Redford B. Williams, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Professor of Medicine
Campus mail 905 W. Main Street, Suite 22 (2nd Floor), Durham, NC 27701
Phone (919) 684-3863
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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


Lamprecht, F., B. Eichelman, N. B. Thoa, R. B. Williams, and I. J. Kopin. “Rat fighting behavior: serum dopamine- -hydroxylase and hypothalamic tyrosine hydroxylase.” Science 177, no. 4055 (September 29, 1972): 1214–15.

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McKegney, F. P., and R. B. Williams. “Psychological aspects of hypertension. II. The differential influence of interview variables on blood pressure.” Am J Psychiatry 123, no. 12 (June 1967): 1539–45.

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Williams, R. B., and F. P. McKegney. “Psychological aspects of hypertension. I. The influence of experimental interview variables on blood pressure.” Yale J Biol Med 38, no. 3 (December 1965): 265–72.