Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Associate Dean of School of Public Health


Dr. Williams received a BS in psychology from Stockton University and a PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech. He joined the research faculty at Brown University in 2006 and the teaching faculty in 2009.

Dr. Williams has two books:

Williams, D.M. (2019): Darwinian Hedonism and the Epidemic of Unhealthy Behavior, Cambridge University Press, pre-orders available here on

Williams, D.M., Rhodes, R.E., & Conner, M.T. (2018): Affective Determinants of Health Behavior, Oxford University Press, available here on

Brown Affiliations