Staff members of the Chair of Developmental Psychology: Adulthood


Alexandra M. Freund, Prof. Dr. phil.

Freund 120


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.*

Tamara 120


Phone +41 44 635 72 01
Room BIN 3.A.04

Senior researcher


Sebastian Horn, Ph.D.

Horn 120


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.

cnapol 120


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

Postdoctoral researchers


Laura Almeling, Dr. rer. nat.



Postdoctoral researcher

Room BIN 3.A.13

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

Brian Cardini, MSc

ciardini 120


Doctoral student
University Research Priority Program "Dynamics of Healthy Aging"
Room BIN 3.A.03
  • Processes of exhaustion and recovery
  • Age-related changes in the subjective availability of energy for daily activities across adulthood
  • Multiple goal pursuit

Doctoral students


Christopher Elmi, MSc

celmi 120


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

  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology

  • Planning and Backup Planning

  • Goal Pursuit


Zita Mayer, MSc

zmay 120


Doctoral student

Room BIN 3.A.03

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

Victoria Schüttengruber, MSc

vschütt 120


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



Laura Schmid, MSc

vschütt 120


Doctoral student
Büro BIN 3.A.02
  • Goal Pursuit
  • Planning and Backup Planning
  • Self-Regulation
  • Effects of achievement motivation on successful goal striving

Research Assistants


Laura Hack, BSc



Research Assistant

Room BIN 3.D.12



Isabel Hotz, MSc

hotz 120


Scientific Research Assistant

Phone +41 44 635 72 07
Room BIN 4.D.17




Technical support


Stephan Graf

sgraph 120




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


Adjunct Lecturers


Oliver J. Kaftan, Ph.D.

okaftan 120


External Lecturer
  • Procrastination
  • Goal focus
  • Self regulation



Tove Hensler, MSc





Büro BIN 3.A.08


Photos and digital imaging by Isabel Hotz


Cooperation Partners

Dr. Yaniv Hanoch, University of Southampton (UK)

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

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

Prof. Dr. Jana Nikitin, Universität Wien

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Mayr (University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA)

Dr. Jonathan Rolison, University of Essex (UK)

Former members of the chair

Former senior researchers

  • Veronika Job, Dr. phil.
  • Jana Nikitin
  • Bettina S. Wiese

Former doctoral students

  • Sören Porth
  • Quincy Rondei
  • Lea Mörsdorf
  • Brian B. Cardini
  • Marie Hennecke
  • Oliver J. Kaftan
  • Kathrin Krause
  • Maida Mustafic
  • Jana Nikitin
  • Johannes O. Ritter
  • Josua Schmeitzky †
  • Simone Schoch
  • Christine P. Seiger
  • Vanda Sieber

Former postdoctoral researchers

  • Xianmin Gong
  • Burcu Demiray Batur, Ph.D.
  • Ryan Best, Ph.D.
  • Miriam K. Depping, Dr. phil.
  • Oliver J. Kaftan, Ph.D.
  • Michaela Knecht, Dr. sc. ETH
  • Christina Röcke, Dr. phil.
  • Joshua Rutt, Ph.D.
  • Corwin Senko, Dr. phil.
  • Martin Tomasik, PD Dr. phil.
  • David Weiss, Prof. Dr. phil.

Former assistants

  • Martin Dobricki, Dr. phil.
  • Regula Gasser, Dr. phil.
  • Katarzyna Karcz, MSc
  • Linda Miesler, Dr. phil.
  • Martin Pletscher, lic. phil.
  • Simona Seidmann
  • Stefan Walter, Dr. phil.

Former technical support

  • Jiří Hošek, Ph.D.
  • Enrique Wintsch, lic. phil.

Former guest researchers

  • Tiia Kekäläinen
  • Anne Böger
  • Sylvie Graf (fmr. Kourilova), Ph.D.
  • Hana Harenčárová, Mgr.*
  • Jochen P. Ziegelmann, Dr. phil.

* equivalent to Master of Science (MSc)