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Cort W. Rudolph, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Industrial-Organizational Program
Department of Psychology

Courses Taught

Undergraduate: General Psychology; Personnel Psychology; Tests & Measures Graduate: Work Across the Lifespan; Performance Appraisal; Personnel Selection; Meta-Analysis; Psychometric Theory; Multivariate Statistics


Ph.D., Wayne State University
M.A., Wayne State University
B.A., DePaul University

Research Interests

Dr. Rudolph’s research focuses on a variety of issues related to the aging workforce, including the application of lifespan development perspectives, wellbeing and work-longevity, and ageism.

Labs and Facilities

Sustainable Employability Across the Lifespan (S.E.A.L) Laboratory

Publications and Media Placements

Peer-Reviewed Publications (Student Co-Authors in Italics):

Rudolph, C.W. & Zacher, H. (2018, In Press Accepted Manuscript). The kids are alright: Taking stock of generational differences at work. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist.


Rudolph, C.W., Rauvola, R.S., & Zacher, H. (2017, In Press Accepted Manuscript). Leadership and generations at work: a critical review. Leadership Quarterly.


Bohlmann, C., Rudolph, C.W., & Zacher, H, (2017, In Press Accepted Manuscript). methodological recommendations to move research on work and aging forward. Work, Aging and Retirement.


Rudolph, C.W., Lavigne, K.N., Katz, I.M., & Zacher, H. (2017, In Press Accepted Manuscript). Linking dimensions of career adaptability to adaptation results: a meta-analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior.


Toomey E.C. & Rudolph, C.W. (2017, In Press Accepted Manuscript). Age-conditional effects in the affective arousal, empathy, and emotional labor linkage: Within-person evidence from an experience sampling study. Work, Aging and Retirement.


Rudolph. C.W., Katz, I.M., Lavigne, K.N., & Zacher, H. (2017, In Press Accepted Manuscript). Job crafting: A meta-analysis of relationships with individual differences, job characteristics, and work outcomes. Journal of Vocational Behavior.


Zacher, H & Rudolph, C.W. (2017). Change in job satisfaction negatively predicts change in retirement intentions. Work, Aging and Retirement, 3, 284-297.


Müller, A., Weigl, M., Heiden, B., Rudolph, C.W., & Angerer, P. (2017). The age-related effect of job autonomy on depressive symptoms through selective optimization with compensation: A two-wave panel study. Work, Aging and Retirement, 3, 379-392.


Rudolph, C.W., Lavigne, K.N., & Zacher, H. (2017). Career adaptability: A meta-analysis of relationships with measures of adaptivity, adapting responses, and adaptation results. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 98, 17-34.


Harari, M.B. & Rudolph, C.W. (2017). The effect of rater accountability on performance ratings: A meta-analytic review. Human Resources Management Review, 27, 121-133.


Smith, Z.R., Becker, S.P., Garner, A.A., Rudolph, C.W., Molitor, S.J. Oddo, L. E., & Langberg, J.M. (2016, In Press Accepted Manuscript). Evaluating the structure of sluggish cognitive tempo using confirmatory factor analytic and bi-factor modeling with parent- and self-report. Assessment.


Rudolph, C.W. & Zacher, H. (2017). Considering generations from a lifespan developmental perspective. Work, Aging and Retirement, 3, 113-129.


Rudolph, C.W., Clark, M.A., Jundt, D.K., & Baltes, B.B. (2016). Differential reactivity and the within-person job stressor – satisfaction relationship.Stress & Health, 32, 449-462.

Rudolph, C.W. & Baltes, B.B. (2017). Age and health jointly moderate the influence of flexible work arrangements on work engagement: Evidence from two empirical studies. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 22. 40-58.


Bleckman, A.M., Guarino, S.N., Russell, W., Toomey, E.C., Werth, P.M., Whitaker, V.L., Rudolph, C.W. (2016). The future of performance ratings: Collected thoughts from six emerging scholars. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Research and Practice, 9(2), 334 - 337.


Rudolph, C.W. (2016). Lifespan developmental perspectives on working: a literature review of motivational theories Work, Aging and Retirement,2(2), 130-158.


Rudolph, C.W. (2015). A note of the folly of cross-sectional operationalizations of generations. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Research and Practice, 8(03), 362-366.


Rudolph, C.W., Harari, M.B., & Nieminen, L.R.G. (2015). The effect of performance trend on performance ratings occurs through observer attributions, but depends on performance variability. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45, 541-560


Clark, M. A., Rudolph, C.W., Zhdanova, L., Michel, J. S., & Baltes, B. B. (2015, In Press). Organizational support factors and work-family outcomes: Exploring gender differences. Journal of Family Issues.


Harari, M.B., Rudolph, C.W., & Laginess, A.J. (2014). Does rater personality matter? A meta-analysis of rater big five – performance rating relationships.  Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 88(2), 387-414.


Lucas, T., Rudolph, C.W., Zhdanova, L., Barkho, E., Weidener, N. (2014). Distributive justice for others, collective angst, and support for the exclusion of immigrants. Political Psychology, 35(6), 775-793.


Lucas, T., Barkho, E., Rudolph, C.W., Zhdanova, L., Fakhouri, M., & Thompson, L. (2014). Political affiliation, collective self-esteem and perceived employability of immigrants: Inducing national identity polarizes host-nation employers. International Journal of Intercultural Relations39, 136-151.


Rudolph, C.W., Michel, J.S., Harari, M.B., & Stout, T.J. (2014). Perceived social support and work-family conflict: A comparison of Hispanic immigrants and non-immigrants. Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, 21, 206-325.


Rudolph, C.W. & Baltes, B.B. (2013). Mitigating the impact of stereotypes is more practical than holding people accountable for them. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Research and Practice, 6, 423-429.


Nieminen, L.R.G., Rudolph, C.W., Baltes, B.B., Casper, C., Wynne, K.T., Kirby, L.C. (2013). The combined effects of contextual information and ratee bodyweight on performance judgments. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, 527-543.


Rudolph, C.W., Baltes, B.B., Zhdanova, L.S., Clark, M.A., Bal, A.C. (2012). Testing the Structured Free Recall Intervention for reducing the impact of bodyweight-based stereotypes on performance ratings in immediate and delayed contexts.  Journal of Business and Psychology, 27(2), 205-222.


Bal, A.B., Reiss, A.E.B., Rudolph, C.W., & Baltes, B.B. (2011). Examining positive and negative perceptions of older workers: A meta-analysis. The Journal of Gerontology: Series B - Psychological Sciences. 66(6), 687-698.


Baltes, B.B. & Rudolph, C.W. (2010). Examining the effect of negative Turkish stereotypes on evaluative workplace outcomes in Germany. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 25, 148-158.


Rudolph, C.W., Wells, C. L., Weller, M.D., & Baltes, B.B. (2009).  A meta-analysis of empirical studies of weight-based bias in the workplace. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 74, 1-10.


Rudolph, C.W. & Baltes, B.B. (2008).  Main effects do not discrimination make. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Research and Practice, 1, 415-416.


Media Placements:

Career Adaptability Makes You Progress:


Science Reveals the Benefits of an Aging Workforce:


Ageism: Alive and Kicking:


Is Your Weight Affecting Your Career?: