, L., & Williams, J.R. (2015). Methods used to conduct systematic reviews of the evidence when developing “Providing Quality Family Planning Services: Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 49(2), S23-S30. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2015.03.033

Franks, M., Dunn, L., Wyss, R., & Williams, J. (2015). Panel on campus and youth responses to gender violence (Transcript), 5U. Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review, 5(2), 619-630.
http://repository.law.miami.edu/umrsjlr/vol5/iss2/31

Gonzalez-Guarda, R.M., Williams, J.R., Merisier, M., Cummings, A. & Prado, G. (2014). Acculturation, risk behaviors and physical dating violence victimization among Cuban-American adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 29(6), 633-640. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2014.03.001*†

Williams, J.R. & Hennessy, K.D. (2014). Increasing adoption of comparative effectiveness research in community behavioral health: Introduction to special section. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 41(3), 254-257. doi:10.1007/s11414-014-9415-x

Williams, J.R., Tregear, S. J., Dusablon, T., Caceda-Castro, L. E., Miller, K. J., Hill, G., & Hennessy, K. D. (2014). Increasing adoption of comparative effectiveness research in community behavioral health: methodology. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 41(3), 258-275. doi:10.1007/s11414-013-9367-6

Williams, J.R., Dusablon, T., Williams, W. O., Blais, M. P., & Hennessy, K. D. (2014). Characteristics of community health organizations and decision-makers considering the adoption of motivational interviewing. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 41(3), 276-293. doi:10.1007/s11414-013-9380-9*

Williams, J. R., Blais, M. P., Banks, D., Dusablon, T., Williams, W. O., & Hennessy, K. D. (2014). Predictors of the decision to adopt motivational interviewing in community health settings. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 41(3), 294-307. doi:10.1007/s11414-013-9357-8*

Williams, J. R., Williams, W. O., Dusablon, T., Blais, M. P., Banks, D., & Hennessy, K. D. (2014). Evaluation of a randomized intervention to increase adoption of comparative effectiveness research by community health organizations. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 41(3), 308-323. doi:10.1007/s11414-013-9369-4*

Hettema, J.E., Ernst, D., Williams, J.R., & Miller, K. J. (2014). Parallel processes: Using motivational interviewing as an implementation coaching strategy. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 41(3), 324-336. doi:10.1007/s11414-013-9381-8*

Peterson, A. E., Bond, G. R., Drake, R. E., McHugo, G. J., Jones, A. M., & Williams, J. R. (2014). Predicting the long-term sustainability of evidence-based practices in mental health care: An 8-year longitudinal analysis. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 41(3), 337-346. doi:10.1007/s11414-013-9347-x*

Jones, A. M., Bond. G. R., Peterson, A. E., Drake, R. E., McHugo, G. J., & Williams, J. R. (2014). Role of state mental health leaders in supporting evidence-based practices over time. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 41(3), 347-355. doi:10.1007/s11414-013-9358-7*

Bond, G. R., Drake, R. E., McHugo, G. J., Peterson, A. E., Jones, A. M., & Williams, J. R. (2014). Long-term sustainability of evidence-based practices in community mental health agencies. Administration and Policy in Mental Health. 41(2), 228-236. doi:10.1007/s10488-012-0461-5*

Farr, S.L., Dietz, P.M., Williams, J.R., Gibbs, F., & Tregear, S. (2011). Depression screening and treatment among nonpregnant women of reproductive age in the United States, 1990 – 2010. Preventing Chronic Disease, 8(6), A122. http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2011/nov/11_0062.htm. PMCID: PMC3221564

Williams, J.R., Tregear, S.J., & Amana, A. (2011). Psychiatric disorders and driver safety: A systematic review. Proceedings of the 6th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design. http://trid.trb.org/view/2011/C/1107800

Tregear, S.J., Williams, J.R., & Funmilayo, D. (2011). Traumatic brain injury and driver safety: A systematic review. Proceedings of the 6th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design. http://trid.trb.org/view/2011/C/1112850

Williams, J.R., Fredland, N., Han, H., Campbell, J.C., & Kub, J.E. (2009). Relational aggression and adverse psychosocial and physical health symptoms among urban adolescents. Public Health Nursing. 26(6), 489-499. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1446.2009.00808.x*

Williams, J.R. & Tregear, S.J. (2009). Driving with cardiovascular disease: The impact of implanted cardioverter defibrillators on driver safety. Proceedings of the 5th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design. http://trid.trb.org/view/2009/C/918405 

Tregear, S.J. & Williams, J.R. (2009). Seizure and the risk for seizure recurrence among individuals who have undergone surgery for epilepsy. Proceedings of the 5th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design. http://trid.trb.org/view/2009/C/918453 

Williams, J.R., Ghandour, R.M., & Kub, J.E. (2008). Female perpetration of violence in heterosexual intimate relationships: Prevalence and distribution across populations. Trauma, Violence and Abuse. 9(4), 227-249. doi:10.1177/1524838008324418. PMCID: PMC2663360

