About the Team

James (Jim) Coyne, PhD is a clinical health psychologist and Professor of in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania and Professor of Health Psychology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He is the author of over 350 publications and has been identified by the Institute for Scientific Information Web of Science as one of the most cited psychologists and psychiatrists in the world. His diverse areas of research include stress and coping, depression, individual and couples’ adaptation to cancer, screening for distress and depression, and evidence-based clinical and health psychology. He is co-editor of Screening for Depression in Clinical Settings: An Evidence-Based Review and The Interactional Nature of Depression and co-author of Father Knows Best: The Use and Abuse of Power in Freud’s Case of Dora and of Relationships in Chronic Illness and Disability. Until recently he blogged at Psychology Today as The Skeptical Sleuth. On Twitter @coyneoftherealm.

Shaili Jain, MD serves as a psychiatrist at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, is a researcher affiliated with the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and a Clinical Assistant Professor affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Her medical essays and commentary have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, public radio and elsewhere. On Twitter @shailijainmd

Fabiana Kubke, PhD is a neuroscientist and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Medical Sciences and member of the Centre for Brain Research at University of Auckland. A biologist originally from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, Kubke ended up in New Zealand after a long spell in the USA at the University of Connecticut and University of Maryland. She is interested in all things brain development and evolution and all things open. Kubke is the Chair of the Advisory Panel of Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand. She also blogs as Building Blogs of Science on New Zealand’s Sciblogs and can be found on twitter @kubke and Google+

Adrian Preda, M.D., is a Health Sciences Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He received his residency training at Yale, and has been a faculty member at Yale and UT Southwestern, prior to joining University of California Irvine.  Psychiatry is a unique medical discipline, equally informed by developments in the neurosciences and (neuro)humanities. Accordingly, Dr. Preda’s view of psychiatry is that biological contributors, psychological mechanisms, and socio-cultural factors are all relevant to the understanding of one’s mental make-up. The purpose of Dr. Preda’s contributions to this blog is solely educational. Patients discussed are composite characters. Opinions expressed here are the author’s only and are not intended as medical advice. Dr. Preda can’t practice medicine over the web, so please don’t ask him to.  Disclosures: Dr. Preda spends quite a bit of time studying new psychiatric medications. While not paid directly by any pharmaceutical company, the nature of this work implicitly informs his view, either pro or against, psychotropic drugs that he might have directly studied.

Ruchir Shah, PhD, is a neuroscientist and former Senior Editor of PLOS Biology. He completed his PhD in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, while also spending some years at Yale University School of Medicine after his lab moved. He has an active interest in all areas of neuroscience and psychology, and has also cultivated a passion for science education and multimedia. He believes that using new audio/visual tools are essential towards spreading the mission of open access in new and creative ways, and that every scientist has a story to tell.

Mind the Brain Archive:

Two posts by former Mind the Brain blogger Marc Lewis are available by clicking on the following titles:

Why Addiction is Not a Brain Disease

A Kindling Theory of the Development of Addiction

Comments for these posts are now closed.

Marc Lewis, PhD is a developmental neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology, recently at the University of Toronto, where he taught and conducted research from 1989 to 2010, and presently at Radboud University in the Netherlands. His recent book, Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, blends his life story with a user-friendly account of how drugs affect the brain and how addiction seriously alters neural chemistry and structure. His ongoing blog at Psychology Today is @AddictedBrain on Twitter.

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One Response to About the Team

  1. Derek Pugh says:

    I like your column. Linking neuroscience research, psychological disorders, health and well-being is natural and there are educators out there like me who are linking neuroscience research to what the kids are taught in schools. My book ‘The Owner’s Guide to the Teenage Brain’ leans heavily on the amazing work neuroscientists are doing. What does this new science tell us about how the brain works and what should we be telling teenagers?

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