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William M. McDonald, MD

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

Psychiatry Education

Geriatric Psychiatry / Fuqua Center for Late Life Depression / ECT and Neuromodulation Services

Phone: 404-712-6945 / Michele Miles Admin Assistant - 404-712-6941

Fax: 404-712-7436


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Dr. McDonald graduated from Duke University Medical School in 1984 and was a member of the clinical faculty before moving to Emory in 1993. 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’s research has focused on treatments for severe and refractory depression including neuromodulation treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation.  Dr. McDonald’s clinical efforts are presently focused on developing the Emory Treatment Resistant Depression Center as part of the Brain Health Center (  Dr. McDonald 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.