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Eric Schmitt, Ph.D., Professor, Lecturer

Institute of Gerontology
University of Heidelberg
Bergheimer Str. 20
69115 Heidelberg
Germany

Tel.: + 49 6221 - 54 81 82
Fax: + 49 6221 - 54 59 61

e-mail: eric.schmitt[at]gero.uni-heidelberg.de
E Schmitt


Education

• 1990 Diplom (M.A. equivalent) in Psychology, University of Heidelberg
• 1993 Ph.D., University of Greifswald
• 2000 Qualified as a university lecturer (Habilitation), University of Heidelberg

Work and Research Interests

• Age stereotypes
• Coping
• Intergenerational relationships

Projects

Social participation and responsibility among older people in Eastern Europe – A cooperation between the Memory, Responsibility, and Future Foundation and the Institute for Gerontology at the University of Heidelberg (funded by the Memory, Responsibility, and Future Fundation; 2008-2012; project collaborator, member of the steering group)

INTERGERO: Implementation of an international interdisciplinary program for teaching Gerontology: A Consortia Implementation Project (funded by the European Community/United States of America Cooperation Program in Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training; seit 2004; Intergero project coordinator Heidelberg)

ILSE: Interdisziplinäre Längsschnittstudie des Erwachsenenalters über Bedingungen gesunden und zufriedenen Alters [Interdisciplinary Longitudinal Study of Adult Development] (funded by the Federal Ministry for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ); 1. MZP 1993-1996, 2. MZP 1997-2000, 3. MZP 2005-2007; member of the extended steering group)

• BIAS: Bilder des Alters und Sozialstruktur [Images of old age and social structure] (funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs and Senior Citizens; 1994-1997; project leader, Greifswald/Heidelberg)

• Lebenssituation und Lebensrückblick (ehemaliger) jüdischer Emigranten und Lagerhäftlinge [Life situation and life review of (former) Jewish emigrants and concentration camp survivors] (funded by the Allgemeine Hypothekenbank Foundation; 1990-2000; project leader)

Courses

• Theories of Gerontology
• Lifespan Psychology
• Intervention
• Coping
• Psychotraumatology
• Resilience
• Cognitive Development
• Biographical Research

Further Professional Expertise and Activities

• 1999 Member of the European Expert Advisory Group on Healthy Ageing
• 1999-2007 Member of the Federal Commission for the promotion of young scientists
• 2002 Member of the Expert Commission on “Old Age and Politics” (Freidrich-Ebert Foundation)
• 2008 Visiting Professor at the University of Zurich, Switzerland

Cooperations

• Ain Shams University, Cairo, Prof. Ahmed Kamel Mortagy. Faculty of Medicine
European Master of Gerontology
• United Nations, Focal Point for Ageing Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Dr. Alexandre Sidorenko
• Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, Scripps Gerontology Center, Department of Sociology & Gerontology,
Prof. Dr. Suzanne R. Kunkel
• Moscow State University, Department of Developmental Psychology, Prof. Dr. Andrei I. Podolskij
Nottingham Trent University, Psychology Division, Dr. Nigel Hunt
• Oregon State University, College of Health & Human Sciences, Prof. Michael R. Levenson
Promotionskolleg „Kognitive Einschränkung im Alter und die räumliche Alltagsumwelt“ [Graduate School of
Cognitive Impairment in Old Age and the Spatial Everyday Environment]
• San Francisco State University, College of Health & Human Sciences, Prof. Dr. Anabel Pelham
• Universidad de Salamanca, Facultad de Psicología, Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva – Master en
gerontología, Prof. Dr. Belén Bueno Martinez
• University of Zürich – Department of Psychology, Gerontopsychology, Prof. Dr. Mike Martin
University of Southampton, Health Psychology Research Group, Prof. Dr. Peter G. Coleman

Selected Publications

Schmitt, E. (2008). Altersbilder und die Verwirklichung von Potenzialen des Alters [Age stereotypes and the

realisation of potentials in old age]. In A. Kruse (Ed.), Weiterbildung in der zweiten Lebenshälfte. Multidisziplinäre Antworten auf Herausforderungen des demografischen Wandels (pp. 49-66). Bertelsmann: Bielefeld.

