Anna Kornadt joined the University of Luxembourg in 2019 as a full professor in psychology with a focus on aging and lifespan development. She received her Diploma in psychology from the University of Mannheim in 2008 and her Ph.D. in psychology (summa cum laude) from Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in 2012. From 2013 to 2019 she was a postdoctoral researcher at Bielefeld University.
She is Head of Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences and acting head of the Institute of Lifespan Development, Family and Culture (LDFC). Anna is also Study Director of the Master en Gérontologie, a member of the scientific council of UL’s Institute for Advanced Studies and an elected member in the Faculty Council of the FHSE. Beyond the university, she is an expert in several policy commissions related to older people in Luxembourg.
Her research interests are centered around the question of what influences development across the life span (with a focus on midlife and old age) and how developmental outcomes further drive developmental regulation. Her main research areas are the influence of views on aging on developmental processes as well as personality and self-development in older age. She is also interested in the understanding of ageism, the psychological foundations of preparation for age-related changes, and the maintenance of health and well-being in later life. To address these research questions, different methods such as (longitudinal) surveys, ecological momentary assessments, and experimental studies are employed.
Anna’s research was published in international journals such as Psychology and Aging , Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences , Current Directions in Psychological Science , and the European Journal of Ageing . Anna is a member of the editorial boards of Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Psychology and Aging and GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry
She has previously worked in and coordinated several large, interdisciplinary projects designed to study development across the life span, such as the Ageing as Future project in Jena and the TwinLife project in Bielefeld. She is also a member of the DFG-funded scientific network “Images of Aging – Via a dynamic life-span model to new perspectives for research and practice”.