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Lauren Alloy

Lauren Alloy

Lauren B. Alloy is an internationally recognized researcher in the area of mood disorders. Her research focuses on cognitive, interpersonal, and biopsychosocial processes in the onset and maintenance of depression and bipolar disorder. Along with her colleagues, Lyn Abramson and Gerald Metalsky, she is the author of the hopelessness theory of depression, and she discovered, with Lyn Abramson, the "sadder but wiser" (or "depressive realism") effect.

In 1984 Dr. Alloy was awarded the American Psychological Association's Young Psychologist Award, and since then she has also received the APA's Master Lecturer Award in Psychopathology (jointly with Lyn Abramson), Temple University's Paul W. Eberman Faculty Research Award, APA Division 12's Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (jointly with Lyn Abramson), and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology Distinguished Scientist Award.

Professor Alloy is a Fellow of the APA and American Psychological Society, and author of more than 140 scholarly publications. She has also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, Cognitive Therapy and Research, and the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, and as Guest Editor for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, and the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Primary Interests:

  • Causal Attribution
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Social Cognition


Journal Articles:

  • Alloy, L. B., Abramson, L. Y., Gibb, B. E., Crossfield, A. G., Pieracci, A. M., Spasojevic, J., & Steinberg, J. A. (2004). Developmental antecedents of cognitive vulnerability to depression: Review of findings from the cognitive vulnerability to depression project. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 18(2), 115-133.
  • Crossfield, A. G., Alloy, L. B., Gibb, B. E., & Abramson, L. Y. (2002). The development of depressogenic cognitive styles: The role of negative childhood life events and parental inferential feedback. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 16(4), 487-502.
  • Gibb, B. E., Abramson, L. Y., & Alloy, L. B. (2004). Emotional maltreatment from parents, verbal peer victimization, and cognitive vulnerability to depression. Cognitive Therapy & Research, 28(1), 1-21.
  • Gibb, B. E., Alloy, L. B., & Abramson, L. Y. (2003). Global reports of childhood maltreatment versus recall of specific maltreatment experiences: Relationships with dysfunctional attitudes and depressive symptoms. Cognition & Emotion, 17(6), 903-915.
  • Gibb, B. E., Alloy, L. B., Abramson, L. Y., Beevers, C. G., & Miller, I. W. (2004). Cognitive vulnerability to depression: A taxometric analysis, 113(1), 81-89.
  • Gibb, B. E., Alloy, L. B., Abramson, L. Y., & Marx, B. P. (2003). Childhood maltreatment and maltreatment-specific inferences: A test of Rose and Abramson's (1992) extension of the hopelessness theory. Cognition & Emotion, 17(6), 917-931.
  • Gibb, B. E., Zhu, L., Alloy, L. B., & Abramson, L. Y. (2002). Attributional styles and academic achievement in university students: A longitudinal investigation. Cognitive Therapy & Research, 26(3), 309-315.
  • Robinson, M. S., & Alloy, L. B. (2003). Negative cognitive styles and stress-reactive rumination interact to predict depression: A prospective study. Cognitive Therapy & Research, 27(3), 275-292.
  • Safford, S. M., Alloy, L. B., Crossfield, A. G., Morocco, A. M., & Wang, J. C. (2004). The relationship of cognitive style and attachment style to depression and anxiety in young adults. 8(1), 25-41.
  • Spasojevic, J., & Alloy, L. B. (2002). Who becomes a depressive ruminator? Developmental antecedents of ruminative response style. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 16(4), 405-419.
  • Spasojevic, J., & Alloy, L. B. (2001). Rumination as a common mechanism relating depressive risk factors to depression. Emotion, 1(1), 25-37.
  • Steinberg, J. A., Gibb, B. E., Alloy, L. B., & Abramson, L. Y. (2003). Childhood emotional maltreatment, cognitive vulnerability to depression, and self-referent information processing in adulthood: Reciprocal relations. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 17(4), 347-358.

Courses Taught:

Lauren Alloy
Department of Psychology
Temple University, Weiss Hall
1701 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
United States

  • Phone: (215) 204-7326
  • Fax: (215) 204-5539

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