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


Staff members of the Chair of Developmental Psychology: Adulthood


Alexandra M. Freund, Prof. Dr.

A. M. Freund
Phone +41 44 635 72 00
Fax +41 44 635 72 09
Room BIN 3.A.05
  • Processes of developmental regulation; successful development
  • Motivation across the life span
  • Development of self-related cognitions and emotions across the life span
  • Lifelong Learning

Administrative support

Tamara Herz, Dipl.-Psych.*

T. Herz
Phone +41 44 635 72 01
Fax +41 44 635 72 09
Room BIN 3.A.04

Senior researchers

Veronika Job, Dr. phil.

V. Job
Senior teaching and research associate
Phone +41 44 635 72 02
Fax +41 44 635 72 09
Room BIN 3.A.22
  • Self-regulation and self-control
  • Lay theories about willpower
  • Implicit motives, explicit motives, and goals

Jana Nikitin, Dr. phil.

Jana Nikitin
Senior teaching and research associate
Phone +41 44 635 72 06
Fax +41 44 635 72 09
Room BIN 3.A.13
  • Development of social motivation
  • Motivational processes in transitions
  • Approach and avoidance motivation


Michaela Knecht, Dr. sc. ETH

Michaela Knecht
Postdoctoral researcher
Phone +41 44 635 72 05
Fax +41 44 635 72 09
Room BIN 3.A.12
  • Life-domain balance
  • Work-life conflict and health
  • Managing multipe roles

Chris Napolitano, Ph.D.

Chris Napolitano
Postdoctoral researcher
Phone +41 44 635 72 04
Fax +41 44 635 72 09
Room BIN 3.A.07
  • Self regulation
  • Relational developmental systems theories
  • Developmental equifinality and multifinality

Martin Tomasik, PD Dr. phil.

Martin Tomasik
Postdoctoral researcher
Phone +41 44 635 72 07
Fax +41 44 635 72 09
Room BIN 3.A.08
  • Age differences in goal engagement and disengagement
  • Biopsychosocial contexts of goal enagagement and disengagement
  • Social, motivational and emotional aspects of life-span developmental psychology
  • Globalisation and social change

Doctoral students

Oliver J. Kaftan, MSc

O. Kaftan
Doctoral student
Phone +41 44 635 71 88
Fax +41 44 635 72 09
Room BIN 3.A.03
  • Procrastination
  • Goal focus
  • Self regulation

Josua Schmeitzky, MSc

J. Schmeitzky
Doctoral student
Phone +41 44 635 72 25
Fax +41 44 635 72 09
Room BIN 3.A.03
  • Goal disengagement
  • Goal focus
  • Motivation across lifespan

Technical support

Jiří Hošek, Ph.D.

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Research assistent
Phone +41 44 635 71 97
Fax +41 44 635 72 09
Room BIN 3.A.04

Martin Pletscher, lic. phil.*

M. Pletscher
Research coordinator
Phone +41 44 635 71 85
Fax +41 44 635 72 09
Room BIN 3.A.01

Enrique Wintsch, lic. phil.*

E. Wintsch
Psycho-technical assistant
Phone +41 44 635 71 66
Fax +41 44 635 72 09
Room BIN 3.A.25

Associate Professors

M. Riediger
Michaela Riediger, PD Dr.
Leader of the Max Planck Research Group "Affect Across the Lifespan"
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Lentzeallee 94
D-14195 Berlin
Phone +49 30 824 06 411

  • Emotional development form adolescence to old age
  • Age differences in emotional abilities
  • Motivational conflicts across the lifespan

Former members

B. Demiray
Burcu Demiray Batur, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher
  • Goal orientation and goal focus across the adult life span
  • Autobiographical memory across the adult life span
  • Self development and well-being
M. Depping
Miriam K. Depping, Dr. phil.
  • changes in decision making across the lifespan
  • goal-orientation: approach- and avoidance goals and their change across the lifespan
  • the roles of motivation and affect in decision making and their change across the life span
  • motivated cognition
M. Dobricki
Martin Dobricki, Dr. phil.
"Human Perception, Cognition and Action" Department at the Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
  • Project «From School to University: Life Plans and Explicit/Implicit Gender Role Attitudes»
R. Gasser
Regula Gasser, Dr. phil.
Research coordinator

Hana Harenčárová
Hana Harenčárová, Mgr.
Research affiliate
  • Decision making across the life span
  • Changes in memory across the life span
Marie Hennecke
Marie Hennecke, Dr. phil.
now postdoctoral researcher at University of Virginia
  • Motivation and self-regulation across the lifespan
  • Process and outcome focus
  • Affective influences on self-regulation
S. Kourilova
Sylvie Kourilova, MA
Scholarship holder
Academy of Sciences of the Czch Republic, Brno Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Studies, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Memory Bias for Age-related Information
  • Language effects in Intergroup Context
  • Social Representations of Nationality
K. Krause
Kathrin Krause, Dr. phil.
Research affiliate
  • Procrastination
  • Goal focus
  • Motivation and self-regulation across the lifespan
  • E-Learning and life-long learning
Roberto La Marca
Roberto La Marca, Dr. phil.
  • JACOBS-Project «Goal Focus and Weight Loss»
  • IMOTE-Project «Internetbasierte Motivationsförderung und Ernährungstraining bei Jugendlichen»
L. Miesler
Linda Miesler, Dipl.-Psych.*
Research assistant
Center for Business Metrics, University St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • E-Learning
Maida Mustafic, Dr. phil.
Postdoctoral researcher at University of Trier
  • Motivation across the lifespan
  • Goal-related information processing
  • Process and outcome focus
J. O. Ritter
Johannes O. Ritter, Dr. phil.
Universität Erfurt
  • Meaninig of value orientations for the development
  • Restriction in choice
  • Social-cognitive processes of development regulation
C. Röcke
Christina Röcke, Dr. phil.
Postdoctoral researcher
  • Emotion and motivation across the lifespan
  • Adaptive role of goal focus
  • Intraindividual variability
  • Interplay of emotion and cognition
Simone Schoch
Simone Schoch, Dr. phil.
Doctoral student
  • Motivation across the lifespan
  • Approach and avoidance motivation
  • Social motivation
C. Seiger
Christine P. Seiger, Dr. phil.
Research assistant in organisazional assessment and training
  • Interplay of work and family
  • Life transitions in adulthood
  • Social support
C. Senko
Corwin Senko, Dr. phil.
Assistant professor
SUNY New Paltz
  • Achievement motivation and goal-setting processes
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Students' learning strategies
S. Walter
Stefan Walter, lic. phil.*
Research Assistant
  • Project «Loss avoidance and aging: Age-related differences in attending to positive and negative information relevant to a decision»
David Weiss
David Weiss, Dr. phil.
Assistant professor
Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Self and identity
  • Motivation across the life span
  • Developmental regulation and social categorization
B. S. Wiese
Bettina S. Wiese, Prof. Dr.
RWTH Aachen University
  • Career development and career transitions
  • Interplay of work and family
  • Self-regulation and action regulation across the life-span
Jochen P. Ziegelmann
Jochen P. Ziegelmann, Dr. phil.
Freie Universität Berlin
  • Guest until December 2009

* equivalent to M.A. or M.Sc.