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Joel E. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Public Health Sciences

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Dept of Public Health Sciences
Edwards 523
Tel. (864) 656-1017

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Dr. Williams completed undergraduate training in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, graduate training in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior and Applied Statistics, and postdoctoral training in Evidence Based Public Health and Pediatric Obesity Prevention and Health Promotion. Joel's practical experience includes working as a Certified Athletic Trainer in an outpatient physical therapy setting, a Certified Health/Fitness Instructor for a large hospital-based fitness center, and a Chronic Disease Program Evaluator at the state health department level.


Postdoctoral Fellow - University of South Carolina, Department of Psychology
Ph.D.- University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health  
M.P.H.- University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health 
Certificate of Graduate Study - University of South Carolina, Department of Statistics   
B.S.- Lander University, Department of Physical Education and Exercise Studies

  • Health Promotion
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition Behavior
  • Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
  • Program Evaluation
  • Applied Measurement in Health Sciences
  • Co-Investigator/Evaluator.  Cheryl J. Dye, Principal Investigator.  "Extended Health Coaches for Hypertension Control".  Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program.
  • Evaluator. Subcontract to Sarah F. Griffin and Joel E. Williams. “Farm to School Evaluation”. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.
  • Co-Investigator. Veronnie F. Jones (PI). “A Culturally Appropriate Intervention to Prevent Childhood Obesity Among Low Income African American Families”. Funded by the Department of Pediatrics, University of Louisville School of Medicine.
  • Co-Investigator/Evaluator. Cheryl J. Dye (PI). “Health Coaches for Hypertension Control”. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. 
  • Co-Principal Investigator with Sarah F. Griffin and Katherine L. Cason. “Evaluation of the Zest Quest® School Health Promotion Model.”  Funded by The Cliffs Communities, Inc. Foundation.
  • Hernandez-Garbanzo Y, Griffin S, Cason K, Loberger G, Williams JE, Baker S, Coffey A, Linton B, Hall T, Hayden V. (accepted/in press).  A content analysis of nutrition education curricula used with low-income youth audiences:  implications for questionnaire development.  Health Promotion Practice.
  • Sterrett EM, Williams JE, Thompson K, Knowlton Johnson K, Bright M, Karam E, Jones F. (2013). An exploratory study of parenting style and family nutrition and physical activity. American Journal of Health Behavior, 37, 458-468.
  • Agate, ST, Williams JE.  (2013). Creating enjoyable experiences?  Parents' perspectives on venue and programming success and failures.  International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 7, 264-278.
  • Dye CJ, Williams JE, Kemper K.  (2012).  Impact of an intervention on mediators of physical activity among elderly food stamp recipients.  Educational Gerontology, 38, 788-798.
  • Chavez-Martinez A, Cason KL, Williams JE, Nieto-Montenegro S. (2012). Prevalence of obesity and correlates of body mass index among Hispanics living in a new settlement area: Implications for intervention development. World Applied Sciences Journal, 16, 1163-1170.
  • Dave J, Evans AE, Condrasky M, Williams JE.  (2012).  Parent reported social support for child's fruit and vegetables intake:  Validity of measures.  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 44, 132-139.
  • Williams JE, Kabukuru A, Mayo R, Griffin SF. (2011). A social-ecological perspective on obesity among Latinos. Ethnicity and Disease, 21, 467-472.
  • Condrasky M, Williams JE, Catalano PM, Griffin SF. (2011). Development of psychosocial scales for evaluating the impact of a culinary nutrition education program on cooking and healthy eating. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 43, 511-516. 
  • Griffin SF, Williams JE, Hickman P, Kirchner A, Hunter E, Spitler H. (2011). A university, community coalition, and town partnership to promote walking. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 17, 358-362.
  • Williams JE. (2011). Child obesity in context: Ecology of family and community. International Journal of Exercise Science [serial online]. Available from: URL:
  • McCall GD, Williams JE, Schmalz DL, Miller RJ. (2010). American boys and body image: A review of weight gain and weight loss issues. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 25, 351-361.
  • Williams JE, Griffin SF, McCune A, Linke G. (2010). Using community-based programming to increase family social support for healthy eating among African American adolescents. Journal of Youth Development [serial online]. Available from: URL:
  • Chavez-Martinez A, Cason KL, Nieto-Montenegro S, Williams JE, Haley-Zitlin V, Mayo R. (2010). Assessment of predisposing, enabling and reinforcing factors toward food choices and healthy eating among Hispanics in South Carolina. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 25, 47-59.
  • Williams JE, Griffin SF, McCune A, Linke G. (2010). Using community-based programming to increase family social support for healthy eating among African American adolescents. Journal of Youth Development [serial online]. Available from: URL:
  • Rosenbaum DA, Silvis ML, Williams JE, Davis SW. (2009). Variation in injury risk over the course of a two day youth club soccer tournament. Injury Prevention, 15, 266-269.
  • Wilson DK, Kitzman-Ulrich H, Williams JE, Saunders R, Griffin S, Pate R, Van Horn L, Evans AE, Sisson SB, Hutto B, Addy C. (2008). An overview of "The Active by Choice Today"(ACT) trial for increasing physical activity. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 29, 21-31.
  • Sharpe PA, Blanck HM, Williams JE, Ainsworth BE, Conway JM. (2007). Use of complementary and alternative medicine for weight control in the United States. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 13, 217-222.
  • Evans AE, Wilson DK, Buck, J, Torbett H, Williams JE. (2006). Outcome expectations, barriers and strategies for healthful eating: A perspective from adolescents from low-income families. Family and Community Health, 29, 17-27.
  • Houston JM, Martin M, Williams JE, Hill RL. (2006). The Annual African American Conference on Diabetes: Evolving program evaluation with evolving program implementation. Preventing Chronic Disease [serial online]. Available from: URL:
  • HLTH 202 - Introduction to Public Health
  • HLTH 240 - Determinants of Health
  • HLTH 298 – Human Health and Disease
  • HLTH 340 - Health Promotion Program Planning
  • HLTH 400/HLTH 600 – Selected Topics in Health: Public Health Nutrition
  • HLTH 400/NUTR 802 – Selected Topics in Health: Nutrition and Physical Activity Behavior Research
  • HLTH 480 – Community Health Promotion
  • HLTH 497 - Creative Inquiry in Public Health

