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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Lebenswissen­schaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Psychologie

Prof. Dr. Denis Gerstorf

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Name
Prof. Dr. Denis Gerstorf
Status
Prof.
E-Mail
denis.gerstorf (at) hu-berlin.de
Homepage
http://www.psychologie.hu-berlin.de

Einrichtung (OKZ)
Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Psychologie → Entwicklungs- und Pädagogische Psychologie
Sitz
Rudower Chaussee 18 , Raum 2'108
Telefon
(030) 2093-9422
Fax
(030) 2093-9351
Postanschrift
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

 

Research Interests

Denis Gerstorf is a lifespan developmental psychologist with a general research interest in better understanding differential development across adulthood and old age. Specific research foci include

 

late-life change

  • How is late-life well-being shaped by disease and impending death?
     

interrelations in behavioral change

  • What are the developmental dynamics between well-being and cognitive functioning?
     

contextual effects on development

  • How is well-being affected by characteristics of one’s partner?

 

daily life dynamics

  • How do older adults master the challenges of everyday life?

 

 

Publications

 

>Research Support

 

>Editor/Reviewer

 

>Berlin Aging Study II, Steering Committee

 

 

 

Education

2004
Dr. phil. (equivalent to Ph.D.), Free University Berlin, Germany
Thesis: Heterogeneity and differential development in old age: A systemic-wholistic approach
summa cum laude
Advisors: Dr. Paul B. Baltes; Dr. Jacqui Smith

2001
Diploma in Psychology (equivalent to MA), Free University Berlin, Germany
Thesis: Transcending the Rubicon: Psychological predictors of longevity in centenarians

 

 

Academic Positions

2011 – present
Professor, Developmental Psychology, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

2011 – present
Research Director for Lifespan Psychology, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin, Germany

2011 – present
Adjunct Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, USA

2008 – 2011
Research Affiliate, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin, Germany

2007 – 2011
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, USA

2005 – 2007
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA Preceptor: Dr. John R. Nesselroade

2004 –2005
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Center for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany Preceptors: Dr. Paul B. Baltes, Dr. Ulman Lindenberger, Dr. Jacqui Smith

2001 –2004
Fellow, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Neuropsychiatry and Psychology of Aging, funded by the German Research Foundation, the Free University Berlin, and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

2001 –2004
Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, Center for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

2002 – 2003
Graduate Co-Chair, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Neuropsychiatry and Psychology of Aging

 

 

Honors and Awards

2011
Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation Early Career Contributions Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology, Gerontological Society of America

2010
Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Research in Adult Development and Aging,
American Psychological Association, Division 20 Adult Development and Aging

2009
Visiting Research Fellow, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin, Germany

2009
Honorary Visiting Scholar, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

2008
Visiting Research Fellow, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin, Germany

2005–present
Junior Fellow of the Max Planck International Research Network on Aging MaxnetAging (permanent membership)

2005–2007
Research Fellowship awarded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; 59,136 Euro, in total)

2002
Outstanding Student Poster Award, American Psychological Association, Division 20 Adult Development and Aging