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Emily C. Williams, PhD, MPH
Title: PhD Fellowship Co-Director, Seattle
Professor, Health Services, University of Washington
Location: Seattle
University of Washington webpage
See Dr. Williams' Dimensions profile that includes: publications, grants, datasets, patents and clinical trials
Dr. Williams is an addictions health services and disparities researcher and an implementation scientist. She has a joint appointment as a core investigator and co-director of the post-doctoral fellowship at the Denver-Seattle Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered Value-Driven Care at VA Puget Sound Health Services Research & Development and an Professor of Health Services and Director of the Doctoral Program in Health Services at the University of Washington.
Her work is focused on increasing access to evidence-based treatments for unhealthy alcohol and other substance use in primary care settings, as well as specialty settings serving patients with HIV and Hepatitis-C, and understanding equity in this care for vulnerable patient populations. Dr. Williams completed a VA HSR&D Career Development Award. Her work has included epidemiologic evaluations of alcohol screening questionnaires; descriptions of, and outcomes associated with, patient readiness to change drinking; evaluations of racial, gender, and geographic disparities in the correlates and management of unhealthy alcohol use in the VA; and mixed-methods evaluations of the VA’s implementation of alcohol screening and brief intervention—an accomplishment for which the VA has been recognized as an international leader. She currently leads research focused on understanding patterns of alcohol use and care across transgender status, tailoring and testing practice facilitation to implement evidence-based alcohol-related care in hepatology clinics, and increasing access to medications for opioid use disorders in primary care.
Dr. Williams has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has served as an Associate Editor for Addiction Science & Clinical Practice since its inception as an open access journal in 2012. She serves on the board of the NIDA-funded NYU Substance Abuse Research, Education, and Treatment training program and on the Addictions Health Services Research Conference planning committee. She completed undergraduate training in political science at Lewis & Clark College, a master’s degree in public health law at Boston University, a PhD in Health Services from the University of Washington, and a fellowship with the Implementation Research Institute at Washington University.

The following images visualize Dr. Williams' work. The word cloud is drawn from publication titles. The research collaboration map shows research relationships (click the image to enlarge):

Dr. Williams' publication titles indicate his primary work is substance use
Word cloud from pub titles
Dr. Williams' collaborations are primarily from the University of Washington
Research collaboration map
The following research fields have been used to summarize Dr. Williams' publications and grants. The categories are based on 195 publications and 6 grants.
Publications Grants
Clinical Research Health Services
Substance Use Clinical Research
Alcoholism, Alcohol Use and Health Alcoholism, Alcohol Use and Health
Behavioral and Social Science Substance Abuse
Prevention Brain Disorders
Health Services Infectious Diseases
Brain Disorders Prevention
HIV/AIDS Digestive Diseases
Infectious Diseases Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis
Screening And Brief Intervention For Substance Abuse Mental Health

