James Rounds


Research Description

Vocational interests and how they change over the life span. Research examines the structure of interests, how that structure develops and changes over the life course, and the reciprocal influences among personality, interests, and abilities with a focus on constructing models. Also, career development in adulthood, assessment of personality traits and work values, and occasionally, a venture into health psychology.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Educational Psychology
Professor, Kinesiology and Community Health

Recent Publications

Su, R., Tay, L., Liao, H. Y., Zhang, Q., & Rounds, J. (2019). Toward a dimensional model of vocational interests. Journal of Applied Psychology, 104(5), 690-714. https://doi.org/10.1037/apl0000373

Phan, W. M. J., Amrhein, R., Rounds, J., & Lewis, P. (2019). Contextualizing Interest Scales With Emojis: Implications for Measurement and Validity. Journal of Career Assessment, 27(1), 114-133. https://doi.org/10.1177/1069072717748647

Hoff, K. A., Song, Q. C., Einarsdóttir, S., Briley, D. A., & Rounds, J. (Accepted/In press). Developmental Structure of Personality and Interests: A Four-Wave, 8-Year Longitudinal Study. Journal of personality and social psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000228

Nye, C. D., Perlus, J. G., & Rounds, J. (2018). Do ornithologists flock together? Examining the homogeneity of interests in occupations. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 107, 195-208. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2018.04.004

Phan, W. M. J., & Rounds, J. (2018). Examining the duality of Holland's RIASEC types: Implications for measurement and congruence. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 106, 22-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2017.11.011

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