Scott T. Allison
Professor of Psychology
Scott Allison is Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond.  He received his B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, in 1981, and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1987.  Professor Allison and his students are currently involved in research exploring human belief systems about heroes, legends, leaders, underdogs, and martyrs.  He teaches courses on social and personality psychology, heroes and villains, group dynamics, research methods, and the history and philosophy of psychology.
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Award
Distinguished Educator Award, University of Richmond
Psi Chi Outstanding Faculty Award
Goethals, G. R., Allison, S. T., Kramer, R., & Messick, D. (2015). Contemporary Conceptions of Leadership.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Smith, G., & Allison, S. T. (2014). Reel Heroes: 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.
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., & Hensel, A. (2012).  Sensitivity to the changing fortunes of others.  Personality and Social Psychology Connections.  Retrieved from
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.
Beggan, J. K., & Allison, S. T. (2009).  Viva Viva? Women's meanings associated with male nudity in a 1970s "For Women" Magazine. Journal of Sex Research, 46, 446-59.
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
Eylon, D., & Allison, S. T. (2005).  The frozen in time effect in evaluations of the dead.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1708-1717.
Allison, S. T., & Burnette, J. (2010). Fairness and preference for underdogs and top dogs.  In R. Kramer, A. Tenbrunsel, & M. Bazerman, (Eds), Social Decision Making: Social Dilemmas, Social Values, and Ethical Judgments. New York: Psychology Press.
Beggan, J. K., & Allison, S. T.. Social values. (2010). In V. S. Ramachandran (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Human Behavior (2nd edition). New York: Elseiver.
Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2008). Deifying the Dead and Downtrodden:  Sympathetic Figures as Exceptional Leaders. In C.L. Hoyt, G. R. Goethals, & D. R. Forsyth (Eds.), Leadership at the crossroads: Psychology and leadership. Westport, CT: Praeger.

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