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Daniel E. Brown

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Professor of Anthropology

photo of Dan BrownBackground: I received a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Brown University , but got sidetracked in my junior year by an anthropology course taught by James Deetz. I caught the anthropology "bug" and focused my studies on biological anthropology in graduate school, receiving degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Cornell University . My research interests are in how humans adapt to stress, whether of the physical variety (heat, cold, high altitude hypoxia) or, particularly, of the psychosocial variety. I also study ethnic disparities in health, with a special focus on ethnic disparities in type 2 diabetes and hypertension risk in Hawaii. My research has been done in Hawaiʻi, both on Oahu and the Big Island.

Current research: My current research has focused on the simultaneous use of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and stress hormone analysis as a means of assessing the response of people to psychosocial stress. I am particularly interested in using these measures to try to understand more about ethnic differences in blood pressure and risk for both hypertension and stroke. My recent research studies have surveyed women at mid-life to examine ethnic differences in symptoms associated with menopause, and I am also involved with research on risk factors for type 2 diabetes in school children.

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Selected Publications

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Brown, Daniel E. 2012 Human Adaptability. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Anthropology.

Brown, Daniel E.,  Lincoln A. Gotshalk, Peter T. Katzmarzyk and Lenard Allen 2011 Measures of   Adiposity in Two Cohorts of Hawaiian School Children. Annals of Human Biology 38:492-499.

Brown, Daniel E. 2011  Physical and Environmental: Human Biology and Diversity. In: Diversity    Management: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches, Ed. Sheying Chen, New York: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 3-15.

Brown, Daniel E., Lynnette L. Sievert, Lynn A. Morrison, Nichole Rahberg and Angela M. Reza 2011  The relation between hot flashes and ambulatory blood pressure: The Hilo Women’s Health Study. Psychosomatic Medicine 73:166-172.

Morrison, Lynn A., Lynnette L. Sievert, Daniel E. Brown, Nichole Rahberg, and Angela Reza 2010 Relationships between menstrual and menopausal attitudes and associated demographic and     health characteristics: The Hilo Women’s Health Study. Women and Health 50:397-413.

Brown, Daniel E., William J. Mautz, Miyako Warrington, Lenard Allen, Harold A.T. Tefft, Lincoln Gotshalk and Peter T. Katzmarzyk 2010 Relation between C-reactive protein levels and body composition in a multiethnic sample of school children in Hawaii. American Journal of Human Biology 22:675-679.

Sievert, Lynnette L., Angela Reza, Phoebe Mills, Lynn A. Morrison, Nichole Rahberg, Amber Goodloe, Michael Sutherland and Daniel E. Brown 2010.  Diurnal rhythm and concordance between objective and subjective hot flashes: The Hilo Women’s Health Study. Menopause 17:471-479.

Brown, Daniel E. 2010.  Human Biological Diversity: An Introduction to Human Biology. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.

Brown, Daniel E., Lynnette L. Sievert, Lynn A. Morrison, Angela M. Reza and Phoebe S. Mills 2009 Do Japanese American Women Really Have Fewer Hot Flashes than European Americans?  The Hilo Women’s Health Study. Menopause 16:870-876.

Brown, Daniel E., Sarah E. Hampson, Joan P. Dubanoski, Amy Stone-Murai and Teresa Hillier 2009 Effects of Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status on Body Composition in an Admixed, Multiethnic Population in Hawaii. American Journal of Human Biology 21:383-388.

Sievert, Lynnette L., Lynn A. Morrison, Angela M. Reza, Daniel E. Brown, Erin Kalua and Harold A.T. Tefft 2007 Age-related differences in health complaints: The Hilo Women’s Health Study. Women and Health 45:31-51.

Sievert, Lynnette L., Lynn A. Morrison, Daniel E. Brown and Angela M. Reza  2007  Hot flash experience among Japanese-American and Caucasian women living in Hilo, Hawaii. Menopause 14:261-269.

Brown, Daniel E., Lynnette L. Sievert, Lynn A. Morrison Gary D. James, Sue L. Aki, Phoebe Mills and Michaelyn B. Etrata (2003) A Comparison of Day-Night Blood Pressure Variation Between Normotensive Japanese-American and Caucasian School Teachers in Hawaii. Journal of Hypertension, 21:2045-2051.

Brown, Daniel E., Lynnette Leidy Sievert, Sue L. Aki, Phoebe S. Mills, Michaelyn B. Etrata, Rena N.K. Paopao and Gary D. James 2001 Effects of age, ethnicity and menopause on ambulatory blood pressure: Japanese-American and Caucasian teachers in Hawaii, American Journal of Human Biology, 13:486-493.

Brown, Daniel E. and Gary D. James 2000 Physiological stress responses in Filipino-American immigrant nurses: The effects of residence time, lifestyle and job strain, Psychosomatic Medicine, 62:394-400.

Garruto, Ralph M., Michael A. Little, Gary D. James and Daniel E. Brown 1999 Natural experimental models: The global search for biomedical paradigms among traditional, modernizing, and modern populations, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 96:10536-10543.

Brown, Daniel E., Gary D. James and Lea Nordloh 1998 Comparison of factors affecting daily variation of blood pressure in Filipino-American and Caucasian nurses in Hawaiʻ , American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 106:373-383.

Kormondy, Edward J. and Daniel E. Brown 1998 Fundamentals of Human Ecology. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall. xix + 503 pp.

James, Gary D. and Daniel E. Brown 1997 The biological stress response and lifestyle: Catecholamines and blood pressure, Annual Review of Anthropology, 26:313-335.

Hanna, Joel M. and Daniel E. Brown 1983 Human heat tolerance: An anthropological perspective. Annual Review of Anthropology, 12:259-284.

Brown, Daniel E. 1982 Physiological stress and culture change in a group of Filipino-Americans: A preliminary investigation. Annals of Human Biology, 9:553-563.

Brown, Daniel E. 1981 General stress in anthropological fieldwork. American Anthropologist, 83(1):74-92.

Hanna, Joel M. and Daniel E. Brown 1979 Human heat tolerance: Biological and cultural adaptations. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology, 22:163-186.