Professor, Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology
Uniformed Services University
Senior Scientist, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
David S. Krantz, PhD is Professor and former Chair in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at USU. Over his career, he has conducted extensive research and teaching on the impact of psychosocial stress on physical health, and on the role of psychological factors in cardiovascular disorders — a field on the interface of psychology and cardiology. One focus of his work has been the effects of acute stress as a precipitating factor for coronary heart disease events such as myocardial ischemia and malignant arrhythmias. He is Principal Investigator of the BETRHEART Study, which investigates the role of stress and behavior in the progression of heart failure, and is also part of a collaborative team examining psychosocial influences on coronary heart disease in women (the NHLBI WISE study). Dr. Krantz is also Principal Investigator of the Center for Deployment Psychology, a major national post-graduate educational program of the Department of Defense to train mental health providers to treat deployment-related behavioral health issues in military service members and their families. Dr. Krantz has served as a past president of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and the Division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He has published more than 180 scientific papers and chapters in areas related to stress and human health.