6050 Vilas Hall
Current and Future Projects
- A project focused on understanding and modeling communication-related antecedents of medical mistrust.
- A set of projects testing the effects of news stories about racial discrimination and medical racism on medical mistrust and health policy outcomes.
- A project focused on understanding the relationships between medical mistrust and health/ scientific misinformation.
Expertise and Activities
My research examines the ways in which racial experiences and health communication interact to influence racial health disparities. I have two primary lines of research a) the role of communication in medical mistrust and b) the impact of discrimination on health. Recent projects have investigated the antecedents of medical mistrust; the effects of exposure to vicarious racial discrimination (e.g., news stories about racial discrimination) on medical mistrust, and social support as a buffer to the effects of stressors, such as racial discrimination.
Ph.D. Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019
M.A. Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
B.S. Biology, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
Top Early Career Scholar Paper, Kentucky Conference on Health Communication, 2020
Williamson, L.D. (2021). Testing vicarious experiences as antecedents of medical mistrust: A survey of Black and White Americans. Behavioral Medicine. doi:10.1080/08964289.2021.1958740
Alang, S., Rogers, T., Williamson, L.D., Green, C., & Bell, A. (2021). Police brutality and unmet need for mental health care. Health Services Research. doi:10.1111/1475-6773.13736
Fox, J., Pearce, K.E., Massanari, A.L., Riles, J.M., Szulc, L., Ranjit, Y., Trevisan, F., Soriano, C.R.R., Vitak, J., Payal, A., Ahn, S.J., Alper, M., Gambino, A., Gonzalez, C., Lynch, T., Williamson, L.D., & Gonzales, A.L. (2021). Open science, closed doors? Countering marginalization through an agenda for ethical, inclusive research in communication. Journal of Communication. doi:10.1093/joc/jqab029
Reynolds-Tylus, T., Quick, B.L., Bigman, C.A., & Williamson, L.D. (2021). An Examination of Teenagers’ Beliefs Towards Organ Donor Registration. Clinical Transplantation. doi:10.1111/ctr.14237
Williamson, L.D. (2021). Beyond personal experiences: Examining mediated vicarious experiences as an antecedent to medical mistrust. Health Communication. doi:10.1080/10410236.2020.1868744
Smith, M.A., Williamson, L.D., & Bigman, C.A. (2020). Can social media news encourage activism? The impact of exposure to mediated discrimination on college students’ activism intention. Social Media + Society. doi:10.1177/2056305120921366
Guntzviller, L.M., Williamson, L.D., & Ratcliff, C.L. (2020). Stress, mental health, and social support among young adult Hispanics. Family & Community Health, 43, 82-91. doi:10.1097/FCH.0000000000000224
Williamson, L.D., Smith, M.A., & Bigman, C.A. (2019). Does discrimination breed mistrust? Examining the role of mediated and non-mediated discrimination experiences in medical mistrust. Journal of Health Communication, 24, 791-799. doi:10.1080/10810730.2019.1669742
McNeil Smith, S., Williamson, L.D., Branch, H., & Fincham, F.D. (2019). Racial discrimination, racism-specific support, and self-reported health among African American couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. (published online ahead of print). doi:10.1177/0265407519878519
Williamson, L.D., Bigman, C.A., & Quick, B.L (2019). A qualitative examination of African Americans’ organ donation-related medical mistrust beliefs. Howard Journal of Communications, 30, 430-445. doi:10.1080/10646175.2018.1512064
Bigman, C.A., Smith, M.A., Williamson, L.D., Planey, A.M., McNeil Smith, S. (2019). Selective sharing on social media: Examining the effects of disparate racial impact frames on intentions to retransmit news stories among U.S. college students. New Media & Society, 21, 2691-2709. doi:10.1177/1461444819856574
Williamson, L.D., & Bigman, C.A. (2018). A systematic review of medical mistrust measures. Patient Education & Counseling, 101, 1786-1794. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2018.05.007
Williamson, L.D., Reynolds-Tylus, T., Quick, B.L., & Shuck, M. (2017). African Americans’ perceptions of organ donation: “Simply boils down to mistrust!” Journal of Applied Communication Research, 45, 199-217. doi:10.1080/00909882.2017.1288293
CA 310 – Introduction to Health Communication
CA 612 – Communication and Health Inequalities
CA 612 – Race and Health Communication