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Research Interests

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.

Creative/Performing Interests

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

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles

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Research Output 1992 2019

Interpersonal Stress Severity Longitudinally Predicts Adolescent Girls’ Depressive Symptoms: the Moderating Role of Subjective and HPA Axis Stress Responses

Owens, S. A., Helms, S. W., Rudolph, K. D., Hastings, P. D., Nock, M. K. & Prinstein, M. J., May 15 2019, In : Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 47, 5, p. 895-905 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Physiological Stress
Self Report

Preliminary Associations among Relational Victimization, Targeted Rejection, and Suicidality in Adolescents: A Prospective Study

Massing-Schaffer, M., Helms, S. W., Rudolph, K. D., Slavich, G. M., Hastings, P. D., Giletta, M., Nock, M. K. & Prinstein, M. J., Mar 4 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 48, 2, p. 288-295 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Crime Victims
Prospective Studies

Protecting Youth Against the Adverse Effects of Peer Victimization: Why Do Parents Matter?

Rudolph, K. D., Monti, J. D., Modi, H., Sze, W. Y. & Troop-Gordon, W., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

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Crime Victims
Parent-Child Relations
Peer Group

The Contribution of Childhood Negative Emotionality and Cognitive Control to Anxiety-Linked Neural Dysregulation of Emotion in Adolescence

Davis, M. M., Miernicki, M. E., Telzer, E. H. & Rudolph, K. D., Mar 15 2019, In : Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 47, 3, p. 515-527 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Prefrontal Cortex

An exploratory analysis of the joint contribution of HPA axis activation and motivation to early adolescent depressive symptoms

Rudolph, K. D., Troop-Gordon, W., Modi, H. H. & Granger, D. A., Apr 2018, In : Developmental psychobiology. 60, 3, p. 303-316 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Self Report