Dr. Williams regularly serves on a university, college, and departmental committees. With regard to student mentoring, he has served on master’s and doctoral committees and supervised research assistantships and independent studies for undergraduate and graduate students from various majors at Clemson.  At the national level, Dr. Williams is a member of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Subcommittee of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Nutrition and Health Committee for Program Planning and Guidance. He is also Co-Chair of the Exercise is Medicine® Community Health Committee, a multi-organizational initiative coordinated by the American College of Sports Medicine. Joel has been an ad hoc reviewer for the following journals: Obesity; Journal of Rural Social Sciences; BMC Public Health; Maternal and Child Nutrition; Health Education Research; Athletic Training and Sports Health Care; Journal of Public Health Management and Practice; Health Promotion Practice; International Journal of Exercise Science; Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition; American Journal of Health Behavior; Public Health Nutrition; American Journal of Preventive Medicine; Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. He is an Editorial Board Member and Guest Editor for Family and Community Health and is the Psychology and Behavior Section Editor for the International Journal of Exercise Science.

  • Clemson University Service Alliance Faculty Fellow 
  • Doctoral Student of the Year, Department of Health Promotion, Education and  Behavior, University of South Carolina 
  • Malcolm U. Dantzler Scholarship & Public Health Student Scholarship, South Carolina Public Health Association 
  • Certificate of Merit, Nominee for Student Excellence in Public Health Practice, Association of Schools of Public Health and Council of Public Health Practice Coordinators
  • Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society Inductee, Mu Chapter, University of South Carolina
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