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Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017

Jill Williams, MD
Annual Meeting Keynote Addresses Tobacco Use and Behavioral Health Comorbidity


KAFP welcomes Jill Williams, MD as an Annual Meeting keynote speaker on Friday, June 9 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. We hope you will join us at the entire meeting June 8 to June 10 - click here to register.

Dr. Williams' keynote presentation, Tobacco Use and Behavioral Health Comorbidity will help attendees recognize the high rates of tobacco use in individuals with mental illness or other addictions and understand the medical, financial, occupational and other consequences of tobacco use in individuals with mental illness or other addictions. 

Dr. Williams is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at the Rutgers University-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She also holds faculty appointments at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies.

The focus of Dr. Williams work has been in addressing tobacco in individuals with mental illness or other addictions. The CHOICES Program (Consumers Helping Others Improve their Condition by Ending Smoking) she co-founded has won numerous awards for innovative programming. Dr. Williams has developed training curricula for behavioral health professionals and manualized treatments for treating tobacco in mental health settings. Although she started this work as a clinical researcher, conducting clinical trials and human laboratory studies to improve smoking cessation rates in smokers with serious mental illnesses, her more recent work is in the areas of public health, tobacco control and advocacy.

Dr. Williams has received research funding from sources including the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and American Legacy Foundation. Her publications have appeared in numerous journals including Nicotine and Tobacco Research, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment and JAMA Psychiatry.  In 2015 she was awarded the Remarkable Achievement Award by the NJ Psychiatric Association.