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Faculty Scholar James A. McCubbin, Ph.D. at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

James A. McCubbin, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology and Department of Public Health Sciences
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Contact: 864-656-2081 or jmccubb@clemson.edu

Who is Dr. McCubbin?

James McCubbin, Ph.D., is a professor of Psychology and Public Health Sciences at Clemson University. His research on the role of stress in the origins, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 20 years. He has published extensively on the central nervous system control of blood pressure, pain sensitivity, and perception of emotion. He is active in grant proposal review for both NIH and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and has served as Chair of the Behavioral Medicine Study Section and several other NIH review panels.

For more information, see his college profile.

How Dr. McCubbin’s research is transforming health care

McCubbin has been studying subtle changes in the central nervous system (CNS) that accompany the gradual rise in blood pressure in persons at risk for development of hypertension and coronary heart disease. Most recently, his work has shown that persons with elevated blood pressure have emotional dampening, a reduced recognition of emotional meaning in facial expressions and in text narratives. His research on the CNS origins of hypertension provides a better understanding of brain function in persons at risk for hypertension and may lead to improved therapeutic strategies to prevent hypertension and other diseases linked to our physiological, behavioral, emotional and cognitive responses to stress.

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Health Research Expertise Keywords

Blood Pressure, Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension, Psychology, Stress, Emotions