Keith Williams

Keith Williams

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Keith Williams, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Psychology at Oakland University.

Having arrived at OU in fall 2005, Dr. Williams now teaches a variety of departmental courses, including Foundations of Contemporary Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Animal Behavior and Basic Physiological Processes, a seminar course focused on psychopharmacology.

His research interests include bridging the gap between the behavioral and biological components that influence drug-taking behavior and addiction. He is also interested in the pharmacological and behavioral mechanisms of drug reinforcement and craving, the hormonal influences on drug self-administration, the contribution of food in-take mechanisms on drug consumption and the influence of physical exercise on drug-taking behavior.

In 2004, Dr. Williams received a three-year research grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The $184,175 award led to the publication of a paper titled “Naltrexone Sensitivity During Responding for Ethanol.” In his research, Dr. Williams performed lab experiments to discover how behavioral and environmental factors may enhance or inhibit the effectiveness of Naltrexone as a treatment for alcoholism.

Dr. Williams earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

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