Susan G. Williams, PhD, RN

Susan G. Williams, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
Community/Mental Health


  • PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Nursing), 2015
  • MSN, University of South Alabama (Nursing), 1991
  • BSN, University of South Alabama (Nursing), 1986

Research Interests

  • Nursing college student wellness and obesity prevention
  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Bullying
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Biobehavioral research methods
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Selected Publications

  • Fruh, S. M., Taylor, S., Graves, R. J., Hayes, K., McDermott, R., Hauff, C., Williams, S. G., Sittig, S., Campbell, M., Hudson, G., Hall, H. R., Melnyk, B. M., & Barinas, J. L. (accepted). Relationships among hope, body satisfaction, wellness habits, and stress in nursing students. Journal of Professional Nursing Accepted December 2020

  • Fruh, S., Williams, S., Hayes, K., Hauff, C., Hudson, G. M., Sittig, S., Graves, R. J., Hall, H., & Barinas, J. (in press). A practical approach to obesity prevention: Healthy home habits. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.Accepted November 2020

  • Fruh, S. M., Williams, S. G., Hayes, K. N., Hauff, C., Hudson, G. M., Sittig, S., Graves, R. J., Hall, H. R., & Barinas, J. L. (in press). A practical approach to obesity prevention: Healthy home habits. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Accepted November 2020

  • Graves, R. J., Hauff, C., Williams, S. G., Fruh, S. M., Sims, B., Hudson, G. M., McDermott, R. C., Sittig, S., Shaw, T., & Hall, H. R. (10-18-2020- Accepted). Self-care behaviors of undergraduate versus graduate nursing students: A descriptive comparison of health and well-being. Journal of American College Health.   

  • McDermott, R., Fruh, S., Williams, S. G., Hauff, C., Graves, R., & Melnyk, B. (2020) Nursing students’ resilience, depression, well-being, and academic distress: Testing a moderated mediation model. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 1-13. DOI: 10.1111/jan.14531, PMID: 33009859

  • Hauff, C., Fruh, S.M., Sims, B.M., Williams, S. G., Herf, C., Golden, A., Graves, R. J., Minchew, L.A., & Hall, H. R. (2020). Nurse practitioner students’ observations of preceptor engagement in obesity management and bias: A mixed methods approach. Journal of the American Association for Nurse Practitioners, 37(7), 520- 529. DOI:10.1097/JXX.0000000000000440, PMID: 32590444

  • Bydalek, K., Williams, S. G., Sims, B. M., Fruh, S., McCardle, J., Minchew, L. A., Graves, R. J., Elkins, J. C., Jones, L.,Sittig, S. (2020), Food insecurity among nursing students: A mixed methods study. Nursing Forum, doi: 10.1111/nuf.12460. Published May 23, 2020 PMID: 32446290

  • Williams, S. G., & Borgongna, N. C. (2020). Screening for stressful life events, cortisol, and perceived stress in a school setting. Annals of Pediatrics, 3(1), 1021- 1028. 

  • Hayes, K., Fruh, S., Williams, S. G, Graves, R., Minchew, L., & Hall, H. (2020). Sleep, screen time, and family meal frequency in preschool children: A pilot study. The Nurse Practitioner, 45(8), 35-41. doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000681788.13417.56. PMID: 32701879.

  • Williams, S. G., Davis, S., Soistmann, H. C. (2020). Collecting bio-behavioral samples and survey data on sensitive topics in a public school. Sage Research Methods Cases Medicine and Health. doi: 10.4135/9781529709483.

  • Sittig S., Hauff C, Graves R. J., Williams, S. G., McDermott, R. C., Fruh, S., Hall H., Campbell, M., Swanzy, D., Wright T., & Hudson G. M. (2020). Characteristics of and factors influencing college nursing students' willingness to utilize mHealth for health promotion. Computer Informatics in Nursing, 38(5), 246-255.PMID: 32032084doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000600. 

  • Jones, L., Williams, S., Fruh, S., Elkins, C., & Bydalek, K. (2019). African American women’s perceptions of cardiovascular disease after a myocardial infarction: A phenomenological inquiry. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 34(5), 503-510.doi: 10.1097/JCN000000000000614, PMID: 31498163

  • McDermott, R.., Fruh, S., Williams, S., Graves, R., Hauff, C. (2019). Characteristics of negative and positive mental health among nursing students in the United States. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 1-10. doi: 10.1177/1078390319865322

  • Fruh S., Golden, A., Graves, R., Hall, H., Minchew, L., & Williams, S. (2019). Advanced practice nursing student knowledge in obesity management: A mixed methods research study. Nurse Education Today, 77, 59-64. 

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  • Barclay, M. (2019). NP student encounters with obesity bias in clinical practice. The Nurse Practitioner Journal, 44(6), 41-46. Doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000558157.76596..c7

  • Fruh, S. M., Golden, A., Minchew, L. A., Platt, T. H., Hall, H. R., Graves, R. J., Williams, S. G., Mehari, K., Sims, B. M., Hauff, C., & Cheese, C. (2019). Competency in obesity management: An educational intervention study with nurse practitioner students. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners,31(12), 734-740. Doi: 10.1097/Jxx.0000000000218 PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7094771.

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Dr. Williams teaches in the RN to BSN/MSN program the following courses:

  • NU 450 – Leadership and Management for Professional Nurses
  • NU 452 – Clinical Prevention and Population Health

Honors and Awards

  • Finalist for The Journal of School Nursing Sage Scholarly Writing Award 2019
  • 1st Place Award for presentation, Alabama State Nurses CEU workshop, 2016
  • Nursing Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau – Zeta Gamma Chapter, 2014
  • Journal of School Nursing – Editorial Panel 2019- current
  • Southern Nurses Research Society - State Membership Representative, 2017- current
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Zeta Gamma Chapter, Research Award, Mobile, AL- 2013, 2014
  • Academic Honor Society: Delta Epsilon Iota - 2013
  • Maternal Child Health Traineeship/Fellow at the University of Alabama in Birmingham- Leadership and Education in Child Health Nursing- 2010-2012
  • Mobile County Nurses Association -Research Nurse Award – 1990