Karen D. Rudolph

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Program Area: Developmental

Professor of Psychology

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  • developmental psychopathology; depression; stress and emotion; adolescent development; family and peer relationships

Research Description

The overall goal of Dr. Rudolph’s research is to identify risk and protective processes that amplify or attenuate vulnerability to psychopathology across development, with a focus on adolescence as a stage of particular sensitivity. Her research uses a multi-level, multi-method approach that considers how personal attributes of youth (e.g., gender, temperament, emotion regulation, social motivation, coping, neuroendocrine profiles, neural processing), development (e.g., pubertal timing, social transitions), and contexts (e.g., early adversity, stressors, family and peer relationships) intersect to contribute to the development of psychopathology, particularly depression and suicide. This research aims to understand both the origins and consequences of individual differences in risk. A variety of methodological approaches are used, including longitudinal survey-based research, interviews, behavior observations, experimental tasks, hormone assessments, and fMRI. Recent work also involves the development of a prevention program for adolescent depression.


  • Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles


  • Child Development
  • Developmental Psychopathology



  • Lewis, M., and Rudolph K. D. Handbook of developmental psychopathology (3rd edition). New York: Plenum, 2014.

Book Contributions

  • Rudolph, K. D., Lansford J. E., and Rodkin P. C. "Interpersonal theories of psychpathology." Developmental psychopathology (3rd edition). London: Wiley, 2016. 243-311.

Journal Articles

  • Cohen, J. R., Andrews A. M., Davis M. M., and Rudolph K. D. "Anxiety and depression during childhood and adolescence: Testing theoretical models of continuity and discontinuity." Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 46 (2018): 1295-1308.
  • Davis, M. M., Miernicki M. E., Telzer E. H., and Rudolph K. D. "The contribution of childhood negative emotionality and cognitive control to anxiety-linked neural dysregulation of emotion in adolescence." Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology (2018):
  • Rudolph, K. D., Davis M. M., Modi H. H., Fowler C., Kim Y., and Telzer E. H. "Differential susceptibility to parenting in adolescent girls: Moderation by neural sensitivity to social cues." Journal of Research on Adolescence (2018):
  • Rudolph, K. D., Troop-Gordon W., Modi H. H., and Granger D. A. "An exploratory analysis of the joint contribution of HPA axis regulation and motivation to adolescent depressive symptoms." Developmental Psychobiology 60 (2018): 303-316.
  • Fowler, C. H., Miernicki M. E., Rudolph K. D., and Telzer E. E. "Disrupted amygdala-prefrontal connectivity during emotion regulation links stress-reactive rumination and adolescent depressive symptoms." Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 27 (2017): 99-106.
  • Monti, J. D., and Rudolph K. D. "Maternal depression and trajectories of adolescent depression: The role of stress responses in youth risk and resilience." Development and Psychopathology 29 (2017): 1413-1429.
  • Rudolph, K. D., Davis M. M., and Monti J. D. "Cognition-emotion interaction as a predictor of adolescent depressive symptoms." Developmental Psychology Developmental Psychology 53 (2017): 2377-2383.
  • Rudolph, K. D., Miernicki M. E., Troop-Gordon W., Davis M. M., and Telzer E. H. "Adding insult to injury: Neural sensitivity to social exclusion predicts internalizing symptoms in chronically peer-victimized girls." Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 11 (2016): 829-842.
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Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.