List of Publications

Publications of James J. McKenna Ph.D.


2022 (December) Bartick Melissa, Michal Young, Adetola Luis Jaques, James J.McKenna, Helen Ball. Bedsharing may partially explain a reduced risk of sleep-related-deaths in breastfed infants. Frontiers of Pediatrics 13 December 2022 Sec General Pediatrics and Emergency Carehttps//doi.org10.3389

2022 Rudzac,A., Tomori C., McKenna, J., Ball, H. Biocultural perspectives on infant sleep. In: The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction. Eds Sallie Han and Cecilia Tomori, Routledge, Taylor and Frencgh Group: London and New York pp 550-572. (R)

2022 Barry, Elaine and James J. McKenna.  Reasons to Bedshare: A Review of Effects on Infant Behavior and Development. Infant Behavior and Development 66 (2022)101684

2022 Alanna Rudzik, Cecelia Tomori James J. McKenna and Helen Ball. Biocultural Perspectives on Infant Sleep. The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Reproduction. Sallie Han and Cecilia Tomori *(Eds.) Routledge :New York and London,pp 559-583


2020 McKenna, James J Safe Infant Sleep: Answers to Your Cosleeping Questions.. Introducing breastsleeping humankind’s time. honored sleep and feeding arrangement. Platypus Press Inc: Washington DC., 283 pages. (Book) 

 2020 Ball, H, C. Tomori, James J. McKenna. Toward an Integrated Anthropology of Infant Sleep. AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST, Volume121, (3) 595-61

2020 Marinelli K.A., Ball Hl., McKenna J.J.,and Blair P.S. An integrated analysis of maternal-infant sleep, breastfeeding and the sudden infant death syndrome: Research supporting a balanced discourse. Jour. of Human Lactation. 35 (3) 510-520

2020 Blair P, Ball H, McKenna J, Feldman-Winter L, Martinelli  K, Bartick  M. 

Bedsharing and Breastfeeding: The Academy of Breastfeeing Medicine Protocol #6, Revision 2019. Breastfeeding Medicine (2020) 15 (1) 5-16

DOI 10.1089/bfm.2019.29144,psb 

2020. McKenna, J. "But What if the ‘Field’ is a Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory? How it Happened, What it’s Like. The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly". In Hewlett, B.L. (Ed.) The Secret Lives of Anthropologists: Lessons from the Field, New York: Routledge University Press. pp.262-293


2019 Gettler LT  MS Sarma, RG Gengo, RC Oka, JJ McKenna Testosterone moderates the effects of social support on cardiovascular disease risk factors among older US men. American Journal of Human Biology 31 (4), e23248 [PDF]


2018 McKenna JJ Afterword: Breastfeeding In Search of the Right Questions. In: Breastfeeding Biologies. Eds. C.Tomori, A, Palmdale, EA Quinn, Routledge: New York p 212-218.

2018 McKenna JJ. Phyllis Jay Dolhinow. International Encyclopedia of Primatology. Agustin Fuentes (Ed.). Wiley: New York.

2018 McKenna JJ. Sleep.  In The Sage Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. Marc H. Bornstein, Martha E. Arterberry, Karen L. Fingerman, Jennifer E. Lansford (Eds.). Sage: New York.

2018 McKenna James J. Mother-Infant Dyad. International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology. Wenda Trevathan. (Ed)  Wiley: New York DOI 10 1092/978118584538.

McKenna, J.J. (2018). Human mother–infant dyad. In The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology (Eds W. Trevathan, M. Cartmill, D. Dufour, C. Larsen, D. O'Rourke, K. Rosenberg and K.Strier). doi:10.1002/9781118584538.ieba0539


2017 McKenna, James and Lee Gettler. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Origins and Prevention. Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development. Brian Hopkins, Ed. Cambridge University Press pp 345-370. (refereed).

2017 McKenna JJ. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development. Brian Hopkins, Ed. Cambridge University Press. (refereed) pp 723-729.
2017 Gettler LT Mallika S. Sarma Rieti G. Gengo, Rahul C. Oka , James J. McKenna. Adiposity, CVD risk factors and testosterone: Variation by partnering status and residence with children in US men. Evol. Med. Public Health (1): 67-80. DOI:


2016 McKenna, JJ., Gettler LT. Supporting A Bottom-Up, No Holds Barred. Psych-Anthro-Pediatrics: Making Room (Scientifically) For Bedsharing Families. Sleep Medicine Reviews. (refereed)  doi:10.1016/j.smry.2016.06.003.  

