Professor James C. Coyne

Director, Behavioral Oncology Program, Abramson Cancer Center and Professor of Psychology, Departmet of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Carnegie Centenary Professor 2015, University of Stirling
James C. Coyne, Ph.D., and his behavioral science research team work on understanding the coping process in cancer patients and testing the effectiveness of interventions in enhancing the patient's well being. 

coyneMajor depression and anxiety disorders tend to be overlooked and inadequately treated in cancer patients, and their risk can extend into survivorship. The team has been documenting the extent of the problem of untreated and inadequately treated depression and anxiety and developing ways of ensuring better treatment and follow up. The team is working to redesign methods of psychosocial intervention in order to better accommodate the needs, abilities, and desires specific to cancer patients and survivors out in the community. More recently, the group has begun examining ways of addressing the disadvantage of men without partners in the adherence to and outcome of treatment of cancer, a disadvantage apparently not shared by women without partners.

In addition to his appointments at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Coyne is an adjunct professor of Health Psychology at the University of Groningen. He received his B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Indiana University. He served on the faculty of Miami University and, then, the University of California, Berkeley. after completing a fellowship in the social environment and health program of the Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan, he remained as a faculty associate of ISR and joined the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, he was also a senior investigator in behavioral sciences research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. In citation analyses, Dr. Coyne consistently ranks in the top 200 of all North American psychologists for impact of his work. He has served on many editorial boards across disciplines and has been an ad hoc member of numerous NIH study sections and advisory boards. He is as been elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.