Lillie D. Williamson

 Lillie Williamson

Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Graduate Student
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Lillie D. Williamson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. Her research investigates the role of communication as a social determinant of health. She is specifically interested in how communication both contributes to and can help address racial health inequities. Her current work focuses on how communication related to medical mistrust beliefs influences health outcomes for African Americans. 

Research Interests

  • Communication and Health


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.S. Biology, B.S. Psychology, 2011)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.A. Communication, 2014)

Distinctions / Awards

  • Henry L. Mueller Award
  • Karl R. Wallace Award


  • CMN 102: Intro to Communication Theory & Research
  • CMN 260: Health Communication
  • CMN 368: Sexual Communication
  • CMN 111: Oral & Written Communication I
  • CMN 112: Oral & Written Communication II

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Williamson, Lillie D, Marisa A. Smith, and Cabral A. Bigman Does Discrimination Breed Mistrust? Examining the Role of Mediated and Non-Mediated Discrimination Experiences on Medical Mistrust Journal of Health Communication 2019.
Williamson, Lillie D, Cabral A. Bigman, and Brian L. Quick A qualitative examination of African Americans' organ donation-related medical mistrust beliefs Howard Journal of Communications 2018.
Williamson, Lillie D, and Cabral A. Bigman A systematic review of medical mistrust measures Patient Education & Counseling 2018.
Williamson, Lillie D, Tobias Reynolds-Tylus, Brian L. Quick, and Marion Shuck African Americans’ perceptions of organ donation: “Simply boils down to mistrust!” Journal of Applied Communication Research 45 2017, p. 199-217.