Petal Petersen-Williams

Petal Petersen 014AAMs Petal Petersen-Williams is employed as a Senior Scientist in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. Her primary role is to provide research support for the unit’s substance abuse projects in the prevention area, specifically a CDC project on drugs and HIV among most at risk populations. Recently she has become involved in research evaluating alcohol policies in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMICS) through the International Alcohol Control Study (IAC): South Africa.

Ms Petersen-Williams is currently a registered final year PhD student and her research interests include investigating the nature and extent of substance use among pregnant women and the development and implementation of behavioural interventions aimed at reducing substance abuse during pregnancy and associated HIV risk behaviour among women of child-bearing age. Her interest in women’s health issues and the barriers to care and treatment specifically in South Africa has led to her involvement in projects aimed at focusing on developing the most effective method for detecting drug use and intervening among pregnant women attending South Africa’s free public health services through an integrated model of care in an effort to improve both maternal and child health in the country.

Her talk is scheduled for 4:10 PM at the 6th InWomen’s conference on Friday June 14, 2013 at the Hilton Bayfront San Diego and is entitled “Substance use and other intersecting health risks: Addressing health disparities among women in South Africa.”

You can see the entire conference agenda here:

 For additional background reading on this topic, Ms. Petersen-Williams recommends reading:

Russel, B.S., Eaton, L.A., & Petersen-Williams, P. (2012). Intersecting epidemics among pregnant women: alcohol use, interpersonal violence, and HIV infection in South Africa. Current HIV/AIDS Reports. DOI 10.1007/s11904-012-0145-5.

You can register for this meeting here:


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