Mary Williams, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

Phone: (918) 660-3679

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Tulsa Schusterman Center
4502 E. 41st Street, Room 1G11
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135-2512

Research Profile:

Education and Training:

  • Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma, 2013
  • M.S. in Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma, 2008
  • M.S. in Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma, 1987
  • B.S. in Laboratory Technology, University of Oklahoma, 1984

Appointments and Positions:

  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2017-Present 
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Family and  Community Medicine, School of Community Medicine, University of Oklahoma Tulsa Schusterman Center, School of Community Medicine, 2017-Present 
  • George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Public Health Biostatistics, OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center, School of Community Medicine, 2017-Present
  • Instructor and Senior Research Epidemiologist, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2013-2017

Complete List of Publications:

Most Recent 5 Publications:

  • Salvatore, A.L., Noonan, C.J., Williams, M.B., Wetherill, M. S, Jacob, T., Cannady, T. K., Standridge, J., Grammar, M, Fox, J, Wiley, A. , Spiegel, J. and Jernigan, V. B. (2018), Social Support and Physical Activity Among American Indians in Oklahoma: Results From a Community‐based Participatory Research Study. The Journal of Rural Health (October 2018). doi:10.1111/jrh.12331
  • Wetherill, M.S., Williams, M.B., Castleberry-White, K., Vidrine, D., Vidrine, J. (2018) Food pantries as partners in population health: Assessing organizational and personnel readiness for delivering nutrition-informed charitable food assistance. Journal of Health Environment and Nutrition (September 2018). DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2018.1512931
  • Wetherill, M.S., Williams, M.B., Taniguchi, T., Salvatore, A., Jacob, T., Cannady, T., Grammar, M., Standridge, J., Fox, J., Wiley, A., Spiegel, J., Jernigan, V.B.B. Adapting the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS) to assess tribally owned convenience stores in rural American Indian communities: the THRIVE study. Journal of Health Promotion Practice (September 2018).
  • Wetherill, M.S., Williams, M.B., Hartwell, M.L, Salvatore, A.L., Jacob, T., Cannady, T.K., Standridge, J., Fox, J., Spiegel, J., Anderson, N., Jernigan, VBB. Food choice considerations among American Indians living in rural Oklahoma: The THRIVE study. Appetite, September 2018 (available online: 17 May 2018), 128, 14-20.
  • Jernigan, V.B.B, Williams, M.B., Wetherill, M.S., Taniguchi, T., Jacob, T., Cannady, T., Grammar, M., Standridge, J., Fox, J., Wiley, A., Tingle, J., Riley, M., Spiegel, J., Love, C., Weedn, A., Salvatore, A. Using Community-based Participatory Research to Develop Healthy Retail Strategies in Native American-Owned Convenience Stores: the THRIVE Study. Preventive Medicine Reports, June 2018, 11:148-153. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.06.012.

Research Grants:

Research Interests:

  • Health disparities of under-served and hard-to-reach populations
  • Addressing tobacco use and addiction in under-served and hard-to-reach populations
  • Social determinants of health
  • Methods for community-engaged and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
  • Links between infectious and chronic diseases
  • Program evaluation

Current Research Projects:

  • The Food Independence Security and Health (FISH) project: Health needs of food pantry clients and food pantry capacity to address clients’ needs
  • Food Resource Equity and Sustainability for Health (FRESH): a multi-level community gardening intervention targeting preschool children and their families to increase vegetable and fruit intake, improve food security, BMI, and blood pressure 
  • Tribal Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE): a multi-level convenience store-based intervention – the “Healthy Retail Intervention” designed using CBPR research methods to increase the availability and intake of vegetables and fruits among tribal members
  • Hepatitis C in Native Oklahoma: optimizing care & setting a path towards elimination of disease and disparity