Short CV/Education and training

  • 1980 – 1981
    Fulbright scholarship for special graduate studies in psychology at Clark University, Worchester, MA, USA

  • 1984
    Diplom degree in psychology, with a Diplom thesis on "Life history – A psychological research interest", University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

  • 1984 – 1985
    Lecturer, Bielefeld University, Germany

  • 1985 – 1988
    Doctoral fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

  • 1988
    Internship, Aging Unit, United Nations, Vienna, Austria

  • 1988
    PhD in psychology, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • 1988 – 1992
    Research associate in the "Aging and societal development" research group, German Academy of Sciences, Berlin

  • 1992 – 1999
    Research associate, (co-director of the "Wisdom and lifelong development" project)

  • Since 1996
    Permanent position at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

  • 1997
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the field of psychology, venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in psychology

  • 1997 – 1998
    Visiting professor of developmental psychology at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

  • 1999 – 2001
    Professor (C3) of developmental psychology, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

  • 2000
    Visiting professor, University of Florida, FL, USA

  • 2003
    Visiting professor, Stanford University, CA, USA

  • Since 2003
    Professor of psychology, founding dean of the Jacobs Centre on Lifelong Learning and vice president of Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

  • 2001 – 2003
    Professor (C4) of the developmental psychology of the lifespan at Dresden University of Technology

  • since 2013
    Director, Columbia Aging Center, Robert N. Butler Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, New York

Selected publications

  • Staudinger, U.M. & Glueck, J. (2011). Psychological wisdom research: Commonalities and Differences in a Growing Field. Annual Review of Psychology, 62, 19.1-19.27.

  • Voelcker-Rehage, C., Godde, B. & Staudinger, U. M. (2010). Cardiovascular and motor aspects of physical fitness are both related to cognition in old age. European Journal of Neuroscience, 31(1), 167-176.

  • Kessler, E.-M., & Staudinger, U. M. (2009). Affective experience in adulthood and old age: The role of affective arousal and perceived regulation. Psychology and Aging, 24(2), 349-362.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • TransCoop programme: "Wisdom types and long-term trajectories" (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), 2009 – 2001

  • The Bremen International Graduate School of the Social Sciences (BIGSSS) project at the University of Bremen and School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, 2008 – 2013

  • Volkswagen Foundation project: "Mobility and developmental success: Are there cumulative effects of professional mobility on the development of cognitive and personality-related adaptivity?", 2008 – 2011

  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) project: "Effects of compatibility/incompatibility between aspects of human and social capital, corporate strategy and workflow on the physical and psychological health of employees", 2007 – 2010

  • DFG project: "Age-heterogeneous interactions as a supportive context for development", 2004 – 2006

  • Jacobs Foundation project: "Jacobs Centre on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development", 2003 – 2008

  • German Federal Ministry of Family, Seniors, Women and Youth project: "Personality development in old age: A quasi-experimental intervention study", 2003 – 2006

  • DFG project: "Is it possible to cultivate self knowledge in others? An empirical study by means of an intervention for life reflection", 2001 – 2004

  • "Beliefs and expectations about midlife development" (a MacArthur Foundation Network on Successful Midlife Development project), 1993 – 2000

  • The "Psychology: Self & personality" research unit within the Berlin Aging Study (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Federal Ministry of Family, Seniors, Women and Youth), 1989 – 1999

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Fellowship from the American Psychological Association

  • Editorial boards of several journals, e.g., Psychology and Aging

  • Member of the expert council on demographics, German Federal Ministry of the Interior

  • Member of the Economy & Science research union, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

  • Member of the Volkswagen Foundation board of trustees


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  1. Professor Staudinger Relocates to New York

    Ursula Staudinger has been appointed to Columbia University to the newly established Robert N. Butler Endowed Chair as professor of psychology. She will join Columbia University in July 2013.