Nolan Williams

Nolan Williams

Deep brain stimulation specialist, Neuroimaging specialist, Psychiatrist


Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Major Laboratories & Clinical Translational Neurosciences Incubator) and, by courtesy, of Radiology (Neuroimaging and Neurointervention)

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Additional Languages Spoken:
Spanish

Biography


Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Director of the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab. Dr. Williams has a broad background in clinical neuroscience and is triple board-certified in general neurology, general psychiatry, as well as behavioral neurology & neuropsychiatry. In addition, he has specific training and clinical expertise in the development of brain stimulation methodologies. Themes of his work include (a) examining the use of spaced learning theory in the application of neurostimulation techniques, (b) development and mechanistic understanding of rapid-acting antidepressants, and (c) identifying objective biomarkers that predict neuromodulation responses in treatment-resistant neuropsychiatric conditions. Dr. Williams' work has resulted in an FDA clearance for the world's first non-invasive, rapid-acting neuromodulation approach for treatment-resistant depression. He has published papers in high-impact peer-reviewed journals including Brain, American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Results from his studies have gained widespread attention in journals such as Science and New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch as well as in the popular press and have been featured in various news sources including Time, Smithsonian, and Newsweek. Dr. Williams received two NARSAD Young Investigator Awards in 2016 and 2018 along with the 2019 Gerald L. Klerman Award. Dr. Williams received the National Institute of Mental Health Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists in 2020.

Professional Summary


Education & Certifications
  • Board Certification, United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry (2020)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology (2019)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry (2014)
  • NIH R25 Research Fellowship, Medical University of South Carolina, Human Neuroscience (2014)
  • Clinical Fellowship, Medical University of South Carolina, Invasive and Non-Invasive Neuromodulation (2014)
  • Residency, Medical University of South Carolina, Psychiatry (2014)
  • Residency, Medical University of South Carolina, Neurology (2014)
  • Intership, Medical University of South Carolina, Internal Medicine (2009)
  • MD, Medical University of South Carolina, Medicine (2008)

Honors & Awards
  • A.E. Bennett Award, Society of Biological Psychiatry (2024)
  • Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists, National Institute of Mental Health (2020)
  • Bipolar Research Award, One Mind (2020)
  • Chairman's Award for Advancing Science, Stanford University (2019)
  • Gerald R. Klerman Award, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (2019)
  • Leading Research Achievements, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (2020)
  • Leading Research Achievements, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (2021)
  • Leading Research Achievements, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (2022)
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (2016-2018)
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (2018-2020)

Memberships
  • Director, Board of Directors, Clinical TMS Society (2021 - Present)
  • Member, American Neuropsychiatric Association Committee on Research (2016 - Present)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2014 - Present)

Administrative Appointments
  • Chief Resident of Neurology, Medical University of South Carolina (2011 - 2012)
  • Chief Resident of Neuropsychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina (2011 - 2014)
  • Director, Stanford Brain Stimulation Laboratory (2015 - Present)
  • Director, Stanford Interventional Psychiatry Clinical Research (2019 - Present)

Publications

Practice Locations


Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic in Palo Alto Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

401 Quarry Road

Stanford , CA 94304

(650) 498-9111

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