apl. Prof. Dr. Oliver Schilling

apl. Prof. Dr. Oliver ­ Schilling [✓]

Research Fellow -  Psychological Aging Research
Examinations Board
(Stellvertretender Vorsitz)
Piktogramm der Rolle 'Fachrat'
(Akademische Mitarbeiter*innen)



Room: R 019a
Bergheimer Straße 20
69115 Heidelberg

Research interest:

  • Old and very old age: Terminal change, adaptation to age-associated loss, subjective wellbeing
  • Microlongitudinal research (daily diary studies, ambulatory assessments, etc.)
  • Statistical methods: longitudinal data analysis

Current research project:

EMIL (Emotional Reactivity and Regulation in Old Age: A Multi-Time-Scale Approach added to ILSE)

Recent courses

Below you find a list of courses I am going to teach this semester (Wintersemester 2022/23).

Please refer to the lecture index (LSF) for past courses..

Entire list of publications: Google Scolar ; heiBIB


Recent publications:

  • Frenkel, M.O., Pollak, K.M. , Schilling, O., Voigt, L., Fritzsching, B., Wrzus, C., Egger-Lampl, S., Merle, U., Weigand, M.A., & Mohr, S. (2022). Stressors faced by healthcare professionals and coping strategies during the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany. PLoS ONE, 17 , e0261502. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0261502
  • Schilling, O.K., Wettstein, M., & Wahl, H.W. (2022). Associations of well-being levels, changes and within-person variability with late-life all-cause mortality across 12 years: Contrasting hedonic vs. eudaimonic well-being among very old adults. Frontiers in Psychology , 12 , 750891. doi:
  • Schilling, O.K., Gerstorf, D., Lücke, A.J., Katzorreck, M., Wahl, H.-W., Diehl, M., & Kunzmann, U. (2021). Emotional reactivity to daily stressors: Does stressor pile-up within a day matter for young-old and very old adults?. Psychology and Aging, advanced online publication. doi:  10.1037/pag0000667
  •  Lücke, A.J., Gerstorf, , D., Kunzmann, U., Katzorreck, M., Schmiedek, F., Hoppmann, C., & Schilling, O.K. (2021). Between-person and within-person associations of sleep and working-memory in the everyday lives of old and very old adults: Initial level, learning, and variability. Sleep, a dvance access publication. doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsab279
  • Pauly, T., Drewelies, J., Kolodziejczak, K., Katzorreck, M., Lücke, A.J., Schilling, O.K., Kunzmann, U., Wahl, H.-W., Ditzen, B., Ram, N., Gerstorf, D., &. Hoppmann, C.A. (2021). Positive and negative affect are associated with salivary cortisol in the everyday life of older adults: A quantitative synthesis of four aging studies. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 133 , 105403. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2021.105403
  • Kornadt, A.E., Weiss, D., Gerstorf, D., Kunzmann, U., Lücke, A.J., Schilling, O.K., Katzorreck, M., Siebert, J.S., & Wahl, H.-W. (2021). “I felt so old this morning.” Short-term variations in subjective age and the role of trait subjective age: Evidence from the ILSE/EMIL ecological momentary assessment data. Psychology and Aging, 36 , 373–382. doi: 10.1037/pag0000604

Selected past publications:

  • Schilling, O.K., Deeg, D.J.H., &. Huisman, M. (2018). Affective well-being in the last years of life: The role of health decline. Psychology and Aging, 33, 739-753. doi: 10.1037/pag0000279
  • 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
  • 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., & 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
  • 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