Redford B. Williams, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Professor of Medicine
Campus mail 5811 Buck Quarter Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278
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

Barefoot, J. C., I. C. Siegler, J. B. Nowlin, B. L. Peterson, T. L. Haney, and R. B. Williams. “Suspiciousness, health, and mortality: a follow-up study of 500 older adults.” Psychosom Med 49, no. 5 (September 1987): 450–57. https://doi.org/10.1097/00006842-198709000-00002.

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3671634
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Williams, R. B. “Psychological factors in coronary artery disease: epidemiologic evidence.” Circulation 76, no. 1 Pt 2 (July 1987): I117–23.

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3297394
Scholars@Duke

Costa, P. T., S. V. Stone, R. R. McCrae, T. M. Dembroski, and R. B. Williams. “Hostility, agreeableness-antagonism, and coronary heart disease.” Journal of Interprofessional Care 2, no. 3 (January 1, 1987): 161–67. https://doi.org/10.3109/13561828709043576.

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Anderson, N. B., R. B. Williams, J. D. Lane, S. Houseworth, and M. Muranaka. “Parental history of hypertension and cardiovascular responses to behavioral stress in young black women.” J Psychosom Res 31, no. 6 (1987): 723–29. https://doi.org/10.1016/0022-3999(87)90021-3.

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2828606
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Hlatky, M. A., T. Haney, J. C. Barefoot, R. M. Califf, D. B. Mark, D. B. Pryor, and R. B. Williams. “Medical, psychological and social correlates of work disability among men with coronary artery disease.” Am J Cardiol 58, no. 10 (November 1, 1986): 911–15. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0002-9149(86)80009-1.

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3776848
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Williams, R. B., T. L. Haney, R. A. McKinnis, F. E. Harrell, K. L. Lee, D. B. Pryor, R. Califf, Y. H. Kong, R. A. Rosati, and J. A. Blumenthal. “Psychosocial and physical predictors of anginal pain relief with medical management.” Psychosom Med 48, no. 3–4 (March 1986): 200–210. https://doi.org/10.1097/00006842-198603000-00005.

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2871582
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Herman, S., J. A. Blumenthal, T. Haney, R. B. Williams, and J. Barefoot. “Type As who think they are type Bs: discrepancies between self-ratings and interview ratings of the type A (coronary-prone) behaviour pattern.” Br J Med Psychol 59 ( Pt 1) (March 1986): 83–88. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.2044-8341.1986.tb02669.x.

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3964590
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