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Director of Correctional Psychiatry
Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship


UNC Hospitals- Chapel Hill

Education and Training:

BA, Transylvania University
MD, University of Kentucky College of Medicine
General psychiatry residency, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Forensic psychiatry fellowship, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Summary Statement:

Dr. Joseph Williams is the program director of the UNC addiction medicine fellowship. He is also the department’s director of correctional psychiatry and serves as assistant program director of the UNC forensic psychiatry fellowship. Since joining the faculty in 2013, Dr. Williams’ clinical work has primarily focused on evaluating and treating individuals with substance use disorders. He also provides telepsychiatry services to individuals who are incarcerated in the North Carolina state prison system. Dr. Williams has published in medical journals including Academic Psychiatry, the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the Journal of ECT, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the North Carolina Medical Journal, the Journal of Correctional Health Care, Psychiatric Services, the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, and JAMA Psychiatry. He has presented research at national conferences in the fields of forensic psychiatry, correctional health care, and addiction medicine, and he is a recipient of the Dr. Ray and Mrs. Christine Hayworth Award for excellence in psychiatry residency education at UNC. Dr. Williams currently holds ABMS board certifications in psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and addiction medicine.

Joseph Williams