Short CV/Education and training

  • Studied clinical orthopaedagogy and psychology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at the University of Bern, Switzerland;

  • Since 2003 Professor at the University of Bern, with a research focus on developmental psychology over the lifespan.

  • Teaching assignments at the University of Lisbon, Portugal; Goethe University Frankfurt and Saarland University, Germany; and the University of Fribourg and the University of Basel, Switzerland.

  • Visiting researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CO), USA and at Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany.

Selected publications

  • Perrig-Chiello, P., Höpflinger, F. & Suter, C. (2008). Generationen – Strukturen und Beziehungen. Generationenbericht Schweiz. Zurich: Seismo.

  • Perrig-Chiello, P. (2011, 5th revised edition). In der Lebensmitte. Die Entdeckung der mittle-ren Lebensjahre. Zurich: NZZ libro, Verlag Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

  • Perrig-Chiello, P., Jäggi, S., Buschkühl, M., Stähelin, H.B. & Perrig, W. (2009). Personality and health in middle age as predictors for health, physical and psychological well-being in old age. Eu-ropean Journal of Ageing, 6:27?37.

  • Perrig-Chiello, P. & Hutchison, S. (2010). Familial caregivers of elderly persons. A differential perspective on stressors, resources, and well-being. GeroPsych, The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 23,4, 195-206.

  • Perrig-Chiello, P. & Hutchison, S. (2010). Health and well-being in old age – the pertinence of a gender-mainstreaming approach in research. Gerontology, 56,2,208-213.

  • Perrig-Chiello, P. & Hutchison, S. (2010). Gender, health and ageing: a long and winding road. Gerontology,56,3,348-351.

  • Perrig-Chiello, P. (2007). Alter, Gesundheit und Geschlecht. Leading Opinions in Neurologie und Psychiatrie, 3, 24-26.

  • Perrig-Chiello, P. (2007). Mental health in public health – the necessity of a life-span perspective. International Journal of Public Health, 52,3,129-131.

  • Perrig-Chiello, P. & Perren, S. (2005). Biographical transitions from a midlife perspective. Journal of Adult Development,12,4,169-181.

  • Perrig-Chiello, P. & Höpflinger, F. (2005). Ageing parents and their middle-aged children – demo-graphic and psychosocial challenges. European Journal of Ageing, 2,183-191.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Facing adversity in old age: The role of personality and adaptive mechanisms for the regulation of well-being (co-applicant for a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Project), 2010

  • Vulnerablity and Growth. Developmental dynamics and differential effects of the loss of an intimate partner in the second half of life (sub-project of the NCCR LIVES "Overcoming Vulnerability" – main applicant), 2010

  • Behind the Democratization of Old Age: Inequalities within Progress. Sub-project of the NCCR LIVES "Overcoming Vulnerabilities" (SNF project; co-applicant), 2010

  • Children in court (SNF project, co-applicant), 2005 – 2010

  • Effects of psychological intervention for patients undergoing IVF/ICSI treatment (SNF project; co-applicant), 2004 – 2008

  • Differential aspects from the perspective of developmental psychology of one's views on one's life and of the utilisation of resources during transitions in middle age – (SNF project; main applicant), 2000 – 2003

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) National Research Council for Division I, 2003 – 2011

  • President of the DORE expert commission, Division I of the Swiss National Science Foundation, 2004 – 2011

  • Member of the Standing Committe for the Social Sciences of the European Science Foundation, Strasbourg (and Member of the Core Group of this Committee), since 2004

  • President of the steering committee of National Research Programme 52 "Childhood, youth and intergenerational relationships in a changing society" (SNF), 2002 – 2008

  • Member of the Scientific Board and of the Steering Board of the NCCR LIVES (Vulnerability over Life Course; SNF Research Programme)

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (GeroPsych)

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Ageing

  • Member of the scientific advisory committee of the Swiss Journal of Psychology

  • Member of the scientific advisory committee of GeroPsych – The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry

  • President of td-net (Transdisciplinary-Net), Swiss Academy of Sciences

  • Member of the foundation council for the University of Bern for Seniors

  • Member of the foundation council for Pro Senectute Switzerland

  • Member of the expert body for NFP 32 "Ageing", 1992 – 1998

  • Member of the Swiss Society of Gerontology

Additional qualifications

  • 1985 – 1989 Training in systemic family therapy with Dr Gottlieb Guntern, Psychiatric Centre Oberwallis, Spital (hospital) Brig, Switzerland


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