Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger is a lifespan psychologist and aging researcher. She is known for her work on the positive plasticity of aging (cognition, personality) as well as her research on resilience and on wisdom. Recently she has conducted groundbreaking studies to better understand the effects of work as an important developmental context in adult life.
She received her PhD from the Free University of Berlin, was Senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Professor for Lifespan Psychology at Dresden University and Founding Dean of the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development at Jacobs University Bremen. She has been the founding director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center (CAC) and is Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and of Psychology at Columbia University. She is Chairwoman of the Board of the Federal Institute for Population Research and is advising governments around the world on issues of population aging. She has been Vice President of the German National Academy of Sciences. As co-chair of the National Academy Network on the future of Aging, she co-authored the Recommendations “More Years, More Life.”