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Denitza Williams

Dr Denitza Williams


Academic and research staff

School of Medicine

Available for postgraduate supervision


I have established expertise and portfolio within health services research and qualitative research methods nin women's health. My post-doctoral work has focused on healthcare communication, quality improvement and collaborative healthcare, specifically shared decision-making within NHS healthcare services in women's health.

I have led a number of mixed-methods projects including needs assessment, development and evaluation of collaborative healthcare interventions (shared-decision making) in clinical settings (chronic kidney disease/breast cancer/ autoimmune rheumatic disease, cystic fibrosis).

My work focuses on supporting women's health including Cervical Screening and pre-conception decision making in women with long term conditions (Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Kidney Disease and Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease).

I work in close collaboration with national and international organisations including Public Health Wales, Welsh Government and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Key responsibilities:

Chief Investigator, Novel decision support intervention to support choice in cervical screening modality, Early Detection & Diagnosis Primer Award, Cancer Research UK.

Public Involvement co-lead, Health and Care Research Wales Evidence Centre.

Research Manager, Primary Research Work Programme, Wales COVID-19 Evidence Centre (WCEC).

National Programme Manager of the Wales OECD Patient-reported Indicator Survey (PaRIS) programme at NHS Wales.

Division of Population Medicine Education Management Committee C21 representative.

Qualitative work package lead for large multi-agency COVID-19 study (COPE Cymru)  COPE Study

Awards and nominations

Enriching Student Life Awards (2020): Nomination, Outstanding Doctoral Supervisor.

Chwarae Teg Womenspire Awards (2019): Nomination for 'Rising Star' for work focusing on healthcare communicaiton in women's health.

Audrey Jones Award for Scholarship (2017): Scholarship award for doctoral work focusing on cervical screening in Wales.















I have growing national and international reputation within the academic filed of healthcare services research, healthcare communication, women’s health and qualitative research methods. I have numerious research publications and have secured over £8.4 million in grant funding as co-applicant/lead applicant within the field of healthcare communication over the past 5 years.

I have led the dissemination of research findings through the production of reports, stakeholder events, social media (e.g. Twitter) and many oral conference presentations internationally (Netherlands, France, Portugal) and nationally (e.g. SAPC, DHP, PRIME). I have been invited speaker at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology as well as the Wales Assembly for Women.


I have led the development, delivery and assessment of synchronus and asynchronus courses.

This includes evidence-based medicine, and research methods modules at BSc (Cardiff University) and Masters Level (previous roles in Cardiff Met). I have been responsible for planning the content and assessment of these modules as well as the development of synchronous and asynchronous materials.

I led the development and delivery of teaching for the Masters in Genetic Counselling Course in Cardiff University (Health Psychology Theory) and have led the development and delivery of a Masters in Pain module focusing on healthcare communication and well-being in during pre-conception, pregnancy and parenting in women with painful long-term conditions.

I have been actively involved in the development of new research methods teaching for intercalated BSc Medical students, including quantitative and qualitative critical appraisal.

Both the MSc Genetic Counselling and Masters in Pain (Cardiff University) are international courses.

I have been an invited lecturer for health psychology lectures in the University of South Wales.


Career overview

2021- Current  Cardiff University, Division of Population Medicine, Lecturer. Responsible for contributing to and leading research in primary and unscheduled care and delivering teaching on the C21 medical programme.Supervison of intercalated and PhD students.

2020-2022 Cardiff Metropolitan University, Research Fellow in Health Psychology. Responsible for delivering the CF:PROSPER work package 2.Qualitative lead for a large Covid-19 mixed-methods study.

2020-2021 Cardiff Metropolitan University, Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing. Module lead, MSc and BSc teaching and assessment focusing on health, evidence based medicine, qualitative research methods. Personal tuition and supervision at BSc, MSc & PhD level.

2017-2020 Cardiff University, Research Associate.  Capacity building in patient centered care in women’s health, qualitative focus.

2016-2017 Cardiff University, Project Manager. STAR study- Starting a family when you have an Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease.

2015-2016 Cardiff University, Research Associate. Shared decision making in breast cancer and renal disease.


I currently supervise PhD student Zoe Abbott.  Thesis focuses on co-production of pre-conception health for women with inflammatory arthritis (funding Health and Care Research Wales, co-supervisor)

Additionally, I also currently supervise:

- One intercalated degree student focusing on understanding best ways to engage underserved groups when offering a choice in cervical screening mode.

- One MSc student exploring the healthcare communication experiences of families undergoing pre-natal genetic screening. 

- One MSc Health Psychology Student in Cardiff Metropolitan University (external supervisor).

Current supervision

ZoË Abbott

ZoË Abbott

Research student