Jim Coan, PhD, is an American affective neuroscientist, clinical psychologist, writer, podcast host, human rights activist, and psychology professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he serves as Director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, Co-Director of UVA’s College Fellows Program, and Principal of Brown Residential College. His research focuses on how the brain transforms interpersonal relationships into better health and well-being. He hosts the popular science podcast Circle of Willis, appeared for two seasons on the National Geographic television program Brain Games, and has written for public audiences via The Washington Post and VQR.