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    Brie Williams, MD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    Address3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights
    San Francisco CA 94118
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      University of California, San FranciscoResidency School of Medicine - Primary Care

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      Dr. Brie Williams is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics, Founding Director of the University of California Criminal Justice & Health Consortium, and Director of the Criminal Justice and Health Project at UCSF.

      Research and Academic Focus
      Dr. Williams works with collaborators from the criminal justice, public safety and legal fields to apply academic medicine, geriatrics and palliative care to transform criminal justice healthcare through policy-driven research and education. She has published work calling for a broader inclusion of prisoners in national health datasets and in NIH-funded health research; more scientific development of compassionate release policies; and improved systems for defining and responding to disability, dementia, and multimorbidity in incarcerated older adults. Her research calls for new methods for responding to the unique health needs of incarcerated older adults— including an evidence-based approach to inform compassionate release policies and the design of a new assessment for physical functioning in older prisoners. Her work has also led to the inclusion of questions about incarceration in a national health survey of older adults. Dr. Williams served as a member of the Workshop on Incarceration and Health sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Williams’ research has been supported by the Hartford Foundation, the Brookdale Foundation, the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the National Palliative Care Research Center, the National Institute on Aging, the UC Office of the President and the Cambia Foundation.

      Program Development and Consultation
      Dr. Williams is the Founding Director of the UC Criminal Justice & Health Consortium, a UC-wide community of over 120 faculty and graduate students spanning more than 20 academic departments which brings evidence-based healthcare solutions to criminal justice reform. She co-directs the European-US Criminal Justice Innovation Program, an immersion program for U.S. criminal justice leaders and policy makers that introduces them to innovative criminal justice policies and systems in Europe and provides targeted planning and evaluation support to achieve transformative change in their home jurisdictions. Dr. Williams also directs the Criminal Justice and Health Project at UCSF, supported by Tideswell at UCSF, which develops and delivers geriatrics and palliative care training to criminal justice professionals including police, correctional officers, judges, attorneys, and healthcare clinicians.

      Dr. Williams has served as a consultant for jails, prisons and legal organizations nationwide, including the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the National ACLU. She has served as an expert witness in several lawsuits related to the health effects of solitary confinement. In 2016, Dr. Williams provided expert testimony to the US Federal Sentencing Commission on proposed changes to Federal “Compassionate Release” policies.

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      Implementation Science, Older adults, Prisoners, criminal justice system, People with limited English proficiency, Socioeconomically marginalized groups, Persons with physical disability, Persons with mental illness, Policy advocacy, incarceration, aging, age-related functional decline, serious progressive illness, Mentoring junior faculty or trainees, Interdisciplinary research collaboration

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      1. Bolano M, Ahalt C, Ritchie C, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Williams B, et al. Detained and Distressed: Persistent Distressing Symptoms in a Population of Older Jail Inmates. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Aug 18. PMID: 27534904.
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      2. Flatt JD, Williams BA, Barnes D, Goldenson J, Ahalt C, et al. Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and associated health and social vulnerabilities in older jail inmates. Aging Ment Health. 2016 Jul 1; 1-7. PMID: 27367335.
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      3. Semere W, Yun K, Ahalt C, Williams B, Wang EA. Challenges in Identifying Refugees in National Health Data Sets. Am J Public Health. 2016 Jul; 106(7):1231-2. PMID: 27196649.
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      4. Ahalt C, Williams B. Reforming Solitary-Confinement Policy--Heeding a Presidential Call to Action. N Engl J Med. 2016 May 5; 374(18):1704-6. PMID: 27144846.
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      5. Handtke V, Wolff H, Williams BA. The pains of imprisonment: challenging aspects of pain management in correctional settings. Pain Manag. 2016 Apr; 6(2):133-6. PMID: 26915436.
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      6. Ahalt C, Wang EA, Williams B. State of Research Funding From the National Institutes of Health for Criminal Justice Health Research. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Aug 4; 163(3):240-1. PMID: 26237756.
