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Daniela Jopp, Ph.D., Psychologist

Institute of Gerontology
Heidelberg University
Bergheimer Strasse 20
69115 Heidelberg

Tel.: +49 6221 - 54 81 52
Fax: +49 6221 - 54 59 61

e-mail: daniela.jopp[at]gero.uni-heidelberg.de

D Jopp

Starting September 1st, 2008 Fordham University, Bronx, NY, USA, Psychology Department


• 1997 Diplom (M.A. equivalent) in Psychology, Free University of Berlin
• 2003 Ph.D. in Psychology, Free University of Berlin

Work and Research Interests

• Psychological mechanisms of successful development and aging
• Resources, strategies, and beliefs, and how they interact
• Psychological strengths in centenarians
• Adaptation to and coping with critical life events, disease, and the aging process
• The role of activities and health in cognition and memory performance
• Memory beliefs and metamemory
• Lifespan psychology (adulthood, old age, centenarians)


Successful Development in the Domain of Cognitive Functioning: On the interplay between resources, strategies, and beliefs (funded by the DFG; JO 385/4-1; 2005-2008; PI)

Successful Aging at the Workplace in Cooperation with Microsoft Corporation (funded by the U.S. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research NIDRR; 2007-2009; Co-PI: Daniela Jopp & Jon Sanford)


• Successful Aging: Concepts and Determinants
• Successful Aging: Intervention Approaches
• Subjective Well-Being: Theories and Empirical Findings
• Psychological Strengths in Old Age

Further Professional Expertise and Activities

• Post-Doctoral Student Representative of the American Psychological Association


Prof. Fredda Blanchard-Fields, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Kathrin Boerner, Jewish Home Lifecare, New York, NY
Prof. Christopher Hertzog, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Bernhard Leipold, University of Hildesheim
Prof. Ulman Lindenberger, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
Prof. Frank Oswald, Institute of Psychology, University of Heidelberg
Prof. Jacqui Smith, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI
Dr. Marina Schmitt, Institute of Gerontology, University of Dortmund

Selected Publications

Jopp, D., Rott, C., & Oswald, F. (in press). Valuation of life in old and very old age: The role of socio-demographic, social, and health resources for positive adaptation. The Gerontologist.

Jopp, D., & Hertzog, C. (2007). Activities, self-referent beliefs and cognitive performance: Evidence for direct and mediated relations. Psychology and Aging, 22, 811–825.

Boerner, K., & Jopp, D. (2007). Improvement/maintenance and reorientation as central features of coping with major life change and loss: Contributions of three life-span theories. Human Development, 50, 171–195.

Dittmann-Kohli, F., & Jopp, D. (2007). Identity, self, and life-management: Possibilities and limits in late adulthood. In J. Bond, F. Dittmann-Kohli, S. M. Peace, & G. Westerhof (Eds.), Ageing and Society (3rd ed., pp. 268–295). London: Sage.

Jopp, D., & Rott, C. (2006). Adapting to very old age: Exploring the role of personal resources and protective mechanism in centenarians. Psychology and Aging, 21, 266–280.

Jopp, D., & Smith, J. (2006). Resources and life-management strategies as determinants of successful aging: On the protective effect of selection, optimization, and compensation (SOC). Psychology and Aging, 21, 253–265.

Smith, J., & Jopp, D. (2005). Geschlechterdifferenzen im Alter(n) [Gender differences in aging]. In N. Birbaumer, et al. (Series Eds.), S.-H. Filipp & U. M. Staudinger (Vol. Eds.), Enzyklopädie der Psychologie: Vol. C, V, 6. Entwicklungspsychologie des mittleren und höheren Erwachsenenalters (pp. 501–524). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Jopp, D., & Leipold, B.(2004). Zur Wahrnehmung von Ressourcen und ihrer Bedeutung für das Wohlbefinden: Altersassoziierte Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 37, 354–356.

Smith, J., Maier, H., Borchelt, M., & Jopp, D. (2003). Health and well-being in old age: Findings from the Berlin Aging Study. Journal of Social Issues, 58, 715–732.


Selected Presentations

Jopp, D., & Hertzog, C. (2007, November). Memory action control beliefs: Relations to strategy use and performance. Paper presented at the 60. Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA.

Jopp, D., Hoppmann, C., & Blanchard-Fields, F. (2007, November). Linking resources and goal pursuit in older couples: an experience-sampling approach. Paper presented at the 60. Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA.

Jopp, D., & Hertzog, C. (2007, September). Resilienz bei jungen, mittelalten und älteren Personen: Zur Rolle von Ressourcen, Lebensmanagementstrategien und Überzeugungen [Resilience in young, middle-aged, and older individuals: On the role of resources, life management strategies, and beliefs]. Paper presented at the 18. Meeting of the Developmental Psychology Section of the German Society for Psychology, Heidelberg, Germany.

Jopp, D., & Rott, C. (2006, November). Meaning in life and will to live: Assurance for positive adaptation in very old age. Paper presented at the 59. Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Dallas, TX.

Jopp, D., & Hertzog, C. (2005, November). Health dimensions and their relation to beliefs about cognition, strategy use, and cognitive performance. Paper presented at the 58. Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in Orlando, FL.

Jopp, D., & Smith, J. (2004, July). Linking perceived health change, depression, and aging satisfaction to survival: Results of the Berlin Aging Study. Poster presented at the 18. Biannual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Ghent, Belgium.

Jopp, D., Rott, C., & d’Heureuse, V. (2004, August). On the roles of resources, self-referent beliefs, and attitudes towards life for successful aging: First results from the Heidelberg Centenarian Study. Paper presented at the 28. International Congress of Psychology, Beijing, China.


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