Scott Allison's research program focuses on understanding heroism, leadership, and heroic leadership. The framework driving his work is called 'the heroic leadership dynamic', which describes the hero's journey as a transformative process implicating social, developmental, and biological processes. He has written or edited numerous books, including 'Heroes', 'Heroic Leadership', 'Conceptions of Leadership', 'Reel Heroes & Villains', 'Frontiers in Spiritual Leadership', 'Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership', and 'Heroic Humility'.
Scott Allison's 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.
His Heroes blog analyzes and profiles heroes -- www.blog.richmond.edu/heroes
His Reel Heroes blog examines movie heroes & villains -- www.reelheroes.net
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Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2013). Heroic leadership: An influence taxonomy of 100 exceptional individuals. New York: Routledge.
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- Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2011). Heroes: What they do and why we need them. New York: Oxford University Press.
Allison, S. T., Goethals, G. R., & Kramer, R. M. (Eds.) (2017). Handbook of heroism and heroic leadership. New York: Routledge.
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Allison, S. T., Kocher, C., & Goethals, G. R. (Eds.) (2016). Frontiers in spiritual leadership: Discovering the better angels of our nature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
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Allison, S. T., & Smith, G. (2015). Reel heroes & villains. Richmond: Agile Writer Press.
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Goethals, G. R., Allison, S. T., Kramer, R., & Messick, D. (Eds.) (2014). Conceptions of leadership: Enduring ideas and emerging insights. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
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Smith, G., & Allison, S. T. (2014). Reel heroes: Volume 1: A psychological analysis of heroes in the movies. Agile Writer Press.
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- Worthington, E. & Allison, S. T. (2017). Heroic humility. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
- Allison, S. T. (2015). The initiation of heroism science. International Advances in Heroism Science, 1, 1-8.
- Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2016). Hero worship: The elevation of the human spirit. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.
- Eylon, D., & Allison, S. T. (2005). The frozen in time effect in evaluations of the dead. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1708-1717. doi: 10.1177/0146167205277806
- Goethals, G. R., & Allison, S. T. (2012). Making heroes: The construction of courage, competence and virtue. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 183-235. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-394281-4.00004-0
- 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. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2008.00403.x
- Allison, S. T., & Cecilione, J. L. (2016). Paradoxical truths in heroic leadership: Implications for leadership development and effectiveness. In R. Bolden, M. Witzel, & N. Linacre (Eds.), Leadership paradoxes. London: Routledge.
- Allison, S. T., & Goethals, G. R. (2014). “Now he belongs to the ages”: The heroic leadership dynamic and deep narratives of greatness. In Goethals, G. R., Allison, S. T., Kramer, R., & Messick, D. (Eds.), Conceptions of leadership: Enduring ideas and emerging insights. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Allison, S. T., & Setterberg, G. C. (2016). Suffering and sacrifice: Individual and collective benefits, and implications for leadership. In Allison, S. T., Kocher, C. T., & Goethals, G. R. (Eds), Frontiers in spiritual leadership: Discovering the better angels of our nature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Group Dynamics
Heroes and Villains
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- Research Methods and Statistical Analyses
- Social Psychology
Scott T. Allison
Department of Psychology
University of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia 23173
- Phone: (804) 289-8127
- Fax: (804) 287-1905