Vocational interest and value development in adolescence and adulthood
Applied psychological measurement (interest, values, personality traits, ability)
Person-Environment fit theory and assessment

Key Professional Appointments

Professor Department of Educational Psychology and Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996 - present

Guest Professor School for Management and Human Resource Development, Shenyang Normal University, China, 2004 - 2008


Ph.D., Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1981

B.A., Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1971

Awards, Honors, Associations

Distinguished College Senior Scholar University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998 - 1998

John L. Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Careet and Personality Research, American Psychological Association, 1997 - 1997

Fellow Association of Psychological Science, 2011 - 2011

Fellow, Association for Psychological Sciences Association for Psychological Science, 2011 - present

Outstanding Research Award in Counseling Division E, American Educational Research Association, 1997 - 1997

Research & Service

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 traits, 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.


Rounds, J., & Su, R. (2014). The nature and power of interests. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23 (2), 98-103.  link >

Su, R., Tay, L., Liao, H., Zhang, Q., & Rounds, J. Toward a dimensional model of vocational interests. Journal of Applied Psychology. doi: 10.1037/apl0000373 Journal of Applied Psychology.

Su, R., Murdock, C., & Rounds, J. (2015). Person-Environment fit. APA Handbook of Career Interventions ( pp. 81-98). Washington: DC: American Psychological Association.

Einarsdóttir, S., Eyjólfsdóttir, K., Rounds, J., J., ., & Rounds, J. (2013). Development of indigenous Basic Interest Scales: Re-structuring the Icelandic interest space. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 82 105-115.

Nye, C., Su, R., Rounds, J., & Drasgow, F. (2012). Vocational interests and performance: A quantitative summary of 60 years of research Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7 384-403.  link >

Armstrong, P., Su, R., & Rounds, J. (2011). Vocational interests: The road less traveled. Handbook of Individual Differences ( pp. 608-631). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Tay, L., Su, R., & Rounds, J. (2011). People-Things and Data-Ideas: Bipolar dimensions? Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58 424-440.  link >

Rounds, J., Su, R., Lewis, P., & Rivkin, D. (2010). O*NET Interest Profiler short form psychometric characteristics: Summary Raleigh, NC: National Center for O*NET Development.  link >

Su, R., Rounds, J., & Armstrong, P. (2009). Men and things, women and people: A meta-analysis of gender and interests. Psychological Bulletin, 135 859-884.  link >

Low, K., Yoon, M., Roberts, B., & Rounds, J. (2005). The stability of interests from early adolescence to middle adulthood: A quantitative review of longitudinal studies. Psychological Bulletin, 131 713-737.  link >


Finding the big factors in interest: A factor analytic model of basic interests (2012).: Orlando, FL.

Vocational interest assessment: Taking an emic approach (2011). National Taiwan Normal University: Taipei, Taiwan.

Development of Indigenous Basic Interest Scales: Re-structuring the Icelandic Interest Space (2011). University of Padova: Italy.

Career counseling and career courses: Process, impact, and outcomes (2011).: Washington, D.C.

Development of a RIASEC-based occupational classification (2011).: Washington, D.C.

Development of ecologically valid indigenous Basic Interests Scales (2011).: Washington, D.C.

Icelandic vocational interests: Evidence for indigenous Basic Interest Scale development (2011).: Washington, D.C.


Principal Investigator Everyday Racism, Campus Research Board, 1999 - 0


Member of Editorial Board Journal of Counseling Psychology American Psychological Association, 2003 - 2005


personality, intellectual, interest, value assessment, work psychology


Career Theory and Practice (EPSY 220) Various behavioral science theories will be covered (e.g., person-environment interaction, decision-making, group dynamics, stereotype threat, personality traits). Discussions of research findings to applied career practices will also be included. Students will develop a working-knowledge of these theories through interactive lectures, guided class discussions, case-based readings, and group activities that require them to think critically and flexibly about theory in order to generate solutions for real-world problems. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. On request, students will be required to participate in a total of 6 hours of experiments outside of class. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for: Social & Beh Sci - Beh Sci.

Voc Psych Theories and Assess (EPSY 511) Study of vocational psychology theories, assessment, decision-making, and the job search process; includes an historical overview of the development field. The course links theory with practice, as students engage in the interpretation of vocational assessments, examine relevant ethical standards, and discuss their application. 2 hours credit is for work on either the vocational theories or vocational assessment parts of the course (this must be negotiated). For 4 hours credit, a student must do both aspects.

Internship (EPSY 590) Seminar in educational psychology; topics relate to the areas of specialization represented by the various divisions within the department. 0 to 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours in the same or separate semesters, if topics vary.

Rounds, James

Professor (Counseling Psychology Division Chair, Director of Training), Educational Psychology



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