Dr. Christopher Coe




Academic Degree(s)






Current Position

  • W.B. Cannon Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Professional Experience

  • Director, Harlow Center for Biological Psychology (1985-present)
  • Director, MIDUS and MIDJA BioCore (2005 to present)


Education & Training

  • Ph.D., 1976 Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York
  • Postdoctoral fellow, research scientist assistant professor, 1977-84, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Professor, 1985-present, University of Wisconsin-Madison



  • 2001   Norman Cousins Award for outstanding contributions  (PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society)
  • 2004    Ziskind-Somerfield Research Award, Society of Biological Psychiatry
  • 2008    Barchas Award in sociophysiology research, Psychosomatic Medicine Society
  • 2013  Board of Regents University-wide Teaching Excellence Award


Research Grants

  • NIA, U19 AG051426, Integrative pathways to health and illness. 7/16 – 5/21 NIA, R01
  • NICHD, R21 HD086312,Early life stress and immune dysfunction in post-institutionalized adolescents, 2/16-1/19
  • NIMH, R33 MH104198, Maternal and infant microbiome determinants of brain and behavioral development. 7/16 – 6/19
  • NICHD, R01HD089989, Detection and correction of iron deficiency induced abnormal brain metabolism, 9/17-6/22


Committee & Membership

  • Editorial Board, Brain Behavior and Immunity (BBI)
  • Advisory Board, National, Social Life, Health and Aging Project, (NSHAP)
  • External advisory board, UC Davis Conte Center on Neuroimmune mechanisms in psychiatric disorders


Selected Publication

  • Miyamoto Y, Yoo J, Cynthia S. Levine, Park J, Boylan JM, Sims T, Markus HR, Kitayama S, Kawakami N, Karasawa M, Coe CL, Love GD, and Ryff C. (2018) Culture and social hierarchy: Self- and other-oriented correlates of socioeconomic status across cultures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (in press)
  • Kitayama S, Park J, Miyamoto Y, Date H, Boylan JM, Markus HR, Karasawa M, Kawakami N, Coe CL, Love GD, Ryff CD. (2018) Behavioral adjustment moderates the link between neuroticism and biological health risk. A US-Japan comparison study.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (in press)
  • Lee C, Coe CL, Ryff CD. (2017) Social disadvantage, severe child abuse and biological profiles in adulthood. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 58(3): 371-386.
  • Lerman I, Davis BA, Moeller-Bertramm T, Proudfoot J, Hauger RL, Coe CL, Patel M, Baker DG. (2016) Posttraumatic stress disorder influences the nocioceptive and intrathecal cytokine response to a painful stimulus in combat veterans. Psychoneuroendocrinolology 73: 99-108.
  • Levine CS, Miyamoto Y, Markus HR, Rigotti A, Boylan JM, Park J, Kitayama S, Karasawa M, Kawakami N, Coe CL, Love GD, Ryff CD. (2016) Culture and healthy eating: The role of independence and interdependence in the US and Japan. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 42(1):1335-1348.
  • Rendina DN, Ryff CD, Coe CL. (2016) Precipitous DHEA declines reflect reduced physical vitality and function. Journal of Gerontology: Biological and Med Sciences https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glw135
  • Honerlaw K.R., Rumble, M.E., Rose, S.L., Coe, C.L., Costanzo, E.S. (2016) Biopsychosocial predictors of pain among women recovering form surgery for endometrial cancer. Gynecologic Oncology 140:301-306.
  • Barrett B, Hayney MS, Muller DM, Rakel D, Brown R, Zgierska AE, Checovich MM, Barlow S, Hayer S, Barnet JH, Torres ER, Coe CL (2018) Meditation or exercise for preventing acute respiratory infection (MEPARI-2): A randomized clinical trail. PLOS One (in press)
  • Kwekkeboom KL, Tostrud L, Costanzo E, Coe CL, Serlin RC, Ward SE, Zhang Y. (2018) The role of inflammation in the pain, fatigue sleep disturbance symptom cluster in advanced cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (in press)
  • Rao R, Ennis K, Lubach GR, Lock E, Georgieff M, Coe CL. (2018) Metabolomic analysis of CSF indicates brain metabolic impairment precedes hematological indices of anemia in the iron-deficient infant monkey. Nutritional Neuroscience 21(1): 40-48.