Frederick L. Coolidge, Ph.D.

  Frederick L. Coolidge, PhD

Frederick L. Coolidge, Ph.D.

Professor, Co-Director of Undergraduate Education
Psychology
COLU 4029

Professional Summary

Professor Frederick L. Coolidge received his BA, MA, and PhD from the University of Florida and completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Shands Teaching Hospital, University of Florida. He came to UCCS in 1979. He was Chair of Department from 1986-1989 and served as the Clinical Director from 1981-1984. Dr. Coolidge is a three-time Fulbright Fellowship Award recipient (India, 1987, 1992, 2005). He has received three teaching awards including the lifetime designation, University of Colorado Presidential Teaching Scholar, and he received the UCCS Letters, Arts, and Sciences Annual Outstanding Research and Creative Works Award, in 2004, and the UCCS Annual Faculty Award for Excellence in Research in 2006. For the month of March 2015, he was appointed Senior Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, Keble College, UK. For the past 6 years, he has been a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India, teaching courses on brain evolution and sleep and dreams.

Dr. Coolidge is a member of the Association of Psychological Science, the European Society for Human Evolution, the
Society for American Archaeology, and International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences. He teaches introductory and advanced undergraduate statistics, cognitive evolution, evolutionary neuropsychology, abnormal psychology, and sleep and dreams.

*The Director of Psychology Undergraduate Education leads a committee that is responsible for determining course offerings, psychology major and minor requirements, and department policies related to undergraduate education. The Director of Undergraduate Education also handles student requests for course substitutions, waivers of degree requirements, and course transfer requests, and acts as a liaison to advisors in Student Success.

Education

  • Ph.D. Psychology, University of Florida, 1974
  • M.A. Psychology,  University of Florida
  • B.A. Psychology,  University of Florida

Areas of Interest

  • Lifespan research in behavioral genetics, personality disorders, and paleopsychology

Courses

  • PSY 1100 - The Profession of Psychology
  • PSY 2100 - Introduction to Psychological Statistics
  • PSY 2120 - Two-Factor Analysis of Variance
  • PSY 3280 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 3480 – Sleep and Dreams
  • PSY 3840 - SPSS and Other Statistical Packages
  • PSY 4280 - Seminar in Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 4310 – Seminar in Cognition (The evolution of cognition)

Books

Coolidge, F. L., & Wynn, T. (in press). An introduction to cognitive archaeology. Abingdon, UK: Routledge Inc.

Overmann, K. A., Coolidge, F. L., & Wynn, T. (in press). Oxford handbook of cognitive archaeology. Oxford, UK.

Coolidge, F. L. (2020). Evolutionary Neuropsychology: An introduction to the evolution of the structures and functions of the human brain. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Coolidge, F. L. (2020). Statistics: A gentle introduction (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Overmann, K. A., & Coolidge, F. L. (Eds.). (2019). Squeezing minds from stones. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Coolidge, F. L., & Wynn, T. (2018). The rise of Homo sapiens: The evolution of modern thinking (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Wynn, T., & Coolidge, F. L. (2017). Cognitive models in Palaeolithic archaeology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Wynn, T., & Coolidge, F. L. (2013). Denken wie ein Neandertaler. Trans. C. Hartz. Philipp von Zabern: Darmstadt, Germany.

Wynn, T., & Coolidge, F. L. (2012). How to think like a Neandertal. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Wynn, T., & Coolidge, F. L. (Eds.). (2010). Working memory: Beyond symbolism and language. The Wenner-Gren Symposium Series. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [monograph]

de Beaune, S., Coolidge, F. L., & Wynn, T. (Eds.). (2009). Cognitive archaeology and human evolution. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Coolidge, F. L. (2006). Dream interpretation as a psychotherapeutic technique. London, UK: Radcliffe.

Segal, D. L., Coolidge, F. L., & Rosowsky, E. (2006). Personality disorders and older adults: Diagnosis, assessment, and treatment. New York, NY: Wiley.

Coolidge, F. L. (1974/2015). Memory consolidation as function of sleep and the circadian rhythm. Andesite Press.

