Randi Williams

Randi Williams

Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1101H
Phone: 3014057875 |
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Randi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. With a primary research interest in cancer prevention and control, she aims to explore the decision-making processes as well as the informational and support needs of African Americans eligible for evidence-based screenings. Randi is actively working on her dissertation research that seeks to describe aspects of decision-making including knowledge and awareness about lung cancer screening using low dose computed tomography, values related to screening, and decision-making preferences among African Americans at high risk for developing lung cancer. Randi also serves as Program Manager of the Community Health Awareness, Messages, and Prevention (CHAMP) research lab. In this role, she manages Project HEAL (Health through Early Awareness and Learning), an implementation trial funded by the American Cancer Society, which partners with predominantly African American churches to train lay community health advisors on cancer screening. As program manager, she leads the day-to-day study activities including working with community partners to recruit eligible churches, leading the training content for the community health advisors, assisting with survey development, managing data collection, and developing peer-reviewed publications. Randi obtained her Master’s of public health from Emory University where she also served as a Graduate Research Assistant at the university’s Emory Prevention Research Center (EPRC). Prior to attending Emory, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Syracuse University.​

Selected Publications
  1. Clark, EM, Williams, RM, Schulz, E, Williams, BR, & Holt, CL. (2018). Personality, Social Capital, and Depressive Symptomatology Among African Americans. Journal of Black Psychology, 0095798418780771.
  2. Williams, RM, Wilkerson, T, & Holt, CL. (2018) The Role of Perceived Benefits and Barriers in Colorectal Cancer Screening in Intervention Trials Among African Americans. Health Education Research, 33(3), 205-217.
  3. Williams, RM, Tagai, EK, Santos, SLZ, Slade, JL, Carter, RL, & Holt, CL. (2018). The Role of Leadership Support in a Church-Based Cancer Education Implementation Study. Journal of Religion and Health, 57(1), 146-156.
  4. Taylor, KL, Williams, RM, Davis, K, Luta, G, Penek, S, Barry, SA, Kelly, SP, Tomko, CA, Schwartz, MD, Krist, AH, Woolf, SH, Fishman, MB, Cole, C, Miller, E. (2013). Decision Making in Prostate Cancer Screening Using Decision Aids vs Usual Care. JAMA Internal Medicine JAMA Intern Med, 173(18):1704-1712. 
  5. Williams RM, Davis KM, Luta G, Red SN, Dorfman CS, Schwartz MD, Lynch J, Ahaghotu C, and Taylor KL.  (2013). Fostering Informed Decisions: Impact of a Decision Aid Among Men Registered to Undergo Mass Screening for Prostate Cancer in a Randomized Controlled Trial.  Patient Education and Counseling,91 (3) 329–336. 
  6. Kassan, EC, Williams, RM, Kelly, SP, Barry, SA, Penek, S. Fishman, MB, Cole, CA, Miller, EM & Taylor, KL (2012): Men's Use of an Internet-Based Decision Aid for Prostate Cancer Screening. Journal of Health Communication, 17(6):677-97. Epub 2011 Sep 15. 
  7. Taylor, KL, Davis, KM, Lamond, T, Williams, RM, Schwartz, MD, Lawrence, W, Feng, S, Brink, S, Birney, A, Lynch, J, Regan, J,  Dritschilo, A. (2010). Use and Evaluation of a CD-ROM-Based Decision Aid for Prostate Cancer Treatment Decisions. Behavioral Medicine,36(4), 130-140. 
  8. Red, SN, Kassan, EC, Williams, RM, Penek, S, Lynch, J, Ahaghotu, C, & Taylor, KL. (2010). Underuse of colorectal cancer screening among men screened for prostate cancer. Cancer,116(20), 4703-4710. 
  9. Dorfman, C, Williams, RM, Kassan, EC, Red, SN, Dawson, DL, Tuong, W, Parker, ER, Ohene-Frempong, J, Davis, KM, Krist, AH, Woolf, SH, Schwartz, MD, Fishman, M, Cole, C, and Taylor, KL. (2010). The Development of a Web- and a Print-Based Decision Aid for Prostate Cancer Screening. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 10:12. 
  10. Williams, RM, Glanz, K, Kegler, MC, & Davis, E. (2009). A Study of Rural Church Health Promotion Environments: Leaders’ and Members’ Perspectives. Journal of Religion and Health, 51(1), 148-160.