Dr Damien Williams

Dr Damien Williams
Lecturer in Public Health Sciences

Through my varied experiences and enthusiasm my aim is
to develop the future generation of critical thinkers and radical practitioners

I received a BSc (Hons, 1st Class) and PhD from the University of Bristol, and a MPH (Distinction) from the University of Manchester. My broad academic interests are in violence and non-violence promotion, health promotion and health equity, and community development (i.e. assets-based approaches).

I am a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. In addition, I am a co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for International Child and Adolescent Health Policy (2014-); a member of the steering committee for the European Network in Training, Education and Research (ENTER) in Mental Health Academy (2017-); a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Minorities Research; a member of the International Advisory Board for the Masters in Global Health at the University of Ghent; and a member of the steering group convened by the Scottish Public Health Network to develop Scotland’s first national violence prevention strategy (2017-). I have worked in industry, undertaken consultancy work, and held a number of teaching and research posts prior to taking up a Lectureship in Public Health Sciences at the University of St Andrews.

My roles and duties at the University of St Andrews include:


BSc Medicine

  • Teaching (Lectures, tutorials, workshops; MD2001-MD4002)
  • Assessor (MD2001-MD4001)
  • Communication skills tutor and assessor

International Foundations of Medicine programme

  • Teaching (Lectures)


  • Public health lead/co-ordinator, School of Medicine
  • Personal tutor, BSc Medicine
  • Member of the postgraduate teaching committee
  • Member of the postgraduate staff-student consultative committee
  • Member of the MD3001 assessment committee
  • Member of the University Wellbeing and engagement group
  • CAPOD trainer and assessor


  • Principal investigator/researcher
  • PhD and MD supervisor
data source: symbiosis

Research Overview from research@st-andrews

Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Evans-Williams, C & Williams, DJ 2017, 'Autistic Hierarchy of Needs: a guide for working therapeutically with autistic adults' The Autism Academy UK Launch and Learning Event, Dundee, United Kingdom, 11/08/17, .
Williams, DJ & Williams, C 2016, Prevention of youth gang-related violence: A narrative review. in M Taylor, U Khan & JA Pooley (eds), Crime and violence prevention: Moving beyond hot-stove policing and perpetrator rehabilitation. Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY.
Goodall, C, Neville, FG, Williams, DJ, Donnelly, PD & McCluskey, K 2015, 'Preliminary research informing policy perspectives on alcohol monitoring in criminal justice in Scotland' American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, United Kingdom, 31/10/15 - 4/11/15, .
Williams, DJ & Groen, M 2015, User-centred design as a risk management tool. in J-M Mercantini & C Faucher (eds), Risk and Cognition. Intelligent Systems Reference Library, vol. 80, Springer-Verlag, pp. 107-127. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-45704-7_5
Williams, DJ & Carnochan, J 2015, Interpersonal violence in Scotland: An agenda for prevention. in H Croall, G Mooney & M Munro (eds), Crime, justice and society in Scotland. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 82-98.
Neville, FG, Goodall, C, Williams, DJ & Donnelly, PD 2014, 'Sexual assault on campus: Prevalence, perceived vulnerability and alcohol' American Public Health Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, United States, 15/11/14 - 19/11/14, .
Neville, FG, Goodall, C, Williams, DJ & Donnelly, PD 2014, 'Brief interventions for reducing violence: a rapid review of evaluations and recommendations' Faculty of Public Health Annual Conference in Scotland, Aviemore, United Kingdom, 6/11/14 - 7/11/14, .
Gavine, AJ, Williams, DJ, Neville, FG & Goodall, C 2014, 'Violence prevention in Scottish primary schools: The development of the brave, Confident, Strong, Individuals programme' Paper presented at Faculty of Public Health Annual Conference in Scotland, Aviemore, United Kingdom, 6/11/14 - 7/11/14, .