Apl. Prof. Dr. Oliver Schilling

Deputy Department Chair

SchillingDepartment of Psychological Ageing Research
Institute of Psychology, Heidelberg University‚Äč

Bergheimer Str. 20, Room 019/1
D-69115 Heidelberg

Phone +49 (0)6221 - 54 81 04
Fax +49 (0)6221 - 54 81 12
E-Mail: Oliver Schilling


  • 1993 Diploma in Psychology, Heidelberg University
  • 2004 Doctorate in Psychology, Heidelberg University
  • 2009 Habilitation in Psychology (equivalent to a second Ph.D.), Heidelberg University
  • 2012 Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Heidelberg University

Research Interests

  • Adaptivity of subjective well-being in advanced old age
  • Terminal processes
  • Multivariate statistical methods, in particular longitudinal structural
    equation models and multilevel models

 Selected Publications

(complete list of publications enclosed in the vita)

  • Schilling, O.K. (2016). Distance-to-death research in geropsychology. In: N.A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_125-1
  • Schilling, O.K., Wahl, H.-W., Boerner, K., Horowitz, A., Reinhardt, J.P., Cimarolli, V.R., Brennan-Ing, M., & Heckhausen, J. (2016). Developmental regulation with progressive vision loss: Use of control strategies and affective well-being. Developmental Psychology. doi: 10.1037/pag0000099
  • Wettstein, M., Schilling, O.K., Reidick, O., & Wahl, H.-W. (2015). 4-year stability, change, and multidirectionality of well-being in very-old age. Psychology and Aging, online first publication. doi: 10.1037/pag0000037
  • Schilling, O.K. & Diehl, M. (2014). Reactivity to stressor pile-up in adulthood: Effects on daily negative and positive affect. Psychology and Aging, 29, 72-83. doi: 10.1037/a0035500
  • Schilling, O.K., Wahl, H.-W., Boerner, K., Reinhardt, J.P., Brennan-Ing, M., & Horowitz, A. (2013). Change in psychological control in visually impaired older adults over two years: Role of functional ability and depressed mood. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 68, 750-761. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbs118
  • Schilling, O.K., Wahl, H.-W., & Wiegering, S. (2013). Affective development in advanced old age: Analyses of terminal change in positive and negative affect. Developmental Psychology, 49, 1011-1020. doi: 10.1037/a0028775
  • Vogel, N., Schilling, O.K., Wahl, H.-W., Beekman, A. T. F., & Penninx, B. W. J. H. (2013). Time-to-death-related change in positive and negative affect among older adults approaching the end of life. Psychology and Aging, 28, 128-141. doi: 10.1037/a0030471
  • Schilling, O.K., Wahl, H.-W., Horowitz, A., Reinhardt, J.P., & Boerner, K. (2011). The Adaptation dynamics of chronic functional impairment: What we can learn from older adults with vision loss. Psychology and Aging, 26, 203-213. doi: 10.1037/a0021127
  • Schilling, O.K. & Wahl, H.-W. (2006). Modeling late life adaptation in affective well-being under a severe chronic health condition: The case of age-related macular degeneration. Psychology and Aging, 21, 703-714. doi: 10.1037/0882-7974.21.4.703
  • Schilling, O. (2006). Development of life satisfaction in old age: Another view on the "paradox". Social Indicators Research, 75 , 241-271. doi: 10.1007/s11205-004-5297-2
  • Schilling, O.K. (2005). Cohort- and age-related decline in elder's life satisfaction: is there really a paradox? European Journal of Ageing, 2, 254-263. doi: 10.1007/s10433-005-0016-7



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