Emily Williams

Emily Williams

University of Washington and VA Puget Sound

emily.williams3@va.gov

Dr. Williams is a core investigator at the VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Seattle-Denver Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care.  She is also an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the doctoral program in Health Services at the University of Washington. She holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Lewis & Clark College, a master’s degree in public health from Boston University, and a doctoral degree in health services from the University of Washington. Dr. Williams’s interests are in in health behavior and mechanisms and systems of care that can help drive behavior change, as well as vulnerable populations, stigma and health and healthcare disparities. I have applied these interests and expertise to a 15-year research career focused on ensuring that patients with unhealthy alcohol use and alcohol use disorders receive the care they need to help with their drinking. Her work has specifically focused on: 1) development and pilot testing of clinical informatics tools to implement alcohol-related care; 2) mixed-methods implementation science focused on understanding and addressing gaps in care and care quality for Veterans with unhealthy alcohol use; 3) clinical epidemiology focused on predicting alcohol-related medical risks using routine alcohol screening scores; 4) disparities research focused on understanding differences in alcohol use and related care across demographic and clinical sub-groups to identify patient populations that may be particularly vulnerable; and 5) health services research focused on effects of and interventions for unhealthy alcohol use among patients with HIV and Hepatitis C.  She is currently supported by a 5-year VA Career Development Grant focused on implementation of pharmacotherapy for alcohol use disorders in primary care settings.