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

Pierce, KM, Strauman, TJ, and Vandell, DL. "Self-discrepancy, negative life events, and social support in relation to dejection in mothers of infants." Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 18.4 (1999): 490-501.

Strauman, TJ. "Is depression a dysfunction in self-regulating the brain/behavior system for approach?." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (1999): 571-572. (Academic Article)

Strauman, TJ. "Is depression a dysfunction in self-regulating the brain/behavior system for approach?." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22.3 (1999): 536-537. Full Text

Manian, N, Strauman, TJ, and Denney, N. "Temperament, recalled parenting styles, and self-regulation: testing the developmental postulates of self-discrepancy theory." J Pers Soc Psychol 75.5 (November 1998): 1321-1332.

Strauman, TJ, and Kolden, GG. "The self in depression: Research trends and clinical implications." In Session - Psychotherapy in Practice 3.3 (1997): 5-21. Full Text

Strauman, TJ, and Kolden, GG. "Self-discrepancy and psychotherapy for depression." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 31.3-4 (1996): 2054-2054.

Strauman, TJ. "Self-discrepancy theory: Validity and clinical implications." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 31.3-4 (1996): 2050-2050.

Strauman, TJ. "Psychopathology from a self-regulation perspective." JOURNAL OF PSYCHOTHERAPY INTEGRATION 5.4 (December 1995): 313-321.

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