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)


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


Developmental Psychology

European Journal of Aging

Frontiers in Psychology


International Journal of Aging and Human Development

International Journal of Behavioral Development

International Journal of Psychology

Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology

Journal of Personality

Journal of Adolescence

Journal of Marriage and Family

Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences


Psychology and Aging


Self and Identity

Social Science & Medicine

The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry


Weiss, D., Reitz, A.K., & Stephan, Y.  (in press). 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.

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: 17.05.2019 

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