Catherine B. Stroud

Catherine B. Stroud

Associate Professor of Psychology

Psychology Offices and Labs Rm 111


B.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison (2002)
M.A. State University of New York, Stony Brook (2006)
Ph.D. State University of New York, Stony Brook (2009)

Areas of Expertise

My research focuses on the origins and consequences of depression. In particular, I examine the interface between depression and the social environment, exploring reciprocal associations between stress, interpersonal relationships and depression. I am advancing three lines of work on this topic. First, I examine an array of factors that influence the stress-depression association, including prior depression, emotion regulation, personality, genetic vulnerabilities, and regulation of stress-related physiological systems. More specifically, I examine how these factors render individuals more sensitive to interpersonal stress, and in turn, more likely to generate interpersonal stress. Second, I investigate the role of interpersonal relationships (as both risk and protective factors) in the development of depression and other forms of psychopathology, as well as factors that contribute to the health of interpersonal relationships. Finally, I explore the interpersonal, biological, and psychological underpinnings of factors implicated in the development of depression and psychopathology. I examine these questions in children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Scholarship/Creative Work

Selected Publications

*Williams College Student

  • Stroud, C. B., Chen, F. R., Doane, L. D. & Granger, D. A. (in press). Individual Differences in Early Adolescents’ Latent Trait Cortisol (LTC): Relation to Early Adversity. Developmental Psychobiology.
  • Stroud, C. B. & Fitts, J.* (in press). Rumination in Early Adolescent Girls: Interactive Contributions of Mother-Adolescent Relationship Quality and Maternal Coping Suggestions. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology.
  • Vrshek-Schallhorn, S., Stroud, C. B., Mineka, S., Zinbarg, R., Adam, E.K., Redei, E.E., Hammen, C. & Craske, M.G. (2015). Additive Genetic Risk from Five Serotonin System Polymorphisms Interacts with Interpersonal Stress to Predict Depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124, 776 – 790.
  • Vrshek-Schallhorn, S., Stroud, C. B., Mineka, S., Hammen, C., Zinbarg, R.E., Wolitzky-Taylor, K., & Craske, M.G. (2015). Chronic and Episodic Interpersonal Stress as Statistically Unique Predictors of Depression in Two Samples of Emerging Adults. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124, 918 – 932.
  • Stroud, C. B., Sosoo, E. E.* & Wilson, S. (2015). Normal Personality Traits, Rumination and Stress Generation Among Early Adolescent Girls. Journal of Research in Personality, 57, 131 – 142.
  • Stroud, C. B., Meyers, K., Wilson, S., & Durbin, C. E. (2015). Marital quality spillover and young children’s adjustment: Evidence for dyadic and triadic parenting as mechanisms. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 44, 800 – 813.
  • Stroud, C. B., Durbin, C. E., Wilson, S., & Mendelsohn, K. (2011). Spillover to Triadic and Dyadic Systems in Families with Young Children. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 919-930.
  • Stroud, C. B., Davila, J. Hammen, C. & Vrsheck-Schallhorn, S. (2011). Severe and nonsevere events in first onsets and recurrences of depression: Evidence for stress sensitization. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 142-154.
  • Stroud, C. B., Davila, J., & Moyer, A. (2008). The relationship between stress and depression in first onsets versus recurrences: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 117, 206-213.

Current Committees

  • Book Store Advisory Committee