Anna-leila Williams joins faculty

Anna-leila Williams
Anna-leila Williams
Sept. 20, 2011 - A skilled educator and researcher who specializes in the psycho-social dimensions of life-altering disease has joined the faculty of the School of Medicine.

Anna-leila Williams recently began her new role as an assistant professor of medical sciences. She comes to Quinnipiac from the Dartmouth Medical School where she was a research fellow in cancer control.

Over the course of her career, Williams has developed expertise in the socio-behavioral factors that influence health. Her areas of research have included complementary and alternative therapies, palliative and end-of-life care, and the role of family caregivers.

Most recently at Dartmouth she took part in a wide-scale intervention study in psycho-oncology, investigating how best to support family caregivers of adults with cancer.

"We now can see that if the psychological and social aspects of illness aren't addressed, they can negatively impact a patient's physical outcome," Williams said. "Our goal here at Quinnipiac is to graduate new physicians who excel at both the art and science of medicine."

In January 2010, Quinnipiac began the process of opening a medical school with an emphasis on primary care and global health. The process is expected to take several years to complete. Quinnipiac plans to enroll its first medical school class by Fall 2013 or 2014.

At Quinnipiac, Williams will contribute to the design and implementation of the basic medical sciences curriculum for first- and second-year medical students, with particular concentration on the socio-behavioral sciences.

Before Dartmouth she worked at Yale University as research scientist and alternative medicine research manager at the Prevention Research Center and as associate director for clinical curriculum at the Physician Associate program. She also worked for 20 years at various clinical sites as a primary care physician associate.

"Anna-leila brings broad expertise in the areas of behavioral, psychological and social sciences," said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of Quinnipiac's School of Medicine.

"Her knowledge in these areas will assure that the school's curriculum places appropriate emphasis on this important material, so our students will have the training and skills needed for the delivery of compassionate, patient-centered care that considers all aspects of the patient and not just the disease."

Williams received both her doctorate in clinical research and her physician associate degree from Yale University. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Clark University.