Dr. Svenja Michaela Spuling

Scientist, Research


Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen
Manfred-von-Richthofen-Straße 2
12101 Berlin


Dr. Svenja Michaela Spuling
Telephone: +49 30 260 740-21
Fax: +49 30 260 740-33


Research Interests

  • Health in the second half of life
  • Psychological factors and health
  • Subjective ageing
  • Lifespan developmental psychology
  • Analyses with the German Ageing Survey (DEAS)


Research Projects



  • 2017 Dr. phil. (Ph.D.), Freie Universität Berlin
  • Since 2011 Research Scientist, German Centre of Gerontology, Berlin
  • 2011 Diploma in Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2007 – 2011 Student Research Assistant, Project German Ageing Survey (DEAS), German Centre of Gerontology, Berlin


Selected Publications

  • Spuling, S. M., Wolff, J. K., & Wurm, S. (2017). Response shift in self-rated health after serious health events in old age. Social Science & Medicine, 192, 85-93. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.09.026
  • Spuling, S. M., Huxhold, O., & Wurm, S. (2017). Predictors of self-rated health: Does education play a role over and above age? The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 72(3), 415-424. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbv057
  • Spuling, S. M., Wurm, S., Tesch-Römer, C., & Huxhold, O. (2015). Changing predictors of self-rated health: Disentangling age and cohort effects. Psychology and Aging, 30(2), 462-474. doi: 10.1037/a0039111
  • Spuling, S. M., Miche, M., Wurm, S., & Wahl, H.-W. (2013). Exploring the causal interplay of subjective age and health dimensions in the second half of life: A cross-lagged-panel analysis. Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie, 21(1), 5-15.