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Lyn Abramson
Ph.D. 1978, University of Pennsylvania

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My research focuses on vulnerability and invulnerability to depression. I am particularly interested in the developmental, cognitive, motivational, and cultural determinants of information processing about the self. Recently, we have begun to explore the effects of early psychological, physical, and sexual maltreatment on the development of cognitive styles and vulnerability to depression in adulthood. Finally, I have expanded my research program to include bipolar and eating disorders, particularly bulimia.


Representative Publications

Abramson, L.Y., Alloy, L.B., Hankin, B.L., Haeffel, G.J., MacCoon, D.G., & Gibb, B.E. (2002). Cognitive vulnerability-stress models of depression in a self-regulatory and psychobiological context. In I.H. Gotlib & C.L. Hammen (Eds.), Handbook of Depression. New York: Guilford.

Hankin, B.L., & Abramson, L.Y. (2001). Development of gender differences in depression: An elaborated cognitive vulnerability-transactional stress theory. Psychological Bulletin, 127, 773-796.

Harmon-Jones, E., Abramson, L.Y., Sigelman, J., Bohlig, A., Hogan, M.E., & Harmon-Jones, C. (2002). Proneness to hypomania/mania symptoms or depression symptoms and asymmetrical frontal cortical responses to an anger-evoking event. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 610-618.

Gibb, B.E., Alloy, L.B., Abramson, L.Y., Rose, D.T., Whitehouse, W.G., Donovan, P., Hogan, M.E., Cronholm, J., & Tierney, S. (2001). History of childhood maltreatment, negative cognitive styles, and episodes of depression in adulthood. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 25, 425-446. (Special issue on Developmental Antecedents of Cognitive Vulnerablity to Depression).

Vohs, K.D., Bardone, A.M., Joiner, T.E., Abramson, L.Y., & Heatherton, T.F. (1999). Perfectionism, perceived weight status, and self-esteem interact to predict bulimic ymptoms: A model of bulimic symptom development. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 108, 695-700.
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