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Joseph Williams

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Welcome to my department webpage!  As you can see in my Vita, my academic training, life skills, and research interests provide a cross-disciplinary understanding of the human experience.  The classes I teach cover topic areas involving psychology, biology, chemistry, statistics, sociology, religion, and human factors performance.  Although I previously had nearly 30 years of involvement with drugs of abuse in animal research, my primary interests since coming to EIU include the study of personality, religion & spirituality, and human performance in high-stress context situations.  I also have a research consulting firm I created in 2003 to pursue my research goals with businesses outside of EIU to study the behavioral physionic response in these stress simulations. 

If you have interest in these areas, I would enjoy talking with you.

Areas of Expertise

  • Homeland Security
  • Psychology
  • Substance Abuse

Education

B.A., University of Rhode Island, 1979 (General Psychology)
M.A., Boston University, 1982 (Experimental/Physiological)
Ph.D., Boston University, 1987 (Experimental/Physiological)

Dissertation: The Effects of Chronic Infusion of Morphine on the Detection of Electrical Brain Stimulation and the Development of Tolerance.

Research Interests

PsychoPharmacology; The Biological Basis of Behavior; The Effects of Drugs of Abuse on Brain Reward Mechanisms; The Measurement of Neurotransmitters; The Relationship Between Neurochemical Events and Ongoing Behavior; Behavioral Physionics of Stress-Related Responding; Human Factors Performance; The Relationship Between Psychology and Religion.

Contact Information

Phone: 217-581-2422
Email: jgwilliams@eiu.edu


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