David Van Rooy, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Walmart


DAVID L. VAN ROOY, Ph.D., is Senior Director, Global Leader Development at Walmart. He previously held roles there in International Human Resources, and before that was responsible for the world’s largest performance management and employee engagement programs, covering approximately 2.2 million employees globally. He is passionate about helping others grow their careers and for more than a decade has been responsible for the development of leading talent management programs for some of the world’s most recognized companies, including Burger King Corporation and Marriott International.

David received his doctoral degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. His recent book is Trajectory: 7 Career Strategies to Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be and was published by the American Management Association. He has published over 20 peer reviewed scientific business articles and book chapters. This has been complemented by over 30 presentations at international conferences.

He has published extensively on emotional intelligence where, along with Chockalingam Viswesvaran, David completed the first meta-analytic reviews on the predictive and construct validity of emotional intelligence. His research on EI has focused largely on the measurement and applied organizational utility of the construct, including group differences, applicant reactions, and the evaluation of different assessment approaches.

In addition to emotional intelligence, he is an expert in the areas of performance management, employee engagement, leadership development, and employee assessment and selection. His work has been covered by leading national and international outlets including USA Today, Forbes, Fox News, BBC, Business Insider, Yahoo!, and the World Economic Forum. He also has a regular blog on Inc.com.

For more, visit www.liveyourtrajectory.com or go to: www.linkedin.com/in/dlvanrooy, @dlvanrooy, or www.facebook.com/liveyourtrajectory


Whitman, D.S., Kraus, E., & Van Rooy, D.L. (2014). Emotional Intelligence Among Black and White Job Applicants: Examining Differences in Test Performance and Test Reactions. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 2, 199-210.

Van Rooy, D. L., Whitman, D. S., Hart, D, & Caleo, S. (2011). Measuring employee engagement during an economic downturn: Necessity or nuisance? Journal of Business and Psychology, 26, 147-152.

Van Rooy, D. L., Whitman, D.S., & Viswesvaran, C. (2010). Emotional intelligence: Additional questions still unanswered. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 3, 149-153.

Whitman, D.S., Van Rooy, D.L., & Viswesvaran, C. (2010). Satisfaction, citizenship behaviors, and performance in work units: A meta-analysis of collective construct relations. Personnel Psychology, 63, 41-81.

Whitman, D.S., Van Rooy, D.L., Viswesvaran, C., & Kraus, E. (2009). Testing the structure and measurement equivalence of the Wong and Law Emotional Intelligence Scale across gender and ethnicity. Educational & Psychological Measurement, 69, 1059-1074.

Whitman, D. S., Van Rooy, D. L., Viswesvaran, C., & Alonso, A. (2008). The susceptibility of a mixed model measure of emotional intelligence to faking: A Solomon 4-group design. Psychology Science Quarterly, 50 (1), 44-63.

Van Rooy, D. L., (2006). Effect of automobile commute characteristics on affect and job candidate evaluations: A field experiment. Environment & Behavior, 38, 626-655.

Kacmar, M. K., Andrews, M. C., Van Rooy, D. L., Steilberg, R. C., & Cerrone, S. (2006). Sure everyone can be replaced…but at what cost? Turnover as a predictor of unit-level performance. Academy of Management Journal, 49, 133-144.

Van Rooy, D. L., Rotton, J, & Burns, T. M. (2006). Convergent, discriminant, and predictive validity of aggressive driving inventories: They drive as they live. Aggressive Behavior, 32, 89-98.

Van Rooy, D. L., Alonso, A., & Viswesvaran, C. (2005). Group differences in emotional intelligence test scores: Theoretical and practical implications. Personality and Individual Differences, 38, 689-700.

Van Rooy, D. L., Viswesvaran, C., & Pluta, P. (2005). A meta-analytic evaluation of construct validity: What is this thing called emotional intelligence? Human Performance, 18, 445-462.

Van Rooy, D. L., & Viswesvaran, C. (2004). Emotional intelligence: A meta-analytic investigation of predictive validity and nomological net. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 65, 71-95.

Van Rooy, D. L., Alonso, A., & Fairchild, Z. (2003). In with the new, out with the old: Has the technological revolution eliminated the traditional job search process? International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 11, 170-174.

Book Chapters

Malamut, A., & Van Rooy, D. L. (2012). Development of a Technology-Enabled Selection System for Low-Literacy Applicants. SIOP Professional Practice Series, Technology-Enhanced Assessment of Talent.

Van Rooy, D. L., & Viswesvaran, C. (2007). Assessing emotional intelligence in adults: A Review of existing instruments and their application to increase human performance.  In R. Bar-On, J. G. Maree, & M. J. Elias (Eds.).  Educating People to be Emotionally Intelligent: Scientific Guidelines for Enhancing Human Performance. Heinemann Publishers, Portsmouth, NH.

Dilchert, S., Ones, D. S., Van Rooy, D. L., & Viswesvaran, C., (2006). Big Five Factors of Personality. In J. H. Greenhaus & G. A. Callahan (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Career Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Van Rooy, D. L., Dilchert, S., Viswesvaran, C., & Ones, D. S. (2006). Multiplying intelligences:  Are general, emotional, and practical intelligence equal?  In K. R. Murphy (Ed.). The Case Against Emotional Intelligence:  What are the Problems and How Can They be Fixed? Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Van Rooy, D. L., Ones, D. S., Dilchert, S., & Viswesvaran, C. (2006). Emotional intelligence. In J. Greenhaus & G. Callahan (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Career Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Rotton, J., Gregory, P. J., & Van Rooy, D. L. (2005). Behind the wheel: Construct validity of aggressive driving scales. In D. A. Hennessy & D. L. Wiesenthal (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in Road User Behavior and Traffic Safety (pp. 35-44). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Van Rooy, D. L., Rotton, J., & Gregory, P. J. (2005). On the Road: Situational Determinants of Aggressive Driving. In D. A. Hennessy & D. L. Wiesenthal (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in Road User Behavior and Traffic Safety (pp. 59-67). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Dilchert, S., Ones, D. S., Van Rooy, D. L., & Viswesvaran, C. (2005). Emotional intelligence: New! Useful? In F. Avallone, H. Kepir Sinangil & A. Caetano (Eds.), Convivence in organizations and society (pp. 161-170). Milan: Guerini Studio.




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