• 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


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. 


Top publications

  1. Self-esteem change during the transition from university to work

    Reitz, A., Shrout, P., Denissen, J., Dufner, M., & Bolger, N. (2020). Self-esteem change during the transition from university to work. Journal of Personality, 88(4), 689-702.

Find an expert or expertise