Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD

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.

Board Certifications: 
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1984
Degrees: 
PhD: University of Arizona, 1999
MD: University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, 1978
BA: Yale University, 1974
Fellowships: 
Yale University School of Medicine, Epidemiology, 1983-1985
Yale University School of Medicine, Psychiatry, 1982-1983
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
Residencies: 
Yale University School of Medicine, Psychiatry, 1978-1982