Wanda Williams

Assistant Professor
Contact Information
Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden
530 Federal Street, Room 339
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-2781
Selected Publications: 

Williams, W., & Berry, D. A. (2016/2015). Qualitative Study: Black girls' perceptions of why physical activity decline in high school? Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 26(2). 60-66.

Berry, D.C., Lewis, T., Williams, W. M., Hall, E. G., Neal, M., Neiters, M., & Radar, M. (2016) Diabetes group visits: Results of a pilot study. Diabetes Educator, 42(1), 96-107. doi: 10.1177/0145721715620022

Williams, W., & Yeo, S. (2014). Is attitude a key factor to consider when designing physical activity interventions for Black adolescent girls: A Review.  Journal of Black Pschology, doi: 10.1177/0095798414551790

Williams, W., & Berry, D. (2014). It's time to get moving: What African-American mothers say about physical activity. The Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 25 (2), 47-54.

(Name Changed from Thompson to Williams)

Thompson, W., Berry, D. & Hu, J. (2013). A church-based intervention to change attitudes about physical activity among Black adolescent girls: A feasibility study. Public Health Nursing, 30(3), 221-230. doi: 10.1111/phn.1200


Thompson, W. (2011). Physical inactivity of Black adolescent girls: Is it all about attitude? Home Health Care Management and Practice23(3), 186-192.

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, National Certification Corporation
Certified Colposcopist (Emory, Atlanta, Georgia)
Research Interest: 

Improving physical activity in minorities with a focus on adolescent girls

Health behavior interventions targeting African American girls and women through a faith-based approach

Improving health outcomes through a community-based approach

Policy and environment changes to promote physical activity across all age groups, but especially in the youth

Lifestyle behavior modification research directed at disadvantaged women and youth

Health disparities as it relates to women (SES, health, incidence & prevalence of diseases)

  • Selected as 1 of 25 Fellows to participate in the Annual Physical Activity and Public Health Courses sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center. (September 2013, Park City, Utah) 
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, The Gamma Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.  (April 2011)
  • Johnson and Johnson Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar, American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2008 to 2010)
  • Nurse Practitioner of the Year, North Carolina Nurses Association.   (2005)
Funded Grants: 

Principal Investigator: Wanda Thompson. A Church-Based Physical Activity Program:  Lessons learned from the FUN Project. Funded by T32 grant (Postdoctoral study).

Principal Investigator: SeonAe Yeo. Clinic-Based Intervention to Increase Physical Activity among Gynecologic Oncology Patients: A Pilot Study. Funded by the North Carolina Cancer Hospital (NCCH) Endowment Fund for $15,000.00. February 2012 - August 2013.
My role: Research Assistant.

Principal Investigators: Diane Berry and Tara Lewis. Developing a Model for Group Diabetes Visits. Funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the Duke University Health System Charitable Grants, 2011-2013, $150,000. My role: Interventionist

Selected Presentations: 

MacLean, L., Williams, W., and Vermeesch, A. (June 2016).  Correlations Between BMI, Acculturation, and the UD Department of Health and Human Services 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines in Latinas, accepted for poster presentation at 7th Annual Latino Health Equity Conference, Portland, OR.

Berry, D.C., & Williams, W.M. (October 2015). Diabetes group visits improve diabetes self-management in low-income minority patients.  Advancing Science, Improving Lives: National Institute of Research's (NINR) 30th Anniversary Scientific Symposium and Poster Session, Bethesda, Maryland.

Berry, D.C., & Williams, W.M. (October 2015). Diabetes group visits do improve metabolic control.  American Academy of Nursing Annual Conference, Bethesda, Maryland (Poster).

Williams, W. (April 2015). Is the School Enviroment Contributing to Physical Activity Among African American High School Girsl? Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) 27th Annual Scientific, Washington, DC. (Poster).

Thompson, W. (November 2013). What Mothers and Daughters Say About Being Physically Active.  The Obesity Society Annual Scietific Meeting, Atlanta, GA. (Poster)

Yeo, S., Logan, J., & Thompson, W. (March 2013). Duration of Exercise, Work, and Sedentary Activities of Low-Income Pregnant Women. 34th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), San Francisco, California (Poster).


Professional Organizations: 
American Nurses Association, 1988-Present
New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA), 2015-Present
North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA), 1988-2014
Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, 1990-Present
Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), 2013-Present
The Council for Advancement of Nursing Science, 2013-Present
The Obesity Society-The Diversity Section, Chair-Elect (2012-2015)
Clinical Expertise: 
Women’s Health
Perinatal clinic & Family Planning
Maternal Health Nursing
Clinical areas: Labor & Delivery