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Timothy J. Strauman, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Affiliate of Center for Child and Family Policy and Affiliate of the Center for Brain Imaging and Analysis

Timothy J. Strauman

Research Summary:
Professor Strauman's research interests center upon self-regulation, conceptualized in terms of a cognitive/motivational perspective, as well as the relation between self-regulation and psychopathology. Particular areas of emphasis include: (1) conceptualizing self-regulation in terms of basic self/brain/behavior motivational systems; (2) the role of self-regulatory processes in vulnerability to depression and other disorders; (3) the impact of treatment on self-regulatory function and dysfunction in depression; (4) how normative and non-normative socialization patterns influence the development of individual differences in self-regulation; (5) the contributory roles of self-regulation, affect, and psychopathology in determining immunologically-mediated susceptibility to illness; (6) development of a brief structured psychotherapy for depression for adults as well as adolescents targeting self-regulatory dysfunction; (7) using brain imaging techniques to test hypotheses concerning self-regulation, including the nature and function of regulatory systems and characterizing the breakdowns in self-regulation that lead to and accompany depression and other disorders. Professor Strauman's clinical interests follow from his program of research. Specifically, he is interested in learning how psychotherapy remediates disorders such as depression and whether psychotherapy is effective at reducing risk for relapse and recurrence of emotional disorders. His lab's clinically focused research includes developing and refining a self-regulation-based therapy for depression and the use of neuroimaging techniques to examine the mechanisms of action of treatments for depression. Prof. Strauman is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science as well as the Society for Experimental Social Psychology.


Clinical Psychology
Social Psychology

Representative Publications:   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. DV Blalock, AT Franzese, KA Machell and TJ Strauman (2015). Attachment style and self-regulation: How our patterns in relationships reflect broader motivational styles. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 90-98. [doi]
  2. TJ Strauman, Y Socolar, L Kwapil, JF Cornwell, B Franks, S Sehnert and ET Higgins (2015). Microinterventions targeting regulatory focus and regulatory fit selectively reduce dysphoric and anxious mood.. Behaviour research and therapy, 72, 18-29. [doi]  [abs]
  3. SJ Waters, TJ Strauman, DC McKee, LC Campbell, RA Shelby, KE Dixon, AM Fras and FJ Keefe (2015). Self-system therapy for distress associated with persistent low back pain: A randomized clinical trial.. Psychotherapy research : journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, 1-12. [doi]  [abs]
  4. CP Weingarten and TJ Strauman (2015). Neuroimaging for psychotherapy research: Current trends. Psychotherapy Research, 25(2), 185-213. [doi]  [abs]
  5. CP Weingarten and TJ Strauman (2015). Neuroimaging for psychotherapy research: current trends.. Psychotherapy research : journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, 25(2), 185-213. [doi]  [abs]

Courses (Fall 2015):

  • Psy 213.01, Adv abnormal psychology Synopsis
    Soc/psych 130, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
  • Psy 890s.01, Special topics in psychology Synopsis
    Soc/psych 319, W 04:55 PM-07:30 PM
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Kate MacDuffie  
  • Allison Detloff  
  • Elena Goetz  
  • Amy Sanchez  
Postdocs Mentored

  • Andrada Neacsiu (September 2013-present)  
  • Madeline Carrig (September 01, 2007 - June 30, 2009)  
  • Kari Eddington (September 01, 2004 - August 30, 2007)  

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