Karla Lavin Williams, DrPH

Karla Lavin Williams, DrPH

Program Director, Assistant Professor

Dr. Lavin Williams is a full-time faculty member and Program Director for the Bachelor of Science in Health-Care Administration Program, positions she has held since the program’s inception in 2010. Her health-care industry background spans over 25 years.  She has skillfully held a variety of positions with emphasis in sports medicine, allied health, health administration, health education, emotional intelligence and executive coaching.

As the Program Director, Dr. Lavin Williams facilitates the student application and enrollment process; provides student mentoring, coaching, and course instruction; and participates in emotional intelligence research and faculty and student development initiatives. Additionally, she is the Chair of Faculty Development for the SAHP Community of Practice and Education and serves on the SAHP Internal Online Audit Team, the LLU Distance Learning Committee, the LLU Online Formative Peer Assessment team and the LLU Program Review Committee.

Previously, Dr. Lavin Williams was the Project Manager for two federally-funded disaster/telemedicine projects at the Loma Linda University Medical Center and the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of CARE, a nonprofit research and health education company. In both positions, she contributed to the fields of mass casualty and public health research and to advancements that benefited local, state, and federal agencies.


  • DrPH, Health Promotion and Education, Nutrition Cognate, Loma Linda University
  • MPH, Health Administration, Loma Linda University
  • B.S., Kinesiology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Professional Certificates

  • July 2019, Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Wellcoaches School of Coaching
  • November 2016, Certified Professional Coach, College of Executive Coaching
  • February 2014, Accredited Emotional and Social Competency Inventory Coach, Hay Group
  • February 2010, Reproductive Health, Loma Linda University

Research Experience

  • Research that transforms experiential learning theory into practice utilizing emotional intelligence assessment tools and coaching sessions to enhance emotional intelligence competencies among undergraduate college students. The initial pilot studies began in 2014, and data collection and synthesis remain in progress.
  • “A Convertible Use Rapidly Expandable model for disaster response.” International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 4, (2), 199-214, 2013.
  • Dissertation: Perceived Parent-Child Relationship and High-Risk Behaviors Among Christian College Students, 2011.