Williams, J. R., Mark, H. D., Nanda, J., & Zenilman, J. (2008). Recruitment strategies and motivations for sexually transmitted disease testing among college students. Journal of American College Health. 57(3), 357-360. doi:10.3200/JACH.57.3.357-360. PMCID: PMC2774715*

Mark, H.D., Nanda, J., Joffe, A., Roberts, J., Rompalo, A., & Zenilman, J. (2008). Serologic screening for the herpes simplex virus among university students: a pilot study. Journal of American College Health. 57(3), 291-296. doi:10.3200/JACH.57.3.291-296. PMCID: PMC2774724*

Mark, H. D., Nanda, J., Roberts, J., Rompalo, A., Melendez, J., & Zenilman, J. (2007). Performance of Focus ELISA tests for HSV-1 and HSV-2 antibodies among university students with no history of genital herpes. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 34(9), 681-685. doi: 10.1097/01.olq.0000258307.18831.f0. PMCID: PMC2648390*

Williams, J.R., Kub, J., Han, H., & Campbell, J. C. (2007). 01-05 Gender differences in the relationship between dating violence perpetration and relational aggression among urban adolescents. The 6th Annual International Conference on Urban Health, Section I: Oral Sessions. Journal of Urban Health, 84(6), 843. doi:10.1007/s11524-007-9234-y.

RESEARCH GRANTS:

FUNDED (ACTIVE)

Role Title Total Direct Amount (FTE if available) Percent Effort Agency Dates
PI Longitudinal Prescription Opioid Use among Patients Experiencing Interpersonal Violence $9,825 UNC Injury Prevention Research Center 2020
PI Exploring the Mechanisms of Interpersonal Trauma on Opioid Use Patterns $20,000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2018-2020

 

FUNDED (COMPLETED)

Role Title Total Direct Amount (FTE if available) Percent Effort Agency Dates
Co-Director, Community Engagement, Dissemination, and Implementation Core Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: El Centro, P60 Center Grant $495,256 (core) National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities 2014-2017
Co-Director, Implementation Core Implementation Core, Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine and Population Health $1,077,715 (core) National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities 2016-2017
Program Evaluator Miami Dade County Human Trafficking Collaborative Project $30,000 (evaluation component) US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime 2016-2017
PI Decisions to Disclose and Defining Patient-Centered Outcomes for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking during Healthcare Visits $ 4,420 0% University of Miami, Dean’s Award 2015-2016
Co-I Disparities in HIV, STI’s and Testing Among Victims of Intimate Partner Violence $180,113 15% National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities 2014-2016
PI Trauma-Informed Decision-Making Between Providers and Victims of Intimate Partner Violence During HIV Testing: A Qualitative Study $24,885 0% Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology for Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior 2014-2016
PI Screening for Intimate Partner Violence among Healthcare Facilities in Miami-Dade County $16,770 Portion of Summer Salary Support University of Miami James W. McLamore Research Award in Business and Social Sciences 2014-2015
PI Recovery: Increasing Adoption of Patient-Centered Behavioral Health Research by Primary Care and Behavioral Health Providers and Systems $1,944,004 50% Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality 2010-2012

OTHER FUNDING (COMPLETED)

Role Title Total Direct Amount (FTE if available) Percent Effort Agency Dates
Co-Director Implementation Core, Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine and Population Health $1,077,715 15% National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities 2016-2017
Program Evaluator Miami Dade County Human Trafficking Collaborative Project $30,000 5% US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime 2016-2017
Director Community Engagement, Dissemination, and Implementation Core, Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: EL CENTRO $495,256 10% National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities 2014-2017
Director Gender Equitable Access to Essential HIV/AIDS Health Services in Developing Countries $200,000 20% Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health, Applied Sciences Branch and Global AIDS Program 2011-2012
Director Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions-Monitoring and Evaluation Field Guides $624,000 25% Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Program Evaluation Branch 2010-2012
Research Analyst HIV Program Indicators Analysis Project $782,735 10% Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Program Evaluation Branch 2010-2012
Research Analyst Identifying Best Practices in Family Planning $400,000 30% Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health, Applied Sciences Branch 2010-2011
Director Implementation Science: An Overview $10,000 75% Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health, Applied Sciences Branch 2010
Research Analyst Screening and Treatment for Depression among Women of Reproductive Age – Evidence Tables $200,000 75% Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health, Applied Sciences Branch 2009-2010
Research Analyst Medical Expert Panels Program $2,987,907 25-100% Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2008-2012
Research Analyst AHRQ Safety and Quality in Healthcare: A Framework for Utilizing and Evaluating Evidence in Evidence-Based Design $200,000 50% Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2008-2009
PI Relational Aggression and Dating Violence in Adolescents $88,088 N/A National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research 2006-2008

 

TRAINING GRANTS:

Role Title Total Direct Amount (FTE if available) Percent Effort Agency Dates
Co-Director Research, Training and Education Core, Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: EL CENTRO $412,527 10% National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities 2016-2017
  • Improving health for survivors of gender-based violence
  • Intersection of gender-based violence, substance use, and mental health
  • Health disparities related to gender-based violence and access to care