Selected Journal Articles

Fiala, J. A., Mansour, S. A., Matlock, S. E., & Coolidge, F. L. (2020). Voter perceptions of President Donald Trump’s personality disorder traits: Implications of political affiliation. Clinical Psychological Science, 1-8.

Granier, K, Segal, D. S., & Coolidge, F. L. (2020). Relationships among executive dysfunction, constructive worrying, and worry responses in older adults. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development.

Hicks, J. M., Coolidge, F. L., & Segal, D. L. (2019). A psychometric investigation of highly dependent adult children. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 19(1), 55-69.

Coolidge, F. L. (2019). The ultimate origins of learning and memory systems. Human Evolution, 34, 21-38.

Harvey, A. M., Thompson, S., Lac, A., & Coolidge, F. L. (2019). Fear and derision:

A quantitative content analysis of pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine Internet memes. Health Education & Behavior, 46(6), 1012-1023.

Fiala, J. A., & Coolidge, F. L. (2018). Genetic predilections and predispositions for the development of shamanism. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, E73. doi:10.1017/S0140525X17002047

Coolidge, F. L., Valenzuela, I., Segal, D. L., Feliciano, L. (2018). An empirical investigation of a new measure to assess abrasive personality disorder traits. Psychology, 9, 114-123.

Vossen, T. J., Coolidge, F. L., Segal, D. L., & Muehlenkamp, J. J. (2017). Exploring the dark side: Relationships between the dark triad traits and cluster B personality disorder features. Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Disorders, 1(6), 317-326.

Coolidge, F. L., & Wynn, T. (2016). An introduction to evolutionary cognitive archaeology.  Current Directions, 25, 386-392.

Wynn, T., Overmann, K. A., & Coolidge, F. L. (2016). The false dichotomy: A refutation of the Neandertal indistinguishability claim. Journal of Archaeological Science, 94, 1-22. doi 10.4436/jass.94022

Coolidge, F. L., Haidle, M. N., Lombard, M., & Wynn, T. (2016). Bridging theory and bow hunting: Human cognitive evolution and archaeology. Antiquity, 90, 219–228.

DeLouize, A. M., Coolidge, F. L., & Wynn, T. (2016). Dopaminergic systems expansion and the advent of Homo erectus. Quaternary International, 1-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/jquaint.2015.10.123

Wynn, T., & Coolidge, F. L. (2016). Archaeological insights from evolutionary cognitive archaeology. Evolutionary Anthropology, 25, 200-213.

Coolidge, F. L. (2016). Was Fitzwilliam Darcy Autistic? An Empirical Investigation. Indian Journal of Psychological Issues, 24, 1-12.

Coolidge, F. L. (2015). Numerosity structures lexical and grammatical number: Overmann’s definitive argument against Hurford’s “Without Language, No Numbers” hypothesis. Current Anthropology, 56, 646-647.

Coolidge, F. L., Segal, D. L., Estey, A. J., Spinath, F. M., Hahn, E., & Gottschling, J. (2015). Heritability estimates of Karen Horney’s core neurotic trends in a young adult twin sample. Psychology, 6, 2013-2024. doi.org/10.4236/psych.2015.615199

Marle, P. D., Coolidge, F. L., & Segal, D. L. (2015). Psychometric Properties of the DSM-5 Coolidge Autistic Symptoms Survey (CASS). Indian Journal of Psychological Issues, 23, 1-6.

Wynn, T., & Coolidge, F. L. (2014/2015). Technical cognition, working memory, and creativity. Pragmatics & Cognition, 22, 45-63.

Alizadeh, H., Armion, E., Coolidge, F. L., Flores, Z. D., & Sutton, C. E. (2015). The prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder among primary school students in an Iranian rural region. Psychology, 6, 263-268.

Soleimani, M., Mohammadkhani, P., Dolatshahi, B., Alizadeh, H., Overmann, K. A. & Coolidge, F. L. (2015). A comparative study of group behavioral activation and cognitive therapy in reducing subsyndromal anxiety and depressive symptoms. Iranian Journal of Psychiatry, 10, 71-78.

