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Principal Investigator

09_29_08 College of Liberal Arts Psychology FacultyLauren B. Alloy, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Principal Investigator of the Mood and Cognition Lab
Professor of Psychology, Temple University


Phone: (215) 204-7326
Faculty Webpage  | Curriculum Vitae

Lauren B. Alloy is Professor and Joseph Wolpe Distinguished Faculty in the Department of Psychology, Temple University. Currently, she is also the Director of Clinical Training for the Temple Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program.

Dr. Alloy is an internationally recognized researcher in the area of mood disorders. Her work on depression has had a major impact on the fields of clinical, personality, social, developmental, and cognitive psychology and psychiatry. Her research focuses on cognitive, psychosocial, developmental, and, recently, biological processes in the onset and course of depression and bipolar disorder and is funded by NIMH. 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. This work has also been featured prominently in the popular media (e.g., Time Magazine, the recent book, “Lincoln’s Melancholy”, etc.). More recently, she and Lyn Abramson have also developed a Behavioral Approach System (BAS)/reward system hypersensitivity theory of bipolar disorder. Previously, at Northwestern University, she became the youngest Professor in the university’s history and the first woman to become Professor in the Psychology department.

Dr. Alloy was awarded the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Young Psychologist Award in 1984, the APA’s Master Lecturer Award in Psychopathology in 2002 (jointly with Lyn Abramson), Temple University’s Paul W. Eberman Faculty Research Award in 2001, the APA’s Division 12 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (jointly with Lyn Abramson) in 2003, the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology’s Distinguished Scientist Award in 2003 (jointly with Lyn Abramson), and the Association for Psychological Science’s (APS) James McKeen Cattell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Applied Psychological Research in 2009 (jointly with Lyn Abramson). She is a Fellow of APA, APS, APPA, and SESP. Dr. Alloy is the author of over 250 scholarly publications.

Dr. Alloy is currently Associate Editor of International Journal of Cognitive Therapy and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Abnormal PsychologyJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, and has served as Guest Editor for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, and International Journal of Cognitive Therapy.