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Dana Kotter-Gruehn, Visiting assistant professor

Dana Kotter-Gruehn
Contact Info:
Office Location:  122H Sociology-Psychology Building
Office Phone:  919-613-6280
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Office Hours:

W 8:15 am - 9:45 & by appointment

PhDFreie Universitaet Berlin [Free University Berlin, Germany]2008
MSTechnische Universitaet Dresden [University of Technology Dresden, Germany]2004
BSTechnische Universitaet Dresden [University of Technology Dresden, Germany]2001

Developmental Psychology
Social Psychology
Research Interests: developmental psychology; social gerontology; research design and statistical analysis

My research focuses on - psychosocial development in middle adulthood and old age - social cognition (age stereotypes, ageism, self-perceptions of aging) - self-regulation & coping in the context of aging and critical life events - well-being in the context of successful aging - group processes in the context of intergenerational interactions - social relationships & social support - psychosocial predictors of mortality

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (search)

  1. Kotter-Grühn, D. (2015). Changing Negative Views of Aging: Implications for Intervention and Translational Research. Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 35, 167-185.
  2. Stephan, Y., Chalabaev, A., Kotter-Grühn, D., & Jaconelli, A (2013). “Feeling younger, being stronger”: An experimental study of Subjective Age and Physical Functioning among Older Adults. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 68, 1-7. [doi]
  3. Kotter-Grühn, D., & Hess, T. M (2012). So you think you look young? Matching older adults’ subjective ages with age estimations provided by younger, middle-aged, and older adults. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 36, 468-475. [doi]
  4. Kotter-Grühn, D. & Hess, T. M (2012). The impact of age stereotypes on self-perceptions of aging across the adult lifespan. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 67, 563-571. [doi]
  5. Hess, T. M., & Kotter-Grühn, D (2011). Social knowledge and goal-based influences on social information processing in adulthood. Psychology and Aging, 26, 792-802. [doi]
  6. Kotter-Grühn, D. & Smith, J (2011). When time is running out: Changes in positive future perception and their relationships to changes in well-being in old age. Psychology and Aging, 26, 381-387. [doi]
  7. Kotter-Grühn, D., Grühn, D, & Smith, J (2010). Predicting one’s own death: The relationship between subjective and objective nearness to death in very old age. European Journal of Ageing, 7, 293-300. [doi]
  8. Grühn, D., Kotter-Grühn, D., & Röcke, C (2010). Discrete affects across the adult lifespan: Evidence for multidimensionality and multi-directionality of affective experiences in young, middle-aged and older adults. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 492-500. [doi]
  9. Kotter-Grühn, D., Kleinspehn-Ammerlahn, A., Gerstorf, D., & Smith, J (2009). Self-perceptions of aging predict mortality and change with approaching death: 16-year longitudinal results from the Berlin Aging Study. Psychology and Aging, 24, 654-667. [doi]
  10. Kotter-Grühn, D., Scheibe, S., Blanchard-Fields, F., & Baltes, P. B (2009). Developmental emergence and functionality of Sehnsucht (Life Longings): The sample case of involuntary childlessness in middle-aged women. Psychology and Aging, 44, 634-644. [doi]
  11. Kotter-Grühn, D., Wiest, M., Zurek, P. P., & Scheibe, S (2009). What is it we are longing for? Psychological and demographic factors influencing the contents of Sehnsucht (life longings). Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 428-437. [doi]
  12. Kleinspehn-Ammerlahn, A., Kotter-Grühn, D., & Smith, J (2008). Self-perceptions of aging: Do subjective age and satisfaction with aging change during old age?. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 63B, 377-385.
  13. Kotter-Grühn, D. "The aging self." Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. Wiley-Blackwell, in press,
  14. Kotter-Grühn, D. "Objective and subjective nearness to death." Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research. Ed. A. C. Michalos. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2014: 4420-4424.
  15. Kotter-Grühn, D., Kleinspehn-Ammerlahn, A., Hoppmann, C., Röcke, C., Rapp, M., Gerstorf, D., & Ghisletta, P. "Changes in old age: Summary of longitudinal results from the Berlin Aging Study [in German]." Die Berliner Altersstudie. Ed. U. Lindenberger, J. Smith, K. U. Mayer, & P. B. Baltes 3rdBerlin: Akademie Verlag, 2010: 659–689.

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