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Donna Williams, MS, MPH, DrPH

Dr. Williams is Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement and an Associate Professor in the Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Program.  She also serves as the Director of the Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Programs funded in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prior to her association with the School of Public Health, Dr. Williams had a number of interesting research experiences including: animal trials of extracoporial membrane oxygentation (ECMO), a modified heart/lung bypass system now used extensively on critically ill newborns; clinical trials resulting in the approval of propofol; and the clinical trials of AZT, the first drug approved for treatment of AIDS.

Dr. Williams has over 25 years of experience in public health research and practice, over 20 of which have been in cancer prevention and control. Her professional interests include increasing access to cancer early detection, HPV vaccination, self-sampling for HPV, the use of social media in health, and the positive deviance approach to public health.  Personally, Dr. Williams is very interested in how pets improve our quality of life.  To this end, she and her Boston terrier, Sallie Mae are members of the Visiting Pet Program in New Orleans.