2016 McKenna JJ SIDS and Colic: A Research Hypothesis. Breastfeeding Today.  December 12 th.  

2016 McKenna JJ,  W, Middlemiss, M.Tarsha.Potential Evolutionary, Neuro-physiological Origins of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Inconsolable Crying  (Colic): Is It All About Control Of Breath? Family Relation: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies  65 (February 2016) 239-258 DO!:101111/fare!2178. (refereed)

2016 There is no such thing as infant sleep, there is no such thing as breastfeeding, there is only breastsleeping. JJ McKenna and LT Gettler. Acta Paediatrica, 105: 12-17

2016 Forget Ye Not the Mother-Infant Dyad: In a World of Allomothers and Maternal Agency Does the Mother-Infant Relationship Still Stand Out? JJ McKenna. In Cute But Costly: Helpless Infants and Human Evolution. W.Trevathan and K.Rosenberg Eds..University of New Mexico Press,  pp. 295-231. (refereed)


There is no such thing as infant sleep, there is no such thing as breasfeeding, there breastsleeping. Acta Pediatrica doi: 10.1111/apa.13161 Early version online. (refereed)

Breastsleeping, Cosleeping and Breastfeeding. JJ McKenna. In : Overview Vol 20; 3: 1-5 A Women’s Health Bulletin from Olson Center For Women’s Health, University of Nebraska Medical School. (un refereed)

Safe Co-sleeping With Infants. Pathways Magazine. Issue 46, pg. 19 (un refereed) 

McKenna JJ and Lee T. Gettler  (2014) (Early online publication) There is no such thing as infant sleep, there is no such thing as breastfeeding, there is only breastsleeping”.  Acta Pediatrica 10.1111/apa.13161 Early version online (refereed)

Alexandra Slade Brewis and James J. McKenna. Translating Human Biology. American Journal of Human Biology (Guest Editor and Article Contributor) 27:1–5 (2015) (refereed)


McKenna, James J. Night waking among breastfeeding mothers and infants: conflict, congruence, or both? Evolution, Medicine and Public Health. pp 3-17. (refereed)

Narvaez D, Valentino K. Fuentes, A, McKenna, J and P. Grey. Children’s Development in Light of Evolution and Culture.  In: Ancestral Landscapes In Human Evolution: Culture, Childrearing and Social Well Being.  D. Narvaez, K. Valentino, A. Fuentes  J. McKenna, P. Grey (Co-editors) Oxford University Press: New York: New York, pp 3-17.  

McKenna James J., Commentary: Look How Far We Have Come: A Bit of Consilience in Elucidating the Role of Caregivers in Relationship to Developing Primate Infants and Children, In: Ancestral Landscapes In Human Evolution: Culture, Childrearing and Social Well Being.  D. Narvaez, K. Valentino, A. Fuentes  J. McKenna, P. Grey (Co-editors) Oxford University Press: New York: New York, pp 3-17.

McKenna, James J. Postscript: Back to the Future. In: Ancestral Landscapes In Human Evolution: D. Narvaez, K. Valentino, A. Fuentes  J. McKenna, P. Grey (Co-editors) Oxford University Press: New York: New York. Pp. 349-352.


McKenna, James J. Amicus brief submitted to and accepted by Supreme Court of the State of Washington. The legitimacy of fathers sleeping with their children. (This is the first time in the United States such a high court (or any court) has agreed to listen to an argument on this subject, and is based on my own argument and the research of others.  

Lane E. Volpe, Helen L. Ball, James J. McKenna. Nighttime Parenting Strategies and Sleep Related Risks to Infants. Social Science and Medicine 79 (2013) 92-103 (refereed)


McKenna, James J. Italian translation of Sleeping With Your Baby ("A letto conil nostro bambina").

Volpe, Lane E, Helen L. Ball, and James J. McKenna. "Nighttime Parenting Strategies and Sleep-Related Risks to Infants." Social Science and Medicine. 

