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Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Alloy, Lauren

  • Lauren B. AlloyAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Temple University Email author 

Early Life and Educational Background

Alloy was born Lauren Helene Bersh on November 22, 1953, in Philadelphia, PA, daughter of academic psychologist, Philip J. Bersh, and high-school English teacher, Jacqueline F. Bersh. She earned her B.A. in Psychology in 1974 and her Ph.D. in Experimental and Clinical Psychology in 1979 from the University of Pennsylvania. Her graduate school mentors were Martin Seligman and Richard Solomon. In addition, in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, she met her lifelong collaborator and best friend, Lyn Y. Abramson, now the Sigmund Freud Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Professional Career

Alloy taught at Northwestern University from 1979 to 1989 and went from assistant to full professor there. At age 32, she was the youngest and first female full professor of Psychology in Northwestern University’s history. Since 1989, she has been a Professor of Psychology at Temple University and served as the Director of Clin ...

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