David Weiss, PhD

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Columbia Aging Center Faculty Member
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Psychology

David Weiss studies how people deal with aging-related changes, negative age stereotypes, and the gain and loss of social status across the lifespan. His studies include experimental, longitudinal, and cross-cultural methods to examine how motivational and social-cognitive factors affect physiological and psychological well-being. In particular, he is interested in self-regulatory processes to explain how individuals flexibly adapt to aging-related challenges. He has published in leading academic journals, including Psychology and Aging, Developmental Psychology, Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. For his research, he has received the Karl-Giehrl Award for distinguished dissertations, the Vontobel Award for Research on Age(ing), and the Calderone Award for Junior Faculty. He received his PhD in 2009 from the Friedrich-Alexander University and has taught between 2009 and 2014 at the University of Zurich.


Education & Training:
PhD, 2009, Friedrich-Alexander University
MSc, 2005, University of Kiel and Australian National University


Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University, School of Psychology


Honors and Awards:
Dean’s Initiative Pilot Award (2015)
Calderone Award for Junior Faculty (2014)
Vontobel Award for Research on Age(ing) (2011)
Karl-Giehrl Award for Outstanding PhD-Thesis (2010)


Selected Publications:
Weiss, D., & Weiss, M. (in press). The interplay of subjective social status and essentialist beliefs about aging on cortisol responses to challenge in older adults. Psychophysiology
Weiss, D., Job, V., Mathias, M., Grah, S., & Freund A.M. (in press). The end is (not) near: Aging, essentialism, and future time perspective. Developmental Psychology
Weiss, D., Sczesny, S., & Freund, A.M. (2016). Wanting to get more or protecting one’s assets: age-differential effects of gain versus loss perceptions on the willingness to engage in collective action. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 2, 254-264. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbu098
Weiss, D. (2014). What will remain when we are gone? Finitude and generation identity in the second half of life. Psychology and Aging, 29, 554-562. doi: 10.1037/a0036728
Weiss, D., Sassenberg, K., & Freund, A. M. (2013). When feeling different pays off: How older adults can counteract negative age-related information. Psychology and Aging, 28. 1140-6. doi: 10.1037/a0033811
Weiss, D., Freund, A. M., & Wiese, B. S. (2012). Mastering developmental transitions in young and middle adulthood: The interplay of openness to experience and traditional gender ideology on women's self-efficacy and well-being. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1774-84.




For more information, please see his Mailman School of Health page.