Ruth Kanfer

Ruth Kanfer

Ruth Kanfer

Professor of Psychology

JS Coon 226


Ph.D. (1981) Psychology Arizona State University

Research Interests

My research examines the role of motivation and self-regulation in work and achievement settings.  Past projects include work on how goals affect resource allocation during learning and performance and the role of self-regulation in job search and reemployment following job loss. Recent projects focus on three topics: motivational dynamics over time, the influence of adult development and change on motivation and self-regulation, and motivation in and of teams.  As co-director of the GT PARK Lab, we conduct longitudinal and large-scale laboratory and field projects that examine personality, intellectual, and affective determinants of learning and performance to address use-inspired issues in personnel selection, training, work performance,and worker well-being. 

Selected Publications

  • Beier, M. E., LoPilato, A. C., & Kanfer, R. (2018).  Successful motivational aging at work:  Antecedents and retirement-related outcomes. Work, Aging, and Retirement.  doi:10.1093/workar/wax034
  • Kooij, D. T. A. M., Kanfer, R., Betts, M., & Rudolph, C. (2018, In Press).  Future time perspective: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • Heckhausen, J., Shane, J., & Kanfer, R. (2017).  Competence and motivation at work throughout adulthood:  Making the most of changing capacities and opportunities.  In A. Elliot, C. S. Dweck, & D. Yeager (Eds.), Handbook of Competence and Motivation: Theory and Application (2nd Edition; pp. 449-470).  NY: Guilford Press.
  • Wanberg, C. R., Kanfer, R., Hamann, D. J., & Zhang, Z. (2015).  Age and reemployment success after job loss:  An integrative model and meta-analysis.  Psychological Bulletin
  • Kanfer, R. (2015).  Employment Transitions in Late Adulthood.  In L. Finkelstein, D. Truxillo, F. Fraccaroli, & R. Kanfer (Eds.), (2015).  Facing the Challenges of a Multi-Age Workforce. A Use-Inspired Approach. NY:  Psychology Press.
  • Kooij, D., Bal, P. M., & Kanfer, R. (2014).  Future time perspective and promotion focus as determinants of intra-individual change in work motivation. Psychology and Aging29, 319-328.