Wanda M. Williams

Program Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program and Clinical Associate Professor
Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden
530 Federal Street
Room 339
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-2781

PhD (Nursing): University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2010
Post-master’s (Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner): University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997
MSN (Nursing Administration): University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1989
BSN (Nursing): BSN, North Carolina Central University, 1985
Physical activity
Physical inactivity
Healthy habits
Behavior modification
Minority health (African American or Black; Women of Color)
Multigenerational (mothers & daughters, adolescents, youth)
Health disparities / health equity

Dr. Wanda M. Williams is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden. She received her PhD in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the area of “Interventions to Prevent and Manage Chronic ...read more

Selected Publications 

Chapter in a Book

Williams, W. (2021). Chapter 10: Physical Activity Interventions among African American Women.  In A. Vermeesch (ed.).  Integrative Health Nursing Interventions for Vulnerable Populations. Springer Publications.

Articles in Refereed Journals 
(*Data based)

*Pontes, N., & Williams, W. (2021). Interactions between race/ethnicity and gender on physical activity among US high school students: Youth risk behavior survey 2011-2017. Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

Williams, W., & Ayres, C. (2020). Can active video games improve physical activity in adolescents? A review of RCT. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(669). doi:10.3390/ijerph17020669. Retrieve from https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/2/669

*Williams, W. M., Morris, L., & Scalera, N. (2019). Healthy choices can be fun: An overview of an in-school nutritional program for middle school girls. Open Access Journal of Public Health, 2 (4). (ISI indexed) (ISSN 2637-7713)

*Williams, W. M., Vermeesch, A., MacLean, L. (2019). Factors associated with Black & Latina women meeting the US federal physical activity guidelines: Secondary analysis of NHIS data. ARCH Women Health Care Volume 1(4), 1–7.

*Williams, W. M., Sienko, D.M., & Chittams, J. (2018). Promoting physical activity among female college students: Identifying possible racial differences. American Journal of Health Studies, 33(3), 80-88.

*Williams, W. M., Yore, M., & Whitt-Glover. (2018). Estimating Physical Activity Trends Among Blacks through Examination of Four National Surveys. AIMS Public Health, 5(2), 144-157. doi: 10.3934/publichealth.2018.2.144

*Williams, W. M., Alleyne, R., & Henley, A. (2017). The Root of Physical Inactivity Among Black Women: Identifying Exercise Friendly Hairstyles. The Journal of the National Black Nurses Association (JNBNA), 29(2), 26-31.

Williams, W. M., Alleyne, R., & Henley, A. (2017). The Root of Physical Inactivity Among Black Women: Identifying Exercise Friendly Hairstyles. The Journal of the National Black Nurses Association (JNBNA), 28 (2), 26-31.

Williams, W., & Berry, D. A. (2016). 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., Williams, W.M., Hall, E.G., Heroux, R., & Lewis, T.B. (2016). Imbedding interdisciplinary diabetes group visits into a community-based medical setting. The Diabetes Educator, 42(1), 96-107. doi: 10.1177/0145721715620022.

Honors and Distinctions 


2011 to 2013 — Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Interventions to Manage & Prevent Chronic Illness.

2017 — Digital Teaching Fellow, Rutgers University—Camden

2016 — The Sixteenth Annual Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials sponsored by The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

2015 — Advanced Methods in Population-Based Health Disparities Research (Summer Research Institute), Center for Health Equity Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

2014 — Civic Engagement Faculty Fellow, The Office of Civic Engagement Rutgers University—Camden.

2013 — Physical Activity and Public Health Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health, Park City, UT.

Professional Awards and Honors

2020 — Fellow of the NLN Leadership Institute – LEAD

2017 — Award a research grant ($1000) from Eta Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

2017 — The “Excellence in Professional Nursing Practice” awards from Rutgers School of Nursing—Camden.

2016 — Awarded a mini-grant ($2500) from the Chancellor’s Committee on Institutional Equity and Diversity (CIED) Rutgers University—Camden.

2011 — Outstanding Dissertation Award, The Gamma Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina.

2008 — Johnson and Johnson Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar, American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/scholarships/minority;  http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/scholarships/JJScholarsF08.pdf)

2006 — Outstanding Alumni Award, North Carolina Central University, Nursing Alumni Association.

2001 — Nurse Practitioner of the Year for the State, North Carolina Nurses Association.

1985 — Graduated Cum Laude, North Carolina Central University

Editorial Activities

Journal for Nurse Practitioners (Elsevier), January 2017

The Journal of Black Psychology (Sage), January 2017

Journal of Adolescent Health (Elsevier), August 2016

Journal for Nurse Practitioners (Elsevier), June 2016

Journal for Nurse Practitioners (Elsevier), May 2016

Journal of Child and Family Studies (Springer), June 2013

Registered Nurse, State of New Jersey: September 2013 - May 2019
Registered Nurse, State of North Carolina, 1985 – April 2019 (active)
Advance Practice Nurse for the State of New Jersey: May 2014 - May 2019
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, National Certification Corporation, 1998 - present
Nurse Practitioner Approval to Practice in North Carolina, approval to practice since 1998 (inactive)
Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, American Heart Association, Biannual, Current.
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
Contraceptives [especially long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)]