Brie Williams, MD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights |
San Francisco CA 94118
|University of California, San Francisco||Residency ||School of Medicine - Primary Care|
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.
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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