Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Wahl

WahlProf. Dr. Hans-Werner Wahl I Senior Profesor
Network Aging Research, Heidelberg University

Bergheimer Straße 20
D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)6221 54 8127




Hans-Werner Wahl is a former Professor of Psychological Aging Research, now being Seniorprofessor and Director of the Network Aging Research of Heidelberg University. He is also a senior researcher in the Department of Psychological Aging Research at the Institute of Psychology of Heidelberg University. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the Free University of Berlin in 1989. His research activities include the role of subjective aging as well as the physical-technological environments for aging well, adaptational processes related to chronic functional loss, and conceptual issues in aging research. He is the author or editor of more than 25 books and more than 390 scholarly journal articles and chapters chapters related to the study of adult development and aging (h-Index = 35). He is the founding editor of the European Journal of Ageing (together with Dorly Deeg) and a member of the editorial board of Psychology and Aging and The Gerontologist. Dr. Wahl is also a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). He has received the 2008 Social Gerontology Award (together with Manfred Diehl), the 2009 M. Powell Lawton Award of the GSA, and the 2019 IAGG-ER Advanced Scholar Award: Socio-Behavioral Sciences.

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Education and Professional Involvements

  • 1981 Diploma in Psychology, Heidelberg University
  • 1989 Dissertation in Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 1995 Habilitation in Psychology, Heidelberg University
  • 1997-2005 Professor of Social and Environmental Gerontology at the DZFA, Heidelberg University
  • 2006-2017 Professor of Psychological Ageing Research, Institute of Psychology, Heidelberg University
  • 2017-present Director Network Aging Research, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Psychology of Heidelberg University


Research Interests

  • Awareness of age-related change and subjection aging
  • Adaption to chronic impairment in later life
  • Aging and the role of context
  • Applied gerontology and intervention


European Journal of Ageing


Selection of Recent Publications

  • Wahl, H.-W. & Gerstorf, D. (2018). A conceptual framework for studying COntext Dynamics in Aging (CODA). Developmental Review. Online-published.
  • Diehl, M. K., Wahl, H.-W. & Freund, A. (2017). Ecological validity as a key feature of external validity in research on human development: Introduction to the Special Issue on `Ecological Validity in Developmental Research'. Research in Human Development, 14, 177-181.
  • Dutt, A. J., Gabrian, M. & Wahl, H.-W. (2018). Awareness of age-related change and depressive symptoms in middle and late adulthood: Longitudinal associations and the role of self-regulation and calendar age. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 73, 944-953.
  • Dutt, A. J., Wahl, H.-W., & Rupprecht (2018). Mindful vs. mind full: Processing strategies moderate the association between subjective aging experiences and depressive symptoms. Psychology and Aging, 33, 630-642. doi:
  • Jansen, C. P., Diegelmann, M., Schilling, O. K., Werner, C., Schnabel, E.-L., Wahl, H.-W. & Hauer, H. (2018). Pushing the boundaries: A physical activity intervention extends sensor-assessed life-space in nursing-home residents. The Gerontologist, 58, 979-988. doi:10.1093/geront/gnx136.
  • Schmidt, L. & Wahl, H.-W. (2018). Predicting performance in technology-based tasks in older adults with mild cognitive impairment and healthy controls: The role of self-efficacy and obsolescence. The Gerontologist. Online-published. doi: 10.1093/geront/gny062.
  • Siebert, J. S., Wahl, H.-W, Degen, C., & Schröder, J. (2018). Attitude toward own aging as a risk factor for cognitive pathology in old age: 12-year evidence from the ILSE study. Psychology and Aging, 33, 461-472.
  • Wettstein, M., Wahl, H.-W. & Heyl, V. (2018). 4-year reciprocal relationships between personality and functional ability in older adults with and without sensory impairment: Focus on neuroticism and agreeableness. Aging and Mental Health, 22, 834-843.
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