Ruth Kanfer

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. 

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position: 
Professor of Psychology
email: 
ruth.kanfer@psych.gatech.edu
phone: 
404-894-5674
office: 
JS Coon 226
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http://kanfer-ackerman.gatech.edu/people
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GT PARK Lab
Lab URL: 
http://kanfer-ackerman.gatech.edu/
Education: 

Ph.D. (1981) Psychology Arizona State University

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Selected Publications: 
  • 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 Bulletinhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1037/bul0000019.
  • 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.
  • Kanfer, R., Beier, M., & Ackerman, P. L. (2013).  Goals and motivation related to work in later adulthood:  An organizing framework.  European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 22, 253-264. DOI: 10.1080/1359432X.2012.734298.
  • Chen, G., & Kanfer, R. (2006).  Toward a systems theory of motivated behavior in work teams. Research in Organizational Behavior27, 223-267. 
last name: 
Kanfer
first name: 
Ruth
fax: 
404-894-8905