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
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

Surwit, Richard S., Redford B. Williams, and Anastasia Georgiades. “Adrenal Medullary Function, Adiposity and Fasting Glucose.” In Obesity, 19:S92–S92. NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, 2011.

Scholars@Duke

Brummett, Beverly H., Michael A. Babyak, Ilene C. Siegler, Michael Shanahan, Kathleen Mullan Harris, Glen H. Elder, and Redford B. Williams. “Systolic blood pressure, socioeconomic status, and biobehavioral risk factors in a nationally representative US young adult sample.” Hypertension 58, no. 2 (August 2011): 161–66. https://doi.org/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.111.171272.

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21730296
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Williams, Redford B., and Virginia P. Williams. “Adaptation and implementation of an evidence-based behavioral medicine program in diverse global settings: The Williams LifeSkills experience.” Transl Behav Med 1, no. 2 (June 2011): 303–12. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13142-011-0030-6.

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24073053
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Barefoot, John C., Beverly H. Brummett, Redford B. Williams, Ilene C. Siegler, Michael J. Helms, Stephen H. Boyle, Nancy E. Clapp-Channing, and Daniel B. Mark. “Recovery expectations and long-term prognosis of patients with coronary heart disease.” Arch Intern Med 171, no. 10 (May 23, 2011): 929–35. https://doi.org/10.1001/archinternmed.2011.41.

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21357800
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Brummett, Beverly H., Ilene C. Siegler, Allison Ashley-Koch, and Redford B. Williams. “Effects of 5HTTLPR on cardiovascular response to an emotional stressor.” Psychosom Med 73, no. 4 (May 2011): 318–22. https://doi.org/10.1097/PSY.0b013e3182118c16.

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21364197
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Jonassaint, Charles R., Ilene C. Siegler, John C. Barefoot, Christopher L. Edwards, and Redford B. Williams. “Low life course socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with negative NEO PI-R personality patterns.” Int J Behav Med 18, no. 1 (March 2011): 13–21. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12529-009-9069-x.

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20012811
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Iqbal Kring, Sofia I., John Barefoot, Beverly H. Brummett, Stephen H. Boyle, Ilene C. Siegler, Søren Toubro, Torben Hansen, et al. “Associations between APOE variants and metabolic traits and the impact of psychological stress.” Plos One 6, no. 1 (January 19, 2011): e15745. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0015745.

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21283811
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Williams, Redford B. “Myocardial infarction and risk of suicide: another reason to develop and test ways to reduce distress in postmyocardial-infarction patients?” Circulation 122, no. 23 (December 7, 2010): 2356–58. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.110.990382.

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21098453
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Stanton, Michael V., Charles R. Jonassaint, Frederick B. Bartholomew, Christopher Edwards, Laura Richman, Laura DeCastro, and Redford Williams. “The association of optimism and perceived discrimination with health care utilization in adults with sickle cell disease.” J Natl Med Assoc 102, no. 11 (November 2010): 1056–63. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0027-9684(15)30733-1.

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21141295
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