Dr. Svenja Michaela Spuling

Scientist, Research


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


Dr. Svenja Michaela Spuling
+49 30 260 740-21
+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

  • Diehl, M., Wettstein, M., Spuling, S. M., & Wurm, S. (2021). Age-related change in self-perceptions of aging: longitudinal trajectories and predictors of change. Psychology and Aging, 36(3), 344-359. DOI: 10.1037/pag0000585
  • Wettstein, M., Spuling, S. M., Cengia, A., Nowossadeck, S., & Tesarz, J. (2020, online first). Associations of age and pain with 9-year functional health trajectories: the moderating role of information processing speed and accommodative coping. GeroPsych, 33(4), 183-195. DOI: 10.1024/1662-9647/a000221
  • Spuling, S. M., Klusmann, V., Bowen, C. E., Kornadt, A. E., & Kessler, E.-M. (2020). The uniqueness of subjective ageing: Convergent and discriminant validity. European Journal of Ageing, 17(4), 445–455. DOI: 10.1007/s10433-019-00529-7
  • Bowen, C. E., Spuling, S. M., Kornadt, A. E., & Wiest, M. (2020). Young people feel wise and older people feel energetic: comparing age stereotypes and self-evaluations across adulthood. European Journal of Ageing, 17(4), 435–444. DOI: 10.1007/s10433-019-00548-4
  • Wurm, S., Wiest, M., Wolff, J. K., Beyer, A.-K., & Spuling, S. M. (2020). Changes in views on aging in later adulthood: the role of cardiovascular events. European Journal of Ageing, 17(4), 457 - 467. DOI: 10.1007/s10433-019-00547-5
  • 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. DOI: 10.1026/0943-8149/a000084

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