Redford B. Williams Jr., MD


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Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Behavioral Medicine
DUMC 3926
Durham, NC 27710
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  • MD, Yale University School of Medicine (Connecticut), 1967
  • Yale-New Haven Medical Center (Connecticut), 1967-1970
  • National Institute of Mental Health (Maryland), 1970-1972
Clinical Interests:
Biofeedback and other behavioral approaches to treating or preventing physical disorders, hostility and anger control, various pain syndromes, headache
Research Interests:
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.