David Weiss

David Weiss

David Weiss

Assistant Professor
Sociomedical Sciences (In the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center)


722 West 168th Street, 14th Floor, MSPH Box 25
New York NY US 10032
(212) 305-0885
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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

Editorial Boards

Psychology and Aging

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

Select Publications

Robertson, D. & Weiss, D. (in press). In the eye of the beholder: Can counter stereotypes change perceptions of older adults’ 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 adults’ 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

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