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Recent Publications




Corcorran MA, Austin EJ, Behrends CN, Briggs ES, Frost MC, Juarez AM, Frank ND, Healy E, Prohaska SM, LaKosky PA, Kapadia SN, Perlman DC, Schackman BR, Des Jarlais DC, Williams EC, Glick SN. Syringe Service Program Perspectives on Barriers, Readiness, and Programmatic Needs to Support Rollout of the COVID-19 Vaccine. J Addict Med. 2022 Aug 2. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000001036. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35916422
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Frost MC, Austin EJ, Corcorran MA, Briggs ES, Behrends CN, Juarez AM, Frank ND, Healy E, Prohaska SM, LaKosky PA, Kapadia SN, Perlman DC, Schackman BR, Des Jarlais DC, Williams EC, Glick SN. Responding to a surge in overdose deaths: perspectives from US syringe services programs. Harm Reduct J. 2022 Jul 19;19(1):79. doi: 10.1186/s12954-022-00664-y. PMCID: PMC9295104. PMID: 35854351
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Fletcher OV, Chen JA, van Draanen J, Frost MC, Rubinsky AD, Blosnich JR, Williams EC. Prevalence of social and economic stressors among transgender veterans with alcohol and other drug use disorders. SSM Popul Health. 2022 Jun 28;19:101153. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101153. PMCID: PMC9260617. PMID: 35813187
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Williams EC, Fletcher OV, Frost MC, Harris AHS, Washington DL, Hoggatt KJ. Comparison of Substance Use Disorder Diagnosis Rates From Electronic Health Record Data With Substance Use Disorder Prevalence Rates Reported in Surveys Across Sociodemographic Groups in the Veterans Health Administration. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Jun 1;5(6):e2219651. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.19651. PMID: 35771574
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Munson SA, Friedman EC, Osterhage K, Allred R, Pullmann MD, Areán PA, Lyon AR; UW ALACRITY Center Researchers. Usability Issues in Evidence-Based Psychosocial Interventions and Implementation Strategies: Cross-project Analysis. J Med Internet Res. 2022 Jun 14;24(6):e37585. doi: 10.2196/37585. PMID: 35700016
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Kim TW, Samet JH, Lodi S, Kimmel SD, Forman LS, Lira MC, Liebschutz JM, Williams EC, Walley AY. Functional Impairment and Cognitive Symptoms Among People with HIV Infection on Chronic Opioid Therapy for Pain: The Impact of Gabapentin and Other Sedating Medications. AIDS Behav. 2022 Jun 23. doi: 10.1007/s10461-022-03716-3. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35737281
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Frost MC, Richards JE, Blosnich JR, Hawkins EJ, Tsui JI, Edelman EJ, Williams EC. Association between clinically recognized suicidality and subsequent initiation or continuation of medications for opioid use disorder. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 Jun 3;237:109521. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2022.109521. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35716644
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Lynch KE, Livingston NA, Gatsby E, Shipherd JC, DuVall SL, Williams EC. Alcohol-attributable deaths and years of potential life lost due to alcohol among veterans: Overall and between persons with minoritized and non-minoritized sexual orientations. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 Jun 10;237:109534. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2022.109534. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35717789
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Matson TE, Harris AHS, Chen JA, Edmonds AT, Frost MC, Rubinsky AD, Blosnich JR, Williams EC. Influence of a national transgender health care directive on receipt of alcohol-related care among transgender Veteran Health Administration patients with unhealthy alcohol use. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2022 May 24:108808. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2022.108808. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35715286
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Frost MC, Matson TE, Richards JE, Lee AK, Achtmeyer CE, Bradley KA, Williams EC. Barriers and facilitators to changing drinking and receiving alcohol-related care: Interviews with Veterans Health Administration primary care patients who indicated interest but did not enroll in an alcohol care management intervention trial. Subst Abus. 2022;43(1):1197-1206. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2022.2074602. PMID: 35657656
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Torres VN, Williams EC, Ceballos RM, Donovan DM, Ornelas IJ. Discrimination, acculturative stress, alcohol use and their associations with alcohol-related consequences among Latino immigrant men. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2022 May 28:1-16. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2022.2077273. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35634786
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Austin EJ, Briggs ES, Ferro L, Barry P, Heald A, Curran GM, Saxon AJ, Fortney J, Ratzliff AD, Williams EC. Integrating Routine Screening for Opioid Use Disorder into Primary Care Settings: Experiences from a National Cohort of Clinics. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 May 25:1–9. doi: 10.1007/s11606-022-07675-2. Epub ahead of print. PMCID: PMC9132563. PMID: 35614169
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Gordon KS, Becker WC, Bryant KJ, Crystal S, Maisto SA, Marshall BDL, McInnes DK, Satre DD, Williams EC, Edelman EJ, Justice AC. Patient-Reported Bothersome Symptoms Attributed to Alcohol Use Among People With and Without HIV. AIDS Behav. 2022 May 13. doi: 10.1007/s10461-022-03628-2. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35553287
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Beckman KL, Williams EC, Hebert P, Hawkins EJ, Littman AJ, Lehavot K. The impact of military sexual trauma and gender on receipt of evidence-based medication treatment among veterans with opioid use disorder. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2022 Mar 18:108775. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2022.108775. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35317959
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Bachrach RL, Chinman M, Rodriguez KL, Mor MK, Kraemer KL, Garfunkel CE, Williams EC. Using practice facilitation to improve alcohol-related care in primary care: a mixed-methods pilot study protocol. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2022 Mar 14;17(1):19. doi: 10.1186/s13722-022-00300-x.
PMID: 35287714
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Oldfield BJ, Li Y, Vickers-Smith R, Barry DT, Crystal S, Gordon KS, Kerns RD, Williams EC, Marshall BDL, Edelman EJ. Longitudinal analysis of the prevalence and correlates of heavy episodic drinking and self-reported opioid use among a national cohort of patients with HIV. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2022 Mar 7. doi: 10.1111/acer.14801. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 35257397
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Edmonds AT, Rhew IC, Jones-Smith J, Chan KCG, Nelson K, Williams EC. Patient-centered primary care and receipt of evidence-based alcohol-related care in the national Veterans Health Administration. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2022 Feb 2:108709. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108709. Epub ahead of print.
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Williams EC, Samet JH. Shifts at The Helm: gratitude, re-commitment to our work, and a call for addictions disparities research. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2022 Feb 18;17(1):12. doi: 10.1186/s13722-022-00290-w. PMCID: PMC8855027.
PMID: 35180895
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Austin EJ, Tsui JI, Barry MP, Tung E, Glick SN, Ninburg M, Williams EC. Health care-seeking experiences for people who inject drugs with hepatitis C: Qualitative explorations of stigma. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 Dec 7:108684. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108684. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 34911656

