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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
Funktion / Sachgebiet
Leiter(in)
Sitz
Rudower Chaussee 18 , Raum 2'108
Telefon
(030) 2093-9422
Fax
(030) 2093-9351
Postanschrift
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

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

 

Office hours: Tuesday, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

 

 

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 and Professional Activities

 

2014 - present
Department Head, Institute of Psychology, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

2014 - present
Co-Speaker, structured PhD Program “Self-Regulation Dynamics Across Adulthood and Old Age: Potentials and Limits”

2014 - present
Member, Executive Committee, Berlin Aging Study II, Germany

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

2011 - present
Faculty, International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE)

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

2005 - 2007
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 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 (DFG), 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

2014
Fellow, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Gerontological Society of America

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
Honorary Visiting Scholar, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

2008, 2009
Visiting Research Fellow, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin, Germany

2005 - 2010
Junior Fellow of the Max Planck International Research Network on Aging MaxnetAging

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

 

 

 

Co-Speaker, structured PhD Program “Self-Regulation Dynamics Across Adulthood and Old Age: Potentials and Limits”

 

Embedded in our current endeavors to establish an aging-related research area focus, the structured PhD program provides support for graduate students working on this topic. Involved are faculty from the newly-founded College of the Life Sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (particularly, the Institutes of Psychology and Biology) and external research institutions from the larger Berlin area. The program entails several no-cost mechanisms (e.g., interdisciplinary Thesis Advisory Committees and Tandem concepts). The majority of the funds will be made available through the following three mechanisms.

 

(1) Project funds (120,000 €) will directly support studies by PhD stipend holders and cover expenses incurred by their empirical projects (e.g., study material, lab equipment, participant compensation). We will fund between eight and ten projects, each in the order of 12,000 to 15,000 €. Consistent with the mission statement of the new college, fundable themes revolve around aging-related topics at multiple levels of analyses, ranging from the molecular building blocks to the conscious regulation of behavior.
 
(2) Workshops and professional development classes (24.000 €) invite international aging experts for two days, to present a college-wide colloquium and a full-day workshop. PhD students also take regular classes on professional development offered by our faculty and the Humboldt Graduate School (HGS). Events are also open to other emerging scholars within the college.
 
(3) Travel allowances (24,000 €) support travel to specialized conferences, workshops, and research stays that are typically not covered by any travel funding agency such as the DAAD. We budget between 2,000 € and 2,400 € of travel funds for the 8 to 10 graduate students.