Positions

Selected Publications

Academic Article

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2019 Unique contribution of education to behavioral and psychosocial antecedents of health in a national sample of African AmericansJournal of Behavioral Medicine2019
2019 What Is Important When Making Treatment Decisions in Metastatic Breast Cancer? A Qualitative Analysis of Decision-Making in Patients and OncologistsOncologist2019
2018 A Longitudinal Study of Religiosity, Spiritual Health Locus of Control, and Health Behaviors in a National Sample of African AmericansJournal of Religion and Health.  57:2258-2278. 2018
2018 Positive and negative religious coping styles as prospective predictors of well-being in African AmericansPsychology of Religion and Spirituality.  10:318-326. 2018
2018 Personality, Social Capital, and Depressive Symptomatology Among African AmericansJournal of Black Psychology.  44:422-449. 2018
2018 “They said on the death certificate… but really what i think happened”: Characterizing cause of death in VA medical centersJournal of Palliative Care.  33:53-58. 2018
2017 Continuation of non-essential medications in actively dying hospitalised patientsBMJ Supportive and Palliative Care.  7:450-457. 2017
2017 Which Personality Traits Moderate the Relationship Between Religious Capital and Depressive Symptomology in a National Sample of African Americans?Journal of Black Psychology.  43:517-537. 2017
2017 The relationship between religious beliefs and behaviours and changes in Spiritual Health Locus of Control over time in a national sample of African-AmericansMental Health, Religion and Culture.  20:449-463. 2017
2016 An ethic of heroism shapes next of kin’s perceptions of veterans’ end-of-life care in veterans affairs medical centersMilitary Medicine.  181:e1575-e1580. 2016
2016 Qualitative assessment of self-identity in people with advanced dementiaDementia.  15:1260-1278. 2016
2016 Sudden Advanced Illness: An Emerging Concept Among Palliative Care and Surgical Critical Care PhysiciansAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  33:321-326. 2016
2016 Racial differences in processes of care at end of life in VA medical centers: Planned secondary analysis of data from the BEACON trialJournal of Palliative Medicine.  19:157-163. 2016
2016 “He’s on his dying bed”: Next-of-kin’s experiences of the dying bodyDeath Studies.  40:1-10. 2016
2015 Characterizing Change in Religious and Spiritual Identity Among a National Sample of African American AdultsJournal of Religious Gerontology.  27:343-357. 2015
2015 Predictors of physical restraint use in hospitalized veterans at end of life: An analysis of data from the BEACON trialJournal of Palliative Medicine.  18:520-526. 2015
2015 Participant retention in a longitudinal national telephone survey of African American men and womenEthnicity and Disease.  25:187-192. 2015
2015 Social Integration and Health Insurance Status Among African American Men and WomenJournal of Women and Aging.  27:195-215. 2015
2015 The religion-health connection among African Americans: What is the role of social capital?Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.  25:1-18. 2015
2015 “I Was Ready to Take Him Home”: Next-of-Kin’s Accounts of Loved One’s Death During Hospice and Palliative Care Discussions in Veterans Affairs Medical CentersJournal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care.  11:50-73. 2015
2014 Impact of a hospice emergency kit for veterans and their caregivers: A prospective cohort studyJournal of Palliative Medicine.  17:931-938. 2014
2014 Exploring the affective dimension of the life review process: Facilitators’ interactional strategies for fostering personhood and social value among older adults with early dementiaDementia.  13:498-524. 2014
2014 Social support as a mediator of religious involvement and physical and emotional functioning in a national sample of African-AmericansMental Health, Religion and Culture.  17:421-435. 2014
2014 "Don't get weak in your compassion": Bereaved next of kin's suggestions for improving end-of-life care in Veterans Affairs Medical CentersJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  62:642-648. 2014
2014 Formative Evaluation of a Multi-Component, Education-Based Intervention to Improve Processes of End-of-Life CareGerontology and Geriatrics Education.  35:4-22. 2014
2014 Team-Based Volunteerism with the Seriously Ill: A Qualitative Analysis from 10 Volunteers' PerspectivesJournal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care.  10:282-295. 2014
