Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger is a lifespan psychologist and aging researcher. She is known for her work on the positive plasticity of aging (cognition, personality) as well as her research on resilience and on wisdom. Recently she has conducted groundbreaking studies to better understand the cumulative effects of work on cognitive aging. She received her PhD from the Free University of Berlin, was Senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Professor for Lifespan Psychology at Dresden University and Founding Dean of the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development at Jacobs University Bremen. Since 2013 she has been the founding director of the new Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center (CAC). The Aging Lab of the CAC is conducting interdisciplinary aging research and the International Longevity Center (ILC) USA focuses on knowledge transfer to policy makers, companies, as well as the general public. The ILC builds on the legacy of Robert N. Butler and is part of the seventeen-member, multinational ILC - Global Alliance consortium that seeks to help societies address longevity and population aging in positive and productive ways. Ursula Staudinger is also Vice President and Foreign Secretary of the German National Academy of Sciences and Chairwoman of the Board of the Federal Institute for Population Research and is advising governments around the world on issues of population aging. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America GSA, the American Psychological Association APA, and the Association of Psychological Science APS. In 2014, Dr. Staudinger was awarded the Braunschweig Research Prize for her outstanding research on the plasticity of the aging process and its consequences for demographic change. She is also the 2016/17 recipient of the Seneca Medal that acknowledges outstanding research on aging with international impact. She publishes her work in top-level Journals like Annual Review of Psychology, Psychology and Aging, Journals or Gerontology, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Frontier of Neuroscience or Ageing and Society. As co-chair of the National Academy Network on the future of Aging, she co-authored the Recommendations 'More Years, More Life'.
Vice President and Foreign Secretary, German National Academy of Sciences (2006-)
Chairwoman, the Board of the Federal Institute of Population Research (2013-)
Honors & Awards
Seneca Medal (2016) Honoring internationally significant scientific achievements in the field of research into aging
Braunschweig Research Prize (2014) Honoring international outstanding interdisciplinary research results in technical, life and cultural sciences.
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM)
Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Fellow, The Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
Areas of Expertise
Aging and Elderly, Gerontology, Healthy Aging and Longevity, Chronic Disease, Stress, Discrimination/Bias, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Life-course Approach to Prevention, Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Risk Factors, Global Health, Workplace Health, Urban Health
Select Global Activities
Global Center China: Positive Aging and Age-Smart Communities, China (People’s Republic of)
Global Center Santiago: Retirement Sequences & Health Outcomes, Chile