Short CV/Education and training

  • 1983
    Abitur (A-levels) at Carl Benz Gymnasium (grammar school) of Ladenburg, Germany

  • 1985
    Vordiplom (intermediate examination) in psychology at Heidelberg University, Germany

  • 1989
    Diplom degree in psychology from Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • 1990 – 1993
    PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, research area: developmental psychology

  • 1993 – 1994
    Postdoc at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

  • 1994
    PhD from Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 1994 – 2002
    Research associate, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, research area: developmental psychology

  • 2002
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in the field of psychology

  • 2003 – 2004
    Assistant professor of human development, learning sciences and psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

  • 2004 – 2005
    Associate professor of human development and psychology (tenured), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

  • Since 2005
    Full professor, chair in applied psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Selected publications

  • Freund, A. M., Baltes, P. B.: Life-management strategies of selection, optimization, and compensation: Measurement by self-report and construct validity. In: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 82, 2002. pp. 642-662.

  • Freund, A. M., Baltes, P. B.: The adaptiveness of selection, optimization, and compensation as strategies of life management: Evidence from a preference study on proverbs. In: Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 2002. pp. 426-434.

  • Freund, A. M.: Differential motivational consequences of goal focus in younger and older adults. In: Psychology and Aging 21, 2006. pp. 240-252.

  • Freund, A. M., Nikitin, J., Ritter, J. O.: Psychological consequences of longevity: The increasing importance of self-regulation in old age. In: Human Development 52, 2009. pp. 1-37.

  • Freund, A. M., Riediger, M., Hennecke, M.: Having or doing: Age-related differences in outcome versus process orientation. In: European Journal of Developmental Psychology 7, 2010. pp. 198-222.

  • Keil, A., Freund, A. M.: Changes in the sensitivity to appetitive and aversive arousal across adulthood. In: Psychology and Aging 24, 2009. pp. 668-680.

  • Riediger, M., Freund, A. M.: Me against myself: Motivational conflicts and emotional development in adulthood. Psychology and Aging 23, 2008. pp. 479-494.

  • Ritter, J. O., Freund, A. M.: Asymmetric comparisons in choice processes. In: Social and Personality Psychology Compass 3, 2009. pp. 583-600.

  • Scheibe, S., Freund, A. M., Baltes, P. B.: Toward a developmental psychology of Sehnsucht (life longings): The optimal (utopian) life. In: Developmental Psychology 43, 2007. pp. 778-795.


Selected projects

  • Process and outcome focus? The role of age, gain and loss orientation across adulthood

  • selection, optimisation, and compensation: processes of life-management

  • the development of social motives across adulthood

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chairperson of the Heinz Heckhausen early-career researcher prize committee, German Psychological Society (DGPs), 2010

  • Spokesperson for the Developmental Psychology section of the German Psychological Society (DGPs), since 2009

  • Member of the scientific advisory board for the "Norway Longitudinal Study on Aging (NorLag)", since 2009

  • Zurich spokesperson for the International Max Planck Research School of the Life Course (LIFE), since 2008

  • Member of the advisory board for the "Functions of consciousness" research group, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW), 2006 – 2009

  • Member of the interdisciplinary working group, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, 2006 – 2009

  • Biäsch Foundation for the promotion of applied psychology (member of the foundation council), since 2005

  • Postgraduate study course: professional and career advising (NABB; member of the directorate), since 2005

  • Elected founding member of the Junge Akademie (academy of young scientists) within the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, 2000 – 2005

  • "Human project: On the place of humanity within nature" (Directors: Detlev Ganten, Volker Gerhard, Julian Nida-Rümelin)

  • Member of conference programme committees (German Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics (DGGG), Munich, Germany, 1999; Swiss Psychological Society, Zurich, Switzerland, 2007; Society for the Study of Motivation, Chicago, USA, 2008; International Association of Positive Psychology, Philadelphia, USA, 2009)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Experience with interdisciplinary research

  • Board experience

  • Experience supporting early-career researchers


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