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James A. Coan

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Psychology
Office location and address
324 Gilmer Hall
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

I am an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Virginia. My recent work emphasizes the neural systems supporting social forms of emotion regulation. In 2010, I received the inaugural Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, and the Early Career Award from the Society for Psychophysiological Research.

Sustainable Compassion Training's effects on neural threat and social support
Source: Mind and Life Institute
January 01, 2018 – June 30, 2022
AS-PSYC - Adult Neural Reward Sensitivity: Contributions of Developmental Context and Methylation of the OXTR Gene
Source: American Psychological Association
January 01, 2017 – December 31, 2017
AS-PSYC Endogenous Opiod Mediation of the Social Regulation of Threat
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Soc., Behav. & Eco. Science
September 01, 2013 – August 31, 2016
Neural Mechanisms of Social Emotion Regulation
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Mental Health
July 30, 2009 – April 30, 2014
EGMT 1520: Empirical & Scientific Engagement
Credits: 2
In this class students will learn to analyze claims about the material and social worlds through formulation and testing of new questions and hypotheses based on observation and experience.
PSYC 2410: Abnormal Psychology
Credits: 3
Introduces psychopathology with a focus on specific forms of abnormal behavior: depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders. Prerequisites: None.
PSYC 3410: Abnormal Psychology
Credits: 3
Introduces psychopathology with a focus on specific forms of abnormal behavior: depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders. Prerequisites: None.
PSYC 3590: Research in Psychology
Credits: 2–3
An original experimental project is undertaken in which each student is responsible for the design and operation of the experiment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 14 credits of psychology and instructor permission.
COGS 3960: Cognitive Science Research
Credits: 3
This course aims to provide faculty-supervised research experience. A faculty mentor should be identified before enrollment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Faculty supervisor permission.
PSYC 4970: Distinguished Major Thesis I
Credits: 3
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings. Prerequisite: Participants in the Distinguished Majors Program in Psychology. Enrollment Requirement: You are required to register for PSYC 3870.
PSYC 4980: Distinguished Major Thesis II
Credits: 3
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings. Prerequisite: Participants in the Distinguished Majors Program in Psychology.
PSYC 5326: The Neuroscience of Social Relationships
Credits: 3
This course will provide a broad overview of neuroscientific research into social relationships. The field is relatively new, and changing quickly. After a brief review of the neuroscientific methods we are likely to encounter in this literature, the course will be oriented toward readings and discussion, with brief research proposals presented at the end. PSYC 2200 or BIOL 3050 recommended.
PSYC 7470: Experimental Psychopathology
Credits: 3
Reviews symptomatological, classificatory, and epidemiological issues, and surveys the psychological, behavior-genetic, and psychophysiological literature in abnormal psychology. Emphasizes adult psychopathology. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PSYC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Thesis
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
PSYC 9501: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9502: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Graded and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9503: Topical Research
Credits: 1
In person independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Graded and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
NESC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PSYC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.
NESC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, under the supervision of a dissertation director.