Phone: 724-503-1001 x6126
Office: DP 306A

Sean Coyne, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Degrees: Ph.D. Comparative Human Development, The University of Chicago; M.A. Social Sciences, The University of Chicago; B.S. Animal Behavior, Bucknell University

Sean P. Coyne, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. His areas of interest include animal behavior, learning, development, neuroscience, and research methods. His research program is focused on studying stress physiology and development, in animal models and humans. He also focuses on studying captive animal welfare, in order to increase the health and well being of animals under human supervision. He also studies psychological pedagogy to improve the delivery of psychology courses.


  • Figel, T.*, Coyne, S.P.*, & Martin, K. (2021). Sex and Age Differences in Activity Budgets in a Population of Captive African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus). Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. 1-9. *Joint first author Link to entry
  • Madrid, J. E., Mandalaywala, T. M., Coyne, S. P., Ahloy-Dallaire, J., Garner, J. P., Barr, C. S., ... & Parker, K. J. (2018). Adaptive developmental plasticity in rhesus macaques: the serotonin transporter gene interacts with maternal care to affect juvenile social behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285(1881), 20180541. Link to entry
  • Coyne, S. P (2018). The endocrinology of non-human primate dominance relations. In O. C. Schultheiss and P. H. Mehta (Eds.), Routledge International Handbook of Social Neuroendocrinology, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Coyne, S. P. (2017). Primate Sperm Competition. In T.K. Shackelford and V.A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, New York, NY: Springer.
  • Coyne, S. P. & Maestripieri, D. (2016). Effects of genes and early experience on the development of primate behavior and stress reactivity. In A. Sale (Ed.), Environmental Experience and Plasticity of the Developing Brain, New York, NY: Wiley Blackwell
  • Coyne, S. P., Lindell, S. G., Clemente, J., Barr, C. S., Parker, K. J., & Maestripieri D. (2015). Dopamine D4 receptor genotype variation in free-ranging rhesus macaques and its association with juvenile behavior. Behavioural Brain Research, 292, 50-55. Link to entry
  • Dubuc, C. Coyne, S. P., & Maestripieri, D. (2013). Effect of mating activity and dominance rank on male masturbation among free-ranging male rhesus macaques. Ethology, 119, 1006-1013. Link to entry