Dr. Monique J. Williams was hired on March 1, 2021 as the Founding Program Director of the Master of Science in Community Medicine (MSCM) program at Keck Graduate Institute.
Williams received her PhD in Health Sciences with a concentration in International Health Education and Research from Trident University and her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Western University of Health Sciences. Her teaching, research, and service interests address health disparities and inequities, improve health outcomes, increase awareness among clinicians and patients, and positively influence marginalized populations’ health narratives in the U.S.
Williams recently served as Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator for the University of La Verne (ULV) Physician Assistant program. While at ULV, she taught a range of subject areas, including research and evidence-based medicine, health medicine and society series, introduction to clinical medicine, and the master’s project series within the PA program. She also served in various positions for committees throughout all levels of the university, led and collaborated with colleagues on interprofessional education projects and initiatives, and was actively involved in developing the new College of Health Sciences and Well Being.
For more than 20 years, Williams has dedicated her career to education, with a particular interest in health sciences, teaching in various traditional and online academic settings serving diverse students and communities. She holds membership in many professional organizations, including the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) and National Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES) Coalition. Additionally, she maintains scholarship related to her research interest through peer review for multiple journals, authored poster presentations, articles, and book chapter publications.
Williams, M.J., Wagoner, Z., Rodman-Alvarez, S., Pasillas, V., & Sanchez, A. (2021). Prioritizing Health: Churches Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community. US: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.1080/10852352.2021.1924593
Williams, M. J., & Serpas, D. G. (2021). What is minority stress and why is it important in the study of LGBTQ PoC health? In García J.J. (ed), Heart, Brain and Mental Health Disparities for LGBTQ People of Colour (pp. 13–25). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70060-7_2
Williams, M.J., García, J.J., Warren, K.L., & Cardenas, B. (2021). Interprofessional education activities for students in Physician Assistant, Clinical Psychology, and Athletic Training Programs utilizing aspects of team-based and problem-based learning practices. Medical Science Educator, 1-4. New York, NY: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40670-020-01173-y
Williams, M.J. (2020). Master of Science Physician Assistant Practice Capstone Project Manual, 2nd edition. LAD Custom Publishing, Buford, GA. LADPac Number: ULV0084.
Williams, M.J. (2019). Master of Science Physician Assistant Practice Capstone Project Manual. LAD Custom Publishing, Buford, GA. LADPac Number: ULV0078.
García, J.J., Williams, M.J., Serpas, D.G., Zacahula, D., Abbas, M., & Torres, Y. (2020). Measurement invariance of the LGBT People of Color Microaggressions Scale among LGBT Hispanic and non-Hispanic People of Color [Poster presentation accepted]. Society of Behavioral Medicine 2021 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions, Virtual Conference April 12-April 16, 2021.
Williams, M.J. (2019, January 23). Shifting Gears: Understanding the importance of Andragogy in Higher Education [Facilitator]. Inaugural University of La Verne Knowledge, Integration/Innovation, Transfer/Technology, High-Impact (KITH) Conference on Teaching and Learning, University of La Verne, College of Arts and Sciences, La Verne, CA.
Williams, M.J. (2019, January 23). Communicating Concepts in STEM: What Works [Panelist]. Inaugural University of La Verne Knowledge, Integration/Innovation, Transfer/Technology, High-Impact (KITH) Conference on Teaching and Learning, University of La Verne, College of Arts and Sciences, La Verne, CA.
García, J.J., Williams, M.J., Alcala, M., & Tang, J. (2019). Predictors of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) stigma and positive attitudes in a sample of U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People of Color (LGBT PoC) [Poster presentation accepted]. American Public Health Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA. https://apha.confex.com/apha/2019/meetingapp.cgi/Person/386325