Doctoral Profile - Caitlin Williams
Program Initiated: 2016
Primary Advisor: Herbert Peterson, MD
Research Interests: maternal health; family planning; implementation science; health equity; adolescents
Honors/Awards: Royster Fellow (2016-present)
Bio: Caitlin’s research interests center on implementation strategies to ensure that evidence-based practices reach under-served and marginalized communities.
Prior to beginning her studies, Caitlin worked at Rabin Martin, a global health consulting firm, where her primary client was Merck for Mothers, a ten-year, $500-million initiative to reduce maternal mortality.
At UNC, Caitlin supports the work of the WHO Collaborating Center for Research Evidence on Sexual and Reproductive Health, primarily through her involvement with the Family Planning National Training Center for Service Delivery Improvement. She also collaborates with the Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Effectiveness (IECS) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Caitlin currently serves as a member of the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative Consumer Workgroup, and the National MCH Workforce Development Center Advisory Board. She also serves as the teaching assistant for MHCH 890.001: Implementation Science for Global Maternal and Child Health. She holds a BA in Global Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Caitlin is an avid reader, and loves cooking for and with friends. She is a recovering rugger who now passes her time cheering for the Pumas and climbing at Triangle Rock Club.