RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Health Economics, Health Policy, Occupational Health
Area(s) of Expertise:
Quantitative Research Methods, Health Policy, Corporate Wellness, Psychosocial Work Environment
Jessica A. Williams is a health services and health economics researcher. Her doctoral thesis investigates the relationships between health-related employer support, employee pain, future medical expenditures and productivity at work. As an RWJF Health & Society Scholar, Jessica plans to continue her research in work and health with a particular emphasis on developing interventions that improve both the psychosocial work environment and employee health behaviors. She has also studied children’s sleep habits in the U.S. and prescription drug nonadherence in Medicare beneficiaries. She also plans to extend her research on the impact of changes to Medicare policy on health. Jessica’s work has been published in top-tier journals, including Medical Care and JAMA Pediatrics. In addition to her academic research, Jessica has also worked for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Congressional Budget Office. She received her B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, her M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.