Faculty Profile

David G. Harper, PhD

David G. Harper, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Associate Psychologist, Geriatric Psychiatry Program, Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital

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Society Memberships

Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms
Society for Neuroscience
New York Academy of Sciences
Society for Research in Biological Rhythms
Sleep Research Society
Organization for Human Brain Mapping


Kentaro Asayama, MD, PhD.  2005 -

Selected Publications

Vimal RL, Pandey-Vimal MU, Vimal LS, Frederick BB, Stopa EG, Renshaw PF, Vimal SP, Harper DG. Activation of suprachiasmatic nuclei and primary visual cortex depends upon time of day.
Eur J Neurosci. 2009 Jan;29(2):399-410. [PMID: 19200242]

Forester BP, Harper DG, Jensen JE, Ravichandran C, Jordan B, Renshaw PF, Cohen BM. 31Phosphorus magnetic resonance spectroscopy study of tissue specific changes in high energy phosphates before and after sertraline treatment of geriatric depression.
Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2009 Aug;24(8):788-97. [PMID: 19382284]

Harper DG, Stopa EG, Kuo-Leblanc V, McKee AC, Asayama K, Volicer L, Kowall N, Satlin A. Dorsomedial SCN neuronal subpopulations subserve different functions in human dementia.
Brain. 2008 Jun;131(Pt 6):1609-17. Epub 2008 Mar 27. [PMID: 18372313]

Ellison JM, Harper DG, Berlow Y, Zeranski L. Beyond the "C" in MCI: noncognitive symptoms in amnestic and non-amnestic mild cognitive impairment.
CNS Spectr. 2008 Jan;13(1):66-72. [PMID: 18204416]

Harper DG, Arsura EL, Bobba RK, Reddy CM, Sawh AK. Acquired color blindness in an elderly male patient from recurrent metastatic prostate cancer.
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Jul;53(7):1265-7. [PMID: 16108957]

Harper DG, Volicer L, Stopa EG, McKee AC, Nitta M, Satlin A. Disturbance of endogenous circadian rhythm in aging and Alzheimer disease.
Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2005 May;13(5):359-68. [PMID: 15879584]

Harper DG, Stopa EG, McKee AC, Satlin A, Fish D, Volicer L. Dementia severity and Lewy bodies affect circadian rhythms in Alzheimer disease.
Neurobiol Aging. 2004 Jul;25(6):771-81. [PMID: 15165702]

Harper DG, Stopa EG, McKee AC, Satlin A, Harlan PC, Goldstein R, Volicer L. Differential circadian rhythm disturbances in men with Alzheimer disease and frontotemporal degeneration.
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2001 Apr;58(4):353-60. [PMID: 11296096]

Reviews, Books & Chapters

Harper, DG.  Sleep and circadian rhythm disturbances in Alzheimer’s disease. 
In: Pandii-Perumal S.R., Monti J.M., and Monjan A.A., Geriatric Sleep Medicine, Pages  214-226, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Harper, DG. Sleep and Circadian Rhythm Disturbances in Neurodegenerative Dementia.  In Lee-Chiong, T ed. 
Sleep: A Comprehensive Handbook.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley 2006

Klegeris A, Schulzer M, Harper DG, McGeer PL. Increase in core body temperature of Alzheimer's disease patients as a possible indicator of chronic neuroinflammation: a meta-analysis.
Gerontology. 2007;53(1):7-11. Epub 2006 Aug 25. Review. [PMID: 16940734]

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