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      7. Ahalt C, Bolano M, Wang EA, Williams B. The state of research funding from the National Institutes of Health for criminal justice health research. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Mar 3; 162(5):345-52. PMID: 25732276.
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      8. Lisa C. Barry and Brie A. Williams. . A call to understand the mental health needs of older prisoners. SGIM Forum. 2015; 1(38).
      9. Rich JD, Allen SA, Williams BA. The need for higher standards in correctional healthcare to improve public health. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Apr; 30(4):503-7. PMID: 25523471; PMCID: PMC4371015 [Available on 04/01/16].
      10. Williams BA, Ahalt C, Stijacic-Cenzer I, Smith AK, Goldenson J, Ritchie CS. Pain behind bars: the epidemiology of pain in older jail inmates in a county jail. J Palliat Med. 2014 Dec; 17(12):1336-43. PMID: 25265035; PMCID: PMC4268586 [Available on 12/01/15].
      11. Brown RT, Ahalt C, Steinman MA, Kruger K, Williams BA. Police on the front line of community geriatric health care: challenges and opportunities. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Nov; 62(11):2191-8. PMID: 25378267; PMCID: PMC4349487.
      12. Chodos AH, Ahalt C, Cenzer IS, Myers J, Goldenson J, Williams BA. Older jail inmates and community acute care use. Am J Public Health. 2014 Sep; 104(9):1728-33. PMID: 25033146; PMCID: PMC4151907.
      13. Rich JD, Allen SA, Williams BA. Responding to hepatitis C through the criminal justice system. N Engl J Med. 2014 May 15; 370(20):1871-4. PMID: 24827032.
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      14. Soones T, Ahalt C, Garrigues S, Faigman D, Williams BA. "My older clients fall through every crack in the system": geriatrics knowledge of legal professionals. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Apr; 62(4):734-9. PMID: 24611718; PMCID: PMC3989368.
      15. Rich JD, Chandler R, Williams BA, Dumont D, Wang EA, Taxman FS, Allen SA, Clarke JG, Greifinger RB, Wildeman C, Osher FC, Rosenberg S, Haney C, Mauer M, Western B. How health care reform can transform the health of criminal justice-involved individuals. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Mar; 33(3):462-7. PMID: 24590946; PMCID: PMC4034754.
      16. Su CT, McMahan RD, Williams BA, Sharma RK, Sudore RL. Family matters: effects of birth order, culture, and family dynamics on surrogate decision-making. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Jan; 62(1):175-82. PMID: 24383459; PMCID: PMC4130561.
      17. Ahalt C, Trestman RL, Rich JD, Greifinger RB, Williams BA. Paying the price: the pressing need for quality, cost, and outcomes data to improve correctional health care for older prisoners. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Nov; 61(11):2013-9. PMID: 24219203; PMCID: PMC3984258.
      18. Williams BA, Stern MF, Mellow J, Safer M, Greifinger RB. Aging in correctional custody: setting a policy agenda for older prisoner health care. Am J Public Health. 2012 Aug; 102(8):1475-81. PMID: 22698042; PMCID: PMC3464842.
      19. Williams BA, Goodwin JS, Baillargeon J, Ahalt C, Walter LC. Addressing the aging crisis in U.S. criminal justice health care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Jun; 60(6):1150-6. PMID: 22642489; PMCID: PMC3374923.
      20. Chen B, Covinsky KE, Stijacic Cenzer I, Adler N, Williams BA. Subjective social status and functional decline in older adults. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Jun; 27(6):693-9. PMID: 22215272; PMCID: PMC3358399.
      21. Sun VK, Stijacic Cenzer I, Kao H, Ahalt C, Williams BA. How safe is your neighborhood? Perceived neighborhood safety and functional decline in older adults. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 May; 27(5):541-7. PMID: 22160889; PMCID: PMC3326109.
