Frederick L. Coolidge

Adjunct Faculty

Research Areas: Behavior Genetics, Cognitive Archaeology, Personality, Statistics



Prof. Coolidge is a Professor of Psychology at University of Colorado (UCCS), USA. He 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 joined UCCS in 1979 and served as the Chair of the Department from 1986-1989 and as the Clinical Director from 1981-1984. Prof 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, received the UCCS Letters, Arts, and Sciences Annual Outstanding Research and Creative Works Award, 2004-2005, and the UCCS Annual Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, 2006-2007. Prof. Coolidge conducts research in personality assessment, cognitive archaeology, and behavioral genetics. He has published 10 books and over 175 journal articles and book chapters. He has also served on the Academic Advisory Council of IIT, Gandhinagar.


PhD Psychology, University of Florida, 1974
MA Psychology, University of Florida
BA Psychology, University of Florida

Professional and Teaching Experience: 


Cognitive Evolution, Neanderthal Cognition, Evolutionary Neuropsychology, General Psychology, Introduction to Psychological Statistics, Advanced Undergraduate Statistics, Health Science Statistics, Nursing Statistics, Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics, Developmental Psychology, Child Psychology, Psychology of the Exceptional Child, Abnormal Psychology, Advanced Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Principles of Counseling, Principles of Psychotherapy, Introduction to Community Agency Counseling, Community Psychology, Community Mental Health, Psychology of Adjustment, Introduction to Clinical Psychology, Dynamics of Mental Health, Sleep, Dreams, and Dream Interpretation, Clinical Neuropsychology, Adolescent Psychology, Statistical Packages for the Social Sciences, Professions of Psychology.


Evolutionary Neuropsychology, Personality Proseminar, Cognition Proseminar, Advanced Psychopathology, Psychotherapy, Techniques of Counseling, Special Diagnostic Methods, Stanford-Binet Testing, Wechsler (WAIS & WISC) Testing, Projective Techniques, Clinical Personality Assessment, Practicum in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Dream Interpretation as a Psychotherapeutic Technique, Quantitative Statistical Analysis (Business).

Research Work:


  • Coolidge, F. L. (2020). Evolutionary Neuropsychology: An introduction to the Evolution of the Structures and Functions of the Human Brain. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Coolidge, F. L. (2020). Statistics: A Gentle Introduction (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Overmann, K. A. & Coolidge, F. L. (2019). Squeezing Minds from Stones: Cognitive Archaeology & the Evolution of the Human Mind. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Coolidge, F. L., & Wynn, T. (2018) The Rise of Homo sapiens: The Evolution of Modern Thinking (2nd ed.). London: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Coolidge, F. L. & Wynn, T. (2012). How to Think Like a Neandertal. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.
  • Coolidge, F. L. (in press). The Science of Dream Interpretation. Elsevier.
  • 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). The role of the cerebellum in creativity and expert stone knapping. Adaptive Behavior, 1-13.
  • Coolidge, F. L. (2019). The ultimate origins of learning and memory systems. Human Evolution, 34, 21-38.
  • Fiala, J. A., & Coolidge, F. L. (2018). Genetic predilections and predispositions for the development of shamanism. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, E73. 
  • 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
  • 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, 427, 235-252.
  • Wynn, T., & Coolidge, F. L. (2016). Archaeological insights from evolutionary cognitive archaeology. Evolutionary Anthropology, 25, 200-213.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

Grants & Awards:

  • Senior Visiting Scholar, Keble College, Oxford University, 2015
  • Fulbright Fellowship Award Recipient to India, 1987, 1992, 2005
  • University of Colorado Presidential Teaching Scholar, 1990
  • Outstanding Teaching Award for the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), 1984
  • Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, UCCS,1987
  • Outstanding Research Award for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, UCCS, 2005
  • Outstanding Research Award for the UCCS, 2007