Cort W. Rudolph Ph.D.

I am an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI (USA).

I specialize in conducting quantitative research, especially focusing on longitudinal methodologies and meta-analysis. Through my work, I strive for the promotion of open science practices.

My research focuses broadly on topics ranging from aging workers and lifespan development, to occupational health, employee wellbeing, environmental sustainability, and leadership.

Recent Publications

  • Zacher, H. & Rudolph, C.W. (2023). Subjective wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic: A three-Year, 35-Wave longitudinal study. Journal of Positive Psychology. Open Access

  • Zacher, H. & Rudolph, C.W. (2023). Environmental knowledge is inversely associated with climate change anxiety. Climatic Change. Open Access

  • Rudolph, C.W., & Zacher, H. (2023). Individual differences and changes in personality during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social and Personality Psychology Compass. Open Access

  • Kühner, C., Rudolph, C.W., Derks, D., & Zacher, H. (2023). Technology-assisted supplemental work: A meta-analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior. Open Access

  • Zacher, H. & Rudolph, C.W. (2023). The construction of the “older worker.” Merits. Open Access

  • Rauvola, R.S. & Rudolph, C.W. (2023). Worker aging, control, and well-being: A specification curve analysis. Acta Psychologica. Open Access


I am a Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Wayne State University. I earned a B.A. from DePaul University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Wayne State University. Before returning to Wayne State as a faculty member, I held academic appointments at Florida International University and Saint Louis University.

My research interests are broad and cover a range of topics, however a central theme of my work is understanding issues related to the aging of the workforce through the lens of lifespan development theories. I also have interests in topics related to occupational health and employee wellbeing, environmental sustainability, careers and career development, proactivity, individual differences, and leadership. I have published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, 30 book chapters, and co-edited three books.

I am a consulting editor for Work, Aging and Retirement and an associate editor for Group and Organization Management.

I also serve on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Managerial Psychology, the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, the Journal of Vocational Behavior, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Leadership Quarterly, and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology

In 2022 I was elected a fellow of APA Division 14, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).