Coren Apicella is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches Social Psychology and Behavioral Biology of Women. She also directs the Human Behavior and Origins Laboratory (HBO).

Coren serves as an Associate Editor for the journals Evolution & Human Behavior and Adaptive Human Behavior & Physiology and is founder and co-director of Penn’s Social and Behavioral Science Initiative (SBSI).

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 biological 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.