Prof. Dr. Cornelia Wrzus

Department Chair

Wrzus Department of Psychological Aging Research
Institute of Psychology, Heidelberg University

Bergheimer Str. 20, Room 032
D-69115 Heidelberg

Tel. +49 (0)6221 - 54 81 10

E-Mail: Cornelia Wrzus

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Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2018 Professor for psychological aging research, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • 2017 Offer of professorship for psychological aging research, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • 2017 Offer of professorship for personality psychology and psychological assessment, University Bremen, Germany
  • 2015 William Stern award for „excellent innovative work in personality psychology“ awarded by the German Psychological Society (DGPs)
  • 2013-2018 Assisstant professor for personality psychology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
  • 2009-2013 Postdoctoral research fellow at Max Planck Research Group “Affect across the lifespan”, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
  • 2008 Doctoral thesis “Similarity in personal relationships: Associations with relationship regulation between and within individuals”, University Potsdam, Germany
  • 2007 Research visit at Prof. John B. Nezlek, College of William & Mary, Virginia, USA
  • 2005-2008 Predoctoral research fellow at Humboldt University Berlin, University Vechta and University Potsdam, Germany
  • 1999-2005 Bachelor and Master of Psychology at the University Potsdam, Germany


Main research areas

  • Short- and long-term processes of personality development in young and late adulthood
  • Normative patterns and individual differences in the development of social relationships during adulthood
  • Emotional processes across the lifespan
  • Ambulatory assessment of personality processes, emotions and social interactions


Selected publications

  • Wrzus, C., & Roberts, B. W. (2017). Processes of personality development in adulthood: The TESSERA framework. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 21, 253-277. doi: 10.1177/1088868316652279
  • Wrzus, C., Egloff, B., & Riediger, M. (2017). Using Implicit Association Tests in age-heterogeneous samples: The importance of cognitive abilities and quad model processes. Psychology and Aging, 32, 432-446. doi: 10.1037/pag0000176
  • Wrzus, C., & Neyer, F. J. (2016). Co-development of personality and friendships across the lifespan: An empirical review on selection and socialization. European Psychologist, 21, 254 –273 doi: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000277
  • Wrzus, C., Wagner, G. G., & Riediger, M. (2016). Personality-situation transactions from adolescence to old age. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110, 782-799. doi: 10.1037/pspp0000054.
  • Wrzus, C., & Mehl, M. (2015). Lab and/or field? Measuring personality processes and their social consequences. European Journal of Personality, 29, 250-271. doi: 10.1002/per.1986


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Letzte Änderung: 2018-08-27
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