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Pamela A. Williams

Senior Research Scientist

Pamela Williams, PhD, is a senior research scientist who leads research studies to design and evaluate obesity prevention, nutrition education, and diabetes self-management programs, and to enhance the effectiveness of health communications. She has over 10 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods including cognitive interviewing; experimental design; survey development; and development, testing, and evaluation of health communications interventions aimed at motivating individuals to engage in healthy behaviors. Dr. Williams has worked on a variety of public health subject areas including nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention; diabetes; prescription medications; and cancer prevention and detection.


Post-Doctorate, Health Psychology, Yale University; PhD, Social Psychology, University of Houston; MS, General Experimental Psychology, Old Dominion University; BS, Psychology, James Madison University.

Latest Publications

Squiers, L., Renaud, J., McCormack, L., Tzeng, J., Bann, C., & Williams, P. (2014). How Accurate Are Americans' Perceptions of Their Own Weight?. Journal of Health Communication, 19 (7):795-812.
Williams, P.A., Cates, S.C., Blitstein, J.L., Hersey, J., Gabor, V., Ball, M., Kosa, K., et al. (2014). Nutrition-education program improves preschoolers' at-home diet: A group randomized trial. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 114 (7):1001-1008.
Hersey, J.C., Cates, S.C., Blitstein, J.L., & Williams, P.A. (June 2014). SNAP-Ed can improve nutrition of low-income Americans across life span: RTI Press Publication No. RR-0023-1406. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Kane, H., Lewis, M.A., Williams, P.A., & Kahwati, L.C. (2014). Using qualitative comparative analysis to understand and quantify translation and implementation. Transl Behav Med, 4 (2):201-208.
Hersey, J., Kelly, B., Roussel, A., Curtis, L., Horne, J., Williams-Piehota, P., et al. (2012). The value of partnerships in state obesity prevention and control programs. Health Promotion Practice, 13 (2):222-229.
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