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

Kolden, GG, Chisholm-Stockard, SM, Strauman, TJ, Tierney, SC, Mullen, EA, and Schneider, KL. "Universal session-level change processes in an early session of psychotherapy: path models." J Consult Clin Psychol 74.2 (April 2006): 327-336. Full Text

Strauman, TJ, Vieth, AZ, Merrill, KA, Kolden, GG, Woods, TE, Klein, MH, Papadakis, AA, Schneider, KL, and Kwapil, L. "Self-system therapy as an intervention for self-regulatory dysfunction in depression: a randomized comparison with cognitive therapy." J Consult Clin Psychol 74.2 (April 2006): 367-376. Full Text

Papadakis, AA, Prince, RP, Jones, NP, and Strauman, TJ. "Self-regulation, rumination, and vulnerability to depression in adolescent girls." Dev Psychopathol 18.3 (2006): 815-829. (Review)

Manian, N, Papadakis, A, Strauman, TJ, and Essex, M. "The development of children’s ideal and ought standards: The influence of parenting, maternal temperament, and child temperament." Journal of Personality 74 (2006): 1619-1645. (Academic Article)

Kolden, GG, Ward, A, LaCaille, R, Strauman, TJ, Mullen, B, Hunter, CB, Sanborn, L, Bangsberg, JK, Woods, TE, Kalin, NH, and Stewart, JA. "Maintenance of exercise gains among women with primary breast cancer." Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise 34 (2006): 1613-1620. (Academic Article)

Lett, HS, Blumenthal, JA, Babyak, MA, Strauman, TJ, Robins, C, and Sherwood, A. "Social support and coronary heart disease: epidemiologic evidence and implications for treatment." Psychosom Med 67.6 (November 2005): 869-878. (Review) Full Text

Kolden, GG, Klein, MH, Strauman, TJ, Chisholm-Stockard, S, Heerey, E, Schneider, KL, and Smith, TL. "Early psychotherapy process and cluster B and C personality pathology: similarities and differences in interactions with symptomatic and interpersonal distress." Psychother Res 15.3 (July 2005): 165-177. Full Text

Kolden, GG, Klein, MH, Strauman, TJ, Chisholm Stockard, S, Heerey, E, and Schneider, KL. "Early psychotherapy process: Interactions between Cluster B and C personality pathology and acute distress." Psychotherapy Research 15 (2005): 165-177. (Academic Article)

Strauman, TJ, Woods, TE, Schneider, KL, Kwapil, L, and Coe, CL. "Self-regulatory cognition and immune reactivity: idiographic success and failure feedback effects on the natural killer cell." Brain Behav Immun 18.6 (November 2004): 544-554. Full Text

Lett, HS, Blumenthal, JA, Babyak, MA, Sherwood, A, Strauman, T, Robins, C, and Newman, MF. "Depression as a risk factor for coronary artery disease: evidence, mechanisms, and treatment." Psychosom Med 66.3 (May 2004): 305-315. (Review)