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Jessica A. R. Williams, PhD

Assistant Professor
PhD Health Policy and Management, University of California Los Angeles
MA Economics, University of Michigan
BA Economics, Stanford University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Focus

Use and Policy surrounding Preventive Services, Work Organization and Health/Healthcare, Health Behaviors, Wellness, Occupational Safety and Health, Quantitative Methods, Administrative Data


Jessica A. Williams, PhD is an assistant professor at University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Health Policy and Management. Prior to joining the University of Kansas faculty, Dr. Williams was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at Harvard University. Dr. Williams received her PhD in Health Policy and Management with a concentration in Health Economics from UCLA and has worked for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Congressional Budget Office. Dr. Williams has published scholarly articles in such journals as the American Journal of Public Health, JAMA Pediatrics, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Medical Care. She is the co-editor of the blog for the journal, Medical Care, which can be found here:

Dr. Williams' research has investigates the relationships between psychosocial workplace factors, employee health, future medical expenditures, and productivity at work. She has also evaluated the impact of occupational factors on health behaviors. Additionally, she has studied children's sleep habits in the U.S., prescription drug nonadherence in Medicare beneficiaries, and the use of preventive medical services in the U.S. Dr. Williams has expertise in a variety of quantitative methods, including using large administrative databases. She collaborates on several interdisciplinary research projects and welcomes the opportunity to work with HP&M doctoral students.


Last modified: Feb 14, 2019


Jessica A. R. Williams, PhD
Assistant Professor

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