Faustine Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Stadtman Investigator

Health Disparities and Geospatial Transdisciplinary Research Lab


7201 Wisconsin Avenue
Room 533N
Bethesda, MD 20814



Research Topics

Social determinants of minority health and health disparities influences are particularly challenging because they are often intertwined with much larger organizational, social, environmental, and cultural problems. The complexity of these interactions call for application of dynamic approaches including the voices of stakeholders to elucidate understanding on these issues. Secondly, adequate understanding will facilitate the design and implementation of strategies or interventions or programs targeted to meet the needs of each population and/or community taking into account their socio-cultural and behavioral values, beliefs and needs. My research focuses on the complex interactions of factors contributing to minority health, health disparities and health inequalities in addition to developing and implementing ways to improve health, behaviors and outcomes. Dr. Williams uses mixed methods including community-based system dynamics, community-based participatory research, geographic information systems, storytelling and qualitative to explore causal mechanisms of health disparities and development of culturally appropriate interventions. Her research falls under these domains:

  1. Cancer Control and Prevention
  2. Immigrant Health
  3. Health Disparities


Faustine Williams, PhD, MPH, is an Earl Stadtman tenure-track investigator at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Ghana, Legon, and masters’ and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Prior to joining the NIMHD in 2018, she was an Assistant Professor at East Tennessee State University in the Department of Health Services Management and Policy. In 2017, she was selected and participated in the NIH Future Research Leaders Conference. She was later recruited as Stadtman Investigator and into the 2018 NIH Distinguished Scholars Program. She completed her postdoctoral training in Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 2015 and later led the Breast Cancer Disparities Working Group at the Brown School Social System and Design Lab as a Staff Scientist. She is a trained transdisciplinary researcher with a focus on cancer control and minority health and health disparities.

Selected Publications

  1. Salmeron B, Mamudu L, Liu X, Whiteside M, Williams F. Assessing health disparities in breast cancer incidence burden in Tennessee: geospatial analysis. BMC Womens Health. 2021;21(1):186.

  2. Montiel Ishino FA, Odame EA, Villalobos K, Whiteside M, Mamudu H, Williams F. Applying Latent Class Analysis on Cancer Registry Data to Identify and Compare Health Disparity Profiles in Colorectal Cancer Surgical Treatment Delay. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2021.

  3. Montiel Ishino FA, Odame EA, Villalobos K, Liu X, Salmeron B, Mamudu H, Williams F. A National Study of Colorectal Cancer Survivorship Disparities: A Latent Class Analysis Using SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results) Registries. Front Public Health. 2021;9:628022.

  4. Montiel Ishino FA, Gilreath T, Williams F. Finding the Hidden Risk Profiles of the United States Opioid Epidemic: Using a Person-Centered Approach on a National Dataset of Noninstitutionalized Adults Reporting Opioid Misuse. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(12).

  5. Williams F, Colditz GA, Hovmand P, Gehlert S. Combining Community-Engaged Research with Group Model Building to Address Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Mortality and Treatment. J Health Dispar Res Pract. 2018;11(1):160-178.

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