Scott T. Allison
Professor of Psychology
Profile

Scott Allison has authored numerous books, including Heroes and Heroic Leadership. He is Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond where he has published extensively on heroism and leadership. His other books include Reel Heroes, Conceptions of Leadership, Frontiers in Spiritual Leadership, and the Handbook of Heroism. His work has appeared in USA Today, National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate Magazine, MSNBC, CBS, Psychology Today, and the Christian Science Monitor. He has received Richmond's Distinguished Educator Award and the Virginia Council of Higher Education's Outstanding Faculty Award.

Awards
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Award
Distinguished Educator Award, University of Richmond
Psi Chi Outstanding Faculty Award
Selected Publications
Books
Allison, S. T., Goethals, G. R., & Kramer, R. M. (in preparation). Handbook of heroism and heroic leadership. New York: Taylor & Francis.
Allison, S. T., Kocher, C. T., & Goethals, G. R. (Eds.) (in press). The better angels of our nature: Frontiers in spiritual leadership. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Goethals, G. R., Allison, S. T., Kramer, R., & Messick, D. (Eds.) (2015). Conceptions of Leadership: Enduring Ideas and Emerging Insights. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Smith, G., & Allison, S. T. (2014). Reel Heroes: Volume 1: A Psychological Analysis of Movie Heroes. Agile Writers Press.
Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2013). Heroic Leadership: An Influence Taxonomy of 100 Exceptional Individuals.  New York: Routledge.
Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R.. (2011). Heroes: What They Do and Why We Need Them. New York: Oxford University Press.
Articles
Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (in press). Hero worship: The elevation of the human spirit. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.
Allison, S. T., & Cecilione, J. L. (in press). Paradoxical truths in heroic leadership: Implications for leadership development and effectiveness. In R. Bolden, M. Witzel, & N. Linacre (Eds.), Leadership paradoxes. London: Routledge.
Goethals, G. R. & Allison, S. T. (2012). Making heroes: The construction of courage, competence and virtue. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 183-235.
Allison, S. T., Eylon, D., Beggan, J.K., & Bachelder, J. (2009).  The demise of leadership: Positivity and negativity in evaluations of dead leaders.  The Leadership Quarterly, 20, 115-129.
Kim, J., Allison, S. T., Eylon, D., Goethals, G., Markus, M., McGuire, H., & Hindle, S. (2008). Rooting for (and then Abandoning) the Underdog.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 2550-2573

Education
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Contact Information
(804) 289-8127
(804) 287-1905 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Social Psychology
Personality Psychology
Research Methods
Heroes, Great Leaders, Legends, and Martyrs