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

2019

Beutel, M. E., L. Greenberg, R. D. Lane, and C. Subic-Wrana, "Treating anxiety disorders by emotion-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy (EFPP)-An integrative, transdiagnostic approach.", Clin Psychol Psychother, vol. 26, issue 1, pp. 1-13, 2019 Jan. PMID: 30255535
Smith, R., A. W. Kaszniak, J. Katsanis, R. D. Lane, and L. Nielsen, "The importance of identifying underlying process abnormalities in alexithymia: Implications of the three-process model and a single case study illustration.", Conscious Cogn, vol. 68, pp. 33-46, 2019 Feb. PMID: 30605861
Smith, R., K. L. Weihs, A. Alkozei, W. D. S. Killgore, and R. D. Lane, "An Embodied Neurocomputational Framework for Organically Integrating Biopsychosocial Processes: An Application to the Role of Social Support in Health and Disease.", Psychosom Med, vol. 81, issue 2, pp. 125-145, 2019 Feb/Mar. PMID: 30520766

2018

Lane, R. D., F. Sommer Anderson, and R. Smith, "Biased Competition Favoring Physical Over Emotional Pain: A Possible Explanation for the Link Between Early Adversity and Chronic Pain.", Psychosom Med, vol. 80, issue 9, pp. 880-890, 2018 Nov/Dec. PMID: 30222711
Lane, R. D., "From Reconstruction to Construction: The Power of Corrective Emotional Experiences in Memory Reconsolidation and Enduring Change.", J Am Psychoanal Assoc, vol. 66, issue 3, pp. 507-516, 2018 Jun. PMID: 29975130