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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 and Co-Director Center on

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. KM Eddington, F Dolcos, AN McLean, KR Krishnan, R Cabeza and TJ Strauman (2009). Neural correlates of idiographic goal priming in depression: goal-specific dysfunctions in the orbitofrontal cortex.. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 4(3), 238-246. [19433416], [doi]  [abs]
  2. KM Eddington, F Dolcos, R Cabeza, KR R Krishnan and TJ Strauman (2007). Neural correlates of promotion and prevention goal activation: an fMRI study using an idiographic approach.. J Cogn Neurosci, 19(7), 1152-1162. [17583991], [doi]  [abs]
  3. TJ Strauman, AZ Vieth, KA Merrill, GG Kolden, TE Woods, MH Klein, AA Papadakis, KL Schneider and L Kwapil (2006). Self-system therapy as an intervention for self-regulatory dysfunction in depression: a randomized comparison with cognitive therapy.. J Consult Clin Psychol, 74(2), 367-376. [16649881], [doi]  [abs]
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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