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Dr Denitza Williams

Research Associate

School of Medicine

Email:
stoilovado@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 7253
Location:
8th floor, Neuadd Meirionnydd, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS
Available for postgraduate supervision

Dr Denitza Williams, Ph.D, MSc, BSc


I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Division of Population Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University. I am passionate about improving communication between clinicians and patients, with a focus on women’s health. Previous research includes evaluating preferences for cervical cancer screening methods, and shared decision making in breast cancer and renal failure treatment options. Current research focuses on shared decision making, and the application of participatory qualitative methodology in women's reproductive health.I am passionate about incorporating shared decision making into routine healthcare and discussing challenges associated with its implementation and measurement.

I was awarded the Audrey Jones Memorial Award for Research by Women in 2017 and was nominated as a 'Rising Star' in the Chwarae Teg Womenspire 2019 Awards. I received my PhD in Medicine and MSc in Social Science Research Methods from Cardiff University and was awarded an undergraduate Applied Psychology degree by the University of Bath

Career overview

2015- present: Research Associate, Division of Population Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University.

Education and Qualifications

2016 PhD (Medicine), School of Medicine, Cardiff University

‘Women’s intentions to Human Papillomavirus self-sample: development of an intervention to increase self-sampling intentions.’

A mixed-methods study (framework and quantitative analysis) to help inform and develop an intervention designed to encourage women to engage in HPV self-sampling.

2009 MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University.

Research into: ‘Parental attitudes towards HPV vaccination: A systematic review of the literature and an interpretation of parental response rates.’

2008 BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology, University of Bath.

Research into: ‘Medication and lifestyle adherence in women with painful diabetic polyneuropathy’. A qualitative study using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Honours and awards

I was awarded the Audrey Jones Prize for Female Scholarship in Wales (2017) for my PhD work on Human Papillomavirus self-sampling.

Speaking engagements

Conference presentations

Williams D, Joseph-Williams N., Brain, K. Lloyd, A., Wood, F., Edwards A “The challenges of measuring shared decision making in complex real-life encounters” International Shared Decision Making Conference, France, July 2017.

Williams, D., Pell, B., Grant, A., Taylor, A., Choy, E., Sanders, J., Stanton, H., Edwards, A., Phillips, R. Medication and pregnancy: the need to incorporate shared-decision making into Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease consultations. International Shared Decision Making Conference, France, July 2017.

Williams, D., Pell, B., Grant, A., Taylor, A., Choy, E., Sanders, J., Stanton, H., Edwards, A., Phillips, R. “Pre-conception, pregnancy and parenting: the need for information and support for women with an auto-immune rheumatic disease.” Population Health Conference, Cardiff, May 2017.

Williams D, Joseph-Williams N., Brain, K. Lloyd, A., Wood, F., Edwards A. “Shared-decision making in real clinical practice.” South West Society for Academic Primary Care. Oxford, March 2017.

Williams D, Fiander, A., Davies, M, Farewell, D, Brain, K. “Women’s perspectives on Human Papillomavirus self-sampling in the context of the Welsh cervical screening programme.” Cardiff, March 2017. Invited guest speaker.

Williams D, Joseph-Williams N., Wood, F., Edwards A. “Understanding shared decision-making in the clinical encounter.” The Welsh Public Health Conference. Cardiff, November 2016.

Williams D, Joseph-Williams N., Wood, F., Edwards A “Lessons from the MAGIC programme, understanding the SDM encounter and the use of SDM aids. Supporting self-management workshop day. Cardiff University, Cardiff, U.K., August 2016.

Williams D, Fiander, A, Davies, M, Farewell, D, Brain, K. “Exploring attitudes to HPV self-sampling: the role of self-efficacy. International Congress for Behavioural Medicine. Groningen, the Netherlands, August 2014.

Williams, D; Brain, K, Davies, M & Fiander, A. “Exploring attitudes to HPV self-sampling among a sample of Welsh women". World Congress for Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy, London, UK May 2014.

Williams, D; Brain, K, Davies, M & Fiander, A. "Exploring attitudes to self-sampling among a sample of Welsh women". Cervical Screening Wales Screening Conference, Cardiff, April 2014.

Williams, D; Brain, K, Davies, M & Fiander, A."Exploring attitudes to self-sampling among a sample of Welsh women". South West Society for Academic Practice conference, Bristol, February 2014.

Williams, D; Brain, K, Davies, M & Fiander, A. “Exploring attitudes to self-sampling in Welsh women”. Society for Behavioural Medicine Conference, Oxford, December 2013.

Williams, D; Brain, K, Davies, M & Fiander, A.  "Exploring attitudes to self-sampling in Welsh women" Cardiff University Postgraduate Research Day, Cardiff, UK, December 2013

2019

2018

2017

2016

I provide pre-conception and pregnancy related teaching for Pain MSc with a focus on shared-decision making.

I frequently provide intercalated epidemiology teaching.

I  provide health psychology teaching (face-to-face and online) for the MSc in Genetic Counselling Course in Cardif.

I have taught on the SSC Transcultural Medicine Module in the school of Medicine.

I have given a number of Health Psychology external lectures in the Univeristy of South Wales. 

I am currently a supervisor for Zoe Abott who is conducting a PhD in co-production and pre-conception health in women with RA.

I also supervise medical students during their SSC modules with a focus on women's health and shared-decision making

I have previously been a clinical epidemiology BSc intercalated student supervisor.

I am also a qualitative mentor to a current PhD student in the Division of Population Medicine.