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Dr. Joseph E.G. Williams

Dr. Joseph E.G. Williams


Office: 4065 - Physical Science
Phone: 217-581-2422
Fax: 217 581-6764
Email: jgwilliams@eiu.edu

Joseph Williams's Vita
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.

Frequently Taught Courses

Principles of Psychology; Statistics; Research Methods; BioPsychology; Psychology of Evil & Aggression; Learning; Drugs & Behavior; Physiology of Addiction; Science of Psychology and Religion; Achievement and Motivation in the Workplace; Violence & Abuse in Relationships.


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.

Professional Organizations

American Psychological Association; Association for Psychological Science; Sigma Xi (The National Research Honor Society); Midwest Psychological Association; Society for Neuroscience; Affiliate member, APA Division 36: Psychology of Religion & Spirituality; Affiliate member, APA Division 6: Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology: Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments.


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.

Selected Publications


Understanding Psychology, Third Edtion. J.E.G. Williams & R.H. Ettinger (2013) BVT Publishing, Redding, CA.

Study Guide to Accompany Understanding Psychology, Third Edtion. J.E.G. Williams & R.H. Ettinger (2013) BVT Publishing, Redding, CA.

Funding & Grants

Awarded Redden Grant for Research Opportunity 2013-2014.


Active Membership & Involvement in:

Knights of Columbus: St. Charles Borromeo Church, Charleston, IL
Knights of Columbus Squires Youth group (Counselor)
American Legion Post 93 Charleston, IL: (Historian) (Vietnam-Era Veteran: U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman)
Boy Scouts of America Troop 141 (Adult Committee Member & Treasurer)
Fox Ridge Foundation (Member & Treasurer)
Neighborhood Association of Woodland Hills (Treasurer)

Note:  Generally, an overall great guy!

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