John P. Capitanio

/John P. Capitanio
John P. Capitanio 2017-11-09T20:42:45+00:00

John P. Capitanio, Ph.D.

Neuroscience and Behavior Unit
Unit Leader

Research Psychologist
Department of Psychology
University of California, Davis

Dr. Capitanio’s research program is focused on the causes, correlates, and consequences of individual differences in biobehavioral organization, a term that encompasses temperament, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal regulation, and emotionality. His research asks “what are the enduring characteristics of individuals that shape their responses (either behavioral or physiological) to the situations they encounter, and how do they affect health?”

Dr. Capitanio has been leading the Biobehavioral Assessment Program since 2001, which has accumulated data on more than 4,000 animals.

Email Dr. Capitanio

Visit Dr. Capitanio’s UC Davis webpage

Highlight summary of Dr. Capitanio’s research (PDF)

 

Juvenile rhesus macaque in outdoor housing at CNPRC.

 

Publications

Link to Dr. Capitanio’s PubMed publications

Capitanio, J.P., in press.  Personality.  In A. Fuentes (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Primatology.  New York: John Wiley & Sons

Capitanio, J.P., Mason, W.A., in press.  Personality as adaptation: Perspectives from nonhuman primates.  In Lynam, D. R. & Samuel, D. B. (Eds.), Using basic personality research to inform the personality disorders. New York: Oxford University Press

Sorenson A, Sullivan EC, Mendoza SP, Capitanio JP, Higley JD. Serotonin transporter genotype modulates HPA axis output during stress: Effect of stress, dexamethasone test and ACTH challenge. Translational Developmental Psychiatry, 2013, 1, 21130 – NIHMS558321

Mason WA, Capitanio JP. Basic emotions: A reconstruction. Emotion Review, 2012, 4, 238-244.

Mason WA, Capitanio JP. Basic emotions: A rejoinder. Emotion Review, 2012, 4, 251-252.

Capitanio JP. Nonhuman primate personality and immunity: Mechanisms of health and disease. Pp. 233-255 in: A. Weiss, J.E. King, & L. Murray (Eds.), Personality and Temperament in Nonhuman Primates. NY: Springer, 2011.

Capitanio JP. Health and social relationships in nonhuman primates: Toward a comparative health psychology. Pp. 860-883 in H.S. Friedman (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology. NY: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Capitanio JP, Mendoza SP, Mason WA, Lerche NW, Sloan EK, Cole SW. Stress, coping, and AIDS: Insights from a monkey model. Pp. 1-18 in PP Singh, RM Donahoe (Eds), Proceedings of the International Conference on Biotechnological Approaches to Neuroimmunomodulation and Infectious Diseases. SAS Nagar: NIPER, 2009.

PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS (2013 – 2015)

Vandeleest, J.J., Beisner, B.A., Hannibal, D.L., Capitanio, J.P., Mccowan, B. Rank and dominance uncertainty influence pro-inflammatory cytokine and viral antibody levels in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta).  Paper presented at 38th meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, Bend, OR, June 2015. American Journal of Primatology, 2015, 77(S1), p. 47-48.

Chun, K., Bliss-Moreau, E., Aston, S.A., Barrington, R., Shackett, J., Higley, J.D., Capitanio, J.P.  Behavioral inhibition characterized in infancy predicts sociability in adult rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta).  Poster presented at 38th meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, Bend, OR, June 2015. American Journal of Primatology, 2015, 77(S1), p. 62-63.

Sclafani, V., Del Rosso, L., Calonder, L., Sherr, E.H., Capitanio, J.P., Parker, K.J. Early predictors of sociability in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta).  Poster presented at 38th meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, Bend, OR, June 2015. American Journal of Primatology, 2015, 77(S1), p. 76-77.

Anderson, S.G., Aston, S.A., Higley, J.D., Capitanio, J.P.  Social environment predicts temperament of infant rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta).  Poster presented at 38th meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, Bend, OR, June 2015. American Journal of Primatology, 2015, 77(S1), p. 109-110.

Herrington, J.A., Del Rosso, L., Capitanio, J.P.  Biobehavioral consequences for infant rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) of prenatal exposure to a matrilineal overthrow and relocation.  Poster presented at 38th meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, Bend, OR, June 2015. American Journal of Primatology, 2015, 77(S1), p. 117-118.

Capitanio, J.P.  President’s forum: Laboratory research with nonhuman primates: conceptual, ethical, and regulatory issues.  Organizer of invited workshop at 38th meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, Bend, OR, June 2015. American Journal of Primatology, 2015, 77(S1), p. 39-40.

Glass, K., Bennett, M.T., Humbert, B., Sorenson, A.N., McCowan, B.J., Capitanio, J.P., Higley, JD.  5HTTLPR gene, mother’s social dominance, and infant cortisol in rhesus macaques living in large outdoor enclosures.  Poster presented at annual meeting of American Society of Primatologists, Atlanta, GA, September, 2014. American Journal of Primatology, 2014, 76(S1), p. 84.

Capitanio, J.P.  Lonely monkeys: When social desire and social attainment clash.  Invited paper for symposium on Different insights about social processes in primates, Melissa S. Gerald, organizer, at annual meeting of American Society of Primatologists, Atlanta, GA, September, 2014. American Journal of Primatology, 2014, 76(S1), p. 47.

Capitanio, J.P., Hinde, K., Chun, K., Kinnally E.L., Gottlieb, D.  Assessing variation in infant rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta): A biobehavioral assessment program at the California National Primate Research Center.  Poster presented at annual meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, San Diego, CA, November, 2013.

Chun, K., Miller, L.A., Capitanio, J.P.  Behavioral inhibition characterized in infancy predicts social behavior and immune function in adult rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta).  Poster presented at annual meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, San Juan, PR, June, 2013.  American Journal of Primatology, 2013, 75(S1), p. 59.

Hinde, K. & Capitanio, J.P.  Cortisol and energy in mother?s milk predict infant temperament: a complex system.  Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, San Juan, PR, June, 2013.  American Journal of Primatology, 2013, 75(S1), p. 65.

Jin, J. & Capitanio, J.P.  RH5-HTTLPR, RHMAOA-LPR and early temperament predict reproductive success in captive male rhesus macaques (macaca mulatta).  Poster presented at annual meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, San Juan, PR, June, 2013.  American Journal of Primatology, 2013, 75(S1), p. 90.

Hannibal, D., Minier, D., Capitanio, J.P., McCowan, B. Effect of temperament on the behavioral conditioning of individual rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta).  Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, San Juan, PR, June, 2013.  American Journal of Primatology, 2013, 75(S1), p. 66.

Steward, A.L., Sorenson, A., Elliot, K., Snarr, J., Capitanio, J.P., Higley, J.D.  Variables affecting indoor pairing success in adult rhesus macaques (macaca mulatta).  Poster presented at annual meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, San Juan, PR, June, 2013.  American Journal of Primatology, 2013, 75(S1), p. 48.

Capitanio, J.P.  Personality in rhesus monkeys: some proximate, ultimate, and practical considerations.  Invited Presentation as recipient of Distinguished Primatologist Award.  Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, San Juan, PR, June, 2013.  American Journal of Primatology, 2013, 75(S1), p. 91.

 

Stress, Temperament, and Disease

Investigating the relationship between stress and health outcomes, Dr. Capitanio's research has led to a discovery of how stress and temperament interact to affect an individual's health.

< BACK TO OUR SCIENTISTS PAGE