Williams Research Group

Dr. Brian Williams is a pediatric and adult hospitalist whose research focuses on reducing the negative impacts of tobacco use across the lifespan. He is particularly interested in developing interventions to help young people quit vaping. In addition, he is active in developing and assessing interventions to help parents and caregivers quit smoking in the pediatric setting.


To develop and assess smoking and vaping cessation interventions to help individuals live lives free from tobacco.

Current Areas of Research

Addressing the Vaping Epidemic in Adolescents and Young Adults: Advancing our Understanding of Cessation Treatment and Engagement

This study is part of Dr. Williams’ K08 award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The research seeks to better understand how young people can effectively quit vaping and what factors may increase engagement with vaping cessation programs.

Treating Caregivers Who Smoke

Dr. Williams is currently running a clinical trial providing smoking cessation treatment for parents/caregivers of children who are admitted at American Family Children’s Hospital. This work assesses the impact of a brief counseling session and nicotine replacement on parental smoking and their attitudes and motivations on quitting.

UW-Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI)

Dr. Williams is part of the research team at UW-CTRI where he collaborates on various tobacco related studies and serves as the study physician for several clinical trials.

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