Peter Lang, Ph.D.

Graduate Research Professor & Director, Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention (​CSEA)



Office: 352-392-2439


NIMH Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention (CSEA)

UF Fear & Anxiety Disorders Clinic:

PHHP Research Profile

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. 1958, University of Buffalo
  • M.A. 1952, University of Buffalo
  • B.A. 1950, Denison University

Research Focus

Our Center’s research focus is the study of anxiety and mood disorders.  Current projects–following the NIMH RDoC initiative–aim to define biomarkers that could better distinguish among disorders, determining their physiological diathesis, and potentially defining more precise targets for treatment.  Methods include assessment of cortical circuits (fMRI, EEG), stress hormones, genes, and autonomic & somatic reflexes.  Center research also includes a significant basic research program, providing a foundation in emotion science from which translational investigations with patients are developed.

Clinical Focus

Anxiety and mood disorders (FADC)

Key Publications

Lang, P. J. (2014). Emotion’s response patterns: The brain and the autonomic nervous system. Emotion Review, 6, 93-99.

Lang, P. J., McTeague, L. M., & Bradley, M. M. (2016). RDoC, DSM, and the reflex physiology of fear: A bio-dimensional analysis of the anxiety disorders spectrum. Psychophysiology, 53, 336-347. doi: 10.111/psyp.12462

Lang, P. J., McTeague, L. M., & Bradley, M. M. (2017). The psychophysiology of anxiety and mood disorders: The RDoC challenge. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 225, 175-188. doi: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000302

Lang, P. J., Herring, D. R., Duncan, C., Richter, J., Sege, C. T., Weymar, M., … Bradley, M. M. (2018). The startle-evoked potential: Negative affect and severity of pathology in anxiety/mood disorders. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 3, 626-634. doi: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2017.07.006

Sambuco, N., Bradley, M. M., Herring, D., Hillbrandt, K., & Lang, P. J. (in press). Transdiagnostic trauma severity in anxiety and mood disorders: functional brain activity during emotional scene processing. Psychophysiology.

Courses Taught

  • CLP7980 – Doctoral Research
  • CLP6945 – Advanced Practicum in Neuropsychology at the Fear & Anxiety Disorders Clinic

Guest Lecturer:

  • CLP7934 – Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
  • CLP7934 – Classics in Cognitive Neuroscience

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Contributions to Psychophysiology from the Society of Psychophysiological Research, 1990
  • Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, 1993
  • Distinguished International Educator Award, University of Florida, 2004
  • Lifetime Career Award, International Union of Psychological Science, presented at the 31st meeting of the International Congress of Psychology, 2016

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association, 1958 – present
  • Society for Psychophysiological Research, 1964 – present
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Elected Fellow, 1970 – present
  • The Society for Neuroscience, 1975 – present
  • The Association for Psychological Science, Advisory Committee, 1988 – present