Hagan S, Achtmeyer CE, Hood C, Hawkins EJ, Williams EC. Opioid use disorder from poppy seed tea successfully treated with buprenorphine in primary care: a case report. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2021 Dec 3;16(1):71. doi: 10.1186/s13722-021-00280-4. PMCID: PMC8641214.
PMID: 34861895

Hawkins EJ, Malte CA, Gordon AJ, Williams EC, Hagedorn HJ, Drexler K, Blanchard BE, Burden JL, Knoeppel J, Danner AN, Lott A, Liberto JG, Saxon AJ. Accessibility to Medication for Opioid Use Disorder After Interventions to Improve Prescribing Among Nonaddiction Clinics in the US Veterans Health Care System. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Dec 1;4(12):e2137238. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.37238.
PMID: 34870679

McClure JB, Catz SL, Chalal C, Ciuffetelli R, Coggeshall S, DeFaccio RJ, Fleehart S, Heffner JL, Thompson E, Williams EC, Crothers K. Design and methods of a randomized trial testing the novel Wellness Intervention for Smokers Living with HIV (WISH). Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 Nov;110:106486. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2021.106486. Epub 2021 Oct 27.
PMID: 34776121

Beckman KL, Williams EC, Hebert PL, Frost MC, Rubinsky AD, Hawkins EJ, Littman AJ, Lehavot K. Associations Among Military Sexual Trauma, Opioid Use Disorder, and Gender. Am J Prev Med. 2021 Nov 3:S0749-3797(21)00505-5. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2021.08.020. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 34742619.

Pearson MM, Kim NJ, Berry K, Moon AM, Su F, Vutien P, Green PK, Williams EC, Ioannou GN. Associations Between Alcohol Use and Liver-Related Outcomes in a Large National Cohort of Patients With Cirrhosis. Hepatol Commun. 2021 Oct 3. doi: 10.1002/hep4.1776. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 34601829.

McGinnis KA, Tate JP, Bryant KJ, Justice AC, O'Connor PG, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Crystal S, Cutter CJ, Hansen NB, Maisto SA, Marconi VC, Williams EC, Cook RL, Gordon AJ, Gordon KS, Eyawo O, Edelman EJ, Fiellin DA. Change in Alcohol Use Based on Self-Report and a Quantitative Biomarker, Phosphatidylethanol, in People With HIV. AIDS Behav. 2021 Sep 20. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03438-y. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 34542779.

Hawkins EJ, Danner AN, Malte CA, Blanchard BE, Williams EC, Hagedorn HJ, Gordon AJ, Drexler K, Burden JL, Knoeppel J, Lott A, Sayre GG, Midboe AM, Saxon AJ. Clinical leaders and providers' perspectives on delivering medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder in Veteran Affairs' facilities. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2021 Sep 6;16(1):55. doi: 10.1186/s13722-021-00263-5. PMCID: PMC8419813.
PMID: 34488892.

