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

Corbett Family Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

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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.

Selected Publications

Monroe, S. M., Harkness, K. L., & Anderson, S. F. (in press). Life stress and major depression: The mysteries of recurrences. To appear in Psychological Review.

Monroe, S. M., & Slavich, G. M. (in press). Major life events: A review of conceptual, definitional, measurement issues, and practices. To appear in K. L. Harkness & E. P. Hayden (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Stress and Mental Health. New York: Oxford University Press.

Monroe, S. M., & Cummins, L. F. (2017). Environmental risk and protective factors – unipolar disorder. In R. J. DeRubeis, & D. R. Strunk, The Oxford Handbook of Mood Disorders. New York:  Oxford University Press.

Harkness, K. L., & Monroe, S. M. (2016). The assessment and measurement of adult life stress: Basic premises, operational principles, and design requirements. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125, 727-745.

Anderson, S. F., Monroe, S. M., Rohde, P., & Lewinsohn, P. M. (2016). Questioning kindling: An analysis of cycle acceleration in unipolar depression. Clinical Psychological Science, 4, 229-238.

Monroe, S.M., & Anderson, S. F. (2015). Depression: The shroud of heterogeneity. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24, 227-231.

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

Monroe, S. M. (2008). Modern approaches to conceptualizing and measuring life stress. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 4, 33-52. Palo Alto, CA: Annual Reviews.

Monroe, S. M., & Reid, M. W. (2008). Gene-environment interactions in depression: Genetic polymorphisms and life stress polyprocedures. Psychological Science, 19, 947-956.

Monroe, S. M., Slavich, G., Torres, L.D., & Gotlib, I. H. (2007). Severe life events predict specific patterns of change in cognitive biases in major depression. Psychological Medicine, 37, 863-871.

Monroe, S. M., & Harkness, K. L. (2005). Life stress, the ‘kindling’ hypothesis, and the recurrence of depression: Considerations from a life stress perspective. Psychological Review, 112, 417-445.

Monroe, S. M., & Simons, A. D. (1991). Diathesis-stress theories in the context of life stress research: Implications for the depressive disorders. Psychological Bulletin, 110, 406-425.