Timothy J. Strauman

Timothy J. Strauman

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., New York University 1987

  • M.A., University of Chicago 1979

  • B.A., Duquesne University 1978


Professor Strauman's research focuses on the psychological and neurobiological processes that enable self-regulation, conceptualized in terms of a cognitive/motivational perspective, as well as the relation between self-regulation and affect. Particular areas of emphasis include: (1) conceptualizing self-regulation in terms of brain/behavior motivational systems; (2) the role of self-regulatory cognitive processes in vulnerability to depression and other disorders; (3) the impact of treatments for depression, such as psychotherapy and medication, on self-regulatory function and dysfunction in depression; (4) how normative and non-normative socialization patterns influence the development of self-regulatory systems; (5) the contributory roles of self-regulation, affect, and psychopathology in determining immunologically-mediated susceptibility to illness; (6) development of novel multi-component treatments for depression targeting self-regulatory dysfunction; (7) utilization of brain imaging techniques to test hypotheses concerning self-regulation, including the nature and function of hypothetical regulatory systems and characterizing the breakdowns in self-regulation that lead to and accompany depression.


Self-regulation, depression, translational research

Wetzler, S, Kahn, R, Strauman, TJ, and Dubro, A. "Diagnosis of major depression by self-report." J Pers Assess 53.1 (1989): 22-30. Full Text

Ciobanu, N, Runowicz, CD, Wiernik, PH, Strauman, T, Sheridan, C, and Jr, RCB. "CA 125 levels in patients with ovarian carcinoma undergoing autologous bone marrow transplantation." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 160.2 (1989): 354-355.

Strauman, TJ, and Higgins, ET. "Self-discrepancies as predictors of vulnerability to distinct syndromes of chronic emotional distress." J Pers 56.4 (December 1988): 685-707.

Kahn, R, Wetzler, S, Praag, HMV, Asnis, GM, and Strauman, T. "Behavioral indications for serotonin receptor hypersensitivity in panic disorder." Psychiatry Research 25.1 (1988): 101-104.

Strauman, TJ, and Higgins, ET. "Automatic activation of self-discrepancies and emotional syndromes: when cognitive structures influence affect." J Pers Soc Psychol 53.6 (December 1987): 1004-1014.

Higgins, ET, Bond, RN, Klein, R, and Strauman, T. "Self-Discrepancies and Emotional Vulnerability. How Magnitude, Accessibility, and Type of Discrepancy Influence Affect." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 51.1 (1986): 5-15. Full Text

Higgins, ET, Klein, R, and Strauman, TJ. "Self-concept discrepancy theory: A psychological model for distinguishing among different aspects of depression and anxiety." Social Cognition 3.1 (1985): 51-76. (Academic Article)

Higgins, ET, Strauman, TJ, and Klein, R. "Self-concept discrepancy theory: Domain of self and standpoint on self as cognitive dimensions of the self." Bulletin of the British Psychological Society 37 (1984): 112-. (Academic Article)