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

Overview

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.

Expertise

Self-regulation, depression, translational research

Naylor, JC, Dolber, TR, Strauss, JL, Kilts, JD, Strauman, TJ, Bradford, DW, Szabo, ST, Youssef, NA, Connor, KM, Davidson, JRT, and Marx, CE. "A pilot randomized controlled trial with paroxetine for subthreshold PTSD in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom era veterans." Psychiatry Res 206.2-3 (April 30, 2013): 318-320. Full Text Open Access Copy

Goetz, EL, Hariri, AR, Pizzagalli, DA, and Strauman, TJ. "Genetic moderation of the association between regulatory focus and reward responsiveness: a proof-of-concept study. (Published online)" Biol Mood Anxiety Disord 3.1 (February 1, 2013): 3-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Naylor, JC, Dolber, TR, Strauss, JL, Kilts, JD, Strauman, TJ, Bradford, DW, Szabo, ST, Youssef, NA, Connor, KM, Davidson, JRT, and Marx, CE. "A pilot randomized controlled trial with paroxetine for subthreshold PTSD in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom era veterans." Psychiatry research 206.2-3 (January 1, 2013): 318-320.

Strauman, TJ, Detloff, AM, Sestokas, R, Smith, DV, Goetz, EL, Rivera, C, and Kwapil, L. "What shall I be, what must I be: Neural correlates of personal goal activation." Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience JAN (2013). Open Access Copy

Naylor, JC, Dolber, TR, Strauss, JL, Kilts, JD, Strauman, TJ, Bradford, DW, Szabo, ST, Youssef, NA, Connor, KM, Davidson, JRT, and Marx, CE. "A pilot randomized controlled trial with paroxetine for subthreshold PTSD in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom era veterans (Accepted)." Psychiatry Research (December 31, 2012). Full Text Open Access Copy

Klepac, RK, Ronan, GF, Andrasik, F, Arnold, KD, Belar, CD, Berry, SL, Christofff, KA, Craighead, LW, Dougher, MJ, Dowd, ET, Herbert, JD, McFarr, LM, Rizvi, SL, Sauer, EM, Strauman, TJ, and Inter-organizational Task Force on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology Doctoral Education, . "Guidelines for cognitive behavioral training within doctoral psychology programs in the United States: report of the Inter-organizational Task Force on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology Doctoral Education." Behav Ther 43.4 (December 2012): 687-697. Full Text Open Access Copy

Strauman, TJ, Goetz, EL, Detloff, AM, MacDuffie, KE, Zaunmuller, L, and Lutz, W. "Self-regulation and psychotherapy: A theory-based translational perspective." Journal of Personality (2012). (Academic Article)

Strauman, TJ, Detloff, AM, Sestokas, R, Smith, DV, Goetz, EL, Rivera, C, and Kwapil, L. "What shall I be, what must I be: neural correlates of personal goal activation. (Published online)" Front Integr Neurosci 6 (2012): 123-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Goetz, EL, Hariri, AR, Pizzagalli, DA, and Strauman, TJ. "Genetic moderation of the association between regulatory focus and reward responsiveness." Biology of Mood and Anxiety Disorders (2012). (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Heatherington, L, Messer, SB, Angus, L, Strauman, TJ, Friedlander, ML, and Kolden, GG. "The narrowing of theoretical orientations in clinical psychology doctoral training." Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice (2012). (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

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