Karin Coifman | Department of Psychological Sciences | Kent State University

Karin Coifman

Karin Coifman

Karin Coifman

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


Gilman, T.L., Shaheen, R., Nylocks, K.M., Halachoff, D., Flynn, J.J., Matt, L.M. & Coifman, K.G. (in press). A Film Set for the Elicitation of Emotion in Research; A Comprehensive Catalog Derived from Four Decades of Investigation. Behavior Research Methods.

Latsko, M.*, Gilman, T.L., Matt. L.M., Nylocks, K.M., Coifman, K.G. & Jasnow, A.M. (in press). A Novel Interaction Between Tryptophan Hydroxylase 2 (TPH2) Gene Polymorphism (rs4570625) and BDNF Val66Met predicts a high-risk emotional phenotype in healthy subjects, PLoS One.

Matt. L.M., Fresco, D.M. & Coifman, K.G. (in press). Trait Anxiety and Negative Affect Differentiation: A vulnerability factor to consider? Anxiety Stress & Coping. DOI: 10.1080/10615806.2016.1163544

Coifman, K.G., Flynn, J.J. & Pinto, L.A. (2016). When Context Matters: Negative emotions predict psychological health and adjustment. Motivation & Emotion, 40(4), 602-624.

Gilman, T.L., Latsko, M., Matt, L.M., Flynn, J.J., de la Cruz Cabrera, O., Douglas, D., Jasnow, A.M., & Coifman, K.G. (2015) Variation of 5-HTTLPR and deficits in emotion regulation: A pathway to risk? Psychology & Neuroscience, 8(3) 397-413.

Shields, M.C., Matt, L.M., Coifman, K.G. (2015). Physical activity and adaptive negative emotion during peer-rejection: Evidence for emotion context sensitivity. Journal of Health Psychology. DOI: 10.1177/1359105315587139

Harvey, M.M. Coifman, K.G. , Ross, G.S., Kleinert, D. & Giardina, P.(2014). Flexibility in emotional word use predicts adaptive health behavior: Emotion context sensitivity and treatment adherence. Journal of Health Psychology 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.

Coifman, K.G., Ross, G.S., Kleinert, 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: Polarity of affective and relational experience in Borderline Personality Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology 121 (3), 668-678.

Job Title

Associate Professor

Job Department

Department of Psychological Sciences



Office Location

207 Kent Hall Annex Kent Hall


(330) 672-3786

Personal Website

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