Dr. Markus Wettstein

Scientist, German Ageing Survey


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


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


Research Interests

  • Health and well-being in old and very old age
  • Cognitive aging
  • Sensory abilities



  • 2008 Diploma in Psychology, Heidelberg University
  • 2012 Ph. D. in Psychology, Heidelberg University
  • 03/2012-09/2012 Postdoctoral researcher, Personality and Assessment, University of Zurich
  • 10/2012-11/2016 Research associate and project coordinator, Department of Psychological Aging Research and Network Aging Research (NAR), Heidelberg University [research project „LateLine: Longitudinal Analysis of Subjective Well-being in Very Old Age”]
  • 12/2016-06/2017 Researcher, Department of General Internal Medicine and Psychosomatics, Medical Hospital, Heidelberg University
  • Since 07/2017 Senior Scientist,  German Ageing Survey (DEAS), German Centre of Gerontology (DZA), Berlin
  • Since 01/2018 deputy director, German Ageing Survey (DEAS), German Centre of Gerontology (DZA), Berlin


Selected Publications

  • Wettstein, M., Wahl, H.-W., & Heyl, V. (2017). 4-Year Reciprocal Relationships Between Personality and Functional Ability in Older Adults with and without Sensory Impairment: Focus on Neuroticism and Agreeableness. Aging & Mental Health. Advance online publication.
  • 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: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 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., 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., 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.
  • 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: doi:10.1024/1662-9647/a000131
  • Wettstein, M., Wahl, H.-W., Shoval, N., Oswald, F., Voss, E., Seidl, U., Frölich, L., Auslander, G., Heinik, J., & 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
  • Wettstein, M., Seidl., U., Wahl, H.-W., Shoval, N., & Heinik, J. (2014). Behavioral competence and emotional well-being in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: Comparison with cognitively healthy controls and individuals with early-stage dementia. GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(2), 55-65. doi: 10.1024/1662-9647/a000102
  • Wettstein, M., Wahl, H.-W., Shoval, N., Auslander, G., Oswald, F., & Heinik, J. (2014). Cognitive status moderates the relationship between out-of-home behavior (OOHB), environmental mastery and affect. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 59 (1), 113-121. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2014.03.015
  • Wahl, H.-W., Wettstein, M., Shoval, N., Oswald, F., Kaspar, R., Issacson, M., Voss, E., Auslander, G., & 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


A complete list can be found here.



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