Ursula M. Staudinger is a lifespan psychologist and aging researcher with a deeply interdisciplinary orientation. Her research focuses on the modifiability or plasticity of the aging process and its implications for population aging. In light of a society of longer lives, Ursula M. Staudinger explores the potentials of demographic aging and studies the interplay between productivity and aging as well as the development of life insight, life management and wisdom over the lifespan.
Ursula M. Staudinger is Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of Psychology at the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center at Columbia University in New York. Between 2013 and 2017 she was the Founding Director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the President of the affiliated International Longevity Center USA (ILC-USA). Prior to moving to the USA, Ursula M. Staudinger was Vice President of Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) and the Founding Dean of the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development (JCLL).
Earlier in her career she was a group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development and had her first Professorship in Lifespan Psychology at the Technical University Dresden. Ursula M. Staudinger studied psychology at Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen (Germany) and Clark University in Massachusetts. She received her PhD in 1988 and her Habilitation in 1997 from the Free University Berlin (in conjunction with the Max Planck Institute for Human Development).
Since 2012, Ursula M. Staudinger has been Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB). 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 between 2007 and 2017. She was awarded with the “Braunschweig Research Prize 2014″ and the “Seneca Medal for Aging Research 2017″ for her outstanding research on the plasticity of aging.
„We acquire with the years more and more added knowledge and experience. This allows us to balance those deficits in other areas of performance.“