      22. Smith AK, Williams BA, Lo B. Discussing overall prognosis with the very elderly. N Engl J Med. 2011 Dec 8; 365(23):2149-51. PMID: 22150033; PMCID: PMC3760676.
      23. Chang A, Chur E, Kao H, Kawahara S, Williams B. . Training clinicians and building systems for an aging century. San Francisco Medicine. 2011; 6(27):693-699.
      24. Ahalt C, Binswanger IA, Steinman M, Tulsky J, Williams BA. Confined to ignorance: the absence of prisoner information from nationally representative health data sets. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Feb; 27(2):160-6. PMID: 21922160; PMCID: PMC3270223.
      25. Williams BA, Sudore RL, Greifinger R, Morrison RS. Balancing punishment and compassion for seriously ill prisoners. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Jul 19; 155(2):122-6. PMID: 21628351; PMCID: PMC3163454.
      26. Asch SM, Damberg CL, Hiatt L, Teleki SS, Shaw R, Hill TE, Benjamin-Johnson R, Eisenman DP, Kulkarni SP, Wang E, Williams B, Yesus A, Grudzen CR. Selecting performance indicators for prison health care. J Correct Health Care. 2011 Apr; 17(2):138-49. PMID: 21525117.
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      27. Teleki SS, Damberg CL, Shaw R, Hiatt L, Williams B, Hill TE, Asch SM. The current state of quality of care measurement in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. J Correct Health Care. 2011 Apr; 17(2):100-21. PMID: 21525115.
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      28. Castillo LS, Williams BA, Hooper SM, Sabatino CP, Weithorn LA, Sudore RL. Lost in translation: the unintended consequences of advance directive law on clinical care. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Jan 18; 154(2):121-8. PMID: 21242368; PMCID: PMC3124843.
      29. Smith AK, Cenzer IS, Knight SJ, Puntillo KA, Widera E, Williams BA, Boscardin WJ, Covinsky KE. The epidemiology of pain during the last 2 years of life. Ann Intern Med. 2010 Nov 2; 153(9):563-9. PMID: 21041575; PMCID: PMC3150170.
      30. Williams BA, McGuire J, Lindsay RG, Baillargeon J, Cenzer IS, Lee SJ, Kushel M. Coming home: health status and homelessness risk of older pre-release prisoners. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Oct; 25(10):1038-44. PMID: 20532651; PMCID: PMC2955468.
      31. Baillargeon J, Williams BA, Mellow J, Harzke AJ, Hoge SK, Baillargeon G, Greifinger RB. Parole revocation among prison inmates with psychiatric and substance use disorders. Psychiatr Serv. 2009 Nov; 60(11):1516-21. PMID: 19880471; PMCID: PMC2981345.
      32. Williams BA, Baillargeon JG, Lindquist K, Walter LC, Covinsky KE, Whitson HE, Steinman MA. Medication prescribing practices for older prisoners in the Texas prison system. Am J Public Health. 2010 Apr; 100(4):756-61. PMID: 19762661; PMCID: PMC2836339.
      33. Mehta KM, Stewart AL, Langa KM, Yaffe K, Moody-Ayers S, Williams BA, Covinsky KE. "Below average" self-assessed school performance and Alzheimer's disease in the Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study. Alzheimers Dement. 2009 Sep; 5(5):380-7. PMID: 19751917; PMCID: PMC2787515.
      34. Williams BA, Lindquist K, Hill T, Baillargeon J, Mellow J, Greifinger R, Walter LC. Caregiving behind bars: correctional officer reports of disability in geriatric prisoners. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Jul; 57(7):1286-92. PMID: 19582902.
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      35. Sudore RL, Landefeld CS, Pérez-Stable EJ, Bibbins-Domingo K, Williams BA, Schillinger D. Unraveling the relationship between literacy, language proficiency, and patient-physician communication. Patient Educ Couns. 2009 Jun; 75(3):398-402. PMID: 19442478; PMCID: PMC4068007.
