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Karin Coifman

Assistant Professor

 Education: Ph.D., Columbia University (2008)
Graduate Areas: Clinical - Adult Psychopathology

Research Interests

Our research is focused on basic emotion processing and emotion regulation in relation to adjustment during acute and chronic stress.  This includes emotion processes associated with resilience or, alternatively, the development of significant mental illness.  Our research is conducted on community populations in the context of major stressors (e.g., bereavement, chronic illness) as well as specific clinical populations with disorders characterized by emotion regulatory problems (e.g., Mood and Anxiety Disorders).  Our research methodology includes clinical interviews, experience sampling diaries and experimental/cognitive tasks and we rely primarily on psychophysiological and behavioral indices of emotion and emotion regulation.

Lab Site: Emotion, Stress, & Relationships Lab

Courses Frequently Taught

  • Psychological Interventions
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Harvey, M. M., Coifman, K. G., Ross G., Kleinert, D., & Giardina, P. (2014). Contextually appropriate emotion-word use predicts adaptive health behavior: Emotion context sensitivity and treatment adherence. Journal of Health Psychology, online first: DOI: 10.1177/1359105314532152

Zaki, L. F., Coifman, K. G., Berenson, K., Rafaeli, E., & Downey, G. (2013). Emotion Differentiation as a Protective Factor to Non-Suicidal Self Injury in Borderline Personality Disorder. Behavior Therapy, 44, 529-540.

Coifmain, K. G., Ross, G. S., Kleinnert, D., & Giardina, P. (2012). Negative Affect Differentiation and Adherence during Treatment for Thalassemia. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, DOI 10.1007/s12529-012-9277-7.

Coifman, K. G., Berenson, K., Rafaeli, E. & Downey, G. (2012).  From negative to positive and back again;  Polarized affective and relational experiences in Borderline Personality Disorder.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121(3): 668-79.

Berenson, K., Downey, G., Rafaeli, E., Coifman, K. G., & Leventhal, N. (2011).  Perceived rejection as a trigger for rage in borderline personality disorder.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120(3), 681-690.

Coifman, K.G., & Bonanno, G.A., (2010). When distress does not become depression: Emotion context sensitivity and adjustment to bereavement. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 119(3) 479-490.

Coifman, K.G., & Bonanno, G.A. (2009). Emotion Context Sensitivity in Adaptation and Recovery. In A. Kring & Sloan (Eds) Emotion Regulation and Psychotherapy. New York: Guilford.

Bonanno, G.A., Goorin, L., & Coifman, K.G. (2008). Sadness and Grief. M. Lewis, J. Haviland-Jones, & L. Feldman Barrett (Eds.), The Handbook of Emotion (3rd Edition). New York: Guilford.

Coifman, K.G., Bonanno, G.A., Ray, R. & Gross, J. (2007). Does Repression lead to Recovery and Resilience? Affective-Autonomic Response Discrepancy in Bereavement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92(4) 745-758.

Bonanno, G.A., Neria, Y., Mancini, A., Coifman, K.G., Litz, B. & Insel, B. (2007). Is there more to complicated grief than PTSD? A test of incremental validity. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116(2) 342-351.

Coifman, K.G., Bonanno, G.A. & Rafaeli, E. (2007). Affect Dynamics, Bereavement and Resilience to Loss. Journal of Happiness Studies, 8(3) 371-392.

Bonanno, G.A., Papa, A., Lalande, K., Westphal, M. & Coifman, K. (2004). The importance of being flexible: The ability to enhance and suppress emotional expression as a predictor of long-term adjustment. Psychological Science, 15(7) 482-487.

Bonanno, G.A. & Coifman, K. (2004). Denial. In A. J. Christensen, R. Martin, & J. M. Smyth, (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Health Psychology, Spring Publishing. 550 p.

Karin Coifman
Department of Psychology
Phone: 330-672-9155
Fax: 330-672-3786