2013 Intermittent Subcutaneous Furosemide: Parenteral Diuretic Rescue for Hospice Patients With Congestive Heart Failure Resistant to Oral DiureticAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  30:791-792. 2013
2013 "He got his last wishes": Ways of knowing a loved one's end-of-life preferences and whether those preferences were honoredJournal of Clinical Ethics.  24:113-124. 2013
2013 Hospice emergency kit for veterans: A pilot studyJournal of Palliative Medicine.  16:356-361. 2013
2013 Religious involvement and physical and emotional functioning among African Americans: The mediating role of religious supportPsychology and Health.  28:267-283. 2013
2012 "Wrapped in their arms": Next-of-kin's perceptions of how hospital nursing staff support family presence before, during, and after the death of a loved oneJournal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.  14:541-550. 2012
2012 Assessment of Religious and Spiritual Capital in African American CommunitiesJournal of Religion and Health.  51:1061-1074. 2012
2012 Opioid pain medication orders and administration in the last days of lifeJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  44:681-691. 2012
2012 Do-not-resuscitate orders in the last days of lifeJournal of Palliative Medicine.  15:751-759. 2012
2012 Social, Religious and Spiritual Capital and Physical/Emotional Functioning in a National Sample of African AmericansJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.  22:346-362. 2012
2012 Wearing the Garment of Widowhood: Variations in Time Since Spousal Loss Among Community-Dwelling Older AdultsJournal of Women and Aging.  24:126-139. 2012
2012 "A room full of chairs around his bed": Being present at the death of a loved one in veterans affairs medical centersOMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying.  66:231-263. 2012
2011 Intrinsic association of widowhood with mortality in community-dwelling older women and men: Findings from a prospective propensity-matched population studyJournals of Gerontology, Series A.  66 A:1360-1368. 2011
2011 Expanding the notion of researcher distress: The cumulative effects of codingQualitative Health Research.  21:830-838. 2011
2010 The experience of older patients with cancer in phase 1 clinical trials: A qualitative case seriesAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  27:474-481. 2010
2010 Ethical capital: 'What's a poor man got to leave?'Sociology of Health and Illness.  32:880-897. 2010
2009 Surgeons' attitudes and practices in the utilization of palliative and supportive care services for patients with a sudden advanced illnessJournal of Palliative Medicine.  12:1037-1042. 2009
2008 Marital status and health: Exploring pre-widowhoodJournal of Palliative Medicine.  11:848-856. 2008
2008 Identifying and responding to ethical and methodological issues in after-death interviews with next-of-kinDeath Studies.  32:197-236. 2008
2008 Palliative care intervention for choice and use of opioids in the last hours of lifeJournals of Gerontology, Series A.  63:974-978. 2008
2007 What about the trach? Tracheotomy removal as a palliative care maneuverAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  24:371-375. 2007
2007 Barriers to mobility during hospitalization from the perspectives of older patients and their nurses and physiciansJournal of Hospital Medicine.  2:305-313. 2007
2007 Bereavement among African American and White older adultsJournal of Aging and Health.  19:313-333. 2007
2006 The feminization of bereavement among community-dwelling older adultsJournal of Women and Aging.  18:3-18. 2006
2005 Nonspousal family loss among community-dwelling older adultsOMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying.  51:125-142. 2005
2005 Improving processes of hospital care during the last hours of lifeArchives of Internal Medicine -New Series-.  165:1722-1727. 2005
2005 Preparation of residents for death pronouncement: a sensitive and supportive method.Palliative and Supportive Care.  3:107-114. 2005
2004 The balm of gilead project: A demonstration project on end-of-life care for safety-net populationsJournal of Palliative Medicine.  7:486-493. 2004
2004 Dying Young, Dying Poor: A Sociological Examination of Existential Suffering among Low-Socioeconomic Status PatientsJournal of Palliative Medicine.  7:27-37. 2004
2001 The emerging role of the medical sociologist in palliative care settingsSociological symposium.  21:265-277. 2001

Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2002
  • Full Name

  • Beverly Williams