Dr. David Weiss

Consulting hours: by appointment

Room: 3009

Phone: 0341-97-35922

E-Mail: david.weiss@uni-leipzig.de

Website: http://www.d-weiss.com/

Curriculum Vitae


PhD in Psychology, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
Aging Identities: The Ambivalence of Age Group and Generation Belonging

MSc in Psychology, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel
Student Fellowship & MSc Thesis: Australian National University, Department of Psychology, Canberra, Australia (Director: Prof. Penelope J. Oakes)

Professional Positions

since 2018
Heisenberg position of the German Research Foundation, University of Leipzig, Department of Psychology, Department of Life-Span Developmental Psychology

2014 - 2018
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Psychology
Columbia Aging Center, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University,New York City, USA

2009 - 2014
Postdoc, University of Zurich, Department of Psychology, Developmental Psychology: Adulthood (Director: Prof. Alexandra M. Freund)

2005 - 2009
Research Assistant and Doctoral Student, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute of Psychogerontology and Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Department of Psychology, Developmental Psychology (Director: Prof. Frieder R. Lang)

2002 - 2005
Student Research Assistant, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Department of Psychology, Social Psychology (Director: Prof. Bernd Simon) / Developmental Psychology (Director: Prof. Thomas Bliesener)

Research Interests

Self and Identity

Dynamics of Social Status Across the Life Span

Adjustment to Developmental Transition

Editorial Activity

Editorial Board Member

Psychology and Aging

Ad-Hoc Reviewer: Journals



British Journal of Developmental Psychology

British Journal of Social Psychology

Developmental Psychology

European Journal of Aging

European Journal of Social Psychology

Frontieres in Psychology


International Journal of Aging and Human Development

International Journal of Behavioral Development

International Journal of Intercultural Relations

International Journal of Psychology


Journal of Personality

Journal of Adolescence

Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science

Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology

Journal of Marriage and Family

Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences

Journal of Population Aging


Psychology and Aging


Self and Identity

Social Science & Medicine

The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry


Kornadt, A. E., Weiss, D., Gerstorf, D., Kunzmann, U., Luecke, A., Schilling, O., Katzorreck, M., Siebert, J., & Wahl, H.W. (in press). “I Felt so Old This Morning.” Short-Term Variations in Subjective Age and the Role of Trait Subjective Age: Evidence from the ILSE/EMIL Ecological Momentary Assessment Data. Psychology and Aging.

Blöchl, M. Nestler, S., & Weiss, D. (2020). A limit of the subjective age bias: Feeling younger to a certain degree, but no more, is beneficial for life satisfaction. Psychology and Aging. https://doi.org/10.1037/pag0000578

Weiss, D. & Kunzmann, U. (2020). Longitudinal Changes in Subjective Social Status are Linked to Changes in Positive and Negative Affect in Midlife, but not in Later Adulthood. Psychology and Aging. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/pag0000572

Weiss, D. & Diehl, M. (2020). Measuring (Non)Essentialist Beliefs About the Process of Aging. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa113

Weiss, D. & Zhang, X. (2020). Multiple sources of aging attitudes: Perceptions of age groups and generations from adolescence to old age across China, Germany, and the US. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology

Weiss, D. & Perry, E. (2020). Implications of generational and age metastereotypes for older adults at work: The role of agency, stereotype threat, and job search self-efficacy. Work, Aging & Retirement.
Advance online pulication. doi: 10.1093/workar/waz010

Weiss, D. & Weiss, M. (2019). Why people feel younger: Motivational and social-cognitive mechanisms of the subjective age bias and its implications for work and organizations. Work, Aging & Retirement, 5, 273-280. doi: 10.1093/workar/waz016

Weiss, D., Reitz, A. K., & Stephan, Y. (2019). Is age more than a number? The role of openness and (non)essentialist beliefs about aging for how young or old people feel. Psychology and Aging, 34, 729-737. doi: 10.1037/pag0000370

Zee, K. S., & Weiss, D. (2019). High-quality relationships strengthen the benefits of a younger subjective age across adulthood. Psychology and Aging, 34, 374388. doi: 10.1037/pag0000349

Weiss, D. & Kornadt, A. E. (2018). Age-stereotype internalization and dissociation: Contradictory processes or two sides of the same coin? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 27, 477–483. doi: 10.1177/0963721418777743

Robertson, D. A. & Weiss, D. (2018). Rising above it: Status ambivalence in older adults. Gerontology, 64, 576-588. doi: 10.1159/000488389

Weiss, D. (2018). On the inevitability of aging: Essentialist beliefs moderate the impact of negative age stereotypes on older adults’ memory performance and physiological reactivity. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences, 73, 925-933. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbw087

Robertson, D. A. & Weiss, D. (2017). In the eye of the beholder: Can counter stereotypes change perceptions of older adults’ social status? Psychology and Aging, 32, 531-542. doi: 10.1037/pag0000186

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: 10.1037/dev0000115

Lang, F. R., Gerstorf, D., Weiss, D., & Wagner, G. G. (2016). On differentiating adaptation from dispositional concepts – The case of age-associated dynamics of life satisfaction. Journal of Individual Differences, 36, 206–210. doi: 10.1027/1614-0001/a000205

Weiss, D., Sczesny, S., & Freund, A.M. (2016). Wanting to get more or protecting one’s assets: age-differential effects of gain versus loss perceptions on the willingness to engage in collective action. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences, 2, 254-264. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbu098

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, 1140-1146. doi: 10.1037/a0033811

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, 580-596. doi: 10.1080/17405629.2013.772508

Lang, F. R., Weiss, D., Gerstorf, D., & Wagner, G. G. (2013). Forecasting life satisfaction across adulthood: Benefits of seeing a dark future? Psychology and Aging, 28, 249-61. doi:10.1037/a0030797

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, 1774-1784. doi: 10.1037/a0028893

Weiss, D., & Freund, A. M. (2012). Still young at heart: Negative age-related information motivates distancing from same-aged people. Psychology and Aging, 27, 173-180. doi: 10.1037/a0024819

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, 153-163. doi: 10.1037/a0024887

Weiss, D. & Lang, F. R. (2012b). Two faces of age identity. The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 25, 5-14. doi:10.1024/1662-9647/a000050

Weiss, D. & Lang, F. R. (2009). Thinking about my generation: Adaptive effects of a dual age identity in later adulthood. Psychology and Aging, 24, 729-734. doi: 10.1037/a0016339

Lang, F. R., Weiss, D., Stocker, A., & von Rosenblatt, B. (2007). Assessing cognitive capacities in computer-assisted survey research: Two ultra-short tests of intellectual ability in the German Socioeconomic Panel (SOEP). Journal of Applied Social Science Studies, 127, 183-192.

last update: 03.04.2021 

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