Redford B. Williams, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Chief, Division of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Professor of Medicine
Campus mail 40 Duke Medicine Circle, Room 4082a, Yellow Zone, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 684-3863
Email address redfordw@duke.edu

My research aims to identify psychosocial factors that are involved in the pathogenesis and course of major medical disorders, to characterize the biobehavioral mechanisms whereby such factors influence disease, and to develop both behavioral and pharmacologic means of preventing or ameliorating the adverse impact of psychosocial factors on health and disease. Specific projects that are currently active include: 1) The influence of hostile personality, social isolation, depression and other psychosocial risk factors upon the development and course of cardiometabolic disease; 2) Biological and genetic mechanisms whereby psychosocial risk factors influence disease development and course; and 3) Behavioral and pharmacologic approaches to ameliorate impact of psychosocial risk factors on disease risk and course.

Education and Training

  • M.D., Yale University, 1967

Publications

Fanaroff, AC, Prather, K, Brucker, A, Wojdyla, D, Davidson-Ray, L, Mark, DB, Williams, RB, Barefoot, J, Weisz, G, Ben-Yehuda, O, Stone, GW, Ohman, EM, and Alexander, KP. "Relationship Between Optimism and Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Angina Pectoris." The American Journal of Cardiology (February 7, 2019).

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30771861
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Boyle, SH, Brummett, BH, Kuhn, CM, Barefoot, JC, Siegler, IC, Williams, RB, and Georgiades, A. "The Effects of Tryptophan Enhancement and Depletion on Plasma Catecholamine Levels in Healthy Individuals." Psychosomatic Medicine 81, no. 1 (January 2019): 34-40.

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30188382
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Do, EK, Haberstick, BC, Williams, RB, Lessem, JM, Smolen, A, Siegler, IC, and Fuemmeler, BF. "The role of genetic and environmental influences on the association between childhood ADHD symptoms and BMI." International Journal of Obesity (2005) 43, no. 1 (January 2019): 33-42.

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30349010
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Jiang, R, Kwee, L, Shah, SH, Singh, A, Babyak, MA, Brummett, BH, Siegler, IC, Williams, RB, and Hauser, ER. "Understanding of DNA methylation in the biological basis of stress related cardiovascular disease." 27th Annual Meeting of the International-Genetic-Epidemiology-Society (IGES). San Diego, CA. October 14, 2018 - October 16, 2018.: WILEY, October 1, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Jiang, R, Kwee, L, Shah, SH, Singh, A, Babyak, MA, Brummett, BH, Siegler, IC, Williams, RB, and Hauser, ER. "Understanding of DNA methylation in the biological basis of stress related cardiovascular disease." 27th Annual Meeting of the International-Genetic-Epidemiology-Society (IGES). San Diego, CA. October 14, 2018 - October 16, 2018.: WILEY, October 1, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Singh, A, Babyak, MA, Brummett, BH, Kraus, WE, Siegler, IC, Hauser, ER, and Williams, RB. "Harmonizing psychosocial stress and CVD-risk variables for developing robust estimates of GxE analyses." 27th Annual Meeting of the International-Genetic-Epidemiology-Society (IGES). San Diego, CA. October 14, 2018 - October 16, 2018.: WILEY, October 1, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Singh, A, Babyak, MA, Brummett, BH, Kraus, WE, Siegler, IC, Hauser, ER, and Williams, RB. "Harmonizing psychosocial stress and CVD-risk variables for developing robust estimates of GxE analyses." 27th Annual Meeting of the International-Genetic-Epidemiology-Society (IGES). San Diego, CA. October 14, 2018 - October 16, 2018.: WILEY, October 1, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Clemow, LP, Pickering, TG, Davidson, KW, Schwartz, JE, Williams, VP, Shaffer, JA, Williams, RB, and Gerin, W. "Stress management in the workplace for employees with hypertension: a randomized controlled trial." Translational Behavioral Medicine 8, no. 5 (September 2018): 761-770.

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30202927
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Singh, A, Babyak, MA, Brummett, BH, Kraus, WE, Siegler, IC, Hauser, ER, and Williams, RB. "Developing a synthetic psychosocial stress measure and harmonizing CVD-risk data: a way forward to GxE meta- and mega-analyses." Bmc Research Notes 11, no. 1 (July 24, 2018): 504-null.

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30041705
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Georgiades, A, Surwit, RS, Lane, JD, Siegler, IC, Kuhn, CM, Brummett, BH, Boyle, SH, Babyak, MA, Costa, P, and Williams, RB. "REDUCED ADRENAL MEDULLARY ACTIVITY MAY BE IMPORTANT FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF NORMAL GLUCOSE REGULATION IN THE OBESE STATE." 76th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American-Psychosomatic-Society - Optimizing Health and Resilience in a Changing World - Celebrating 75 Years of the American Psychosomatic Society. Louisville, KY. March 7, 2018 - March 10, 2018.: LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, April 1, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

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