Stacey Carroll Williams
Growing up in an econo-mically disadvantaged area, I’ve watched a lot of people wrestle with mental health issues and have seen too many young lives cut short. As I learned what the field of public health was all about, it became clear to me that this was where I needed to be.Stacey Carroll Williams
Dr. Stacey Carroll Williams was born and raised in Southern Virginia, in an area struggling to support its residents during the decline of the textile and tobacco industries. It was not until well after she left Danville to go to college that Stacey began to realize the impact growing up there had on her and her perspective of the world.
Both before and while she studied Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina, Williams worked with the UNC Program on Health Disparities. There, her work on a community-based participatory research project sparked an interest in the social determinants of health and health inequities for children, youth, and young adults. Meanwhile, she worked towards a deeper understanding of how important social issues such as racism, classism, and heterosexism, impact the mental and behavioral health of young people.
Over the past eight years, she has worked in a wide range of research positions with duties ranging from door-to-door participant recruitment and data collection to study design and implementation. Stacey’s current research is broadly focused on positive child and youth development in the context of chronic stress and adversity. She recently completed work on a pair of projects evaluating the comparative effectiveness of interventions for children with a history of maltreatment and trauma exposure.
Williams is currently working with several groups of researchers on projects aimed at some of the most troubling problems in Baltimore including educational attainment, substance abuse, and youth mortality. With a fresh perspective on geographic inequities, she is working to assist decision makers in Baltimore and other cities effectively and efficiently target place-based interventions to promote the health and well-being of children and youth.