Jim Coyne, Ph.D., 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 earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. from Indiana University. He is the author of over 350 publications including numerous citation classics, and he has been identified by the Institute for Scientific Information Web of Science as one of the most cited psychologists and psychiatrists in the world.
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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.
This blog is intended to encourage a healthy skeptical attitude toward the behavioral sciences literature and media coverage of it. It will provide critiques of specific studies and claims but also give readers a set of tools with which they can independently evaluate claims and be alert to hype and hokum. By confronting the journals and the media with better armed and more sophisticated readers, the blog is intended to improve the quality of the information available about research in the behavioral sciences.
Claims that are too good to be true probably are not true.