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Randolph Nesse

nesse@asu.edu

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Bio

Randolph M. Nesse is Professor of Life Sciences and ASU Foundation Professor at Arizona State University, where he moved in 2014 to become the Founding Director of the Center for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health.  He was previously a Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology at the University of Michigan where he directed the Evolution and Human Adaptatin Program, and helped to found one of the world’s first Anxiety Disorders Clinics.  His early research on the neuroendocrinology of anxiety evolved into studies on the origins of senescence that led to a deep commitment to evolutionary applications in medicine. He collaborated with George Williams on the book Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine (1995). He is Executive Editor of The Evolution and Medicine Review, and President of the Foundation for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health. Dr. Nesse's primary current research focus is on how selection shapes mechanisms that regulate defenses such as pain, fever, anxiety and low mood. Closely related is his work on how runaway social selection can shape human capacities for altruism, empathy, and complex sociality that are otherwise difficult to explain. Dr. Nesse’s main mission is to establish evolutionary biology as a basic science for medicine, worldwide. He is eager to make contact with physicians and researchers who share these interests.

Research Interests

Evolutionary applications to medicine and public health.

Signal detection theory applied to the evolution of mechanisms that regulate defense expression.

Th eevolutionary functions and regualtion of emotions, especially negative emotions.

The origins of altruism, especially via social selection. 

Courses

Fall 2016

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ASM 790 Reading and Conference

Spring 2016

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BIO 494 Special Topics
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar

Fall 2015

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ASM 790 Reading and Conference

Spring 2015

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ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 591 Seminar
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
BIO 591 Seminar

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
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ASM 494 Special Topics
ASM 591 Seminar
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
BIO 494 Special Topics
BIO 591 Seminar
PSY 494 Special Topics

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Fried, E. I., Epskamp, S., Nesse, R. M., Tuerlinckx, F., & Borsboom, D. What are ’good’ depression symptoms? Comparing the centrality of DSM and non-DSM symptoms of depression in a network analysis.. Journal of Affective Disorders (2016).

  2. ried, E. I., Boschloo, L., van Borkulo, C. D., Schoevers, R. A., Romeijn, J.-W., Wichers, M., Nesse R.M… Borsboom, D.. Commentary:"Consistent Superiority of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors Over Placebo in Reducing Depressed Mood in Patients with Major Depression. Frontiers in Psychiatry (2016).

  3. Fried EI & Nesse RM. Journal of affective disorders. Depression is not a consistent syndrome: An investigation of unique symptom patterns in the STAR* D study.. Journal of affective disorders (2015).

  4. Fried, E. I., & Nesse, R. M.. Depression is not a consistent syndrome: An investigation of unique symptom patterns in the STAR* D study. Journal of affective disorders (2015).

  5. Fried, E. I., & Nesse, R. M.. Depression sum-scores don’t add up: why analyzing specific depression symptoms is essential. BMC Medicine (2015).

  6. Fried, E. I., Nesse, R. M., Guille, C., & Sen, S.. The differential influence of life stress on individual symptoms of depressio. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica (2015).

  7. Fried, E. I., Nesse, R. M., Guille, C., & Sen, S... The differential influence of life stress on individual symptoms of depression in a longitudinal study of medical residents. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica (2015).

  8. Hideka, BH, Asghar A, Nesse RM, Bennett KJ, Beyrouty MW Skursky NK, Schwartz MD.. Evolutionary Biology in Medical Education: Survey of North American Medical Schools. BMC Medical Education (2015).

  9. Stein, D. J., & Nesse, R. M.. Normal and abnormal anxiety in the age of DSM-5 and ICD-11. Emotion Review (2015).

  10. Carr D, Sonnega J, Nesse RM, House JS.. Do Special Occasions Trigger Psychological Distress among Older Bereaved Spouses? An Empirical Assessment of Clinical Wisdom.. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 69 (1), 113-122, 2014. (2014).

  11. Fried, E. I., & Nesse, R. M. The Impact of Individual Depressive Symptoms on Impairment of Psychosocial Functioning.. PLoS ONE, 9(2), e90311, 2014 (2014).

  12. Fried, E. I., Nesse, R. M., Zivin, K., Guille, C., & Sen, S.. Depression is more than the sum score of its parts: individual DSM symptoms have different risk factors.. Psychological Medicine, 44(10), 2067-2076, 2014. (2014).

  13. Nesse, RM. Comment: A General ''Theory of Emotion'' Is Neither Necessary nor Possible. Emotion Review (2014).

  14. Stein, D. J., Hermesh, H., Eilam, D., Segalas, C., Zohar, J., Menchon, J., & Nesse, R. M.. Human compulsivity: A perspective from evolutionary medicine. European Neuropsychopharmacology

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Presentations

  1. Nesse, RM Evolutionary medicine and complex systems. WHAT COMPLEX SYSTEMS THEORY OFFERS TO EVOLUTIONARY MEDICINE CCS symposium. (Sep 2016).
  2. Nesse, RM Grand Rounds Two at Mayo Clinic One at Banner. Grand Rounds. (Sep 2015).
  3. Nesse, RM Medicine without evolution is like engineering without physics. Evolutionary Medicine Conference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Health and Disease" at the. (Aug 2015).
  4. Nesse, RM Medicine without evolution is like engineering without physics. Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences Opening Symposium, The Netherlands. (Apr 2015).
  5. Nesse, RM Evolutionary Medicine and Human Origins. Leakey Foundation Annual Meeting. (Mar 2015).

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Service

  1. George C Williams Prize, Organizer (2015 - present)
  2. Center for Evolution and Medicine, Director (2014 - present)
  3. Center for Evolution and Medicine, Director (2014 - present)
  4. International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health, President (2013 - present)
  5. Omenn Prize, Organizer (2013 - present)
  6. International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health, Founding President (2012 - present)
  7. The Evolution and Medicine Review, Editor (2007 - present)

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