Rong Su

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Program Area: I/O Psychology

Post-doctoral Research Associate of Psychology

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Rong Su is a Post-doctoral Research Associate of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research examines (1) the link between individual differences (vocational interests and personality in particular), person-environment fit, and career success, especially for the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), (2) gendered career paths and underlying psychological mechanisms, and (3) well-being (broadly defined) and health. Su’s research employs a variety of analytical approaches, such as structural equation modeling, multi-level modeling, longitudinal data analysis, meta-analysis, and psychometrics.

Su is currently working as a Post-doctoral Research Associate with Dr. Ed Diener, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology from the University of Illinois and Senior Scientist at the Gallup Organization. Her work with Dr. Diener, fundecd by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, involves the development and validation of broad-range well-being measures for the purpose of predicting physical health and health behaviors.

Su received her PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her LLB at Peking University Law School.

Research Description

Human Resource Management: Person-environment fit, Individual differences (interests, personality), Recruiting and selection, Turnover

Gender and Diversity in Organizations: Gender and career outcomes, Work-family interactions, Racial differences, Adverse impact

Careers: Academic and job performance, Career success, Attainment and persistence in STEM and managerial careers

Well-being and Health: Attitudes and emotions, Subjective well-being and health

Research Methods: Structural equation modeling, Multi-level modeling, Longitudinal data analysis, Mata-analysis, Psychometric, Data visualization


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
  • LL.B., School of Law, Peking University, 2007


  • PSYC245 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC333 Social Psychology Research Methods
  • PSYC201 Introduction to Social Psychology
  • PSYC235 Introduction to Statistics

Recent Publications

Su, R., Rounds, J., & Armstrong, P. I. (2009). Men and things, women and people: A meta-analysis of sex differences in interests. Psychological Bulletin, 135, 859-884.

Einarsdóttir, S., Rounds, J., & Su, R. (2010). Holland in Iceland revisited: Emic approach to evaluating US vocational interest models. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 57, 361-367.

Rounds, J., Su, R., Lewis, P., & Rivkin, D. (2010). O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form Psychometric Characteristics: Summary and Supporting Evidence. U.S. Department of Labor National O*NET Resource Center,

Tay, L., Su, R., & Rounds, J. (2011). People-Things and Data-Ideas: Bipolar dimensions? Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58, 424-440.

Armstrong, P. I., Su, R., & Rounds, J. (2011). Vocational interests: The road less traveled. In T. Chamorro-Premuzic, S. von Stumm, & Furnham, A. (Eds.), Handbook of Individual Differences (pp. 608-631). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Nye, C., Su, R., Rounds, J., & Drasgow, F. (2012). Vocational interests and performance: A quantitative summary of over 60 years of research. Perspectives in Psychological Science, 7, 384-403.

Rounds, J., Su, R., Lewis, P., & Rivkin, D. (2012). Occupational Value Profiles for New and Emerging Occupations in the O*NET System: Summary. U.S. Department of Labor National O*NET Resource Center,

Zell, E., Su. R., & Albarracin, D. (2012). Cultural differences in attitudes toward action and inaction: The Role of Dialecticism. Social Psychological and Personality Science. Published online before print. doi:10.1177/1948550612468774

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