Gettler, Lee T., James J. McKenna, Sonny S. Agustin, Thomas W. McDade, and Christopher W. Kuzawa. "Does cosleeping contribute to lower testosterone levels in fathers? Evidence from the Philippines." PLoS ONE 7(9): e41559.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041559

McKenna, James J. and Lee T. Gettler. "'It’s dangerous to be an infant’: on-going relevance of John Bowlby’s Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness (the EEA) in promoting healthier births, safer maternal-infant sleep, and breastfeeding in a contemporary western industrial context. Narvaez, D., Panksepp, J., Schore, A., & Gleason, T. (Eds.). Evolution, Early Experience and Human Development: From Research to Practice and Policy. New York: Oxford University Press, 439-452. 

Gettler, Lee T. and James J. McKenna. "Co-sleeping." Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams. Peter MacNamara Ed. ABC Clio Publishers: Santa Barbara, CA. 


Gettler, Lee T. and James J. McKenna. “Evolutionary Perspectives on Mother-Infant Sleep Proximity and Breastfeeding in a Laboratory Setting.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 144:454-462.

McKenna, James J. Dutch translation of Sleeping With Your Baby ("Slapen Met Je Baby"). Pantarhei. 


McKenna, James J. Update and Spanish translation of Sleeping With Your Baby (“Domir con tu bebé: Una guía para padres sobre el colecho, cómo practicarlo de forma segura”). Washington, D.C.: Platypus Press.

Gettler, Lee T. and James J. McKenna. “Never Sleep with Baby? Or Keep Me Close But Keep Me Safe: Eliminating Inappropriate ‘Safe Infant Sleep’ Rhetoric in the United States”. Current Pediatric Reviews Vol. 6 No. 1, p. 1-6.

McKenna, James J. “Parental Supplements and Surrogates Among Primates: Cross-Species and Cross-Cultural Comparisons.” In Parenting Across the Life Span: Biosocial Dimensions. Eds. Jane B. Lancaster, Jeanne Altmann, Alice S. Rossi and Lonnie R. Sherrod. (Republished 2010).


McKenna, James J. and Lee Gettler. Sleeping Arrangements. In: The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion. Richard Schweder, Ed. University of Chicago Press, pp.917-920.

McKenna, James J On Infants Sleeping Alone. In The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion. Richard Schweder, Ed., University of Chicago Press. Pg 918.

Gettler, Lee and J. McKenna. The Science of Shared Sleep. Mothering Magazine. No 153. (January-February Issue)

McKenna, James J. and Lee T. Gettler  On Science vs. Ideology, Respect vs. Dismissiveness in the Co-sleeping Debate: Reaction and response.  Mothering 152, pg 18-20.


Evolutionary Medicine and Health

Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives. W. Trevathan, N. Smith, J. McKenna (eds.)  London: Oxford University Press.

McKenna, James J. Neuroanthropology Website. December 23, 2008. Biological Imperatives and Mother-Infant Co-sleeping.

McKenna James J and Lee T Gettler. Cultural influences on infant sleep biology and the science that studies it: toward a more inclusive paradigm, part II. In Sleep and Breathing in Children: A Developmental Approach, vol.2. GLoughlin, JCarroll and CMarcus  (eds) New York: Marcel Dekker. Pp. 183-221.

Trevathan W, E. Smith, J. McKenna. Introduction and overview of evolutionary medicine. In Evolutionary Medicine and Health. W.Trevathan, NSmith and J.McKenna (eds). London: Oxford University Press,pp 1-54.


Sleeping with Your Baby Cover English

Sleeping With Your Baby: A Parents Guide To Co-sleeping. Washington D.C.: Platypus Media Press.

McKenna, James J. and L Volpe  " An internet based study of infant sleeping arrangements and parental perceptions." Infant and Child Development16:359-385.

McKenna, James J, Helen Ball, Lee T. Gettler. Mother-infant cosleeping, breastfeeding and sudden infant death syndrome: What biological anthropology has discovered about normal infant sleep and pediatric sleep medicine. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 50:133-161.

McKenna, James J. and Lee Gettler. Mother -infant co-sleeping with breastfeeding in the Western industrialized   context.  In: Hale TW and Hartmann PE (eds.) Textbook of Human Lactation. Amarillo, Texas: Hale Publishing, p.271-302.


