James Alan Blumenthal, PhD

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
J. P. Gibbons Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry I
Assistant Professor in Medicine
Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Senior Fellow in the Center for Study of Aging
Campus mail 4567 Hosp South, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 684-3828
Email address blume003@mc.duke.edu

Psychosocial factors and coronary heart disease, including such factors as social support, Type A behavior and hostility, and depression, exercise training and depression in the elderly; behavioral approaches to the treatment of hypertension (e.g., weight loss and exercise); cardiac rehabilitation; neuropsychological outcomes following cardiac surgery; psychosocial aspects of heart and lung transplantation; exercise training and osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia; compliance.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 1975


Keefe, F. J., and J. A. Blumenthal. “The life fitness program: A behavioral approach to making exercise a habit.” Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry 11, no. 1 (January 1, 1980): 31–34. https://doi.org/10.1016/0005-7916(80)90048-8.

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Blumenthal, J. A., R. S. Williams, R. B. Williams, and A. G. Wallace. “The effects of exercise on the Type A behavior pattern.” Psychosomatic Medicine 42 (1980): 289–96.


Blumenthal, J. A., L. W. Thompson, R. B. Williams, and Y. Kong. “Anxiety-proneness and coronary heart disease.” J Psychosom Res 23, no. 1 (1979): 17–21. https://doi.org/10.1016/0022-3999(79)90066-7.

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Blumenthal, J. A., R. B. Williams, Y. Kong, S. M. Schanberg, and L. W. Thompson. “Type A behavior pattern and coronary atherosclerosis.” Circulation 58, no. 4 (October 1978): 634–39. https://doi.org/10.1161/01.cir.58.4.634.

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Sakulsky, S. B., J. A. Blumenthal, and R. H. Lynch. “Treatment of thrombosed hemorrhoids by excision.” Am J Surg 120, no. 4 (October 1970): 537–38. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0002-9610(70)80025-3.

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Blumenthal, James A., Patrick J. Smith, Stephanie Mabe, Alan Hinderliter, Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer, Jeffrey N. Browndyke, Pao-Hwa Lin, et al. “Lifestyle and Neurocognition in Older Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Cognitive Impairment.” Psychosom Med 79, no. 6 (n.d.): 719–27. https://doi.org/10.1097/PSY.0000000000000474.

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Hill, LaBarron K., Andrew Sherwood, Maya McNeilly, Norman B. Anderson, James A. Blumenthal, and Alan L. Hinderliter. “Impact of Racial Discrimination and Hostility on Adrenergic Receptor Responsiveness in African American Adults.” Psychosom Med 80, no. 2 (n.d.): 208–15. https://doi.org/10.1097/PSY.0000000000000547.

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