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Gary James is director of the Biomedical Anthropology Program, director of the Institute for Primary and Preventative Healthcare and professor of anthropology, nursing and biomedical engineering at Binghamton University.

He is a human population biologist who earned his PhD in biological anthropology (Human Biology Program) from Pennsylvania State University and had postdoctoral training in hypertension and cardiovascular endocrinology at the Weil College of Medicine, Cornell University.

He is author or co-author of more than 350 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, Annals of Clinical and Experimental Hypertension, 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. He is currently co-principal investigator (with Gerri Britton from the Decker School of Nursing) of a funded study of smoking cessation in pregnancy and is continuing his research on how stress may contribute to the development of breast cancer in women with familial histories of breast cancer with colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh. He has conducted fieldwork 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 New York Times Sunday Magazine and Mademoiselle.

Selected publications

  • 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).
  • 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 (in press).
  • James, G.D., and C.G. Murnock. 2015 Denial is associated with higher ambulatory blood pressure across the menstrual cycle. ANNALS OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 42:498-500.
  • Bronstein L, P.R. Gould, S.A. Berkowitz, G.D. James, and K. Marks. 2015 Impact of a social work intervention upon 30-day hospital readmission rates: A randomized controlled trial. SOCIAL WORK 60:248-255.
  • James, G.D., D.H. Bovbjerg, and L A. Hill. 2015 Daily environmental differences in blood pressure and heart rate variability in healthy premenopausal women. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 27:136-138.
  • James G.D., A.S. Alfarano, and H.M. van Berge-Landry. 2014 Differential circadian catecholamine and cortisol responses between healthy women with and without a parental history of hypertension. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 26:753-759.
  • 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 NEUROSCIENCE: BASIC AND CLINICAL 177:87-94.
  • 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. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 25:563-565.
  • 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 JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY 25:431-433.
  • 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 quit. JOURNAL OF ADDICTIONS NURSING 23(4): 231-240.
  • 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 39:490-498.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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"

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Last Updated: 2/28/17