Oster NV, Williams EC, Unger JM, Newcomb PA, deHart MP, Englund JA, Hofstetter AM. A Risk Prediction Model to Identify Newborns at Risk for Missing Early Childhood Vaccinations. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2021 Aug 17:piab073. doi: 10.1093/jpids/piab073. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 34402910.

Tsui JI, Barry MP, Austin EJ, Sweek EW, Tung E, Hansen RN, Ninburg M, Scott JD, Glick SN, Williams EC. 'Treat my whole person, not just my condition': qualitative explorations of hepatitis C care delivery preferences among people who inject drugs. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2021 Aug 12;16(1):52. doi: 10.1186/s13722-021-00260-8. PMCID: PMC8358259.
PMID: 34384494.

Williams EC, Chen JA, Frost MC, Rubinsky AD, Edmonds AT, Glass JE, Lehavot K, Matson TE, Wheat CL, Coggeshall S, Blosnich JR. Receipt of evidence-based alcohol-related care in a national sample of transgender patients with unhealthy alcohol use: Overall and relative to non-transgender patients. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 Jul 8:108565. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108565. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 34274175.

Frost MC, Sweek EW, Austin EJ, Corcorran MA, Juarez AM, Frank ND, Prohaska SM, LaKosky PA, Asher AK, Broz D, Jarlais DCD, Williams EC, Glick SN. Program Adaptations to Provide Harm Reduction Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study of Syringe Services Programs in the U.S. AIDS Behav. 2021 Jun 10:1–12. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03332-7. Epub ahead of print. PMCID: PMC8190167.
PMID: 34110506.

Hoggatt KJ, Harris AHS, Washington DL, Williams EC. Prevalence of substance use and substance-related disorders among US Veterans Health Administration patients. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 May 31;225:108791. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108791. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 34098384.

Kennedy AJ, McGinnis KA, Merlin JS, Edelman EJ, Gordon AJ, Korthuis PT, Skanderson M, Williams EC, Wyse J, Oldfield B, Bryant K, Justice A, Fiellin DA, Kraemer KL. Impact of intensity of behavioral treatment, with or without medication treatment, for opioid use disorder on HIV outcomes in persons with HIV. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 May 29;132:108509. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108509. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 34130128.

Chen J, Cabudol M, Williams EC, Merrill JO, Tsui JI, Klein JW. Perspectives on electronic portal use among patients treated with medications for opioid use disorder in primary care. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 Jul;126:108463. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108463. Epub 2021 May 7.
PMID: 34116814.

Naranjo DE, Glass JE, Williams EC. Persons With Debt Burden Are More Likely to Report Suicide Attempt Than Those Without: A National Study of US Adults. J Clin Psychiatry. 2021 Apr 6;82(3):19m13184. doi: 10.4088/JCP.19m13184.
PMID: 33989465.

Richards JE, Hohl SD, Segal CD, Grossman DC, Lee AK, Whiteside U, Luce C, Ludman EJ, Simon G, Penfold RB, Williams EC. "What Will Happen If I Say Yes?" Perspectives on a Standardized Firearm Access Question Among Adults With Depressive Symptoms. Psychiatr Serv. 2021 May 4:appips202000187. doi: 10.1176/ Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33940947.

Carey CM, Williams EC, Torres VN, Ornelas IJ. Help-Seeking Patterns and Barriers to Care Among Latino Immigrant Men with Unhealthy Alcohol Use. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2021 Apr 8. doi: 10.1007/s40615-021-01039-y. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33834422.

Steel TL, Giovanni SP, Katsandres SC, Cohen SM, Stephenson KB, Murray B, Sobeck H, Hough CL, Bradley KA, Williams EC. Should the CIWA-Ar be the standard monitoring strategy for alcohol withdrawal syndrome in the intensive care unit? Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2021 Mar 24;16(1):21. doi: 10.1186/s13722-021-00226-w. PMCID: PMC7988382.
PMID: 33762020.

