David Weiss studies how people deal with aging-related changes, negative age stereotypes, and the gain and loss of social status across the lifespan. His studies include experimental, longitudinal, and cross-cultural methods to examine how motivational and social-cognitive factors affect physiological and psychological well-being. In particular, he is interested in self-regulatory processes to explain how individuals flexibly adapt to aging-related challenges. He has published in leading academic journals, including Psychology and Aging, Developmental Psychology, Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. For his research, he has received the Karl-Giehrl Award for distinguished dissertations, the Vontobel Award for Research on Age(ing), and the Calderone Award for Junior Faculty. He received his PhD in 2009 from the Friedrich-Alexander University and has taught between 2009 and 2014 at the University of Zurich.
PhD, 2009, Friedrich-Alexander University
MSc, 2005, University of Kiel and Australian National University
Honors & Awards
Dean s Initiative Pilot Award (2015)
Calderone Award for Junior Faculty (2014)
Vontobel Award for Research on Age(ing) (2011)
Karl-Giehrl Award for Outstanding PhD-Thesis (2010)
Areas of Expertise
Aging and Elderly, Healthy Aging and Longevity, Longitudinal Studies, Research Design and Methods, Stress, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Gender Bias, Stigma
Robertson, D. & Weiss, D. (in press). In the eye of the beholder: Can counter stereotypes change perceptions of older adultsÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ social status? Psychology and Aging
Weiss, D. (2016, online first). On the inevitability of aging: Essentialist beliefs moderate the impact of negative age stereotypes on older adultsÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ memory performance and physiological reactivity. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbw087
Weiss, D. & Weiss, M. (2016), The interplay of subjective social status and essentialist beliefs about cognitive aging on cortisol reactivity to challenge in older adults. Psychophysiology, 53, 1256-1262 doi: 10.1111/psyp.12667
Weiss, D., Job, V., Mathias, M., Grah, S., & Freund A.M. (2016). The end is (not) near: Aging, essentialism, and future time perspective. Developmental Psychology, 6, 996-1009. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dev0000115
Weiss, D. (2014). What will remain when we are gone? Finitude and generation identity in the second half of life. Psychology and Aging, 29, 554-562. doi: 10.1037/a0036728
Weiss, D., Sassenberg, K., & Freund, A. M. (2013). When Feeling Different Pays Off: How Older Adults Can Counteract Negative Age-Related Information. Psychology and Aging, 28, 1140-6.
Freund, A. M., Weiss, D., & Wiese, B. S. (2013). Graduating from high school: The role of gender-related attitudes, self-concept and goal clarity in a major transition in late adolescence. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 10(5), 580-596.
Weiss, D., & Lang, F. R. (2012a). "They" are old but "I" feel younger: Age-group dissociation as a self-protective strategy in old age. Psychology and Aging, 27, 153-63.
Weiss, D., Freund, A. M., & Wiese, B. S. (2012). Mastering developmental transitions in young and middle adulthood: The interplay of openness to experience and traditional gender ideology on women's self-efficacy and well-being. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1774-84.
Weiss, D., & Freund, A. M. (2012). Still young at heart: Negative age-related information motivates distancing from same-aged people. Psychology and Aging, 27, 173-80