James E. Gangwisch, PhD

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Overview

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work (in Psychiatry)

Administrative Titles

  • Research Scientist and Administrator - New York State Psychiatric Institute

The link between junk food and depression

James Gangwisch, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Department of Psychiatry and a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He has over twenty years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist in inpatient, outpatient, and research psychiatric settings. His doctorate from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences was funded by an NIMH T32 Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Mental Health Services Research. He completed a 3-year NIMH T32 Post-doctoral Fellowship in Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Columbia University, School of Public Health and College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Gangwisch's research has focused on the relationship between sleep duration, nutrition, psychiatric disorders, and cardiometabolic diseases. The study that he led linking inadequate sleep to obesity helped motivate the NIH-NHLBI to release a request for proposals on "The Mechanisms Linking Short Sleep Duration and Risk of Obesity or Overweight". He led the first studies to show associations between short sleep duration and the incidences of hypertension and hypercholesterolemia and has led studies exploring sleep duration as a risk factor for diabetes, mortality, and depression. He was invited to serve as the Domain Expert for Metabolic Health as a Panelist for the Consensus Conference on Sleep Duration for the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and supported by the NIH-NHLBI. He is an Associate Editor for the journal SLEEP.

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 1988 University of Cincinnati
  • MBA, 1993 Ohio State University
  • MSW, 1995 University of Michigan
  • PhD, 2003 Columbia University
  • Fellowship: 2006 Columbia University School of Public Health

Honors & Awards

1999-2002 T32 National Research Service Award from the National Insitute of Mental Health for Predoctoral Training in Mental Health Services Research - Columbia University (2T32MH014623)

2003-2006 T32 National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health for Postdoctoral Training in Psychiatric Epidemiology - Columbia University (5T32MH013043)

2004 Finalist for the Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award at the 2004 Obesity Society Annual Meeting

2006 Finalist for the Young Investigators Research Award from the American Society of Hypertension, Eastern Regional Chapter

2015 Invited Domain Expert for Metabolic Health as Panelist for Conference on Sleep Duration for the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Academy of Sleep Medicine and supported by the National Institutes of Health - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Research

The goals of this research are to explore sleep and nutritional dimensions as risk and protective factors for psychiatric and cardiometabolic disorders.

The research program involves conducting epidemiological studies that examine associations between sleep and nutritional exposures and psychiatric and cardiometabolic outcomes.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of Sleep
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Psychiatric Epidemiology

Grants

OCD COLLABORATIVE GENETICS ASSOCIATION STUDY (Federal Gov)

Sep 29 2007 - Jul 31 2012

NURSES'' HEALTH STUDY: SHORT SLEEP DURATION AND RISK OF HYPER TENSION (Federal Gov)

Apr 1 2009 - Mar 31 2011

Selected Publications

Watson NF, Badr MS, Belenky G, Bliwise DL, Buxton OM, Buysse D, Dinges DF, Gangwisch J, Grandner MA, Kushida C, Malhotra RK, Martin JL, Patel SR, Quan S, Tasali E. Joint Consensus Statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society on the Recommended Amount of Sleep for a Healthy Adult: Methodology and Discussion. SLEEP 2015;38(8):1161-1183. PMID: 26194576.

Gangwisch JE, Gross R, Malaspina D. Differential associations between depression, risk factors for insulin resistance, and diabetes incidence in a large U.S. sample. Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences 2015;52(2):85-91. PMID: 26431411.

Gangwisch JE, Hale L, Garcia L, Malaspina D, Opler MG, Payne ME, Rossom RC, Lane D. High glycemic index diet as a risk factor for depression: Analyses from the Women’s Health Initiative. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2015;102:454-463. PMID: 26109579.

Kantrowitz JT, Halberstam B, Gangwisch J. Singe-dose Ketamine followed by daily d-Cycloserine in treatment-resistant bipolar depression. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2015;76(6):737-738. PMID: 26132675.

Watson NF, Badr MS, Belenky G, Bliwise DL, Buxton OM, Buysse D, Dinges DF, Gangwisch J, Grandner MA, Kushida C, Malhotra RK, Martin JL, Patel SR, Quan S, Tasali E. Recommended amount of sleep for a healthy adult: A joint statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society. SLEEP 2015;38(6):843-844. PMCID: PMC4434546.

Ramos AR, Gangwisch JE. Is sleep duration a risk factor for stroke? Neurology 2015;84:1066-1067. PMID: 25716359.

Gangwisch JE. Work-life balance. SLEEP 2014;37(7):1159-1160. PMCID: PMC4098799.

