Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD

Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP
Professor, Psychiatry
Professor, Psychiatry
Professor, Psychology
Professor, Neuroscience

Dr. Richard Lane is Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Arizona. He received his BA in Psychology (magna cum laude) from Yale University, his MD from the University of Illinois in Chicago and completed his psychiatric residency and a research fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Lane received a PhD in Experimental Psychology (with special emphasis in cognitive neuroscience) from the University of Arizona. He has been at the University of Arizona since 1990 and rose to the rank of Professor in 2000.
Dr. Lane's core academic interest is in understanding the psychology and neurobiology of emotional awareness and the mechanisms by which emotion contributes to physical and mental health. Toward this end he works in three inter-related research areas. The first area is a cognitive-developmental model of individual differences in emotional experience and expression. He has developed the Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale and has actively pursued research on the behavioral, neuroanatomical and clinical correlates of emotional awareness. The second area is the neural basis of emotion and emotional awareness using PET and fMRI and its interaction with peripheral physiology, particularly vagal tone. The third area is the mechanisms by which emotion triggers sudden cardiac death. The latter work has focused on emotion as a trigger of cardiac events, currently funded by an R01 grant from NHLBI, and a neurophysiologic model of lateralized central-autonomic interactions, currently funded by Medtronic, Inc.

Research Interests: 

Cognitive-developmental model of individual differences in emotional experience and expression; neural basis of emotion and emotional awareness using PET and fMRI and its interaction with peripheral physiology, particularly vagal tone; and mechanisms by which emotion triggers sudden cardiac death.

Degrees
  • PhD: University of Arizona, 1999
  • MD: University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, 1978
  • BA: Yale University, 1974
Honors and Awards
  • President, American Psychosomatic Society, 2005-2006
  • Honorary Fellow, American College of Psychoanalysts, 2011
  • Howard E. Wulsin Excellence in Teaching Award, Arizona Psychiatric Society, 2014
Residency
  • Yale University School of Medicine, Psychiatry, 1978-1982
Fellowship
  • Yale University School of Medicine, Epidemiology, 1983-1985
  • Yale University School of Medicine, Psychiatry, 1982-1983
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1984

Publications

2017

Smith, R., R. D. Lane, A. Alkozei, J. Bao, C. Smith, A. Sanova, M. Nettles, and W. D. S. Killgore, "Maintaining the feelings of others in working memory is associated with activation of the left anterior insula and left frontal-parietal control network.", Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 2017 Feb 01. PMID: 28158779

2016

Chhatwal, J., and R. D. Lane, "A Cognitive-Developmental Model of Emotional Awareness and Its Application to the Practice of Psychotherapy.", Psychodyn Psychiatry, vol. 44, issue 2, pp. 305-25, Summer 2016. PMID: 27200467
Smith, R., A. Alkozei, R. D. Lane, and W. D. S. Killgore, "Unwanted reminders: The effects of emotional memory suppression on subsequent neuro-cognitive processing.", Conscious Cogn, vol. 44, pp. 103-13, 2016 Aug. PMID: 27474869
Smith, R., L. C. Baxter, J. F. Thayer, and R. D. Lane, "Disentangling introspective and exteroceptive attentional control from emotional appraisal in depression using fMRI: A preliminary study.", Psychiatry Res, vol. 248, pp. 39-47, 2016 Feb 28. PMID: 26805672