Prof James P Curley

I am an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Columbia University. This website is currently under construction. If you wish to contact me please go to the contact page.

Research Interests

I have very broad interests in behavioral development. I have conducted and published research at molecular, systems, organismal and evolutionary levels of analysis in both animals and humans. Details of some of this work will be found on the research page.

The focus of my lab at Columbia is on the development of social behavior. Briefly, I am interested in how both inherited genetic variability and social experiences during development can shift individual differences in various aspects of social behavior and what the neuroendocrinological basis of these differences may be. I am also interested in the reliability and validity of social behavioral tests condcuted in the laboratory and whether it is possible to utilize alternative statistical and methodological approaches to more appropriately assess social behavior. I also believe that it is critical to understand how the 'social brains' of humans and other animals have been differentially shaped by evolution and to acknowledge how this should better inform translational research.

Education & Appointments

  • 2012-present Assistant Professor - Psychology Department, Columbia University.
  • 2009-2012 Associate Research Scientist - Psychology Department, Columbia University.
  • 2007-2012 Adjunct Professor - Psychology Department, Columbia University.
  • 2010 Adjunct Professor - Biology Department, Barnard College.
  • 2007-2009 Post-doctoral Scientist - Psychology Department, Columbia University.
  • 2005-2007 Charles & Katharine Darwin Research Fellow - Darwin College, Cambridge University.
  • 2003-2007 Post-doctoral Scientist - Department of Animal Behaviour, Cambridge University.
  • 1999-2003 PhD Student - Department of Animal Behaviour, Cambridge University.
  • 1996-1999 BA (Hons) - Human Sciences, Somerville College, Oxford University.