David A Williams, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry
Program Associate, Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center
Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
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David A Williams, PhD
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  • About

    Dr. Williams is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine (Rheumatology), Psychiatry, and Psychology at the University of Michigan where he also serves as the Associate Director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center. He received his doctorate from the Ohio State University and has previously held faculty appointments at both Duke and at Georgetown University Medical Centers. He is both a clinician and researcher with publications in the areas of chronic illness management, digital health, patient-reported outcomes instrument development and validation, and mechanisms of pain perception/modulation. In 2019, he became the University of Michigan site PI for PCORnet where he can facilitate the conduct of multi-site clinical research. Nationally and internationally, he serves on numerous scientific editorial boards and scientific review committees including his recent service to the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC).

    • Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center
    • HEAL K12
    • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
      Ohio State University, Columbus, 1988
    Center Memberships
    • Center Member
      Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center
    • Center Member
      Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation
    Research Overview

    Dr. Williams has been publishing pain-related research since 1984 including studies in basic science, human experimental methods, clinical studies and clinical trials, mechanisms of pain processing and modulation, and psychometric instrument development and validation. He has worked for many years to develop and refine cognitive and behavioral pain self-management interventions both in face-to-face formats and digital formats. PainGuide.com is a public-facing product of this ongoing work which is also embedded in the clinical trials being conducted by the NIH HEAL initiative consortium BACPAC. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) represent another area of his specialization. For many years he worked with the NIH PROMIS initiative to develop IRT and brief CAT-based measures of multiple health-related domains. More recently his work has focused on assessing Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions (COPCs) and includes the COPC-screener. His work with PCORnet includes helping to develop and maintain the UM infrastructure for participating in national-scale multi-site clinical research – including participation in the NIH RECOVER initiative focused on COVID and Long Haul COVID (PASC). Mentoring in clinical research is another one of his passions. He is a mentor in many in training programs both within UM and at other institutions. Directing and shaping new educational programs in clinical pain research, such as the HEAL National K12 (co-PI) is an example hihs work in this field.

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    • Additional Scholarship
      Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions Screener - The REDCap Version: Users Guide, Version 11.0
      Williams DA, Schrepf A, Maixner W. 2022
    • Additional Scholarship
      "PainGuide - Self-management resources for chronic pain."
      Williams DA. 2020
    • Journal Article
      The MAPP research network: design, patient characterization and operations.
      Landis JR, Williams DA, Lucia MS, Clauw DJ, Naliboff BD, Robinson NA, van Bokhoven A, Sutcliffe S, Schaeffer AJ, Rodriguez LV, Mayer EA, Lai HH, Krieger JN, Kreder KJ, Afari N, Andriole GL, Bradley CS, Griffith JW, Klumpp DJ, Hong BA, Lutgendorf SK, Buchwald D, Yang CC, Mackey S, Pontari MA, Hanno P, Kusek JW, Mullins C, Clemens JQ, MAPP Research Network Study Group . BMC Urol, 2014 Aug 1; 14: 58 DOI:10.1186/1471-2490-14-58
      PMID: 25085119
    • Journal Article
      Vaccine Effectiveness Against Long COVID in Children.
      Razzaghi H, Forrest CB, Hirabayashi K, Wu Q, Allen A, Rao S, Chen Y, Bunnell HT, Chrischilles EA, Cowell LG, Cummins MR, Hanauer DA, Higginbotham M, Horne BD, Horowitz CR, Jhaveri R, Kim S, Mishkin A, Muszynski JA, Naggie S, Pajor NM, Paranjape A, Schwenk HT, Sills MR, Tedla YG, Williams DA, Bailey C. Pediatrics, 2024 Jan 16; DOI:10.1542/peds.2023-064446
      PMID: 38225804
    • Journal Article
      Relationship Between Nociplastic Pain Involvement and Medication Use, Symptom Relief, and Adverse Effects Among People Using Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain.
      Scott JR, Williams DA, Harte SE, Harris RE, Litinas E, Sisley S, Clauw DJ, Boehnke KF. Clin J Pain, 2024 Jan 1; 40 (1): 1 - 9. DOI:10.1097/AJP.0000000000001164
      PMID: 37823303
    • Journal Article
      The Chronic Overlapping Pain Condition Screener.
      Schrepf A, Maixner W, Fillingim R, Veasley C, Ohrbach R, Smith S, Williams DA. J Pain, 2024 Jan; 25 (1): 265 - 272. DOI:10.1016/j.jpain.2023.08.009
      PMID: 37633574
    • Journal Article
      Validation of a simple body map to measure widespread pain in urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome: A MAPP research network study.
      Clemens JQ, Locke K, Landis JR, Kreder K, Rodriguez LV, Yang CC, Tu FF, Harte SE, Schrepf A, Farrar JT, Sutcliffe S, Naliboff BD, Williams DA, Afari N, Spitznagle T, Taple BJ, Lai HH, Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network . Neurourol Urodyn, 2024 Jan 25; DOI:10.1002/nau.25400
      PMID: 38270336
    • Journal Article
      Preferences for risks and benefits of treatment outcomes for chronic low back pain: Choice-based conjoint measure development and discrete choice experiment.
      Wilson L, Denham A, Ionova Y, O'Neill C, Greco CM, Hassett AL, Hanmer J, Shaikh S, Wolf M, Berven S, Williams D, Ma Y, Lotz J, Zheng P. PM R, 2023 Dec 1; DOI:10.1002/pmrj.13112
      PMID: 38040670
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    Department News
    U-M Anesthesiology ranked #1 in NIH funding for eighth consecutive year with more than $22M in funding
    Three researchers — Drs. George Mashour, Chad Brummett, and David Williams — ranked in top 7 for PI funding.