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Dr. Scott T. Allison

University Professor Emeritus
Curriculum Vitae

  • 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.

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    • 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

    Allison, S. T. & Goethals, G. R. (2022). Motional intelligence: The ability of leaders to move, and move others. Cambridge University Press. 

    Allison, S. T. & Goethals, G. R. (2020). The heroic leadership imperative: How leaders inspire and mobilize change. West Yorkshire: Emerald. 

    Goethals, G. R., & Allison, S. T. (2019). The romance of heroism and heroic leadership: Ambiguity, attribution, and apotheosis. West Yorkshire: Emerald. doi: 10.1108/978-1-83909-175-920201007 

    Worthington, E. L, & Allison, S. T. (2018). Heroic humility: What the science of humility can say to people raised on self-focus. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

    Beggan, J. K., & Allison, S. T. (Eds.) (2018). Leadership and sexuality: Power, principles, and processes. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781786438652 

    Efthimiou, O., Allison, S. T., & Franco, Z. E. (Eds.) (2018). Heroism and wellbeing in the 21st Century: Applied and emerging perspectives. New York: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315409023 

    Allison, S. T., Goethals, G. R., & Kramer, R. M. (Eds.) (2017). Handbook of heroism and heroic leadership. New York: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315690100 

    Allison, S. T., Kocher, C. T., & Goethals, G. R. (Eds.) (2016). Frontiers in spiritual leadership: Discovering the better angels of our nature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-1-137-58081-8 

    Goethals, G. R., Allison, S. T., Kramer, R., & Messick, D. (Eds.) (2014). Conceptions of leadership: Enduring ideas and emerging insights. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9781137472038 

    Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2013). Heroic leadership: An influence taxonomy of 100 exceptional individuals. New York: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203100882

    Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2011). Heroes: What they do and why we need them. New York: Oxford University Press.

    Journal Articles

    Allison, S. T., & Green, J. D. (2021). Nostalgia and heroism: Theoretical convergence of memory, motivation, and function. Frontiers in Psychology. 

    Hoyt, C. L., Allison, S. T., Barnowski, A., & Sultan, A. (2020). Lay theories of heroism and leadership: The role of gender, communion, and agency. Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000422

    Allison, S. T. (2019). Heroic consciousness. Heroism Science, 4, 1-43. doi: 10.26736/hs.2019.02.06

    Allison, S. T., Goethals, G. R., Marrinan, A. R., Parker, O. M., Spyrou, S. P., Stein, M. (2019). The metamorphosis of the hero: Principles, processes, and purpose. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 606. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00606

    Gray, K., Anderson, S., Doyle, C. M., Hester, N., Schmitt, P., Vonasch, A., Allison, S. T., and Jackson, J. C. (2018). To be immortal, do good or evil. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44, 868-880. doi: 10.1177/0146167217754068

    Franco, Z. E., Allison, S. T., Kinsella, E. L., Kohen, A., Langdon, M., & Zimbardo, P. (2018). Heroism research: A review of theories, methods, challenges, and trends. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 58, 382-396.

    Efthimiou, O., & Allison, S. T. (2017). Heroism science: Frameworks for an emerging field. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 58, 556-570. doi: 10.1177/0022167817708063

    Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2016). Hero worship: The elevation of the human spirit. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 46, 187-210.

    Allison, S. T. (2015). The initiation of heroism science. Heroism Science, 1, 1-8. doi: 10.26736/hs.2016.01.01

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