Dr. W. Stewart Agras reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. His primary research interest is the area of behavior change, including compliance, essential hypertension and other cardiovascular risk factors, and eating and anxiety disorders. Dr. Agras was one of the early leaders in the field of behavior therapy. He established one of the first behavioral medicine programs in the country that continues today at Stanford University in Stanford, California. Dr. Agras became the founding President of the Society for Behavioral Medicine and is a past President of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy.
Education and Training
MD: University College London Medical School, London, England, 1955
Residency in Psychiatry: McGill University, Montreal, QC, 1960–1961
Canadian Boards of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA:
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1976–1977 and 1990–1991
Professor and Chairman, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Jackson, MS, 1969–1973
Instructor to Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT, 1961–1969
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