Lisa W. Coyne, PhD

Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Psychology

Does not accept new students for the PhD program

Phone: 617-557-1516



  • PhD, University of Mississippi
  • MA, University of Mississippi
  • BS, University of Scranton

Internship: Warren Alpert Medical School; Postdoctoral Fellowship: Rhode Island Hospital/Warren Alpert Medical School at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic (PARC), Specialty in Pediatric Psychology; Licensed Clinical Psychologist, MA.

Specialty Areas

Acceptance and mindfulness; parenting; early childhood psychopathology; cultural adaptations of evidence-based parenting interventions; child anxiety disorders.

I am interested in acceptance and mindfulness-based processes in young children and their parents. Thus, my research has focused on emotion regulation and related socioemotional characteristics in early childhood, as well as adaptations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to young children and their parents. Experiential avoidance may influence how parents manage their children’s behavior, how they model and coach emotion regulation strategies, and may well place them at risk of developing harsh, coercive, or psychologically controlling responses to their children’s emotions and behavior. As such, understanding parent EA will ultimately help us better describe and influence the development of child psychopathology. We have a number of ongoing studies in our lab, including both correlational and experimental work in this area. We are currently running a clinical trial of ACT for Parents and ACT for Kids in the Boston area. Finally, our lab will be starting up some RFT research on perspective-taking in parents.

A more recent interest that has arisen from our clinical and consultative work in the Early Childhood Research Clinic involves dissemination of evidence-based early childhood mental health treatments in high-risk, diverse, urban populations. I am committed to reducing mental health disparities in minority groups through research and how research may and should influence social policy. As such, my work has focused on identifying obstacles to service utilization, access to care, and quality and culture-specific acceptability of evidence based treatments across minority and immigrant populations. To date, my research lab, the ECRC, has adapted an evidence-based behavioral parent management training program for use with Chinese immigrant families, and is currently running an open trial in Boston’s Chinatown.

Selected Publications

Coyne, L. W., McHugh, L. & Martinez, E. (2011). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Advances and applications with children, adolescents, and families. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 20(2), 397-399.

Coyne, L. W., Thompson, A. D. (2011). Maternal depression, locus of control, and emotion regulatory strategy as predictors of child internalizing problems. Journal of Child and Family Studies, Online first 2/2011.

Silvia, K. & Coyne, L. W. (under review). Self-disclosure as a protective factor for parentally bereaved adolescents.

Shea, S. & Coyne, L.W. (2011). Maternal dysphoric mood, stress and parenting practices in mothers of preschoolers: the role of experiential avoidance. Journal of Child and Family Behavior Therapy.

Coyne, L. W & Murrell, A. M. (2009) The Joy of Parenting: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Guide to Parenting in the Early Years. California: New Harbinger.