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John Roberts, Ph.D.

RobertsJohnAssociate Professor
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
221 Park Hall
(716) 645-0184
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Summary of Research Interests

I primarily study the role of psychosocial factors in the etiology, maintenance and recovery from depressive disorders, but I am also interested in how depression impacts people’s lives in terms of health-related behavior (such as treatment adherence among HIV+ patients) and social rejection. A number of my research projects have examined how labile self-esteem, insecure attachment style, and ruminative coping contribute to risk for depression. Recent studies have focused on implicit self-esteem, deficits in executive control and autobiographical memory. I am an Associate Editor for Cognition & Emotion and have previously served as an Associate Editor of Cognitive Therapy and Research. I am on the editorial boards of Personality and Individual Differences, Cognitive Therapy and Research, and AIDS Patient Care and STDs.


Representative Publications

Asterisks denote papers with a past or present student as first author

  • *Vergara-Lopez, C. Lopez-Vergara, H., & Roberts, J.E. (2015).Testing a “content meets process” model of depression vulnerability and rumination: Exploring the moderating role of set-shifting deficits. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2015.08.002
  • *Vergara-Lopez, C., Kyung, Y., Detschmer, A., & Roberts, J.E. (2014). Testing the Cognitive Catalyst Model with idiographic content: Rumination moderates the association between self-discrepancies and depressive symptoms. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 5, 351-362.
  • *Yanes, P.K., Morse, G.D., Hsiao, C.B., Simms, L.J., Roberts, J.E. (2012). Autobiographical memory specificity and the persistence of depressive symptoms in HIV-positive patients: Rumination and social problem solving skills as mediators. Cognition & Emotion, 26, 1496-1507.
  • *Ciesla, J.A., Felton, J.W., & Roberts, J.E. (2011). Testing the Cognitive Catalyst Model of Depression: Does rumination amplify the impact of cognitive diatheses in response to stress? Cognition & Emotion, 25, 1349-1357.
  • *Prisciandaro, J.J. & Roberts, J.E. (2011). Evidence for the continuous latent structure of mania in the Epidemiologic Catchment Area from multiple latent structure and construct validation methodologies. Psychological Medicine, 41, 575-588.