Coolidge, F. L. (2014). The exaptation of the parietal lobes in Homo sapiens. Journal of Anthropological Sciences, 92, 295-298.

Mueller, A. E., Segal, D. L., Gavett, B., Marty, M. A., Yochim, B., June, A. & Coolidge, F. L. (2014). Geriatric Anxiety Scale: item response theory analysis, differential item  functioning, and creation of a ten-item short form (GAS-10).

International Psychogeriatrics. doi:10.1017/S1041610214000210

Estey, A. J., Coolidge, F. L., & Segal, D. L. (2014). Retrospective assessment of premorbid psychopathology and cognitive impairments in bipolar disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55, 547–556.

Coolidge, F. L., Marle, P. D., Rhoades, C. S., Monaghan, P. L., & Segal, D. L. (2013). Psychometric properties of a new measure to assess autism spectrum disorder in DSM-5. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 83, 126-130.

Coolidge, F. L., Estey, A. J., Segal, D. L., & Marle, P. D. (2013). Are alexithymia and schizoid personality disorder synonymous diagnoses? Comprehensive Psychiatry, 54, 141-148.

Bolghan-Abadi, M., Segal, D. L., Coolidge, F. L. & Gottschling, J. (2013). Persian version of the Geriatric Anxiety Scale: Translation and preliminary psychometric properties among Iranian older adults. Aging and Mental Health, 17, 896-900.

Overmann, K. A., & Coolidge, F. L. (2013). Human species and mating systems: Neandertal –Homo sapiens reproductive isolation and the archaeological and fossil records. Journal of Anthropological Sciences, 91, 1-20.

Overmann, K. A., & Coolidge, F. L. (2013). On the nature of numerosity and the role of Language in Developing Number Concepts: A Reply to Everett. Current Anthropology, 54, 83-84

Coolidge, F. L. (2012). On the emergence of grammatical language as a means of bypassing the limitations of working memory capacity. Physics of Life Reviews, 9, 217-218.

Coolidge, F. L., & Overmann, K. A. (2012). Numerosity, abstraction, and the evolution of symbolic thinking. Current Anthropology, 53(2), 204-225.

Wynn, T., & Coolidge, F. L. (2012). The inner Neandertal. New Scientist, January 14, Issue 2847, 26-27.

Cahill, B. S, Coolidge, F. L., Segal, D. L., Klebe, K. J., Marle, P. D., & Overmann, K. A. (2012). Prevalence of ADHD and its subtypes in male and female adult prison inmates. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 30, 154-166.

Van Kampen, D., Coolidge, F. L., & San Martini, P. (2012). Cross-sample and cross-language invariance of the Five-Dimensional Personality Test (5DPT): Exploratory and confirmatory analyses using Dutch, America, and Italian samples. Personality and Mental Health. doi 10.1002/pmh.1199.

Rosowsky, E., King, K. D., Coolidge, F. L., Rhoades, C. S., & Segal, D. L. (2012). Marital satisfaction and personality traits in long-term marriages: An exploratory study. Clinical Gerontologist, 35, 77-87.

Segal, D. L., Marty, M. A., Meyer, W. J., & Coolidge, F. L. (2012). Personality, suicidal ideation, and reasons for living among older adults. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 67, 159-166.

Wynn, T. & Coolidge, F. L. (2011). The implications of the working memory model for the evolution of modern cognition. International Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Volume 2011, Article ID 741357, 12 pages, online open access. doi:10.4061/2011/741357

Overmann, K. A., Coolidge, F. L., & Wynn, T. (2011). The prehistory of number concept. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 34, 142-144.

Coolidge, F. L., Marle, P. D., Van Horn, S. A., & Segal, D. L. (2011). Clinical syndromes, personality disorders, and neurocognitive differences in male and female inmates. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 29, 741-751. doi: 10.1002/bsl.997

Coolidge, F. L., Tambone, G. M., Durham, R. L., & Segal, D. L. (2011). Retrospective assessments of childhood psychopathology by adults and their parents. Psychology, 2, 162-168.