McKenna, James J, Lane Volpe and  Willow Wetherall.  Longitudinal study of beliefs, sleeping   srrangements, feeding practices and ttachment of at Risk teen moms compared with high and low risk older control moms: implications for SIDS. In Bed Sharing and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Physiology,  Epidemiology and Public Health Perspectives  Pediatrics and Infant Health  Volume 11 Supplement A, pp 39A-41A.

McKenna, James. Assessing trade-offs between potential benefits and risks of increased nighttime contact between mothers and infants. Pediatrics and Infant Health.  Jour of the Canadian Paediatric Society Vol 11 Supplement A. pp 49-50A.

Fleming, Peter, Peter Blair and James J. McKennaNew Knowledge, new insights, and new recommendations: Scientific controversy and media high in unexpected infant deaths. Invited Editorial. Archives Disease In Children 799-801


McKenna James J and Thomas McDade  Why Babies Should Never Sleep Alone: A Review of the Cosleeping Controversy  In Relationship To SIDS, Breast Feeding and Bedsharing. Peadiatric Respiratory Reviews6, 134-152 (pdf available on website)

McKenna, James J. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Encyclopedia of Human Development. Brian Hopkins Ed.,  with Ron Barr George Michel and Philippe Rochat, pp 453-457. Cambridge University Press.


Diedierjean-Jouveau Claude Suzanne, Jacky Israel, James McKenna. Comment dormant les bebes..Pour ou contre le sommeil partage   (How Babies Sleep: For and Against Mother-Infant Cosleeping). Naitre Grandir Devneir Cahier #2. Belin:  Paris (book) ISSN 1760-3390. IBSN 2-7011-3820-5,192 pages.

McKenna, James J  Mother-Infant Co-sleeping with Breast Feeding: Adaptive Behaviors Worth Fighting For. Guest Essay. Breast Feeding Abstracts Vol 23 Number 1: 3-4.

McKenna, James J Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Infant Sleep, Breastfeeding, and Infant Sleeping Arrangements. Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology. Health and Illness in the World’s Cultures. C. Ember and M.Ember (Eds) Vol. 1 New York: Kluver Academic ( Plenum Publishers ) pp.506-517

McKenna, James J. Infant Sleep. Unitutkija vastaa.pages 66-69  2plus 12/2004 hiinta 6,10 e. (Finland’s leading Parenting Magazine, Two Plus…


McCoy, Rosha…Lawrence Gartner, McKenna, James (consultant author)  Academy of  Breastfeeding Medicine Protocols: Guidelines on Co-Sleeping and Breastfeeding, ABM News and Views – The Newsletter of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp 10-13.

Volpe, Lane and James McKenna, “Sleeping With Baby: Benefits and Risks Bed Sharing”. Advance for Managers of Respiratory Care, pp 27-29

McKenna, James J. Co-sleeping. In Breast Feeding: Nutrition in Early Childhood and Reproductive Health. V. Scherbaum, Ukretschmer, F. Perl (Eds) pp. 268-272.   (German Text)


McKenna, James J Why We Never Ask Is It Safe For Infants To Sleep Alone (Part 2).  Academy of Breast Feeding Medicine News and Views.Vol 7, No 6. Issue.

Why We never Ask Is It Safe For Infants to Sleep Alone (Part 3). Academy of Breast Feeding Medicine News and Views.Vol 7, No 8. Issue.

McKenna, James J., “Breast Feeding and Bedsharing: Still Useful and Important After All of These years.” Lead article. Mothering Magazine Special Issue; Sleeping with Your Baby; The World’s Top Scientists Speak Out.  J McKenna (Guest editor).  Volume 114 September-October Issue pp 28-37

McKenna James, “Sleeping with Your Baby”. Introduction: In Sleeping with Your Baby; The World’s Top Scientists Speak Out.  J McKenna (Guest Editor).  Volume 114, September-October Issue pp 7-8.


