Title/Position: Assistant ProfessorProfile:
Dr. Jessica R. Williams is an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Her clinical specialty is in public health nursing and research interests include adolescent behavioral health, violence prevention, implementation science and evidence-based practice. Dr. Williams’ research focuses on better understanding the factors that contribute to risky behaviors among youth and the development and testing of interventions targeting the prevention of these behaviors. Her research also examines strategies to increase the implementation of evidence-based practices in healthcare. Dr. Williams teaches research methods and evidence-based practice. She earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Master in Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (BA) from the University of Florida.
Jessica Roberts Williams, PhD, MPH, RN
BA, Sociology, University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Science, 2003
BSN, University of Florida College of Nursing, 2003
MSN, Community Health Nursing, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 2005
MPH, Public Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2005
PhD, Nursing, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 2008
Community Health Nursing
Research and Academic Interests
Adolescent Behavioral Health
Research Grants (selected)
Study Director, Recovery: Increasing Adoption of Patient-Centered Behavioral Health Research by Primary Care and Behavioral Health Providers and Systems. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Contract# 283-10-0358, 2010-2012
Project Manager, Gender Equitable Access to Essential HIV/AIDS Health Services in Developing Countries. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Heath, Applied Sciences Branch and Global AIDS Program. Contract# 200-2009-N-32280, 2011-2012
Project Manager, Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions- Monitoring and Evaluation Field
Guides. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Program Evaluation Branch. Contract# 200-2008-25962, 2010-2012
Project Manager, Identifying Best Practices in Family Planning: Adolescent-Friendly Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Heath, Applied Sciences Branch. Contract# 200-2009-N-32280, 2010-2011
Principal Investigator, Relational Aggression and Dating Violence in Adolescents. Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institute of Nursing Research, 5F31NR009744-02
Williams, J.R., Tregear, S. J., Dusablon, T., Caceda-Castro, L. E., Miller, K. J., Hill, G., & Hennessy, K. D. (In press). Increasing adoption of comparative effectiveness research in community behavioral health: methodology. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research.
Williams, J.R., Blais, M. P., Banks, D., Dusablon, T., Williams, W. O., & Hennessy, K. D. (In press). Predictors of the decision to adopt motivational interviewing in community health settings. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research.
Jones, A. M., Bond. G. R., Peterson, A. E., Drake, R. E., McHugo, G. J., & Williams, J.R. (In press). Followup on evidence-based program implementation in the context of statewide policies and resources: State leader reports. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research.
Peterson, A. E., Bond, G. R., Drake, R. E., McHugo, G. J., Jones, A. M., & Williams, J.R. (2013). Predicting the long-term survival of evidence-based practices in mental health care: An 8-year longitudinal analysis. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research. Epub ahead of print.
2013 Williams, J.R., Jones, A.M. (Poster Presentation). Stakeholder Involvement in Organizational Decisions to Adopt Evidence-Based Practices. The 2013 Global Implementation Conference. August 19-21, 2013. Washington, DC.
Major Accomplishments / Honors
Outstanding Staff Performance Award, MANILA Consulting Group, McLean, VA, 2011
Second Place, Pre-Doctoral Research Award, New Investigators’ Day, Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing, 2008
Outstanding Young Alumnus, University of Florida, College of Nursing, 2006
Ellen Levi Zamoiski Endowed Doctoral Fellowship. Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 2005-2006
Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society, 2005
Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Beta Chapter Award, 2005
Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Violence Research, National Institute of Mental Health, Institutional NRSA.
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, PI: Jacquelyn Campbell., 2003-2005
First Place Undergraduate Poster Award, American Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section, 2003
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 2002
Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society, 2002