Gary D. James
Professor of Nursing, Anthropology and Bioengineering and
Director of the Institute for Primary and Preventative Health Care
Decker School of Nursing
Phone: (607) 777-6016
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Dr. James is Director of the Institute for Primary and Preventative Health Care and Professor of Nursing, Anthropology 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 Open Biochemistry Journal, the Open Neuroendocrinology Journal and Advances in Anthropology. 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.
- Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University, Anthropology, 1984 (Human Biology Program)
- M.A. The Pennsylvania State University, Anthropology, 1980
- B.A. Wake Forest University, 1976
- Modernization & Chronic Disease
- Stress and Disease Development
- Ambulatory Blood Pressure
- Catecholamines and Cortisol
- Smoking Cessation
McNamee B.G. and G.D. James. The impact of parental status on perceptual and behavioral predictors of ambulatory blood pressure variation among working women. ANNALS OF HUMAN BIOLOGY (in press).
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 (in press).
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 (in press).
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 24:253-256.
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.
Gerin W. and G.D. James Psychosocial determinants of hypertension: laboratory and field models. 2010 BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING 15:93-99.
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.
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.
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.
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. BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING 13:257-262.
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 JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 20:355-358.
James, G.D. 2007 Evaluation of journals, diaries, and indexes of worksite and environmental stress. In: Clinical Hypertension and Vascular Disease: Blood Pressure Monitoring in Cardiovascular Medicine and Therapeutics, 2nd Edition, W.H. White (ed.), The Humana Press, Totowa, N.J., pp. 39-58.
Ice, G.H. and G.D. James (eds.) 2007 Measuring Stress in Humans: A Practical Guide for the Field. Cambridge University Press, New York, 284 pages.
Ice, G.H. and G.D. James 2007 Conducting a field study of stress: general principles. In: Measuring Stress in Humans: A Practical Guide for the Field, G.H. Ice and G.D. James (eds.), Cambridge University Press, New York, pp.3-24.
James, G.D. 2007 Measuring physiological changes in the cardiovascular system: ambulatory blood pressure. In: Measuring Stress in Humans: A Practical Guide for the Field, G.H. Ice and G.D. James (eds.), Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 158-180.
James, G.D. and G.H. Ice 2007 Study design and data analysis. In: Measuring Stress in Humans: A Practical Guide for the Field, G.H. Ice and G.D. James (eds.), Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 226-245.
James, G.D. and G.H. Ice 2007 Human subjects protection in stress research: an investigators guide to the process. In: Measuring Stress in Humans: A Practical Guide for the Field, G.H. Ice and G.D. James (eds.), Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 246-265.
James, G.D. and G.H. Ice 2007 Epilog: Summary and Future Directions. In: Measuring Stress in Humans: A Practical Guide for the Field, G.H. Ice and G.D. James (eds.), Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 266-268.
Nemcek M.A. and G.D. James 2007 Relationships among the nurse work environment, self-nurturance and life satisfaction. JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING 59:240-247.
Terry R., E. Hiester and G.D. James 2007 The use of standardized patients to evaluate family practice resident decision making. FAMILY MEDICINE 39:259-263.