15th Matilda White Riley Honors: 2022

David R. Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Distinguished Lecturer: David R. Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Florence & Laura Norman Professor of Public Health
Chair, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Harvard Chan School of Public Health Professor of African and African American Studies
Harvard University
Presentation: The Virus of Racism: Understanding its Threats, Mobilizing Defenses




David Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Norman Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. He is also a Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard. The author of over 500 scientific papers, his research has addressed how race, stress, socioeconomic status, racism, health behavior and religious involvement can affect health. The Everyday Discrimination scale that he developed is the most widely used measures of discrimination in health studies. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences. He has been ranked as the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences and as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. His research has been featured in the national print and television media and in his TED Talk.

15th Matilda White Early-Stage Investigator Paper Awardees

Noli Brazil, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Human Ecology
University of California, Davis
The multidimensional clustering of health and its ecological risk factors

N. Keita Christophe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Wake Forest University
Incoming Assistant Professor
McGill University
Shift-&-Persist and discrimination predicting depression across the life course: An accelerated longitudinal design using MIDUS I-III

Patricia Homan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Associate Director, Public Health Program
Florida State University
Structural intersectionality as a new direction for health disparities research

John W. Jackson, Sc.D.
Assistant Professor
Departments of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Mental Health
Johns Hopkins University
Meaningful causal decompositions in health equity research

Alina I. Palimaru, Ph.D., M.P.P.
Associate Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation
Mental health, family functioning, and sleep in cultural context among American Indian/Alaska Native urban youth: A mixed methods analysis

June 3, 2022, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
David R. Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H.