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Carla Williams
Title Associate Professor of Medicine
Faculty Rank Associate Professor
Degree Ph.D.
Institution Howard University
Department Cancer Center and Medicine
Clusters Cancer
Community Engagement
Howard University Cancer Center
2041 Georgia Avenue NW
City Washington
State DC
Postal Code 20060
Telephone 2028065293
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  My background is in clinical psychology with an emphasis on health-related behaviors. I have experience in community-based participatory research with a focus on building capacity within community organizations to collaborate with health scientists to implement health interventions in community settings. I direct several institutional resources that focus on engaging communities in research. Under my direction, the Community Outreach Core of the Howard University Cancer Center facilitates community partnerships focused on reducing cancer disparities. For the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Research, I co-lead the Community Engagement Program which seeks to develop research collaborations between investigators in the academic health centers, community-based clinicians, and community-based organizations. The Community Engagement program also works to engage diverse populations in research. Within the NIMHD-funded Center of Excellence for Health Disparities, I lead the Community Engagement Core which aims to build capacity for community-academic research partnerships and enhance bi-directional communication between communities and academia. I have 20 years of progressively responsible experience in research that seeks to engage hard to reach groups. I am actively involved in local cancer policy and advocacy activities including being a member of the planning team for the DC Cancer Action Plan and serving as past chair and ongoing member of the DC Tobacco Free Coalition. In these roles, I work with community health advocates to promote individual adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors as well as work to support population-level change in the environment, health policies, and health systems. All of my work is focused on populations that experience health disparities.

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1. Ricks-Santi LJ, Thompson N, Ewing A, Harrison B, Higginbotham K, Spencer C, Laiyemo A, DeWitty R, Wilson L, Horton S, Dunmore-Griffith J, Williams C, Frederick W. Predictors of Self-Reported Family Health History of Breast Cancer. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016 10; 18(5):1175-1182.
2. Thompson DN, Barrett R, Deonarine A, Williams CD, White-Coleman D, Horton S, Thomas A, Laiyemo AO. Effect of lung cancer screening awareness on smoking cessation behavior. Fam Med. 2014 Nov-Dec; 46(10):770-5.
3. Laiyemo AO, Williams CD, Burnside C, Moghadam S, Sanasi-Bhola KD, Kwagyan J, Brim H, Ashktorab H, Scott VF, Smoot DT. Factors associated with attendance to scheduled outpatient endoscopy. Postgrad Med J. 2014 Oct; 90(1068):571-5.
4. O''Hara RE, Boynton MH, Scott DM, Armeli S, Tennen H, Williams C, Covault J. Drinking to cope among African American college students: an assessment of episode-specific motives. Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Sep; 28(3):671-81.
5. Ricks LJ, Ewing A, Thompson N, Harrison B, Wilson B, Richardson F, Carter-Nolan P, Spencer C, Laiyemo A, Williams C. Family history of cancer associated with breast tumor clinicopathological features. J Community Genet. 2014 Jul; 5(3):233-40.
6. Milam AJ, Bone LR, Byron MJ, Hoke K, Williams CD, Furr-Holden CD, Stillman FA. Cigarillo use among high-risk urban young adults. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Nov; 24(4):1657-65.
7. Ashktorab H, Hassanzadeh Namin H, Taylor T, Williams C, Brim H, Mellman T, Shokrani B, Holt CL, Laiyemo AO, Nouraie M. Role of life events in the presence of colon polyps among African Americans. BMC Gastroenterol. 2013 Jun 12; 13:101.
8. Uebelacker LA, Eaton CB, Weisberg R, Sands M, Williams C, Calhoun D, Manson JE, Denburg NL, Taylor T. Social support and physical activity as moderators of life stress in predicting baseline depression and change in depression over time in the Women''s Health Initiative. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2013 Dec; 48(12):1971-82.
9. Taylor TR, Huntley ED, Sween J, Makambi K, Mellman TA, Williams CD, Carter-Nolan P, Frederick W. An exploratory analysis of fear of recurrence among African-American breast cancer survivors. Int J Behav Med. 2012 Sep; 19(3):280-7.
10. Lakey SL, LaCroix AZ, Gray SL, Borson S, Williams CD, Calhoun D, Goveas JS, Smoller JW, Ockene JK, Masaki KH, Coday M, Rosal MC, Woods NF. Antidepressant use, depressive symptoms, and incident frailty in women aged 65 and older from the Women''s Health Initiative Observational Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 May; 60(5):854-61.
11. Kranzler HR, Scott D, Tennen H, Feinn R, Williams C, Armeli S, Taylor RE, Briggs-Gowan MJ, Covault J. The 5-HTTLPR polymorphism moderates the effect of stressful life events on drinking behavior in college students of African descent. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2012 Jul; 159B(5):484-90.
12. Marshall VJ, Kalu N, Kwagyan J, Williams C, Taylor RE, Scott DM. Perceptions about genetic testing for the susceptibility to alcohol dependence and other multifactorial diseases. Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2012 Jun; 16(6):476-81.
13. Wilson-Frederick SM, Williams CD, Garza MA, Navas-Acien A, Emerson MR, Ahmed S, Ford JG. Association of secondhand smoke exposure with nicotine dependence among Black smokers. Addict Behav. 2011 Apr; 36(4):412-5.
14. Brait M, Ford JG, Papaiahgari S, Garza MA, Lee JI, Loyo M, Maldonado L, Begum S, McCaffrey L, Howerton M, Sidransky D, Emerson MR, Ahmed S, Williams CD, Hoque MO. Association between lifestyle factors and CpG island methylation in a cancer-free population. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009 Nov; 18(11):2984-91.
15. Laurence B, Williams C, Eiland D. Depressive symptoms, stress, and social support among dental students at a historically black college and university. J Am Coll Health. 2009 Jul-Aug; 58(1):56-63.
16. Makambi KH, Williams CD, Taylor TR, Rosenberg L, Adams-Campbell LL. An assessment of the CES-D scale factor structure in black women: The Black Women''s Health Study. Psychiatry Res. 2009 Jul 30; 168(2):163-70.
17. Aggarwal A, Freund K, Sato A, Adams-Campbell LL, Lopez AM, Lessin LS, Ockene J, Wallace RB, Williams CD, Bonds DE. Are depressive symptoms associated with cancer screening and cancer stage at diagnosis among postmenopausal women? The Women''s Health Initiative observational cohort. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2008 Oct; 17(8):1353-61.
18. Gillum F, Williams C. Associations between breast cancer risk factors and religiousness in American women in a national health survey. J Relig Health. 2009 Jun; 48(2):178-88.
19. Scott DM, Williams CD, Cain GE, Kwagyan J, Kalu N, Ehlers CL, Hesselbrock V, Taylor RE. Clinical course of alcohol dependence in African Americans. J Addict Dis. 2008; 27(4):43-50.
20. Paskett ED, Reeves KW, Rohan TE, Allison MA, Williams CD, Messina CR, Whitlock E, Sato A, Hunt JR. Association between cigarette smoking and colorectal cancer in the Women''s Health Initiative. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2007 Nov 21; 99(22):1729-35.
21. Taylor TR, Williams CD, Makambi KH, Mouton C, Harrell JP, Cozier Y, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Adams-Campbell LL. Racial discrimination and breast cancer incidence in US Black women: the Black Women''s Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2007 Jul 01; 166(1):46-54.
22. Williams CD, Taylor TR, Makambi K, Harrell J, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Adams-Campbell LL. CES-D four-factor structure is confirmed, but not invariant, in a large cohort of African American women. Psychiatry Res. 2007 Mar 30; 150(2):173-80.

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