McKenna, James, Why We Never Ask Is it Safe for Infants to Sleep Alone (Part 1)? Academy of Breast Feeding Medicine News and Views. Vol.7 No 4:32-2001            

McKenna, James J. Nighttime Parenting, Breast Feeding Annual International Dia Michael  Editor. pp 126-135

Stein, M, Caluruso, C, McKenna, J., Wight, N., Cosleeping (Bedsharing) Among Infants and Toddlers. (Re-published) Pediatrics (April 2001)

McKenna, J  and Mosko S., Mother-infant cosleeping and breast feeding as adaptation not pathology: A scientific new scientific beginning point.  In Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Puzzles, Problems and Possibilities. R Byard and H. Krous eds. Arnold Publishers: London, pp 258-274

McKenna, J, Culture and Cosleeping. New BeginningsVol 18, No 1; pp 4-8 Publication of La Leche League International.

Trevathan W. and McKenna J, “Evolutionary medicine and population based thinking in cultural context: the best of three worlds? (Abstract). American Journal of Physical Anthropology(2001 Supplement), pp 152.

McKenna J , Andolina M, Andry J and P O’Connell, (2001) Bedsharing and breast feeding mother and infants: Adaptation or pathology? American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement, pp 107.


McKenna, J, “In Defense of Maya’s Mother.”  Contemporary Pediatrics   June Issue.

McKenna, J, Cultural influences on infant and childhood sleep biology and the science that studies it: Toward a more inclusive paradigm. Sleep and Breathing In Children and Pediatrics J Laughlin, C, Marcos, J. Carroll (Eds). Marcel-Dekker Pub pp. 99-130.

McKenna, J and Gartner, L, Sleep Location and Suffocation: How Good Is The Evidence?  Pediatrics Vol. 105 (4) pp 917-919 

McKenna. James J Cultural Influences on Infant Sleep (condensed) Zero to ThreeVol 20, No 3, 9-18

McKenna, James J.  Flawed Data Leads to Flawed Bedsharing Results. Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, Vol 16, No 2, February. 

McKenna James J. In Defense of Mother-Infant Bedsharing and Why the Consumer Product Safety Commission Is Wrong!  Mothering Magazine No.98: 50-54


Evolutionary Medicine

Trevathan W.,  E.O. Smith and J. McKenna (Eds) Evolutionary Medicine.  Oxford University Press: Oxford, New York

McKenna, James, Mosko, S. and Richard, C., Breastfeeding and Infant-parent Cosleeping in Relationship to SIDS Prevention. In: Evolutionary Medicine. Eds. W, Trevathan,  E.O. Smith  and J. McKenna Oxford University Press pp 53-75.

McKenna, James J.:  Culture and Infant in Relationship to SIDS Risk Factors. La Leche League International Independent Study Module (no longer available).


McKenna, James.  Bedsharing Promotes Breast Feeding and the AAP Statement on Sleeping Position and SIDS: A response to Hauck and Kemp.  Pediatrics102 (3) 662-664, pt 1 of 2

McKenna, James, Sleep Physiology of Mother-Infant Pairs in the Solitary and Bedsharing Environments. Implications for SIDS. Journal of Ambulatory Children’s Health Vol 4. Suppl 1, pp138-140

Richard, C., Mosko S., McKenna, J. Apnea and periodic breathing in the bedsharing infant. Journal of  Applied  Physiology  84 (4):1374-1380


McKenna, James J, Challenging Cases: Cosleeping (Bedsharing) Among Infants and Toddlers. Developmental and Behavioral PediatricsVol 18 no 6: 408-413

McKenna, James, Infant-parent cosleeping and SIDS. (sidebar)  written to supplement article by Meredith Small: Ethnopediatrics: Our Baby Ourselves. Natural History Magazine Vol 106:9:p50

Mosko, S., Richard, C., McKenna, J., Infant Arousals in the Bedsharing Environment: Implications for Infant Sleep Development and SIDS. Pediatrics100 (2) 841-849

McKenna  J, Mosko S, and  Richard, C, Bedsharing Promotes Breast Feeding. Pediatrics 100 (2) 214-219

Mosko, S., Richard, C., McKenna, J., Drummond, S., and Mukai, D., Maternal proximity and infant C02 environment during bedsharing and possible implications for SIDS research. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 103:315-328

Mosko, S., Richard, C and McKenna, J, Maternal sleep and arousals during bedsharing with infants. Sleep 201 (2): 142-150


McKenna, James J., Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Infant-Parent  Cosleeping Protective? Annual Reviews in Anthropology 25: 201-216

Richard, C, Mosko S, McKenna J, and Drummond, S, Sleeping Position, Orientation, and Proximity In Bedsharing Infants and Mothers. Sleep 19: 685-690

Mosko, S, Richard, C and McKenna, J; Drummond, S, Infant Sleep Architecture During Bedsharing and Possible Implications for SIDS. Sleep19:677-684

McKenna, James, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Making Sense of Current Research: The Best of Mothering Magazine Anniversary Issue pp 73-80: October

McKenna, James J, Anthropology in a sleep laboratory maketh a career? What physical anthropology, SIDS, watching monkeys, and having a baby have in common. Guest essay in:  Introduction to Physical Anthropology, R. Jurmain et al. Wesley Publishing.


