09_29_08 College of Liberal ArtsPsychologyFacultyLaura Carnell Professor
762 Weiss Hall
1701 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122


Depression, Bipolar disorder, Developmental psychopathology, Cognitive, Psychosocial, Developmental, Neurobiological processes in mood disorders


Dr. Alloy is an internationally recognized researcher in the area of mood disorders. Her work on depression and bipolar disorder 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 neurobiological processes in the onset and course of depression and bipolar disorder and is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Along with her colleagues, Lyn Abramson and Gerald Metalksy, 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 been featured prominently in the popular media (e.g., Time Magazine, the book “Lincoln’s Melancholy”, etc.). More recently, she and Lyn Abramson also have developed the Be havioral Approach System (BAS)/reward 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, Temple University’s Paul W. Eberman Faculty Research Award in 2001, the APA’s Division 12 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award in 2003, the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology’s Distinguished Scientist Award in 2003, and the Association for Psychological Science’s (APS) James McKeen Catell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Applied Psychological Research in 2008-09. She is a Fellow of APA, APS, and the American Psychopathological Association (APPA). Dr. Alloy is the author of over 250 scholarly publications, including a popular undergraduate abnormal psychology textbook. She is currently Associate Editor of the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy and serves on the editorial boards of many clinical psychology journals.

Selected Publications

Recent Representative Publications

  • Liu, R.T., Alloy, L.B., Abramson, L.Y., Iacoviello, B.M., & Whitehouse, W.G. (2009). Emotional maltreatment and depression: Prospective prediction of depressive episodes. Depression and Anxiety, 26, 174-181.
  • Sylvia, L.G, Alloy, L.B., Hafner, J.A., Gauger, M.C., Verdon, K., & Abramson, L.Y. (2009). Life events and social rhythms in bipolar spectrum disorders: A prospective study. Behavior Therapy, 40, 131-141.
  • Alloy, L.B., & Abramson, L.Y. (2010). The role of the Behavioral Approach System (BAS) in bipolar spectrum disorders. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 189-194.
  • Liu, R.T., & Alloy, L.B. (2010). Stress generation in depression: A systematic review of the empirical literature and recommendations for future study. Clinical Psychology Review, 30. 582-593.
  • Nusslock, R., Shackman, A.J., Harmon-Jones, E., Alloy, L.B., Coan, J.A., & Abramson, L.Y.
    (2011). Cognitive vulnerability and frontal brain asymmetry: Common predictors of first prospective depressive episode. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 497-503.
  • Alloy, L.B., Bender, R.E., Whitehouse, W.G., Wagner, C.A., Liu, R.T., Grant, D.A., Jager-Hyman, S., Molz, A., Choi, J.Y., Harmon-Jones, E., & Abramson, L.Y. (2012). High Behavioral Approach System (BAS) sensitivity, reward responsiveness, and goal-striving predict first onset of bipolar spectrum disorders: A prospective behavioral high-risk design. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 339-351.
  • Alloy, L.B., Black, S.K., Young, M.E., Goldstein, K.E., Shapero, B.G., Stange, J.P., Boccia, A.S., Matt, L.M., Boland, E.M., Moore, L.C., & Abramson, L.Y. (2012). Cognitive vulnerabilities and depression versus other psychopathology symptoms and diagnoses in early adolescence. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41, 539-560. Lead article.
  • Alloy, L.B., Urosevic, S., Abramson, L.Y., Jager-Hyman, S., Nusslock, R., Whitehouse, W.G., & Hogan, M.E. (2012). Progression along the bipolar spectrum: A longitudinal study of predictors of conversion from bipolar spectrum conditions to bipolar I and II disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 16-27.
  • Boland, E.M., Bender, R.E., Alloy, L.B., Conner, B.T., LaBelle, D.R., & Abramson, L.Y. (2012). Life events and social rhythms in bipolar spectrum disorders: An examination of social rhythm sensitivity. Journal of Affective Disorders, 139, 264-272.
  • Hamilton, J.L., Shapero, B.G., Stange, J.P. Hamlat, E.J., Alloy, L.B., & Abramson, L.Y. (2013). Emotional maltreatment, peer victimization, and depressive versus anxiety symptoms during adolescence: Hopelessness as a mediator. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42, 332-347.
  • Hamilton, J.L., Stange, J.P., Shapero, B.G., Connolly, S., Abramson, L.Y., & Alloy, L.B. (2013). Cognitive vulnerabilities as predictors of stress generation in early adolescence: Pathway to depressive symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41, 1027-1039.
  • Hamlat, E.J., Stange, J.P., Abramson, L.Y., & Alloy, L.B. (in press). Early pubertal timing as a vulnerability to depression: Differential effects of race and sex. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
  • Pendergast, L.L., Youngstrom, E.A., Merkitch, K.G., Moore, K.A., Black, C., Abramson, L.Y.,
    & Alloy, L.B. (in press). Differentiating bipolar disorder from unipolar depression and ADHD: The utility of the General Behavior Inventory. Psychological Assessment.
  • Shapero, B.G., Black, S.K., Liu, R.T., Klugman, J., Bender, R.E., Abramson, L.Y., & Alloy, L.B. (in press). Stressful life events and depression symptoms: The effect of childhood emotional abuse on stress reactivity. Journal of Clinical Psychology.
  • Stange, J.P., Hamilton, J.L., Abramson, L.Y., & Alloy, L.B. (in press). A vulnerability-stress examination of response styles theory in adolescence: Stressors, sex differences, and symptom specificity. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Courses Taught

  • PSY 8412 Core Course in Psychopathology
  • PSY 8430 Grant Writing
  • PSY 8420 Mood Disorders