For the past two years, Julianne (Gibson) Williams has been working in England on a research team at Oxford University on international nutrition projects for the World Health Organization.
Recently, Julianne was awarded a three-year, fully funded doctoral scholarship at Oxford University with the Nuffield
Department of Population Health. Her doctoral thesis will focus on rural schools as sites of health promotion.
The approved and funded project will involve collaborating with the World Health Organization and the World Bank to investigate prevention of non-communicable diseases within Sri Lanka as a developing nation.
Rapid urbanization and shifts in lifestyle in that nation have increased morbidity and mortality from non-communicable diseases as the country experiences both under- and over-nutrition in its population.
Julianne graduated from Blaine High School in 2002, attended Seattle Pacific University for her undergraduate studies and the University of Washington, where she received a master of science degree in public health. She is the daughter of Charles and Margaret Gibson of Blaine. Charles is the pastor of Northwood Alliance Church while Margaret is a nurse in the Blaine School District.