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

Smith, PJ, Blumenthal, JA, Hoffman, BM, Browndyke, JN, Welsh Bohmer, KA, Strauman, TJ, and Sherwood, A. "Effects of the dietary approaches to stop hypertension diet, exercise, and caloric restriction on neurocognition in overweight adults with high blood pressure." Hypertension 55 (2010): 1296-1298. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Eddington, KM, Dolcos, F, McLean, AN, Krishnan, KR, Cabeza, R, and Strauman, TJ. "Neural correlates of idiographic goal priming in depression: goal-specific dysfunctions in the orbitofrontal cortex." Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 4.3 (September 2009): 238-246. Full Text

Jones, NP, Papadakis, AA, Hogan, CM, and Strauman, TJ. "Over and over again: rumination, reflection, and promotion goal failure and their interactive effects on depressive symptoms." Behav Res Ther 47.3 (March 2009): 254-259. Full Text

Cornette, MM, Strauman, TJ, Abramson, LY, and Busch, AM. "Self-discrepancy and suicidal ideation." Cognition and Emotion 23.3 (2009): 504-527. Full Text

Wonderlich, SA, Engel, SG, Peterson, CB, Robinson, MD, Crosby, RD, Mitchell, JE, Smith, TL, Klein, MH, Lysne, CM, Crow, SJ, Strauman, TJ, and Simonich, HK. "Examining the conceptual model of integrative cognitive-affective therapy for BN: Two assessment studies." Int J Eat Disord 41.8 (December 2008): 748-754. Full Text

Trivedi, R, Sherwood, A, Strauman, TJ, and Blumenthal, JA. "Laboratory-based blood pressure recovery is a predictor of ambulatory blood pressure." Biol Psychol 77.3 (March 2008): 317-323. Full Text

Eddington, KM, Dolcos, F, Cabeza, R, R Krishnan, KR, and Strauman, TJ. "Neural correlates of promotion and prevention goal activation: an fMRI study using an idiographic approach." J Cogn Neurosci 19.7 (July 2007): 1152-1162. Full Text

Manian, N, Papadakis, AA, Strauman, TJ, and Essex, MJ. "The development of children's ideal and ought self-guides: parenting, temperament, and individual differences in guide strength." J Pers 74.6 (December 2006): 1619-1645. (Review) Full Text