Coren Apicella is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches Social Psychology and Behavioral Biology of Women.

She received her Ph.D. in biological anthropology from Harvard University and a M.Sc. in evolutionary psychology from the University of Liverpool. She studies both hunter-gatherers and Westerners to explore the cultural and evolutionary origins of social behavior. Her work specializes in mate selection and attraction, behavioral endocrinology, behavior genetics, sex differences, behavioral economics and social networks, and the evolution of cooperation.

She directs the Human Behavior and Origins Laboratory (HBO) and also conducts research in the field.