Department of Psychology – Developmental Psychology: Adulthood (officially: Applied Psychology)

 

PD Dr. phil. Martin Tomasik

Postdoctoral researcher

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Martin Tomasik


PD Dr. phil. Martin Tomasik
University of Zurich
Department of Psychology
Applied Psychology: Life-Management
Binzmuehlestrasse 14/11
8050 Zurich / Switzerland
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BIN 3.A.08
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Current Research Interests

  • Age differences in goal engagement and disengagement
  • Biopsychosocial contexts of goal engagement and disengagement
  • Social, motivational and emotional aspects of life-span developmental psychology
  • Globalisation and social change


Brief Research Statement

Human development takes place within interdependent contexts that are subject to permanent change. Within these contexts individuals regulate their development by negotiating developmental tasks and pursuing developmental goal or by avoiding developmental tasks and disengaging from goals. My research focuses on the dynamics of goal engagement and disengagement under changing developmental conditions. Currently, I am investigating the processes of disengagement as a function of chronological age in a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.


Selected Key Publications

  • Tomasik, M. J., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2014). Negotiating the demands of active ageing: Longitudinal findings from Germany. Ageing and Society, 34, 790-819.
  • Tomasik. M. J., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2012). Beneficial effects of disengagement from futile struggles with occupational planning: A contextualist-motivational approach. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1785-1796.
  • Tomasik, M. J., Silbereisen, R. K., & Heckhausen, J. (2010). Is it adaptive to disengage from demands of social change? Adjustment to developmental barriers in opportunity-deprived regions. Motivation and Emotion, 34, 384-398.
  • Wurm, S., Tomasik, M. J., & Tesch-Römer, C. (2010). On the importance of a positive view on aging for physical activity among older adults: Cross-sectional and longitudinal findings. Psychology and Health, 25, 25-42.
  • Tomasik, M. J., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2009). Demands of social change as a function of the political context, institutional filters, and psychosocial resources. Social Indicators Research, 94, 13-28.

Complete list of publications in the CV, please also see the complete list of publications by Martin Tomasik


Education and Honors

2009 German Study Prize/Recognition Award by the Körber Foundation in Hamburg
2008 Dr. phil., Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, dissertation thesis on „Developmental Barriers and the Benefits of Disengament“ (Prof. Dr. Rainer K. Silbereisen and Prof. Dr. Jutta Heckhausen)
2004-2008 Doctoral studies at the Friedrich Schiller-University in Jena
2004 Diploma in Psychology at the Free University in Berlin
2004 Diploma thesis on „Adjusting Goal Aspirations when Getting Close to a Developmental Deadline: The Role of Primary and Secondary Control Strategies“ (Prof. Dr. Jutta Heckhausen and Prof. Dr. Ralf Schwarzer)
1997-2004 Undergraduate and graduate studies of psychology and the Free University in Berlin


Professional Positions

2010-2012 Research Associate at the Department for Developmental Psychology at the University of Jena and the Center for Applied Developmental Science: Research project “Individual and Social Resources for Coping with Social Change” funded as subproject of the Collobarative Research Center 580 (SFB 580) by the German Research Foundation (Prof. Dr. Rainer K. Silbereisen)
2008-2010 Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme „Pathways to Adulthood“ for the Comparative Study of Productive Youth Development „Mapping Pathways to Adulthood“ funded by the Jacobs Foundation, Zürich, Switzerland (Prof. Dr. Rainer K. Silbereisen and Prof. Ingrid Schoon, PhD)
2004-2008 Research Associate at the Department for Developmental Psychology at the University of Jena and the Center for Applied Developmental Science: Research project “Individual and Social Resources for Coping with Social Change” funded as subproject of the Collobarative Collobarative Research Center 580 (SFB 580) by the German Research Foundation (Prof. Dr. Rainer K. Silbereisen)
2001-2004 Teaching Assistant at the Department for Psychological Methods of the Institute for Psychology, Berlin Institute of Technology (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bortz)
1999-2002 Research Assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development, Berlin: Research project “Developmental Regulation at the Transition from School to Work” funded by the German Research Foundation (Jutta Heckhausen, PhD)
1997 Research Intern at the University Clinics Benjamin Franklin, Berlin, in the research group „Psychological Geronotology“: Research project “Aging and Experience of Life” funded by the German Research Foundation (Prof. Dr. Margret Baltes und Dr. Frieder Lang)