Dr. Markus Wettstein

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Alterssurvey


Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen (DZA)
Manfred-von-Richthofen-Straße 2
12161 Berlin


Dr. Markus Wettstein
Telefon: +49 30 260 740-34
Fax: +49 30 260 740-33



  • Gesundheit und Wohlbefinden im hohen und sehr hohen Alter
  • Kognitive Entwicklung im Alter
  • Sensorische Fähigkeiten


  • 2008 Diplom in Psychologie, Universität Heidelberg
  • 2012 Promotion in Psychologie, Universität Heidelberg
  • 03/2012-09/2012 Postdoktorand und Oberassistent, Persönlichkeitspsychologie und Diagnostik, Universität Zürich
  • 10/2012-11/2016 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Postdoktorand und Projektkoordinator, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Abteilung für Psychologische Alternsforschung und Netzwerk Alternsforschung (NAR) [Forschungsprojekt „LateLine: Längsschnittliche Analyse des psychologischen Wohlbefindens im sehr hohen Alter]
  • 12/2016-06/2017 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Universitätsklinik Heidelberg, Klinik für Allgemeine Innere Medizin und Psychosomatik, Sektion Integrierte Psychosomatik
  • Seit 07/2017 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Deutschen Alterssurvey (DEAS) am Deutschen Zentrum für Altersfragen (DZA), Berlin
  • Seit 01/2018 stellvertetretender Leiter des Deutschen Alterssurveys (DEAS) am Deutschen Zentrum für Altersfragen (DZA), Berlin


Ausgewählte Veröffentlichungen


  • Wettstein, M., Eich, W., Bieber, C., & Tesarz, J. (2018). Pain intensity, disability, and quality of life in patients with chronic low back pain: Does age matter? Pain Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/pm/pny062
  • Wettstein, M., Wahl, H.-W., & Heyl, V. (2018). Visual acuity and cognition in older adults with and without hearing loss: Evidence for late-life sensory compensation? Ear & Hearing, 39 (4), 746-755. doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000531
  • Wettstein, M., Wahl, H.-W., & Heyl, V. (2018). Assimilative and accommodative coping in older adults with and without sensory impairment: Four-year change and prospective relations with affective well-being. Aging & Mental Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1479833
  • Wettstein, M., Wahl, H.-W., & Heyl, V. (2018). Four-year reciprocal relationships between personality and functional ability in older adults with and without sensory impairment: Focus on neuroticism and agreeableness. Aging & Mental Health, 22(6), 834-843. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2017.1318259
  • Wettstein, M., Eich, W., Bieber, C., & Tesarz, J. (2018). Profiles of subjective well-being in patients with chronic back pain: Contrasting subjective and objective correlates. Pain Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/pm/pny162
  • Wettstein, M., Wahl, H.-W., & Schwenk, M. (2018). Life space in older adults. In B. Knight,  S. D. Neupert, N. D. Anderson, H.-W. Wahl, & N. A. Pachana (Eds.), Oxford Encyclopedia of psychology and aging. Retrieved 5 Sep. 2018 from http://psychology.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.001.0001/acrefore-9780190236557-e-441.
  • Wettstein, M., & Wahl, H.-W. (2018). Höheres Alter [Old age]. In C. W. Kohlmann, C. Salewski, & M. A. Wirtz (Eds.), Psychologie in der Gesundheitsförderung [Psychology in health promotion] (pp. 605-616). Bern, Switzerland: Hogrefe.
  • Wettstein, M., Tauber, B., Wahl, H.-W., & Frankenberg, C. (2017). 12-year associations of health with personality in the second half of life: Being versus feeling healthy. GeroPsych, 30(1), 5-17. doi: 10.1024/1662-9647/a000162
  • Wettstein, M., Tauber, B., Kuzma, E., & Wahl, H.-W. (2017). The interplay between personality and cognitive ability across 12 years in middle and late adulthood: Evidence for reciprocal associations. Psychology and Aging, 32(3), 259-277. doi: 10.1037/pag0000166
  • Wettstein, M., & Wahl, H.-W. (2017). Plasticity of aging. In N. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of geropsychology (pp. 1823-1831). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Wettstein, M., Kuzma, E., Wahl, H.-W., Heyl, V. (2016). Cross-sectional and longitudinal relationship between neuroticism and cognitive ability in advanced old age: The moderating role of severe sensory impairment. Aging & Mental Health, 20(9), 918-29. doi:10.1080/13607863.2015.1049119
  • Wettstein, M., Schilling, O. K., & Wahl, H.-W. (2016). “Still feeling healthy after all these years”: The paradox of subjective stability versus objective decline in very old adults’ health and functioning across five years. Psychology and Aging, 31(8), 815-830.doi:10.1037/pag0000137
  • Wettstein, M., & Wahl, H.-W. (2016). Hearing. In S. K. Whitbourne (Ed.), The encyclopedia of adulthood and aging (pp. 608-613). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley
  • Wettstein, M., Schilling, O. K., Reidick, O., & Wahl, H.-W. (2015). Four-year stability, change, and multidirectionality of well-being in very-old age. Psychology and Aging, 30(3), 500-516. doi: 10.1037/pag0000037
  • Wettstein, M., Wahl, H.-W., & Heyl, V. (2015). Cognition–well-being relations in old age: Moderated by sensory impairment. GeroPsych, 28(3), 123-136. doi: 10.1024/1662-9647/a000131
  • Wettstein, M., Wahl, H.-W., Shoval, N., Oswald, F., Voss, E., Seidl, U., . . . Landau, R. (2015). Out-of-home behavior and cognitive impairment in older adults: Findings of the SenTra project. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 34(1), 3-25. doi: 10.1177/0733464812459373
  • Wettstein, M., Wahl, H.-W., Shoval, N., Auslander, G., Oswald, F., & Heinik, J. (2015). Identifying mobility types in cognitively heterogeneous older adults based on GPS-tracking: What discriminates best? Journal of Applied Gerontology, 34(8), 1001-1027. doi: 10.1177/0733464813512897
  • Kaspar, R., Oswald, F., Wahl, H.-W., Voss, E., & Wettstein, M. (2015). Daily mood and out-of-home mobility in older adults: Does cognitive impairment matter? Journal of Applied Gerontology, 34(1), 26-47. doi: 10.1177/0733464812466290
  • Wettstein, M., Wahl, H.-W., & Diehl, M. (2014). A multidimensional view of out-of-home behaviors in cognitively unimpaired older adults: Examining differential effects of socio-demographic, cognitive, and health-related predictors. European Journal of Ageing, 11(2), 141-153. doi: 10.1007/s10433-013-0292-6
  • Wahl, H.-W., Wettstein, M., Shoval, N., Oswald, F., Kaspar, R., Issacson, M., . . . Heinik, J. (2013). Interplay of cognitive and motivational resources for out-of-home behavior in a sample of cognitively heterogeneous older adults: Findings of the SenTra project. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 68(5), 691-702. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbs106


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