Kruse, A., & Schmitt, E. (2006). A multidimensional scale for the measurement of agreement with

agestereotypes and the salience of age in social interaction. Ageing & Society, 26, 393-411.

Kruse, A., & Schmitt, E. (2006). Adult education. In J. E. Birren (Ed.), Encyclopedia of gerontology (2nd

ed., pp. 312-332). Oxford: Elsevier.

Kruse, A., & Schmitt, E. (2004). Differenzielle Psychologie des Alterns [Differential psychology of ageing].

In K. Pawlik (Ed.), Enzyklopädie der Psychologie – Angewandte Differenzielle Psychologie (pp. 533-571). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Schmitt, E. (2004). Altersbild – Begriff, Befunde und politische Implikationen [Age stereotypes – concept,

findings, and political implications]. In A. Kruse & M. Martin (Eds.), Enzyklopädie der Gerontologie (pp. 135-148). Bern: Huber.

Schmitt, E. (2004). Aktives Altern, Leistungseinbußen, soziale Ungleichheit und Altersbilder: Ein Beitrag

zum Verständnis von Resilienz und Vulnerabilität im höheren Erwachsenenalter [Active ageing, decreasing capability, social inequality and age stereotypes: A contribution to resilience and vulnerability in older adulthood]. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 37, 280-292.

Kruse, A., & Schmitt, E. (2002). Entwicklung der Persönlichkeit im Lebenslauf – die Analyse von

Entwicklung aus einer aufgaben-, konflikt- und daseinsthematischen Perspektive [Lifespan personality development – analysing develepment from a task, conflict and concern-oriented perspective]. In G. Jüttemann & H. Thomae (Eds), Persönlichkeit und Entwicklung (pp. 122-156). Weinheim: Beltz.

Kruse, A., & Schmitt, E. (2001). Adult education and training: Cognitive aspects. In N. J. Smelser & P. B.

Baltes (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Social & Behavioral Sciences (pp.139-142). Oxford: Pergamon.

Kruse, A., & Schmitt, E. (2001). Psychology of death and dying. In N. J. Smelser & P. B. Baltes (Eds.),

International Encyclopedia of Social & Behavioral Sciences (pp. 3263-3267). Oxford: Pergamon.

Kruse, A., & Schmitt, E. (2001). Psychology of education in old age. In N. J. Smelser & P. B. Baltes (Eds.),

International Encyclopedia of Social & Behavioral Sciences (pp. 4223-4227). Oxford: Pergamon.

Schmitt, E. (2001). Zur Bedeutung von Erwerbstätigkeit und Arbeitslosigkeit im mittleren und höheren

Erwachsenenalter für das subjektive Alterserleben und die Wahrnehmung von Potentialen und Barrieren eines mitverantwortlichen Lebens [The impact of employment and unemployment in middle and upper adulthood on social perceptions of ones’ own ageing process, potentials and barriers to leading a productive and responsible life]. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 34, 218-231.

Schmitt, E., & Zimprich, D. (2001). Altersstereotype in ländlichen versus städtischen Regionen in

Deutschland [Age stereotypes in rural and urban regions of Germany]. Sozialer Fortschritt, 50, 227-233.

Kruse, A., & Schmitt, E. (2000). Wir haben uns als Deutsche gefühlt [We felt like Germans]. Darmstadt:

Steinkopff.

Kruse, A., & Schmitt, E. (1999). Reminiscence of traumatic experiences in (former) Jewish emigrants and

concentration camp survivors. In A. Maercker, M. Schützwohl, & Z. Solomon (Eds.), Post-traumatic stress disorder. A lifespan developmental perspective (pp. 155-176). Seattle: Hogrefe & Huber.

Schmitt, E., Kruse, A., & Re, S. (1999). Auseinandersetzung mit belastenden Erinnerungen bei

Überlebenden des Holocaust [Coping with traumatic memories in holocaust survivors]. Zeitschrift für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie, 45, 279-297.

Schmitt, E., & Kruse, A. (1998). Die Gegenwart des Holocaust im Erleben zurückgekehrter jüdischer

Emigranten [The presence of the holocaust in the everyday life of returned emigrants]. In A. Kruse (Ed.), Psychosoziale Gerontologie: Band I. Grundlagen (pp. 276-298). Darmstadt: Steinkopff.

 

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