David Krantz, Ph.D.

David S. Krantz, Ph.D.

Name: David S. Krantz, Ph.D.

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Medical and Clinical Psychology
Professor of Medical and Clinical Psychology; Professor of Psychiatry (secondary)
Faculty Rank: 
Full Professor
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Research Interests:
Behavioral medicine and cardiovascular disease
Psychosocial stress and human health

Office Phone: 
(301) 295-3273


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

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

  • 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 disease. He 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, and he has published more than 180 scientific and professional papers in these areas.
  • 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 relationships among posttraumatic stress disorder, mild traumatic brain injury, and coronary artery disease among veterans. He also works with investigators at the USUHS Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress.
  • In the past, his research has been supported by grants from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NIH), the Department of Defense, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
  • Dr. Krantz is a former Editor-in-Chief of the American Psychological Association (APA) journal Health Psychology, is on the editorial boards of several journals, and has been a regular grant reviewer for the NIH and several other scientific organizations.
  • He has served as President of the Health Psychology Division of APA, President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. He is a Fellow of APA, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and Society of Behavioral Medicine.
  • Dr. Krantz formerly served as Chair of the USUHS Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology between 1999-2014, and was one of a group of founders of the USU Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP), and CDP Principal Investigator between 2006-2015.
  • Dr. Krantz is actively involved in graduate and medical education, and has supervised 20 doctoral dissertations in Medical and Clinical Psychology and has trained 11 post-doctoral fellows. He currently is training 6 Ph.D. students in his laboratory.
  • Biographies of the members of the Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Lab can be found here: https://www.usuhs.edu/faculty/krantz See our lab group picture here: https://www.usuhs.edu/sites/default/files/styles/panopoly_image_original/public/media/faculty/images/krantzgroup.jpg?tok=K6UPDwUK
  • The Krantz Health Opinion Survey scale can be found here: https://www.usuhs.edu/sites/default/files/media/mps/pdf/krantzhealthopinionsurveyscale.pdf The validation article in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology is found here: https://www.usuhs.edu/sites/default/files/media/mps/pdf/jpsp1980krantzetalkhos.pdf No additional permissions from the author are needed in order to use the Krantz Health Opinion Survey.


  • Mehta PK, Hermel M, Nelson MD, Cook-Wiens G, Martin EA, Alkhoder AA, Wei J, Minissian M, Shufelt CL, Marpuri S, Hermel D, Shah A, Irwin MR, Krantz DS, Lerman A, Noel Bairey Merz C. Mental stress peripheral vascular reactivity is elevated in women with coronary vascular dysfunction: Results from the NHLBI-sponsored Cardiac Autonomic Nervous System (CANS) study. Int J Cardiol. 2018 Jan 15;251:8-13. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2017.10.061. PMID: 29103858
  • Keith F, Krantz DS, Chen R, Harris KM, Ware CM, Lee AK, Bellini PG, Gottlieb SS. Anger, Hostility, and Hospitalizations in Patients With Heart Failure. Health Psychol. 2017 Jun 26. doi: 10.1037/hea0000519. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Harris KM, Krantz DS, Kop WJ, Marshall J, Robinson SW, Marshall JM, Gottlieb SS. A New Clinically Applicable Measure of Functional Status in Patients With Heart Failure: The 60-Foot Walk Test. JACC Heart Fail. 2017 Jun;5(6):411-420. doi: 10.1016/j.jchf.2017.02.005. Epub 2017 May 10. PMID: 28501523
  • Endrighi R, Waters AJ, Gottlieb SS, Harris KM, Wawrzyniak AJ, Bekkouche NS, Li Y, Kop WJ, Krantz DS. Psychological stress and short-term hospitalisations or death in patients with heart failure. Heart. 2016 Jun 29. pii: heartjnl-2015-309154. doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2015-309154. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27357124
  • Wawrzyniak AJ, Dilsizian V, Krantz DS, Harris KM, Smith MF, Shankovich A, Whittaker KS, Rodriguez GA, Gottdiener J, Li S, Kop W, Gottlieb SS. High Concordance Between Mental Stress-Induced and Adenosine-Induced Myocardial Ischemia Assessed Using SPECT in Heart Failure Patients: Hemodynamic and Biomarker Correlates. J Nucl Med. 2015 Oct;56(10):1527-33. doi: 10.2967/jnumed.115.157990. Epub 2015 Jul 23. PMID: 26205303
  • Gottlieb SS, Harris K, Todd J, Estis J, Christenson RH, Torres V, Whittaker K, Rebuck H, Wawrzyniak A, Krantz DS. Prognostic significance of active and modified forms of endothelin 1 in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Clin Biochem. 2015 Mar;48(4-5):292-6. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2014.12.012. Epub 2014 Dec 23. PMID: 25541019
  • Krantz DS, Burg MM. Current perspective on mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia. Psychosom Med. 2014 Apr;76(3):168-70. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000054. PMID: 24677165
  • Suls J, Krantz DS, Williams GC. Three strategies for bridging different levels of analysis and embracing the biopsychosocial model. Health Psychol. 2013 May;32(5):597-601. doi: 10.1037/a0031197. PMID: 23646844
  • Bekkouche NS, Wawrzyniak AJ, Whittaker KS, Ketterer MW, Krantz DS. Psychological and physiological predictors of angina during exercise-induced ischemia in patients with coronary artery disease. Psychosom Med. 2013 May;75(4):413-21. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e31828c4cb4. Epub 2013 Apr 10. PMID: 23576766
  • Whittaker KS, Krantz DS, Rutledge T, Johnson BD, Wawrzyniak AJ, Bittner V, Eastwood JA, Eteiba W, Cornell CE, Pepine CJ, Vido DA, Handberg E, Merz CN. Combining psychosocial data to improve prediction of cardiovascular disease risk factors and events: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute--sponsored Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation study.Psychosom Med. 2012 Apr;74(3):263-70. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e31824a58ff. Epub 2012 Mar 20. PMID: 22434916