Ganguly AP, Lira MC, Lodi S, Forman LS, Colasanti JA, Williams EC, Liebschutz JM, Del Rio C, Samet JH, Tsui JI. Race and satisfaction with pain management among patients with HIV receiving long-term opioid therapy. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 Mar 18:108662. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108662. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33775447.

Chen JA, Matson TE, Lehavot K, Raue PJ, Young JP, Silvestrini MC, Fortney JC, Williams EC. Provider Perspectives on Implementing Shared Decision Making for PTSD Treatment in VA Primary Care. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2021 Feb 24. doi: 10.1007/s10488-021-01119-5. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33625623.

Williams EC, Frost MC, Rubinsky AD, Glass JE, Wheat CL, Edmonds AT, Chen JA, Matson TE, Fletcher OV, Lehavot K, Blosnich JR. Patterns of Alcohol Use Among Transgender Patients Receiving Care at the Veterans Health Administration: Overall and Relative to Nontransgender Patients. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2021 Jan;82(1):132-141.
PMID: 33573731.

Satre DD, Levine-Hall T, Sterling SA, Young-Wolff KC, Lam JO, Alexeeff S, Hojilla JC, Williams A, Justice AC, Sterne J, Cavassini M, Bryant KJ, Williams EC, Horberg MA, Volberding P, Weisner C, Silverberg MJ. The relationship of smoking and unhealthy alcohol use to the HIV care continuum among people with HIV in an integrated health care system. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 Jan 8;219:108481. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108481. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33429295.



Yeung K, Richards J, Goemer E, Lozano P, Lapham G, Williams E, Glass J, Lee A, Achtmeyer C, Caldeiro R, Parrish R, Bradley K. Costs of using evidence-based implementation strategies for behavioral health integration in a large primary care system. Health Serv Res. 2020 Dec;55(6):913-923. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13592. PMCID: PMC7704468.
PMID: 33258127.

Bossick AS, Brown J, Hanna A, Parrish C, Williams EC, Katon JG. Impact of State-Level Reproductive Health Legislation on Access to and Use of Reproductive Health Services and Reproductive Health Outcomes: A Systematic Scoping Review in the Affordable Care Act Era. Womens Health Issues. 2020 Dec 7:S1049-3867(20)30126-2. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2020.11.005. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33303355.

Satre DD, Parthasarathy S, Silverberg MJ, Horberg M, Young-Wolff KC, Williams EC, Volberding P, Campbell CI. Health care utilization and HIV clinical outcomes among newly enrolled patients following Affordable Care Act implementation in a California integrated health system: a longitudinal study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Nov 11;20(1):1030. doi: 10.1186/s12913-020-05856-5. PMCID: PMC7656679.
PMID: 33176760.

Torres VN, Williams EC, Ceballos RM, Donovan DM, Duran B, Ornelas IJ. Participant engagement in a community based participatory research study to reduce alcohol use among Latino immigrant men. Health Educ Res. 2020 Oct 7:cyaa039. doi: 10.1093/her/cyaa039. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33025021.

Frost MC, Blosnich JR, Lehavot K, Chen JA, Rubinsky AD, Glass JE, Williams EC. Disparities in Documented Drug Use Disorders Between Transgender and Cisgender U.S. Veterans Health Administration Patients. J Addict Med. 2020 Nov 25. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000769. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 33252409.

McGinnis KA, Skanderson M, Edelman EJ, Gordon AJ, Korthuis PT, Oldfield B, Williams EC, Wyse J, Bryant K, Fiellin DA, Justice AC, Kraemer KL. Impact of behavioral and medication treatment for alcohol use disorder on changes in HIV-related outcomes among patients with HIV: A longitudinal analysis. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Dec 1;217:108272. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108272. Epub 2020 Sep 11. PMCID: PMC7757793.
PMID: 32971391.

Richards JE, Shortreed SM, Simon GE, Penfold RB, Glass JE, Ziebell R, Williams EC. Association Between Patterns of Alcohol Use and Short-Term Risk of Suicide Attempt Among Patients With and Without Reported Suicidal Ideation. J Addict Med. 2020 Sep/Oct;14(5):e160-e169. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000637. PMCID: PMC7483178.
PMID: 32142058.