Gangwisch JE. Invited Commentary: Nighttime light exposure as a risk factor for obesity through disruption of circadian and circannual rhythms. American Journal of Epidemiology 2014;180(3):251-253. PMID: 24875372.

Gangwisch JE. State of the Art: A review of evidence for the link between sleep duration and hypertension. American Journal of Hypertension 2014;27(10)1235-1242. PMCID: PMC4229731.

Gangwisch JE, Rexrode K, Forman JP, Mukamal K, Dolores Malaspina D, Feskanich, D. Daytime sleepiness and risk for coronary heart disease and stroke: results from the Nurses’ Health Study II. Sleep Medicine 2014;15(7):782-788. PMCID: PMC4078727.

Gangwisch JE. Strengthening the case for the influence of sleep on cardiovascular health in women. Journal of Women’s Health 2013;22(6):475-476. PMID: 23683175.

Gangwisch JE, Feskanich D, Malaspina D, Shen S, Forman JP. Sleep duration and risk for hypertension in women: Results from the Nurses’ Health Study. American Journal of Hypertension 2013;26(7):903-911. PMCID: PMC3731821.

Gangwisch JE. Seasonal variation in metabolism: Evidence for the role of circannual rhythms in metabolism? Hypertension Research 2013;36(5):392-393. PMID: 23344125.

Gangwisch JE. Adoption of cultural norms that encourage adequate sleep. SLEEP 2011;34(8):981-982. PMCID: PMC3138170.

Gangwisch JE. Suicide risk assessment. Current Medical Literature – Psychiatry 2010;21(4):113-9.

Opler MG, Ornstein K, Kleinhaus K, Perrin M, Gangwisch JE, Harlap S, Malaspina D. Time-to pregnancy and risk of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research 2010;118:76-80. PMCID: PMC2856731.

Gangwisch JE, Malaspina D, Babiss LA, Opler MG, Posner K, Shen, S, Turner JB, Zammit GK, Ginsberg HN. Short sleep duration as a risk factor for hypercholesterolemia: Analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. SLEEP 2010;33(7):956-961. PMCID: PMC2894437.

Gangwisch JE, Malsapina D, Posner K, Babiss LA, Heymsfield SB, Turner JB, Zammit GK, Pickering TG. Insomnia and sleep duration as mediators of the relationship between depression and hypertension incidence. American Journal of Hypertension 2010;23:62-69. PMCID: PMC4415616.

Gangwisch JE, Babiss LA, Malsapina D, Turner JB, Zammit GK, Posner K. Earlier parental set bedtimes as a protective factor against depression and suicidal ideation. SLEEP 2010;33(1):97-106. PMCID: PMC2802254.

Gangwisch JE. Epidemiological evidence for the links between sleep, circadian rhythms, and metabolism. Obesity Reviews 2009;10(Suppl. 2):37-45. PMCID: PMC4075056.

Babiss LA, Gangwisch JE. Sports participation as a protective factor against depression and suicidal ideation as mediated by self esteem and social support. Journal of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics 2009;30(5):376-384. PMID: 19692930.

Gangwisch JE, Jacobson CM. New perspectives on assessment of suicide risk. Current Treatment Options in Neurology 2009;11(5):371-376. PMID: 19744403.

Gangwisch JE. All work and no play makes Jack lose sleep. SLEEP 2009;32(6):717-718. PMCID: PMC2690557.

Gangwisch JE, Heymsfield SB, Boden-Albala B, Buijs RM, Kreier F, Pickering TG, Rundle AG, Zammit GK, Malaspina D. Sleep duration associated with mortality in elderly, but not middle-aged adults in a large U.S. sample. SLEEP 2008;31(8):1087-1096. PMCID: PMC2542954.

Gangwisch JE, Heymsfield SB, Boden-Albala B, Buijs RM, Kreier F, Pickering TG, Rundle AG, Zammit GK, Malaspina D. Sleep duration as a risk factor for diabetes incidence in a large U.S. sample. SLEEP 2007;30(12):1667-1673. PMCID: PMC2276127.

Gangwisch JE, Heymsfield SB, Boden-Albala B, Buijs RM, Kreier F, Pickering TG, Rundle AG, Zammit GK, Malaspina D. Short sleep duration as a risk factor for hypertension: Analyses of the First National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Hypertension 2006;47(5):833-839. PMID: 16585410.

Gangwisch JE, Malaspina D, Boden-Albala B, Heymsfield SB. Inadequate sleep as a risk factor for obesity: Analyses of the NHANES I. SLEEP 2005;28(10):1265-1272. PMID: 16295214.