David S. Krantz, Ph.D.

David S. Krantz, Ph.D.

david krantz

Name: David S. Krantz, Ph.D.

Department of Primary Appointment: Medical & Clinical Psychology
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Professor

Research Interests:
Stress and cardiovascular disease; health psychology and behavioral medicine; psychosocial stress and human health

Email: david.krantz@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 295-3273
Fax Number: (301) 295-3273
Room: B3042

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Education: B.S. (1971) in Psychology, City College of New York; Ph.D. (1975) in Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Bios of the students and research assistants in the Krantz lab can be found here: Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Research Lab

Research and Teaching

APS Krantz with Students

Research Focus

The focus of Dr. Krantz's research is on the effects of psychosocial stress on health, and on the role of psychological factors in cardiovascular disorders— a field on the interface of health psychology and cardiology. Dr. Krantz is involved in several multi-disciplinary research programs relevant to the area of stress and health. For more than 25 years, his primary focus has been on the effects of acute stress as a trigger of coronary heart disease events such as myocardial ischemia and malignant arrhythmias. In this research, he collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams of cardiologists and psychologists. In his current research, he is Principal Investigator of the BETRHEART Study, which investigates the role of stress and psychosocial factors in the progression of heart failure. He also is working with colleagues in several medical disciplines on a “brain-heart initiative” to study the study relationships among posttraumatic stress disorder, mild traumatic brain injury, and coronary artery disease among combat veterans. In other research he also works with investigators at the USUHS Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress on studies in several areas relevant to stress effects on health in military populations, and is part of a workgroup examining psychosocial aspects of coronary disease in women.

Dr. Krantz uses several methods in his research, including clinic-based studies of cardiovascular disease patients, ambulatory monitoring, and analyses of epidemiologic databases.

Krantz Health Opinion Survey scale and validation article in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology are available here for use without additional permission from the author.

Krantz Medical Student Teaching     Krantz Graduate Student

Graduate Student and Medical Student Teaching

Graduate courses on Research Methods, Dissertation Seminar, and Affective Bases of Behavior. He also gives lectures to medical students is areas of the psychology of stress and psychosocial issues in coronary heart disease patients.


Dr. Krantz has supervised 19 doctoral dissertations in Medical Psychology and has trained 11 post-doctoral fellows. He currently is training 6 Ph.D. students in his laboratory.

Selected Recent Publications

Rutledge T. Linke SE., Johnson BD., Bittner V., Krantz DS, Cornell CE, Vaccarino V., Pepine CJ., Handberg EH, Eteiba W., Shaw LJ, Parashar S, Eastwood J., Vido DA, Bairey Merz, CN. Independent relationships between cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and depressive symptoms as predictors of CVD events. Journal of Womens Health, 2012 (2):133-9

Whittaker KS, Krantz DS, Rutledge T, Johnson BD, Bekkouche N, Bittner V, Eastwood JA, Eteiba W, Cornell CE, Pepine CJ, Vido DA, Handberg W, Merz CNB. Combining psychosocial data to improve cardiovascular disease risk marker estimation and event prediction in the NHLBI-Sponsored Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 2012 74(3):263-70.

Routledge T, Kenkre TS, Bittner V, Krantz DS, Thompson DV, Linke SE, Eastwood JA, Eteiba W, Cornell CE, Vaccarino V, Pepine CJ, Johnson BD, Merz CNB. Anxiety Associations with Cardiac Symptoms, Angiographic Disease Severity, & Healthcare Utilization: The NHLBI-Sponsored Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation. International Journal of Cardiology, 2013; 168(3):2335-40.

Bekkouche NS, Wawrzyniak AJ, Whittaker KS, Ketterer MW, Krantz DS. Assessment and comparison of variables predicting exercise-induced angina: The role of angina history, depression, and anxiety. Psychosomatic Medicine, 2013 May;75(4):413-21.

Suls J, Krantz DS, Williams GC. Three strategies for bridging different levels of analysis and embracing the biopsychosocial model. Health Psychology, 2013 May;32(5):597-601.

Eastwood JA, Johnson BD, Rutledge T, Bittner V, Whittaker KS, Krantz DS, Cornell CD, Eteiba W, Handberg E, Vido D, Bairey Merz CNB. Anginal Symptoms, Angiographic Coronary Artery Disease, and Adverse Outcomes in Black and White Women: The NHLBI-Sponsored Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) Study. Journal of Womens Health, 2013;22(9):724-32.

Handberg EM, Eastwood JA, Eteiba W, Johnson BD, Krantz DS, Thompson DV, Vaccarino V, Bittner V, Sopko G, Pepine CJ, Merz NB, Rutledge TR. Clinical implications of the Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation: inter-relationships between symptoms psychosocial factors and cardiovascular outcomes. Womens Health 2013 Sept;9(5):479-90.

RutledgeT, Kenkre TS, Thompson DV, Bittner VA, Whittaker K, Eastwood J, Eteiba W, Cornell CE, Krantz DS, Pepine CJ, Johnson BD, Bairey Merz, N.  Relationships between depression, dietary habits, and cardiovascular mortality and events among women with suspected myocardial ischemia. American Journal of Medicine 2014 Sep;127(9):840-7.

Krantz DS, Burg MM. Current perspective on mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 2014 76 (3)168-170.

Gottlieb SS, Harris K,  Todd J, Estis J,  Christensen RH, Torres V,Whittaker K, Rebuck H,  Wawrzyniak AJ, Krantz DS. Prognostic Significance of Active and Modified forms of Endothelin 1 in Patients with Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction.  Clinical Biochemistry, 2014 Dec 23. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2014.12.012

Wawrzyniak AJ, Dilsizian V, Krantz DS, Harris KM, Smith M, Whittaker KS, Rodriguez GA, Gottdiener JS, Li S, Gottlieb SS. High concordance between mental stress-induced and adenosine-induced myocardial ischemia assessed using SPECT in heart failure patients: Hemodynamic and biomarker correlates. Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 2015 Jul 23. pii: jnumed.115.157990. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:26205303.

Wawrzyniak, AJ, Bekkouche, NS, Krantz, DS. (2012). Acute behavioural and psychological triggers of acute myocardial infarction. In Waldstein S, Katzel L& Kop WJ, & Lovallo, W. Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine.

Selected Professional Activities

Dr. Krantz is a former Editor-in-Chief of the APA journal Health Psychology. He also has served as president of the Health Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and president of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Dr. Krantz is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Selected Awards and Honors

Dr. Krantz is a recipient of the American Psychological Association's Early Career Scientific Award (1982), and American Psychological Association's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology in 1981 and 2000.