Thinking About Rumination: The Scholarly Contributions and Intellectual Legacy of Susan Nolen-Hoeksema

Posted: 1 Apr 2015

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Sonja Lyubomirsky

University of California, Riverside (UCR) - Department of Psychology

Kristin Layous

University of California, Riverside (UCR) - Department of Psychology

Joseph Chancellor

University of Cambridge - Department of Psychology

S. Katherine Nelson

University of California, Riverside (UCR) - Department of Psychology; Sewanee: The University of the South

Date Written: March 2015

Abstract

Our article reviews and celebrates Susan Nolen-Hoeksema's remarkable contributions to psychological and clinical science, focusing on her vast body of theoretical and empirical work and her influence on colleagues and students. Susan spent her career trying to understand how and why a style of regulating emotions called rumination increases vulnerability to depression and exacerbates and perpetuates negative moods. More broadly, we describe research by Susan and her colleagues on the predictors of depression in childhood and adolescence; gender differences in depression and rumination in adolescence and adulthood; roots, correlates, and adverse consequences of ruminative response styles; and rumination as a transdiagnostic risk factor for not only depression but also a host of psychological disorders, including anxiety, substance abuse, and eating disorders. Susan's intellectual legacy is evident in her impressive publication and citation record, the clinical applications of her work, and the flourishing careers of the students she mentored.

Suggested Citation

Lyubomirsky, Sonja and Layous, Kristin and Chancellor, Joseph and Nelson, S. Katherine and Nelson, S. Katherine, Thinking About Rumination: The Scholarly Contributions and Intellectual Legacy of Susan Nolen-Hoeksema (March 2015). Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 11, pp. 1-22, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2588400 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032814-112733

Sonja Lyubomirsky (Contact Author)

University of California, Riverside (UCR) - Department of Psychology

Riverside, CA 92521-0426
United States

Kristin Layous

University of California, Riverside (UCR) - Department of Psychology ( email )

Riverside, CA 92521-0426
United States

Joseph Chancellor

University of Cambridge - Department of Psychology ( email )

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Cambridge, CB2 3EB
United Kingdom

S. Katherine Nelson

University of California, Riverside (UCR) - Department of Psychology ( email )

Riverside, CA 92521-0426
United States

Sewanee: The University of the South ( email )

735 University Ave.
Sewanee, TN 37383-1000
United States

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