Coolidge, F. L., Segal, D. L., Estey, A. J., & Neuzil, P. J. (2011). Preliminary psychometric properties of a measure of Karen Horney’s tridimensional theory in children and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67, 383-390.

Coolidge, F. L., Overmann, K. A., & Wynn, T. (2010). Recursion: What is it? Who has it? How did it evolve? WIRE Cognitive Science, 1, 1-8.

Coolidge, F. L., Segal, D. L., Cahill, B. S. & Simenson, J. T. (2010). Psychometric properties of a brief inventory for the screening of personality disorders: The SCATI. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 83, 395-405. doi:10.1348/147608310X486363

Francia, C. A., Coolidge, F. L., White, L. A., Segal, D. L., Cahill, B. S., & Estey, A. J. (2010). Personality disorder profiles in incarcerated male rapists and child molesters. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 28, 1-14.

Coolidge, F. L., Segal, D. L., Coolidge, C. M., Spinath, F. & Gottschling, J. (2010). Do nightmares and generalized anxiety disorder in childhood and adolescence have a common genetic origin? Behavior Genetics, 40, 349-356.

Psychological Tests

Coolidge, F. L. (1984/2020). Coolidge Axis II Inventory (CATI 2020). A psychological and neuropsychological inventory based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Colorado Springs, Author.

Coolidge, F. L. (2012). Coolidge Autistic Symptom Survey (CASS). A test designed to assess the autistic spectrum disorder according to the criteria in DSM-5 for children ages 5 to 17 years old. Colorado Springs, CO: Author.

Coolidge, F. L. (2012). Coolidge Autistic Symptom Survey for Toddlers (CASS-T). A test designed to assess the autistic spectrum disorder according to the criteria in DSM-5 for children ages 2 to 4 years old. Colorado Springs, CO: Author.

Coolidge, F. L. (2011). Coolidge Personality and Neuropsychological Inventory – Retrospective Version. A personality and neuropsychological test designed for retrospective assessment of children and adolescents. Colorado Springs, CO: Author.

Coolidge, F. L. (2006). Brief Coolidge Personality and Neuropsychology Inventory (BCPNI). A 25-item personality and neuropsychological test designed to screen children ages 5 to 17 years for psychopathology. Colorado Springs, CO: Author.

Coolidge, F. L. (2006). Short version: Coolidge Axis II Inventory (SCATI). A 70-item version of the CATI and designed to measure 14 personality disorders. Colorado Springs, CO: Author.

Coolidge, F. L. (2004). Coolidge Correctional Inventory (CCI). A personality and neuropsychological test specifically designed for the diagnosis and treatment of jail and prison inmates. Used by the Colorado Dept. of Corrections from 2004-2013 to assess 72,240 inmates. Colorado Springs, CO: Author.

Coolidge, F. L. (2000). Horney-Coolidge type indicator (HCTI): Manual. A personality test designed to measure Karen Horney's tridimensional personality theory. Colorado Springs, CO: Author.

Schmidt, M. M., & Coolidge, F. L. (1998). Interference learning test. A verbal memory test primarily designed for neuropsychological assessment. Los Angeles: Western Psychological Services.

Coolidge, F. L. (1988). Coolidge Personality and Neuropsychological Inventory (CPNI). A psychological and neuropsychological inventory based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Colorado Springs, CO: Author.

Honors & Awards

  • Fulbright Fellowship Award recipient (India, 1987, 1992, 2005)
  • University of Colorado Presidential Teaching Scholar, 1990 
  • Outstanding Teaching Award for the UCCS Campus, 1984 
  • Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 1987 
  • Outstanding Research Award for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 2005
  • Outstanding Research Award for the UCCS Campus, 2007

Representative & Recent Service/Leadership Roles

  • UCCS Psychology Department Director of Clinical Training, 1981-1984
  • UCCS Psychology Department Chairperson, 1986-1989
  • UCCS Psychology Department Co-Director of Undergraduate Education, 2019-Present