Karen D Rudolph


Research Interests

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

Additional Campus Affiliations

Institute Affiliate, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Recent Publications

Massing-Schaffer, M., Helms, S. W., Rudolph, K. D., Slavich, G. M., Hastings, P. D., Giletta, M., ... Prinstein, M. J. (2019). Preliminary Associations among Relational Victimization, Targeted Rejection, and Suicidality in Adolescents: A Prospective Study. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 48(2), 288-295. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2018.1469093

Eisenlohr-Moul, T. A., Miller, A. B., Giletta, M., Hastings, P. D., Rudolph, K. D., Nock, M. K., & Prinstein, M. J. (2018). HPA axis response and psychosocial stress as interactive predictors of suicidal ideation and behavior in adolescent females: a multilevel diathesis-stress framework. Neuropsychopharmacology, 43(13), 2564-2571. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-018-0206-6

Miller, A. B., Linthicum, K. P., Helms, S. W., Giletta, M., Rudolph, K. D., Hastings, P. D., ... Prinstein, M. J. (2018). Reciprocal Associations Between Adolescent Girls’ Chronic Interpersonal Stress and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: A Multi-wave Prospective Investigation. Journal of Adolescent Health, 63(6), 694-700. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.06.033

Nelemans, S. A., Hale, W. W., Branje, S. J. T., Meeus, W. H. J., & Rudolph, K. D. (2018). Individual differences in anxiety trajectories from Grades 2 to 8: Impact of the middle school transition. Development and Psychopathology, 30(4), 1487-1501. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579417001584

Cohen, J. R., Andrews, A. R., Davis, M. M., & Rudolph, K. D. (2018). Anxiety and Depression During Childhood and Adolescence: Testing Theoretical Models of Continuity and Discontinuity. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 46(6), 1295-1308. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-017-0370-x

View all publications on Illinois Experts