Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD

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

Richard D. Lane, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Arizona. A clinical psychiatrist and psychodynamic psychotherapist with a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, he was one of the first researchers to perform functional brain imaging studies of emotion in the 1990s and continues studies on emotion, emotional awareness and neurovisceral integration to the present using fMRI. His research on emotion, the brain and heart disease has been funded by a variety of sources including K and several RO1 grants from NIH. He is the author 170 papers and book chapters and senior editor of two books. As an educator he served as director of the psychotherapy curriculum for psychiatric residents at the University of Arizona for over two decades and has received seven awards for teaching and mentoring. He was President of the American Psychosomatic Society in 2005-6, elected member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and elected Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychoanalysts.

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 that 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 (LEAS) 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 including how everyday emotion can alter vulnerability to ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death in the context of preexisting heart disease.

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

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
Bush, N. R., R. D. Lane, and K. A. McLaughlin, "Mechanisms Underlying the Association Between Early-Life Adversity and Physical Health: Charting a Course for the Future.", Psychosom Med, vol. 78, issue 9, pp. 1114-1119, 2016 Nov/Dec. PMCID: PMC5111624  PMID: 27763991
Smith, R., and R. D. Lane, "Unconscious emotion: A cognitive neuroscientific perspective.", Neurosci Biobehav Rev, vol. 69, pp. 216-38, 2016 Oct. PMID: 27522011
Shivkumar, K., O. A. Ajijola, I. Anand, A. J Armour, P-S. Chen, M. Esler, G. M. De Ferrari, M. C. Fishbein, J. J. Goldberger, R. M. Harper, et al., "Clinical neurocardiology defining the value of neuroscience-based cardiovascular therapeutics.", J Physiol, vol. 594, issue 14, pp. 3911-54, 2016 Jul 15. PMCID: PMC4945719  PMID: 27114333