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

Waters, SJ, Keefe, FJ, and Strauman, TJ. "Self-discrepancy in chronic low back pain: relation to pain, depression, and psychological distress." J Pain Symptom Manage 27.3 (March 2004): 251-259. Full Text

Merrill, KA, and Strauman, TJ. "The role of personality in cognitive-behavioral therapies." Behavior Therapy 35.1 (2004): 131-146. Full Text

Strauman, TJ, and Merrill, KA. "The basic science/clinical science interface and treatment development." Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice 11.3 (2004): 263-266. Full Text

Vieth, AZ, Strauman, TJ, Kolden, GG, Woods, TE, Michels, JL, and Klein, MH. "Self-System Therapy (SST): A Theory-based psychotherapy for depression." Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice 10.3 (2003): 245-268. Full Text

Kolden, GG, Strauman, TJ, Ward, A, Kuta, J, Woods, TE, Schneider, KL, Heerey, E, Sanborn, L, Burt, C, Millbrandt, L, Kalin, NH, Stewart, JA, and Mullen, B. "A pilot study of group exercise training (GET) for women with primary breast cancer: feasibility and health benefits." Psychooncology 11.5 (September 2002): 447-456. Full Text

Strauman, TJ. "Self-regulation and depression." Self and Identity 1 (2002): 151-157. (Academic Article)

Strauman, TJ. "Paradigms, promises, and the potential of clinical psychology." J Clin Psychol 57.9 (September 2001): 1125-1132.

Strauman, TJ, Kolden, GG, Stromquist, V, Davis, N, Kwapil, L, Heerey, E, and Schneider, K. "The effects of treatments for depression on perceived failure in self-regulation." Cognitive Therapy and Research 25.6 (2001): 693-712. Full Text

Strauman, TJ. "Self-regulation, affect regulation, and narcissism: Pieces of the puzzle." PSYCHOLOGICAL INQUIRY 12.4 (2001): 239-242.

Kolden, GG, Strauman, TJ, Gittleman, M, Halverson, JL, Heerey, E, and Schneider, KL. "The Therapeutic Realizations Scale-Revised (TRS-R): psychometric characteristics and relationship to treatment process and outcome." J Clin Psychol 56.9 (September 2000): 1207-1220. Full Text