Edmonds AT, Bensley KM, Hawkins EJ, Williams EC. Geographic differences in receipt of addictions treatment in a national sample of patients with alcohol use disorders from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. Subst Abus. 2020 Aug 21:1-10. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2020.1803176. Epub ahead of print.
PMID: 32821028.

Glass JE, Williams EC, Oh H. Racial/ethnic discrimination and alcohol use disorder severity among United States adults. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Nov 1;216:108203. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108203. Epub 2020 Aug 10.
PMID: 32810836.

Frost MC, Ioannou GN, Tsui JI, Edelman EJ, Weiner BJ, Fletcher OV, Williams EC. Practice facilitation to implement alcohol-related care in Veterans Health Administration liver clinics: a study protocol. Implement Sci Commun. 2020;1(1):68. doi: 10.1186/s43058-020-00062-0. Epub 2020 Jul 31. PMCID: PMC7393339.
PMID: 32835226.

Chen JA, Glass JE, Bensley KMK, Goldberg SB, Lehavot K, Williams EC. Racial/ethnic and gender differences in receipt of brief intervention among patients with unhealthy alcohol use in the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2020 Dec;119:108078. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2020.108078. Epub 2020 Jul 15. PMCID: PMC7641963.
PMID: 32736926.

Jacobson IG, Williams EC, Seelig AD, Littman AJ, Maynard CC, Bricker JB, Rull RP, Boyko EJ; Millennium Cohort Study Team. Longitudinal Investigation of Military-specific Factors Associated With Continued Unhealthy Alcohol Use Among a Large US Military Cohort. J Addict Med. 2020 Jul/Aug;14(4):e53-e63. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000596. PMCID: PMC7280069.
PMID: 31821191.

Satre DD, Sarovar V, Leyden W, Hare CB, Catz SL, Bryant KJ, Williams EC, Hojilla JC, Horberg MA, Silverberg MJ. Changes in Days of Unhealthy Alcohol Use and Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence, HIV RNA Levels, and Condomless Sex: A Secondary Analysis of Clinical Trial Data. AIDS Behav. 2020 Jun;24(6):1784-1792. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02742-y. PMCID: PMC7406176.
PMID: 31773444.

Edelman EJ, Li Y, Barry D, Brennan Braden J, Crystal S, Kerns RD, Gaither JR, Gordon KS, Manhapra A, Merlin JS, Moore BA, Oldfield BJ, Park LS, Rentsch CT, Skanderson M, Williams EC, Justice AC, Tate JP, Becker WC, Marshall BDL. Trajectories of Self-Reported Opioid Use Among Patients With HIV Engaged in Care: Results From a National Cohort Study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2020 May 1;84(1):26-36. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002310. PMCID: PMC7147724.
PMID: 32267658.

Torres VN, Williams EC, Ceballos RM, Donovan DM, Ornelas IJ. Participant Satisfaction and Acceptability of a Culturally Adapted Brief Intervention to Reduce Unhealthy Alcohol Use Among Latino Immigrant Men. Am J Mens Health. 2020 May-Jun;14(3):1557988320925652. doi: 10.1177/1557988320925652. PMCID: PMC7328216.
PMID: 32602803.

Williams EC. Clinical Utility of Routine Alcohol Screening in Large Health Care Systems for Addressing a Leading Epidemic in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 May 1;3(5):e204757. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.4757.
PMID: 32401313.

Mancenido A, Williams EC, Hajat A. Examining Psychological Distress Across Intersections of Immigrant Generational Status, Race, Poverty, and Gender. Community Ment Health J. 2020 Oct;56(7):1269-1274. doi: 10.1007/s10597-020-00584-w. Epub 2020 Feb 19.
PMID: 32076903.

Richards JE, Shortreed SM, Simon GE, Penfold RB, Glass JE, Ziebell R, Williams EC. Short-term risk of suicide attempt associated with patterns of patient-reported alcohol use determined by routine AUDIT-C among adults receiving mental healthcare. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2020 Jan-Feb;62:79-86. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2019.12.002. Epub 2019 Dec 18. PMCID: PMC7047881.
PMID: 31874300.

