Psychology, Health, and Quality of Life

Research Groups

stress coping 40+


This research group aims to identify the optimal hormonal profile in both women and men to maintain and stabilize quality of life and vital longevity. Another emphasis of this group is to discriminate patients suffering from stress-related disorders such as depression or vital exhaustion from healthy study participants. All studies will help to identify age-based health markers that are longitudinally associated with successful stress-management.. Go to projects


While the profound impact of aversive or stressful life conditions have been repeatedly found to be related to an increased risk for the development of illnesses and disorders throughout the life course and lately, also in old age, much less is known about how aversive or stressful life conditions may help to develop abilities, strengths, and behaviors that increase resilience and may thus be beneficial for healthy aging. The main emphasis of this research group is on the identification of links and possible mechanisms between early-life adversity, resilience and healthy aging in a high-risk Swiss cohort of older adults. Go to projects



This research group investigates the impact of multiple goal pursuit on healthy aging, with a focus on exhaustion and recovery processes. More specifically, their research investigates two main research strands concerning the dynamics of healthy aging: (1) motivational changes across adulthood concerning (a) altruistic goals, and (b) the response to gains and losses and (2) processes of exhaustion and recovery in adulthood. Go to projects



Research Labs

health-biomarker lab


All analyses and ethics regulations regarding psychobiological data (e.g., hormones, genes) are being handled by this lab in close collaboration with different research groups particularly from the research area “Principles of Healthy Aging”. Go to projects

within-person health activity analytics lab

This lab encompasses a URPP-wide conceptual and methods development structure with the aim to provide hard- and software devices for mobile ambulatory assessment, intervention, and analysis of health-related functioning in real life. The lab further provides support and guidance regarding within-person and process-oriented research focusing on health stabilization. This lab also develops, implements, and coordinates a large-scale measurement burst study to investigate the short-term fluctuations and long-term trajectories between cognitive, social, emotional functioning, mobility, and daily life contexts in healthy older adults. Go to projects