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Jessica Roberts Williams, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN

Jessica Williams

Program: MSN to PhD

Through Their Eyes

From the moment a healthcare researcher decides on a topic of study, it takes an average of 10 years before the results will impact patients, says Jessica Roberts. “That’s too long,” she continues. “So how can we shorten this gap and help make findings more relevant for the patient population?” As a consultant with MANILA Consulting Group in McLean, Virginia, Williams is currently synthesizing research literature on topics such as HIV/AIDS prevention and reproductive health, and testing strategies for dissemination so that this information can be seamlessly distributed to practitioners in the field.

Williams first became interested in evidence-based practice while she was in the PhD program. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between relational aggression and dating violence among urban middle school youth, a part of an arts-based initiative for the prevention of dating violence funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ellen Levi Zamoiski Doctoral Fellowship

Baltimore (MD) community patrons Clair Zamoiski Segal and Thomas (Tommy) H. Segal have established a $1 million Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Nursing endowment in honor of Mrs. Segal's mother, Ellen Levi Zamoiski. Beginning in 2005, the Segals also are funding a $30,000 annual Ellen Levi Zamoiski Doctoral Fellowship, the first of its kind in doctoral education at the School of Nursing (SON).