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Gary James  GARY JAMES

   Professor of Anthropology
   PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 1984
   Biomedical anthropologist
   Science 1, Room 233


Curriculum vitae (pdf, 260.8kb)

Research interests

Dr. James is Director of the Institute for Primary and Preventative Health Care and Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University. He is a human population biologist who earned his Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology (Human Biology Program) from the Pennsylvania State University and had post-doctoral training in hypertension and cardiovascular endocrinology at the Weil College of Medicine of Cornell University. He is author or co-author of over 300 peer-reviewed publications examining physiological and endocrine adaptations to the dynamic stresses of everyday life, the relation of these responses to the development of chronic diseases, the cardiovascular health effects of modernization, women's health, the functioning of the renin-angiotensin system and ambulatory blood pressure technology. He is an elected fellow of the AAAS, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine and an elected member of the Harvey Society. He is a past-president of the Human Biology Association and American Dermatoglyphics Association and serves on several editorial boards including Blood Pressure Monitoring, Current Hypertension Reviews, the Open Biochemistry Journal, the Open Neuroendocrinology Journal and Public Health Frontiers. He and his colleagues have received numerous grant awards from the National Institutes of Health over the past 20 years, and he is currently co-PI with Gerri Britton from the Decker School of Nursing of a funded study of smoking cessation in pregnancy. He has conducted field work in Western Samoa and the United States. Feature articles about his studies of ambulatory blood pressure and stress in working women have appeared in the NY Times Sunday Magazine and Mademoiselle.


(in press) Pierce C, S.H., Gueldner, G.D. James and A.H. Welch. Assessing depression and well-being in community dwelling elders. VISIONS: JOURNAL OF ROGERIAN NURSING SCIENCE.

2013  James, G.D.  Ambulatory blood pressure variation: allostasis and adaptation. AUTONOMIC NEUROSCIENCE: BASIC AND CLINICAL (in press).

2013  Fahs, P.S., M. Pribulick, I.C. Williams, G.D. James, V. Rovnyak, and S.M. Seibold-Simpson.  Promoting heart health in rural women. JOURNAL OF RURAL HEALTH 29:248-257.

2013  James, G.D., H.M. van Berge-Landry, L.A. Morrison, A.M. Reza, N.M. Nicolaisen, J. R. Bindon and D. E. Brown.  Ambulatory blood pressure and blood lipids in a multiethnic sample of healthy adults. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 25:563-565.

2013  Britton, G.R.A., G.D. James, R. Collier, J. Brinthaupt, L.M. Sprague and J. Stehle.  The effects of smoking cessation and a program intervention on birth and other perinatal outcomes among rural pregnant smokers. ANNALS OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 40:256-265.

2013  Van Berge-Landry, H., G.D. James and D.E. Brown.  The relationships between diurnal changes in blood pressure and catecholamines among Filipino-American and European-American women. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 25:431-433.

2012  James, G.D., G.R. Britton, J. Sobczak, J. Rhodes-Keefe, L. Sprague and S.H. Gueldner.  A pilot randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial of a multi-step herbal program for assisting smokers to quit. JOURNAL OF ADDICTIONS NURSING 23(4): 231-240.

2012  Hoover, E.L., C. S. Pierce, G.A. Spencer, M.X. Britten, M. Neff-Smith, G.D. James, and S.H. Gueldner.  Relationships among functional health literacy, asthma knowledge and the ability to care for asthmatic children in rural dwelling parents. ONLINE JOURNAL OF RURAL NURSING AND HEALTH CARE 12(2):11-29.

2012  James, G.D. and D.H. Bovbjerg.  Heightened endocrine responses to daily life stressors in healthy women at familial risk for breast cancer. In: Cortisol: Physiology, Regulation and Health Implications, A. Esposito and V. Bianchi (eds.), Nova Scientific Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY, pp.49-72.

2012  Ice, G.H. and G.D. James.  Human biology and stress. In: Human Biology: An Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspective, 2nd Edition, S. Stinson, B. Bogin and D. O'Rourke (eds.), Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, New York, pp. 459-512.

2012  McNamee B.G. and G.D. James.  The impact of parental status on perceptual and behavioural predictors of ambulatory blood pressure variation among working women. ANNALS OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 39:490-498.

2012  Little M.A., G.D. James and R.M. Garruto.  Human Biology Association Archives at the Smithsonian Institution National Anthropological Archives. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 24:253-256.

2010  Gerin W. and G.D. James.   Psychosocial determinants of hypertension: laboratory and field models.  BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING 15:93-99.

2010  Van Berge-Landry H.M., D.H. Bovbjerg and G.D. James.  The reproducibility of ethnic differences in the proportional awake-sleep decline in blood pressure among women AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 22:325-329.

2010  James, G.D.  Climate related morphological variation and physiological adaptations in Homo sapiens. In: A Companion to Physical Anthropology, C.S. Larsen (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Malden MA, pp. 153-166.

2009  Garruto, R.M., G.D. James and M.A. Little.  Paul Thornell Baker: February 27, 1927-November 29, 2007. Biographical Memoirs, The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., pp. 1-32.

2009  Soloway L.E., E.W. Demerath, N. Ochs, G.D. James, M.A. Little, J.R. Bindon, and R.M. Garruto.   Blood pressure and lifestyle on Saba, Netherlands Antilles. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 21:319-325.

2008  Myers G.M. and G.D. James.   Social support, anxiety and support group participation in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. PROGRESS IN CARDIOVASCULAR NURSING 23(4):160-167.

2008  Van Berge-Landry H.M., D.H. Bovbjerg, and G.D. James.   The relationship between waking-sleep blood pressure and catecholamine changes in African American and European American women.  BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING 13:257-262.

2008  James G.D., H.J. Gastrich, H.B. Valdimarsdottir, and D.H. Bovbjerg.  The rate of urinary cortisol excretion at work is persistently elevated in women at familial risk for breast cancer. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 20:478-480.

2008  Dettenborn L., G.D. James, J. Britton and D.H. Bovbjerg.  Higher levels of central adiposity in healthy premenopausal women with family histories of premenopausal breast cancer. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 20:355-358.

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