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William M. McDonald, MD

JB Fuqua Chair for Late-Life Depression, Director
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry Education

Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry

Phone: 404-728-6302


Contact Websites


  • Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression Administrative Assistant Michele Miles (Tel: 404-728-6948; Fax: 404-728-6269)
  • Psychiatry Education Administrative Assistant Diahann JohnBaptiste (Tel: 404-547-1104; Fax: 404-727-4746) 
  • Grady Memorial Hospital Administrative Assistant Flora Hightower (404-616-4807)

Dr. McDonald graduated from Duke University Medical School in 1984 and was a member of the clinical faculty before moving to Emory in 1993.  He is the J. B. Fuqua Chair for Late-Life Depression and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory, Chief of Psychiatry at Grady Memorial Hospital and the Vice-Chair for Education.  Throughout his career, Dr. McDonald has concentrated research efforts on understanding the neuroanatomy and clinical features of mood disorders such as mania and depression, particularly when these disorders occur late in life. His research has been supported by funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke, the Fuqua Foundation, National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression and a number of private funding agencies.  Dr. McDonald is a reviewer for over fifteen national and international scientific journals and serves on a number of national committees including the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Research and Quality Care Council and the APA Taskforce on the Guidelines for Electroconvulsive Therapy.