Catherine B. Stroud

Catherine B. Stroud

Professor of Psychology

Wachenheim Science Center Rm 322


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.

Please see my website for a full list of publications, and a description of my current research project.

Scholarship/Creative Work

Selected Publications

*Williams College Student

Stroud, C. B., Chen, F. R., Curzi, B.E.*, Granger, D. A., & Doane, L. D. (in press). Overestimating Self-Blame for Stressful Life Events and Adolescents’ Latent Trait Cortisol: The Moderating Role of Parental Warmth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Stroud, C.B., Vrshek-Schallhorn, S., Norkett, E. M.*, & Doane, L. D. (in press). The Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) Interacts with Acute Interpersonal Stress to Prospectively Predict Depressive Symptoms Among Early Adolescent Girls. Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Stroud, C. B., Chen, F. R., Doane, L. D. & Granger, D. A. (2019). Early Adversity and Internalizing Symptoms in Adolescence: Mediation by Individual Differences in Latent Trait Cortisol. Development & Psychopathology, 31, 509-524.

Stroud, C. B. & Sosoo, E. E.* & Wilson, S. (2018). Rumination, Excessive Reassurance Seeking and Stress Generation Among Early Adolescent Girls. Journal of Early Adolescence, 38, 139 – 163.

Wilson, S., Stroud, C. B., & Durbin, C. E. (2017). Interpersonal Dysfunction in Personality Disorders: A Meta-Analytic Review. Psychological Bulletin, 143, 677-734.

Stroud, C. B. & Fitts, J.* (2017). Rumination in Early Adolescent Girls: Interactive Contributions of Mother-Adolescent Relationship Quality and Maternal Coping Suggestions. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 46, 868-879.

Stroud, C. B., Chen, F. R., Doane, L. D. & Granger, D. A. (2016). Individual Differences in Early Adolescents’ Latent Trait Cortisol (LTC): Relation to Recent Acute and Chronic Stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 70, 38-46.

 Stroud, C. B., Chen, F. R., Doane, L. D. & Granger, D. A. (2016). Individual Differences in Early Adolescents’ Latent Trait Cortisol (LTC): Relation to Early Adversity. Developmental Psychobiology, 58, 700-713.

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.

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. doi:10.1037/0021-843X.117.1.206.

Davila, J., Stroud, C. B., Miller, M. R. & Steinberg, S. J. (2007). Defining and understanding adolescent romantic competence: Progress, challenges, and implications. Invited article in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Special Section on Adolescent Romantic Competency: Development and Adjustment Implications.