Mosko, S., Richard, C. and McKenna, J.,Infant Sleep and Arousals During Bedsharing. Pediatric Pulmonology 20: 340 (Abstract)

McKenna, James J,“The Potential Benefits of Infant-Parent Cosleeping in Relation to SIDS Prevention:  ”In: SIDS in the ‘90s. Torliev O. Rognum, ed. Scandinavian Press. pp 256-265.

McKenna, James J., and Bernshaw N.,“Breastfeeding and Infant-Parent Cosleeping as Adaptive Strategies: Are They Protective Against SIDS?” In” Biocultural Aspects of Breastfeeding. K. Dettwyler, Ed. Aldine de Gruyter 1995        

McKenna, James J “Is Sleeping with My Baby Safe? Can It Help Prevent SIDS?” California SIDS. Information Line, Spring/Summer Issue.

McKenna, James J,Review of “Sudden Death in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence” by Roger W. Byard and Stephen D. Cohle. Quarterly  Review of  Biology Vol. Numb. pp. 153.

McKenna, James J, Infants Need Their Mothers Beside Them. Culture and Health. WHO World Health Organization Magazine.Geneva, Switzerland March-April Issue.

McKenna, James J,SIDS  Research. In: Growth and Development 1996-1997 E. Junn and C.Boyatzis  (Eds.) Annual Editions, Dushkin Publishers: Guilford, Conn. pp 31 35.


McKenna, James J., Sarah Mosko, Christopher Richard, Sean Drummond, Lynn Hunt, Mindy Cetal, Joseph Arpaia, Mutual Behavioral and Physiological Influences Among Solitary and Co-Sleeping  Mother-Infant Pairs: Implications for SIDS.” Early Human Development 38:182-201.

McKenna, James J “Co-Sleeping Mothers and Infants Influence Each Other’s Sleep Physiology: Overview and Implications for SIDS.” Proceedings of the Third European Congress of the European Society for the Study and Prevention of Infant Deaths. Journal of Developmental Physiology   20:251-256

McKenna, James J., and Peter Fleming, “Ethnicity and the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Important Clues from Anthropology.” Letter to the Editor. Archives of Disease in Childhood70:450.

McKenna, James, “Evolutionary Medicine: What’s Anthropology Got To Do With It?” Physical Anthropology News (PAN) 13(1):1-4.

McKenna, James J., and Mosko, Sarah, “Sleep and Arousal, Synchrony and Independence among Mothers and Infants Sleeping Apart and Together (Same Bed): An Experiment in Evolutionary Medicine.” Acta Pediatric,An International Journal of Pediatrics, Supplement 390.

Trevathan, Wenda, and McKenna, James J. Birth and Infancy in Evolutionary Perspective: Insights for Modern Life.” Children’s Environments 11(2):1-17.

McKenna, James J., S. Mosko, Richard, C., (Abstract Published) “Behavior and Behavioral Interaction of Solitary and Co-Sleeping Human Mother-Infant Pairs: Implications for SIDS.” Poster 8th annual meeting of the Association of Professional Sleep Societies. Boston, Massachusetts, June 7-13:

Mosko, S, Richard, C, McKenna, J. et al, “CO2 Environment of the Co-Sleeping Infant.”) Poster 8th annual meeting of the Association  of Professional  Sleep Societies. Boston, Massachusetts, June 7-13: (Abstract Published)

Richard, C, Mosko, S, McKenna, J.Polysomnographic Study of Mother-Infant CoSleeping.” Poster 8th annual meeting of the Association  of  Professional  Sleep  Societies. Boston, Massachusetts, June 7-13: (Abstract Published)

Drummond, S, Mosko, S, Richard, C, McKenna, J. REM Organization and Fragmentation in Co-Sleeping and Solitary Sleeping Infants.” Poster 8th Annual Meeting of the Association  of  Professional Sleep   Societies. Boston, Massachusetts, June 7-13: (Abstract Published)


McKenna, James J.,“Rethinking ‘Healthy’ Infant Sleep.” Breastfeeding Abstracts, February 1993.

