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Gary James  GARY JAMES

   Professor of Anthropology
   Director Biomedical Anthropology Program

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


Curriculum vitae (pdf, 446kb)

Research interests

Dr. James is Director of the Biomedical Anthropology Program, Director of the Institute for Primary and Preventative Health Care and Professor of Anthropology, Nursing and Bioengineering 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 American Journal of Human Biology, the Open Biochemistry 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.


Pierce C, S.H. Gueldner, G.D. James and A.H. Welch. Assessing depression and well-being in community

James, G.D. Continuous blood pressure variation: hidden adaptability. In: Biomarkers and Measures of Human
Experience across the Lifespan: Making Visible the Invisible, L. Leidy Sievert and D.E. Brown (eds.),
Springer, Inc., New York, (in press).

James G.D., A.S. Alfarano, and H.M. van Berge-Landry. Differential circadian catecholamine and cortisol
responses between healthy women with and without a parental history of hypertension. AMERICAN

James, G.D. 2014 Human evolution and chronic diseases: genes, allostasis, and cut-points.
ANTHROPOLOGY 2:e122. doi: 10.4172/2332-0915.1000e122.

Taber, D.J., G.D. James, and A. Jacon. 2014 Manipulation under anesthesia for lumbopelvic pain: a
retrospective review of 18 cases. THE JOURNAL OF CHIROPRACTIC MEDICINE 13:28-34.

James, G.D. 2013 Ambulatory blood pressure variation: allostasis and adaptation. AUTONOMIC

James, G.D. 2013 Biomedical anthropology and climate: exploring physiological adaptations as causes of ethnic
variation in metabolic diseases. ANTHROPOLOGY 1: e115. doi: 10.4172/2332-0915.1000e115.

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

James, G.D., H.M. van Berge-Landry, L.A. Morrison, A.M. Reza, N.M. Nicolaisen, J. R. Bindon and
D. E. Brown. 2013 Ambulatory blood pressure and blood lipids in a multiethnic sample of healthy adults.

Britton, G.R.A., G.D. James, R. Collier, J. Brinthaupt, L.M. Sprague and J. Stehle. 2013 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.

Van Berge-Landry, H., G.D. James and D.E. Brown. 2013 The relationships between diurnal changes in blood
pressure and catecholamines among Filipino-American and European-American women. AMERICAN

James, G.D., G.R. Britton, J. Sobczak, J. Rhodes-Keefe, L. Sprague and S.H. Gueldner. 2012 A pilot
randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial of a multi-step herbal program for assisting smokers to

Hoover, E.L., C. S. Pierce, G.A. Spencer, M.X. Britten, M. Neff-Smith, G.D. James, and S.H. Gueldner.
2012 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.

James, G.D. and D.H. Bovbjerg. 2012 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.

Ice, G.H. and G.D. James. 2012 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.

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

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

Gerin W. and G.D. James Psychosocial determinants of hypertension: laboratory and field models. 2010

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

James, G.D. 2010 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.

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

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

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

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

James G.D., H.J. Gastrich, H.B. Valdimarsdottir, and D.H. Bovbjerg 2008 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.

Dettenborn L., G.D. James, J. Britton and D.H. Bovbjerg 2008 Higher levels of central adiposity in healthy
premenopausal women with family histories of premenopausal breast cancer. AMERICAN

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