Title/Position: Assistant ProfessorProfile:
Dr. Jessica R. Williams is an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Williams’ program of research is aimed at improving methods for the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices, particularly focused on gender-based violence prevention. She is currently principal investigator of three studies examining how healthcare facilities can best respond to situations of intimate partner violence. She has also conducted research developing and testing interventions to increase the adoption of evidence-based practices with health and social service agencies. Dr. Williams currently serves as co-director of the Community Engagement, Dissemination, and Implementation core of the NIMHD-funded Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: El Centro at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. In this role, she works closely with a broad network of healthcare-related systems, community-based agencies and community members to facilitate academic-community partnerships that support the collaborative development, conduct, and implementation of health disparities research. Dr. Williams is also a member of the University of Miami President’s Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention and Education and serves as a Research Consultant for the Nursing Department of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Dr. Williams’ areas of teaching specialization include research and evidence-based practice methodology and public health nursing. She earned a PhD, MSN and MPH from Johns Hopkins University and a BSN and BA from the University of Florida.
Jessica Roberts Williams, PhD, MPH, APHN-BC
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
Gender-Based Violence Prevention
Dissemination and Implementation Science
Principal Investigator, Decisions to Disclose and Defining Patient-Centered Outcomes for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking during Healthcare Visits. University of Miami. Dean’s Award. 2015-2016
Principal Investigator, Trauma-Informed Decision-Making Between Providers and Victims of Intimate Partner Violence During HIV Testing: A Qualitative Study. Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology for Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior (Ce-PIM) Pilot Study Award. 2014-2016
Principal Investigator, Screening for Intimate Partner Violence among Healthcare Facilities in Miami-Dade County. University of Miami. Provost Award. 2014-2015
Co-Investigator, Disparities in HIV, STIs, and Testing Among Victims of Intimate Partner Violence. National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Administrative Supplement Award. 2013-2015
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. 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. 2010-2011
Williams, J.R., Halstead, V., & Mitchell, E.M. (In press). Two models for public health nursing clinical education. Public Health Nursing.
Williams, J.R., Caceda-Castro, L.E., Dusablon, T., & Stipa, M. (In press). Design, development, and evaluation of printed educational materials for evidence-based practice dissemination. International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare.
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
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., 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
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., 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
Williams, J.R., Halstead, V., Salani, D., & Koermer, N. (Oral Presentation). Implementation of Screening Protocols for Intimate Partner Violence in Healthcare Facilities: A Qualitative Study. The 20th International Conference of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International. April 9-11, 2015. Atlanta, GA.
Gonzalez-Guarda, R.M., Williams, J.R., & Lorenzo, D. (Oral Presentation). Lessons Learned from Implementing Testing and Counseling for HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections for Individuals Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence. The 20th International Conference of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International. April 9-11, 2015. Atlanta, GA.
Halstead, V., DeSantis, J., & Williams, J.R. (Poster Presentation). Relationship Power in the Context of Heterosexual Intimate Relationships: A Concept Analysis. The 20th International Conference of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International. April 9-11, 2015. Atlanta, GA.
Williams, J.R., Halstead, V., Salani, D., Koermer, N. (Oral Presentation). Routine Screening for Intimate Partner Violence in Healthcare Facilities: An Epidemiological Analysis. National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence. March 20-21, 2015. Washington, DC.
Williams, J.R., Gonzalez-Guarda, R., Lorenzo, D. (Poster Presentation). Measuring D&I Processes to Inform the Implementation of an HIV Testing Program for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence. 7th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation. December 8, 2014. Bethesda, MD.
Williams, J.R. & Mitchell, E.M. (Roundtable Presentation). Evaluation of Two Models for Delivering Baccalaureate Public Health Nursing Clinical Education. American Public Health Association’s 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition. November 15-19, 2014. New Orleans, LA.
Franks, M., Dunn, L., Wyss, R., & Williams, J.R. (Conference Panel). Campus & Youth Respond to Gender Violence. CONVERGE! Re-Imagining the Movement to End Violence. February 8th, 2014. Miami, FL.
Williams, J.R., Jones, A.M., & Casey, L. (Poster Presentation). Stakeholder Involvement in Organizational Decisions to Adopt Evidence-Based Practices. The 2013 Global Implementation Conference. August 19-21, 2013. Washington, DC.
Jones, A.M., Williams, J.R., Tregear, S.J., & Hennessey, K. (Oral Presentation). A Qualitative Evaluation of EBP Dissemination Strategies for Healthcare Delivery Organizations. 26th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association. October 24-27, 2012. Minneapolis, MN.
Williams, J.R., Tregear, S.J., & Amana, A. (Oral Presentation). Psychiatric disorders and driver safety: A systematic review. The 6th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design. June 27-30, 2011. Lake Tahoe, CA.
Major Accomplishments / Honors
Nurse of the Year, Public Health/Ambulatory Care Category, March of Dimes Florida Chapter, Miami Dade/Monroe Division, 2014
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