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Lillie D. Williamson, PhD


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“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed,

but when we are silent we are still afraid, so it is better to speak" -- Audre Lorde

I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Broadly, my research examines the ways in which racial experiences and health communication interact to influence racial health inequalities. More specifically, much of my work investigates the effects and interactions of communication within and outside the clinical context and medical mistrust, particularly for Black Americans. I approach this work grounded in three principles: a) medical mistrust is an adaptive response, b) my work is useless if it is not rooted in and reflective of lived experiences, and c) given the pervasiveness of racism and extraction, we must strive for more equitable research practices.

Dr. Williamson will be accepting new PhD students for Fall 2025. Please check out application instructions here.

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