Shahrir S, Crothers K, McGinnis KA, Chan KCG, Baeten JM, Wilson SM, Butt AA, Pisani MA, Baldassarri SR, Justice A, Williams EC. Receipt and predictors of smoking cessation pharmacotherapy among veterans with and without HIV. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2020 Mar-Apr;63(2):118-124. doi: 10.1016/j.pcad.2020.01.003. Epub 2020 Jan 24. PMCID: PMC7251937.
PMID: 31987807.

Kim NJ, Pearson M, Vutien P, Su F, Moon AM, Berry K, Green PK, Williams EC, Ioannou GN. Alcohol Use and Long-Term Outcomes Among U.S. Veterans Who Received Direct-Acting Antivirals for Hepatitis C Treatment. Hepatol Commun. 2020 Jan 2;4(2):314-324. doi: 10.1002/hep4.1464. PMCID: PMC6996340.
PMID: 32025613.

Lipira L, Rao D, Nevin PE, Kemp CG, Cohn SE, Turan JM, Simoni JM, Andrasik MP, French AL, Unger JM, Heagerty P, Williams EC. Patterns of alcohol use and associated characteristics and HIV-related outcomes among a sample of African-American women living with HIV. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Jan 1;206:107753. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107753. Epub 2019 Nov 20. PMCID: PMC6980681.
PMID: 31785536.

Frost MC, Glass JE, Bradley KA, Williams EC. Documented brief intervention associated with reduced linkage to specialty addictions treatment in a national sample of VA patients with unhealthy alcohol use with and without alcohol use disorders. Addiction. 2020 Apr;115(4):668-678. doi: 10.1111/add.14836. Epub 2019 Dec 11. PMCID: PMC7725424.
PMID: 31642124.

Lehavot K, Beckman KL, Chen JA, Simpson TL, Williams EC. Race/Ethnicity and Sexual Orientation Disparities in Mental Health, Sexism, and Social Support among Women Veterans. Psychol Sex Orientat Gend Divers. 2019;6(3):347-358. doi: 10.1037/sgd0000333. PMC6703561
PMID: 31435497.



Frost MC, Glass JE, Bradley KA, Williams EC. Documented brief intervention associated with reduced linkage to specialty addictions treatment in a national sample of VA patients with unhealthy alcohol use with and without alcohol use disorders. Addiction. 2020 Apr;115(4):668-678. doi: 10.1111/add.14836. Epub 2019 Dec 11. PMCID: PMC7725424.
PMID: 31642124.

Oldfield BJ, McGinnis KA, Edelman EJ, Williams EC, Gordon AJ, Akgün K, Crystal S, Fiellin LE, Gaither JR, Goulet JL, Korthuis PT, Marshall BDL, Justice AC, Bryant K, Fiellin DA, Kraemer KL. Predictors of initiation of and retention on medications for alcohol use disorder among people living with and without HIV. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2020 Feb;109:14-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2019.11.002. Epub 2019 Nov 6. PMCID: PMC6982467.
PMID: 31856946.

Williams EC, McGinnis KA, Tate JP, Matson TE, Rubinsky AD, Bobb JF, Lapham GT, Edelman EJ, Catz SL, Satre DD, Bryant KJ, Marshall BDL, Kraemer KL, Bensley KM, Richards JE, Skanderson M, Justice AC, Fiellin DA, Bradley KA. HIV Disease Severity Is Sensitive to Temporal Changes in Alcohol Use: A National Study of VA Patients With HIV. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 Aug 1;81(4):448-455. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002049. PMC6594884
PMID: 30973541.

Lipira L, Williams EC, Huh D, Kemp CG, Nevin PE, Greene P, Unger JM, Heagerty P, French AL, Cohn SE, Turan JM, Mugavero MJ, Simoni JM, Andrasik MP, Rao D. HIV-Related Stigma and Viral Suppression Among African-American Women: Exploring the Mediating Roles of Depression and ART Nonadherence. AIDS Behav. 2019 Aug;23(8):2025-2036. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2301-4. PMC6815932
PMID: 30343422.

