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
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. "Using imagination and personalized suggestion to change people: A commentary." Behavior Therapy 29.4 (1998): 707-714. Full Text
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. "Stability within the self: a longitudinal study of the structural implications of self-discrepancy theory." J Pers Soc Psychol 71.6 (December 1996): 1142-1153.
Strauman, TJ. "Self-discrepancy theory: Validity and clinical implications." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 31.3-4 (1996): 2050-2050.
Strauman, TJ, and Kolden, GG. "Self-discrepancy and psychotherapy for depression." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 31.3-4 (1996): 2054-2054.
Strauman, TJ. "Psychopathology from a self-regulation perspective." JOURNAL OF PSYCHOTHERAPY INTEGRATION 5.4 (December 1995): 313-321.