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

Matsushima, T., N. Doba, and R. B. Williams. “Studies on type A behaviour pattern and hostility in Japanese male subjects with special reference to CHD.” Japanese Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine 23, no. 4 (December 1, 1983): 321–28.

Scholars@Duke

Blumenthal, J. A., J. D. Lane, R. B. Williams, D. C. McKee, T. Haney, and A. White. “Effects of task incentive on cardiovascular response in type A and type B individuals.” Psychophysiology 20, no. 1 (January 1983): 63–70. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8986.1983.tb00903.x.

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6828614
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Blumenthal, J. A., R. S. Williams, A. G. Wallace, R. B. Williams, and T. L. Needles. “Physiological and psychological variables predict compliance to prescribed exercise therapy in patients recovering from myocardial infarction.” Psychosom Med 44, no. 6 (December 1982): 519–27. https://doi.org/10.1097/00006842-198212000-00003.

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7163455
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Williams, R. B., J. D. Lane, C. M. Kuhn, W. Melosh, A. D. White, and S. M. Schanberg. “Type A behavior and elevated physiological and neuroendocrine responses to cognitive tasks.” Science 218, no. 4571 (October 29, 1982): 483–85. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.7123248.

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7123248
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Mohl, P. C., L. C. Wyrick, W. Cleveland, D. Hawkins, L. Burdette, and R. B. Williams. “Cardiovascular correlates of the psychotherapeutic process.” Psychother Psychosom 37, no. 2 (1982): 65–74. https://doi.org/10.1159/000287555.

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7122789
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Keefe, Francis J., Andrew R. Block, Redford B. Williams, and Richard S. Surwit. “Behavioral treatment of chronic low back pain: clinical outcome and individual differences in pain relief.” Pain 11, no. 2 (October 1981): 221–31. https://doi.org/10.1016/0304-3959(81)90007-5.

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6459557
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Williams, R. B., H. M. Tremer, and S. S. Sobin. “Redistribution of canine left ventricular myocardial blood flow in unloaded systole.” Circ Res 49, no. 1 (July 1981): 203–11. https://doi.org/10.1161/01.res.49.1.203.

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7237693
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Blumenthal, J. A., D. C. McKee, R. B. Williams, and T. Haney. “Assessment of conceptual tempo in the type A (coronary prone) behavior pattern.” J Pers Assess 45, no. 1 (February 1981): 44–51. https://doi.org/10.1207/s15327752jpa4501_10.

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7218130
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