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    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    • Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital

David Williams, PhD, MPH

2017 Event Honoring David Williams, PhD, MPH

David Williams, PhD, MPH

David Williams, PhD, MPH, has long been an advocate for the underserved and is a leading social scientist focused on social influences on health. His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which race, racism, socioeconomic status, stress, health behaviors and religious involvement can affect physical and mental health.

Dr. Williams has also played a visible, national leadership role in raising awareness about health disparities and identifying interventions to address them. He served as the staff director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America where he was tasked with identifying evidence-based non-medical strategies that can improve the health of all Americans and reduce racial and socioeconomic gaps in health.

Dr. Williams’ research has been published in leading journals in sociology, psychology, medicine, public health and epidemiology and he has been recognized as a top 10 most cited social science researcher. Currently, Dr. Williams directs the Lung Cancer Disparities Center at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). He is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at HSPH and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University.