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Michelle S. Williams, PhD, MPH, MSPH, CHES

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Assistant Professor
John D. Bower School of Population Health
Department of Population Health Science
Cancer Institute
(601) 815-1939
mwilliams16@umc.edu

Background

Dr. Williams earned a bachelor of science degree and a master's of public health at Florida A&M University. She earned a PhD in health behavior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health. She completed her postdoctoral training in the UAB-VA Health Services, Outcomes, and Effectiveness Research training program, during which she also earned a master of science of public health in health outcomes.

Dr. Williams’ research is focused on developing population-specific health behavior interventions for cancer prevention and control that will lead to a reduction in cancer disparities. Since 2009, Dr. Williams has been conducting research in Ghana, West Africa, that is focused on cervical cancer prevention. Dr. Williams is also currently working on a study that is aimed at investigating the nutrition environments of breast cancer survivors in the Deep South. She looks forward to collaborating with investigators and students across campus on research aimed at improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities.

Research interests

  • Health behavior
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Global health
  • Rural Health
  • Cancer survivorship care

Recent publications

  • Williams MS, Kenu E, Dzubey I, Dennis-Antwi JA, Fontaine K. A qualitative study of cervical cancer and cervical cancer screening awareness among nurses in Ghana. Health Care Women Int. 2018 May;39(5):584-594. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2018.1424169. Epub 2018 Feb 2. PubMed PMID: 29334011.
  • Richardson MB, Williams MS, Fontaine KR, Allison DB. The development of scientific evidence for health policies for obesity: why and how? Int J Obes (Lond). 2017 Jun;41(6):840-848. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.71. Epub 2017 Mar 15. Review. PubMed PMID: 28293021; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5512272.
  • Williams MS, Kenu E, Dzubey I, Dennis-Antwi JA, Fontaine K. A qualitative study of cervical cancer and cervical cancer screening awareness among nurses in Ghana. Health Care Women Int. 2018 May;39(5):584-594. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2018.1424169. Epub 2018 Feb 2. PubMed PMID: 29334011.
  • Richardson MB, Williams MS, Fontaine KR, Allison DB. The development of scientific evidence for health policies for obesity: why and how? Int J Obes (Lond). 2017 Jun;41(6):840-848. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.71. Epub 2017 Mar 15. Review. PubMed PMID: 28293021; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5512272.
  • Fontaine KR, Williams MS, Hoenemeyer TW, Kaptchuk TJ, Dutton GR. Placebo effects in obesity research. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2016 Apr;24(4):769-71. doi: 10.1002/oby.21456. PubMed PMID: 27028278; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4817362.
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