McKenna, James J., and Mosko, Sarah, “Evolution and Infant Sleep: An Experimental Study of Infant-Parent Co-sleeping and Its Implications for SIDS.” Acta Paediatrica: An International Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 82, Supplement 389:31-36.

McKenna, James J., Evelyn Thoman, Tom Anders, Avi Sedeh, Vicki Schectman, and Steve Glotzbach, “Infant-Parent Co-Sleeping in Evolutionary Perspective: Imperatives for Understanding Infant Sleep Development and SIDS.” Sleep 16(3):263-282.

Mosko, Sarah, McKenna, James J. et al.  “Infant-Parent Co-sleeping: The Appropriate  Context for the Study of Infant Sleep and Implications for SIDS.” Journal of Behavioral Medicine 16(6): 589-610.


McKenna, James J., “Co-sleeping.” Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreaming. M. Carskaden, ed. New York: Macmillan.

McKenna, James, “SIDS Research: Current Status.” Mothering Magazine, winter issue. Santa Fe, New Mexico.


McKenna, James J.: Researching the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): The Role of Ideology in Biomedical Science Monograph. Research Foundation, State University of New York, Stony Brook. New York.


McKenna, James J “Infants and Infant Care-giving Behaviors in Evolutionary Perspective.” Infant Behavior and Development(special issue) 13:517 (abstract only).


McKenna, James J “Evolution and the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Part I: Infant Responsivity to Parental Contact.” Human Nature1(2):145-177.


McKenna, James J “Evolution and the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Part II: Why Human Infants?” Human Nature1(2):179-206.


McKenna, James J Review of “Peacemaking among Primates” by Francis de Waal. American Anthropologist.

McKenna, James J., and Mosko, Sarah, “Evolution and the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Part III: Parent-Infant Co-Sleeping and Infant Arousal.” Human Nature1(2).


McKenna, James J “Sleep, Breathing, and Arousal Patterns of Co-Sleeping Human Mother-Infant Pairs: Implications for SIDS.” Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference (IEEE) of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society  5:2015-2016.

McKenna, James J., Mosko, Sarah, Dungy, Claiborne and McAninch, Jan, “Sleep and Arousal Patterns of Co-Sleeping Human Mother-Infant Pairs: A Preliminary Physiological Study with Implications for the Study of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).” American Journal of Physical Anthropology82(3):331-347.


McKenna, James J.Review of “Nature and Nurture during Infancy and Early Childhood” by R. Plomen, J. DeFries, and D. Fulker. American Anthropologist 91(3):791-92.

McKenna, James J., Mosko, Sarah, Dungy, Claiborne and McAninch, Jan, “Sleep and Arousal Synchrony of Co-Sleeping Human Mother-Infant Pairs: Implications for the Study of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)” (abstract). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 78(2).


McKenna, James J. Review of “Primate Social Systems” by Robin Dunbar. American Journal of Physical Anthropology77(2):281-283.

McKenna James J “An Anthropological Perspective on the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: The Neurological and Structural Bases of Speech Breathing and Why SIDS Appears To Be a Species-Specific Malady, Part II. Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Journal 2(Spring):149-178.

McKenna James j “Physiological Effects of Human Parent-Infant Co-Sleeping: Implications for the Study of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)” (abstract). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 75(2):248-249.


McKenna James J.“Parental Supplements and Surrogates among Primates: Cross Species and Cross-Cultural Comparisons.” In Biosocial Life Span Approaches to Parenting and Offspring Development. Jeanne Altmann, Jane Lancaster, and Alice Rossi, eds. Pp. 143-184. Aldine Press.

McKenna James J.Review of “Primates in the Classroom” by M. Small, M. Boccia, J. King, J. Loy, and G. Ruppenthal, American Journal of Primatology 12(1):111-123.


McKenna,  James J. An Anthropological Perspective on the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS):  The Role of Parental Breathing Cues and Speech Breathing Adaptations.  Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies of Disease and Illness, Vol. 10, No.1.