      36. Lee SJ, Sudore RL, Williams BA, Lindquist K, Chen HL, Covinsky KE. Functional limitations, socioeconomic status, and all-cause mortality in moderate alcohol drinkers. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Jun; 57(6):955-62. PMID: 19473456; PMCID: PMC2847409.
      37. Baillargeon J, Snyder N, Soloway RD, Paar D, Baillargeon G, Spaulding AC, Pollock BH, Arcari CM, Williams BA, Raimer BG. Hepatocellular carcinoma prevalence and mortality in a male state prison population. Public Health Rep. 2009 Jan-Feb; 124(1):120-6. PMID: 19413034; PMCID: PMC2602937.
      38. Schickedanz AD, Schillinger D, Landefeld CS, Knight SJ, Williams BA, Sudore RL. A clinical framework for improving the advance care planning process: start with patients' self-identified barriers. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Jan; 57(1):31-9. PMID: 19170789; PMCID: PMC2788611.
      39. Baillargeon J, Binswanger IA, Penn JV, Williams BA, Murray OJ. Psychiatric disorders and repeat incarcerations: the revolving prison door. Am J Psychiatry. 2009 Jan; 166(1):103-9. PMID: 19047321.
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      40. Baillargeon J, Thomas CR, Williams B, Begley CE, Sharma S, Pollock BH, Murray OJ, Pulvino JS, Raimer B. Medical emergency department utilization patterns among uninsured patients with psychiatric disorders. Psychiatr Serv. 2008 Jul; 59(7):808-11. PMID: 18587001.
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      41. Williams B, Greifinger R. . Elder care in jails and prisons: Are we prepared?. J Correct Health Care. 2008; 4(14):4-6.
      42. Sudore RL, Schickedanz AD, Landefeld CS, Williams BA, Lindquist K, Pantilat SZ, Schillinger D. Engagement in multiple steps of the advance care planning process: a descriptive study of diverse older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008 Jun; 56(6):1006-13. PMID: 18410324.
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      43. Williams BA, Lindquist K, Sudore RL, Covinsky KE, Walter LC. Screening mammography in older women. Effect of wealth and prognosis. Arch Intern Med. 2008 Mar 10; 168(5):514-20. PMID: 18332298.
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      44. Sudore RL, Landefeld CS, Barnes DE, Lindquist K, Williams BA, Brody R, Schillinger D. An advance directive redesigned to meet the literacy level of most adults: a randomized trial. Patient Educ Couns. 2007 Dec; 69(1-3):165-95. PMID: 17942272; PMCID: PMC2257986.
      45. Pollack CE, Chideya S, Cubbin C, Williams B, Dekker M, Braveman P. Should health studies measure wealth? A systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Sep; 33(3):250-64. PMID: 17826585.
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      46. Baillargeon J, Soloway RD, Paar D, Giordano TP, Murray O, Grady J, Williams B, Pulvino J, Raimer BG. End-stage liver disease in a state prison population. Ann Epidemiol. 2007 Oct; 17(10):808-13. PMID: 17689260.
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      47. Lindner SA, Davoren JB, Vollmer A, Williams B, Landefeld CS. An electronic medical record intervention increased nursing home advance directive orders and documentation. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Jul; 55(7):1001-6. PMID: 17608871.
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      48. Williams BA, Lindquist K, Moody-Ayers SY, Walter LC, Covinsky KE. Functional impairment, race, and family expectations of death. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2006 Nov; 54(11):1682-7. PMID: 17087694.
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      49. Sudore RL, Landefeld CS, Williams BA, Barnes DE, Lindquist K, Schillinger D. Use of a modified informed consent process among vulnerable patients: a descriptive study. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 Aug; 21(8):867-73. PMID: 16881949; PMCID: PMC1831581.
      50. Williams BA, Lindquist K, Sudore RL, Strupp HM, Willmott DJ, Walter LC. Being old and doing time: functional impairment and adverse experiences of geriatric female prisoners. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2006 Apr; 54(4):702-7. PMID: 16686886.
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