Staff members of the Chair of Developmental Psychology: Adulthood


Alexandra M. Freund, Prof. Dr. phil.

A. Freund


Phone +41 44 635 72 00
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
Room BIN 3.A.04

Senior researcher


Sebastian Horn, Ph.D.

S. Horn


Senior teaching and research associate

Phone +41 44 635 72 02

  • Memory-based decision making from a developmental lifespan perspective
  • Prospective and episodic memory
  • Motivational reorientation in value-based decisions across the lifespan
  • Uncertainty in different decision domains: preferential, perceptual-motor, and memory-based
  • Cognitive measurement modeling

Chris Napolitano, Ph.D.

C. Napolitano


Senior teaching and research associate
  • Self regulation
  • Relational developmental systems theories
  • Developmental equifinality and multifinality

Postdoctoral researchers


Laura Almeling, Dr. rer. nat.

L. Almeling


Postdoctoral researcher

Room BIN 3.A.13

  • Determinants of healthy aging
  • Attention focus in daily life
  • Behavioral Endocrinology (Testosterone and Cortisol)

Xianmin Gong, Ph.D.

X. Gong


Postdoctoral researcher

Room BIN 3.A.01
  • Motivational orientation towards gains, maintenance, loss avoidance across adulthood
  • Change of motivation and emotion across adulthood
  • Interplay of emotion and cognition

Oliver J. Kaftan, Ph.D.

O. Kaftan


Postdoctoral researcher
Room BIN 3.A.02
  • Procrastination
  • Goal focus
  • Self regulation

Doctoral students


Anastasia Besika, MSc

A. Besika


Doctoral student
Room BIN 3.A.03
  • The relationship of sources of meaning and values

  • The influence of values on goal setting

  • Maximizing meaning in personal goals


Brian Cardini, MSc

B. Cardini


Doctoral student
University Research Priority Program "Dynamics of Healthy Aging"
Room BIN 3.A.03
  • Time perception
  • Recovery and exhaustion processes
  • Multiple goal pursuit

Christopher Elmi, MSc

C. Elmi


Doctoral student
Room BIN 3.A.12
  • Self-Regulation

  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology

  • Planning and Backup Planning

  • Goal Pursuit


Zita Mayer, MSc

Z. Mayer


Doctoral student

Room BIN 3.A.03

  • Self-Regulation
  • Dynamics of multiple goal pursuit
  • Life-span developmental psychology

Lea Mörsdorf, MSc

L. Moersdorf


Doctoral student
Phone +41 44 635 74 93
Room BIN 4.A.07
  • Goal representations
  • Perception of goal-directed actions
  • Self-regulation

Quincy Rondei, MSc



Doctoral student
Room BIN 3.A.22
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Victoria Schüttengruber, MSc

V. Schuettemgruber


Doctoral student
Room BIN 3.A.02
  • Recovery and exhaustion processes
  • Self-regulation
  • Goal pursuit
  • Lifespan developmental psychology


Technical support


Benjamin Bill



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



Isabel Hotz, MSc

I. Hotz


Scientific Research Assistant
Phone +41 44 635 72 07
Room BIN 3.A.08


Adjunct Lecturers

J. Nikitin


Prof. Jana Nikitin, PD Dr. phil.

Professor at the University of Basel

  • Development of social motivation
  • Motivational processes in transitions
  • Approach and avoidance motivation
Michaela Riediger, PD Dr.
Head of Heisenberg-Group „Socio-Emotional Development and Heath Across the Lifespan“

Department of Education and Psychology of the Free University Berlin and Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
Phone +49 30 824 06 411
  • Emotional development form adolescence to old age
  • Age differences in emotional abilities
  • Motivational conflicts across the lifespan

Martin Tomasik, PD Dr. phil.

Faculty of Health
Witten/Herdecke University

  • 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

Photos and digital imaging by Isabel Hotz


Research affiliates and cooperation partners

Prof. Dr. Derek M. Isaacowitz, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (USA)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Keil, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (USA)

Tiia Kekäläinen, University of Jyvaskyla, Finnland

Dr. Michaela Knecht, Fachhochschule der Nordwestschweiz

Prof. Dr. Jana Nikitin, Universität Basel


Former members

Guest researchers

Jochen P. Ziegelmann, Dr. phil.

Senior researchers

Veronika Job, Dr. phil.

Postdoctoral researchers

Burcu Demiray Batur, Ph.D.

Ryan Best, Ph.D.

Miriam K. Depping, Dr. phil.

Laure Freydefont, Ph.D.

Michaela Knecht, Dr. sc. ETH

Roberto La Marca, Dr. phil.

Johannes O. Ritter, Dr. phil.

Christina Röcke, Dr. phil.

Joshua Rutt, Ph.D.

Corwin Senko, Dr. phil.

Martin Tomasik, PD Dr. phil.

David Weiss, Prof. Dr. phil.

Bettina S. Wiese, Prof. Dr.

Doctoral students

Marie Hennecke, Dr. phil.

Kathrin Krause, Dr. phil.

Maida Mustafic, Dr. phil.

Johannes O. Ritter, Dr. phil.

Josua Schmeitzky, MSc †

Simone Schoch, Dr. phil.

Christine P. Seiger, Dr. phil.


Martin Dobricki, Dr. phil.

Regula Gasser, Dr. phil.

Sylvie Graf (ehem. Kourilova), Ph.D.

Hana Harenčárová, Mgr.

Katarzyna Karcz, MSc

Linda Miesler, Dr. phil.

Vanda Sieber, Dr. des.

Stefan Walter, Dr. phil.

Technical support

Jiří Hošek, Ph.D.

Martin Pletscher, lic. phil.

Enrique Wintsch, lic. phil.

* equivalent to Master of Science (MSc)