Davenport, Meg

B.A., Psychology, Rice University
M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Rice University
Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Rice University (expected December 2023)
Research Interests: 
Workplace aging, motivation, workplace learning, training, job search, lifespan development
Meghan's research focuses on workplace aging- specifically, how lifespan development influences motivation at work. One of her research streams focuses broadly on aging at work, asking the question: How do people change across the lifespan, and how do those changes impact them at work? Another research stream focuses more specifically on the intersection of aging with workplace learning and job search. Meghan is interested in how people stay motivated through the often effortful, stressful, and potentially identity-threatening processes of learning and job searching. Meghan's work has been published in outlets such as Personnel Psychology and Work, Aging, and Retirement.
Favorite Articles: 
Beier, M. E., Torres, W. J., Fisher, G. G., & Wallace, L. E. (2020). Age and job fit: The relationship between demands–ability fit and retirement and health. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 25(4), 227–243.
Carstensen, L. L., & Fredrickson, B. L. (1998). Influence of HIV status and age on cognitive representations of others. Health Psychology, 17(6), 494–503.
Kanfer, R., & Ackerman, P. L. (2004). Aging, adult development, and work motivation. The Academy of Management Review, 29(3), 440–458.
Kraiger, K., & Ford, J. K. (2021). The science of workplace instruction: Learning and development applied to work. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 8, 45-72.
Wanberg, C. R., Kanfer, R., Hamann, D. J., & Zhang, Z. (2016). Age and reemployment success after job loss: An integrative model and meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 142(4), 400–426.