Scott M. Monroe

Scott M. Monroe

Professor and William K. Warren Foundation Professor Psychology

Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

  • Clinical

(574) 631-3910

119C Haggar Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

Stress and Depression Lab

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Psychopathology, with a particular emphasis on the depressive disorders.


Professor Monroe’s research interests are in psychopathology, with a particular emphasis on the depressive disorders. His current work examines the role of life stress in relation to the onset and recurrence of major depression. The goal of this program of study is to develop a better understanding of possible etiological differences and subtype distinctions in unipolar depression, as well as to shed light on the boundary between normal psychological functioning and psychological disorder.

Recent Publications

Monroe, S.M., & Anderson, S. F. (in press). Depression: The shroud of heterogeneity. Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Anderson, S.F., Monroe, S.M., Rohde, P., & Lewinsohn, P.M. (in press). Questioning kindling: An analysis of cycle acceleration in unipolar depression. Clinical Psychological Science.

Dick, D.M., Agrawal, A., Keller, M.C., Adkins, A., Fazil, A., Monroe, S.M., Hewitt, J.K., Kendler, K.S., & Sher, K.J. (2015). Candidate gene-environment interaction research: Reflections and recommendations. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10, 37-59.

Monroe, S. M., Slavich, G. M., & Georgiades, K. (2014). The social environment and depression: The importance of life stress (pp. 296-314). To appear in I. H. Gotlib & C. L. Hammen, Handbook of depression (3rd Edition). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Monroe, S. M., Slavich, G. M., & Gotlib, I. H. (2014). Familial history for depression and stressful life events in the lifetime course of major depression. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 49, 90-95. 

Monroe, S. M., & Harkness, K. L. (2012).  Is depression a chronic mental illness?  Psychological Medicine, 42, 899-902.

Monroe, S. M., & Harkness, K. L. (2011).  Recurrence in major depression:  A conceptual analysis.  Psychological Review, 118, 655-674.

Slavich, G. M., Monroe, S. M., & Gotlib, I. H. (2011).  Selective sensitization to interpersonal loss in major depression.  Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 1145-1152.

Harkness, K. L., Tabari, N., Monroe, S. M., Slavich, G. M., Gotlib, I. H., Bagby, R. M. (2010).  Sex differences in life events prior to onset of major depressive disorder:  The moderating effect of age.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119, 791-803.

Monroe, S. M. (2010). Recurrence in major depression: Assessing risk indicators in the context of risk estimates. In C. S. Richards, & M. G. Perri (Eds.), Relapse prevention for depression. (pp. 27-49). Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.