Rubinsky AD, Chavez LJ, Berger D, Lapham GT, Hawkins EJ, Williams EC, Bradley KA. Utility of routine alcohol screening for monitoring changes in alcohol consumption. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 Aug 1;201:155-160. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.03.010. Epub 2019 May 8. PMC7001877
PMID: 31229703.

Richards JE, Bobb JF, Lee AK, Lapham GT, Williams EC, Glass JE, Ludman EJ, Achtmeyer C, Caldeiro RM, Oliver M, Bradley KA. Integration of screening, assessment, and treatment for cannabis and other drug use disorders in primary care: An evaluation in three pilot sites. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 Aug 1;201:134-141. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.04.015. Epub 2019 Jun 8. PMC6642904
PMID: 31212213.

Richards JE, Hohl SD, Whiteside U, Ludman EJ, Grossman DC, Simon GE, Shortreed SM, Lee AK, Parrish R, Shea M, Caldeiro RM, Penfold RB, Williams EC. If You Listen, I Will Talk: the Experience of Being Asked About Suicidality During Routine Primary Care. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Oct;34(10):2075-2082. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05136-x. Epub 2019 Jul 25. PMC6816586
PMID: 31346911.

Lipira L, Williams EC, Nevin PE, Kemp CG, Cohn SE, Turan JM, Simoni JM, Andrasik MP, French AL, Unger JM, Heagerty P, Rao D. Religiosity, Social Support, and Ethnic Identity: Exploring ""Resilience Resources"" for African-American Women Experiencing HIV-Related Stigma. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 Jun 1;81(2):175-183. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002006. PMC6522297"
PMID: 30865171.

Oster NV, Williams EC, Unger JM, Newcomb PA, Jacobson EN, deHart MP, Englund JA, Hofstetter AM. Sociodemographic, clinical and birth hospitalization characteristics and infant Hepatitis B vaccination in Washington State. Vaccine. 2019 Sep 10;37(38):5738-5744. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.03.050. Epub 2019 Mar 28. PMC6713629
PMID: 30930007.

Hill CM, Williams EC, Ornelas IJ. Help Wanted: Mental Health and Social Stressors Among Latino Day Laborers. Am J Mens Health. 2019 Mar-Apr;13(2):1557988319838424. doi: 10.1177/1557988319838424. PMC6438433
PMID: 30880547.

Williams EC, Matson TE, Harris AHS. Strategies to increase implementation of pharmacotherapy for alcohol use disorders: a structured review of care delivery and implementation interventions. Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2019 Feb 12;14(1):6. doi: 10.1186/s13722-019-0134-8. PMC6371480
PMID: 30744686.

Bensley KM, Fortney J, Chan G, Dombrowski JC, Ornelas I, Rubinsky AD, Lapham GT, Glass JE, Williams EC. Differences in Receipt of Alcohol-Related Care Across Rurality Among VA Patients Living With HIV With Unhealthy Alcohol Use. J Rural Health. 2019 Jun;35(3):341-353. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12345. Epub 2019 Jan 31. PMC6639081
PMID: 30703856.

Ogbuagu O, Marshall BDL, Tiberio P, Ogunbajo A, Barakat L, Montgomery M, Almonte A, Wray T, Williams EC, Edelman EJ, Chan PA. Prevalence and Correlates of Unhealthy Alcohol and Drug Use Among Men Who Have Sex with Men Prescribed HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis in Real-World Clinical Settings. AIDS Behav. 2019 Jan;23(1):190-200. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2260-9. PMC7020905
PMID: 30145707.

Williams EC, McGinnis KA, Edelman EJ, Matson TE, Gordon AJ, Marshall BDL, Bryant KJ, Rubinsky AD, Lapham GT, Satre DD, Richards JE, Catz SL, Fiellin DA, Justice AC, Bradley KA. Level of Alcohol Use Associated with HIV Care Continuum Targets in a National U.S. Sample of Persons Living with HIV Receiving Healthcare. AIDS Behav. 2019 Jan;23(1):140-151. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2210-6. PMC6344313
PMID: 29995206.

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