Photo of Ursula M. StaudingerUrsula M. Staudinger is a life span psychologist and an internationally leading and interdisciplinary oriented aging researcher. Her research interest lies in the plasticity of the aging process and its implications for demographic change. In light of a society of longer lives, Ursula M. Staudinger explores the potentials of aging and studies the interplay between productivity and aging as well as the development of life insight, life management and wisdom over the life span.

In July 2013, Ursula M. Staudinger joined Columbia University as founding director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the associated International Longevity Center (ILC). She was appointed Robert N. Butler Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of Psychology. Before her appointment, Ursula M. Staudinger was Vice President of Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) and the founding dean of the Jacobs Center of Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development (JCLL). Earlier in her career she worked for the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development and the Technical University Dresden. Ursula M. Staudinger studied psychology at Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen (Germany) and Clark University in Massachusetts. She made her PhD in 1988 and received her habilitation in 1997 from the Free University Berlin.

Ursula M. Staudinger is Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Institute of Population (BiB) and consults the German Government on issues related to aging and demographic change. She has been a member of the Academy of Europe since 2014 and of the German National Academy of Sciences since 2002, for which she acted as Vice President and Foreign Secretary from 2007 to 2017. She was awarded with the “Braunschweig Research Prize 2014″ and the “Seneca Medal for Aging Research 2017″ for her outstanding research work.

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