Robert J. Coplan, PhD
Director, Pickering Centre for Research in Human Development
Professor, Department of Psychology
A Good Time to Be Alone? New Directions in the Study of Social Withdrawal in Adolescence and Emerging AdulthoodCurriculum Vitae
Robert J. Coplan is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and Director of the Pickering Centre for Research in Human Development. He obtained his MA (1992) and PhD (1995) in Developmental Psychology at the University of Waterloo.
His general research interests are in the areas of children’s socio-emotional functioning and developmental psychopathology. In particular, Dr. Coplan has extensively examined the development of shyness, social withdrawal, and social anxiety in childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood. Current research projects focus on the causes and consequences of solitude across development, the challenges faced by shy and anxious children at school, and the meaning and implications of shyness and social withdrawal across different cultures.
Over the course of his academic career, Dr. Coplan has published over 140 journal articles, 45 chapters in edited volumes, and over 200 presentations at academic conferences. His most recent books include the edited volume (with Julie Bowker) The Handbook of Solitude: Psychological Perspectives on Social Isolation, Social Withdrawal, and Being Alone (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), and the authored book (with Kathy Rudasill) Quiet at School: An Educator’s Guide to Shy Children (Teachers College Press, 2016). Dr. Coplan also previously served as a Co-Editor of the journal Social Development (2006-2011).