McKenna James J. “An Anthropological Perspective on the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Testable Hypothesis on the Possible Role of Parental Breathing Cues in Promoting Infant Stability, Part I.” Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Journal 1 (Winter).

McKenna, James J. Review of “Navajo Infancy” by James Chisholm. Journal of Ethology and Sociobiology 7(2):137-140.


McKenna , James J. Review of “Perspectives in Ethology” by Peter Klopfer, American Anthropologist  86(3):737-738.



McKenna, James J. “Dominance: We Agree More Than We Realize.” Comment on “Dominance: The Baby and the Bathwater” by I. Bernstein. Journal of Brain and Behavior Sciences 6(2):335-337.


McKenna, James J.  “Primate Aggression: Sociobiological and Anthropological Perspectives.” Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law II(2):105-130.


McKenna, James J.  “Coming of Age in Anthropology” Review of “Margaret Mead: A Voice of the Century” by Robert Cassidy. Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review,July 18, 1982.


McKenna, James J.  “A Trip Through the Mental Maze.” Review of “The Universe Within” by Morton Hunt. Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review.


McKenna, James J. Review of “Baboon Mothers and Infants” by Jeanne Altmann. American Scientist68(6):666-667.


McKenna, James J.Review of “Social Behavior in Primates” by Neil Chalmers. American Journal of Physical Anthropology57(3):356-357.


McKenna, James J.  “Primate Field Studies: The Evolution of Behavior and Its Socioecology.” In Primate Behavior.” J. Fobes and J. King, eds. Pp. 53-83. New York: Academic Press.


McKenna, James J.  “The Evolution of Primate Societies, Reproduction and Parenting.” In Primate Behavior. J. Fobes and J. King, eds. Pp. 87-133. New York: Academic Press.



McKenna, James J. Review of  “Orang-Utan Behavior” by Terry Maple. American Anthropologist83:732-733.


McKenna, James J. Comment on “Hypoglycemia and Aggression in the Andes: Another Look at the Evidence,” by Ted Lewellen. Current Anthropology22(4):357 358.


McKenna, James J. “Primate Infant Care-giving Behavior: Origins, Consequences, and Variability with Emphasis on the Common Indian Langur Monkey.” In Parental Care in Mammals. D. Gubernick and P. Klopfer, eds. Pp. 389-416. Plenum Publishing Corporation. 


McKenna James, J Review of “Kin Selection in Japanese Macaques” by Jeffrey Kurland. American Anthropologist85(1):176-177.



McKenna, James J. The Evolution of Allomothering Behavior Among Colobine Monkeys: Function and Opportunism in Evolution.” American Anthropologist 84(4):804-840.


McKenna, James J.“Aspects of Infant Socialization, Attachment, and Maternal Caregiving Patterns Among Primates: A Cross-Disciplinary Review. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology22:250-286.


McKenna, James J.“Monkeys, Apes and Man: What Is the Connection?” Pomona Today, Spring.

Dolhinow, P., J. McKenna, and Julie von der Haar Law. “Rank and Reproduction among Indian Langur Monkeys: Aging and Improvement (They’re Not Just Getting Older, They’re Getting Better)”. International Journal of Aggressive Behavior5:19-30.


McKenna, James J., “Biosocial Functions of Grooming Behavior among the Common Indian Langur Monkeys.”  American Journal of  Physical  Anthropology48(4):503 509.


McKenna James J. “Form, Pattern and Function of Grooming Behavior among the Indian Langurs.”  Berkeley Papers in Physical Anthropology50:1-12.



McKenna, James J.“Coming of Age in Hanuman Langur Society.” San Diego Zoological Society. Zoonooz 48:8-12.

                McKenna, James J.“Perinatal Behavior and Parturition of a Colobine Monkey.” Laboratory Primate Newsletter50:3-8.

McKenna, James J.“A Preliminary Study of the Relationship Between Play and Aggression in Three Primate Species.” University of Oregon Papers in Anthropology 7:67-75. J. McKenna, R. Pettigrew, and V. Young, eds.

McKenna, James J., R. Pettigrew, and V. Young, eds.Collected Papers in Anthropology. University of Oregon Anthropological Papers, No. 7, Eugene, Oregon.