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Research interests

I study the social contexts and processes of personality development across the lifespan. My main goal is to better understand the mechanisms underlying individual differences in personality change. My research approach integrates developmental, personality, and social perspectives and applies longitudinal methods including intensive longitudinal data to study dynamic person-context interactions. I apply this research approach to address social issues such as immigration and aging. 


  • 2016-2017: Postdoctoral Scientist at New York University & Columbia University, New York | Social Psychology | Fellowship of the German Research Foundation
  • 2014-2015: Postdoctoral Scientist at Columbia University, New York | Columbia Aging Center
  • 2010-2013 PhD Student at Humboldt University Berlin | Personality Psychology | Fellowship of the International Max Planck Research School


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Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, Humbolt University, Berlin

Award Date: 30 Aug 2013


  • Personality Development
  • Lifespan Development
  • Self-esteem
  • Social Relationships
  • Life transitions
  • Longitudinal Data

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Research Output

Self-esteem change during the transition from university to work

Reitz, A., Shrout, P., Denissen, J., Dufner, M. & Bolger, N., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Personality.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • Is age more than a number? The role of openness and (non)essentialist beliefs about aging for how young or old people feel

    Weiss, D., Reitz, A. K. & Stephan, Y., Aug 2019, In : Psychology and Aging. 34, 5, p. 729-737

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • The role of peers in personality development

    Zimmermann, J. & Reitz, A., 2018, The SAGE handbook of personality and individual differences. Zeigler-Hill, V. & Shackelford, T. (eds.). 1 ed. Sage Publishers

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

    Getting older, getting better? Towards understanding positive personality development across adulthood

    Reitz, A. & Staudinger, U., 2017, Personality development across the lifespan. Specht, J. (ed.). San Diego: Elsevier Ltd., p. 219-241

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  • Me, us, and them: Testing sociometer theory in a socially diverse real-life context

    Reitz, A. K., Motti-Stefanidi, F. & Asendorpf, J. B., Jun 2016, In : Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 110, 6, p. 908-920 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review