Guest lecture 3 May 2016: Professor Jutta Heckhausen
Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 10.15 am
Athena building, Siltavuorenpenger 3A
University of Helsinki
Professor Katariina Salmela-Aro, University of Helsinki & Jyväskylä University
Windows of Opportunity for Individual Agency Across the Life Course: Enacting and Counteracting Social Inequality
Professor Jutta Heckhausen, University of California Irvine, USA
Audience Q & A
The event is free of charge and does not require registration. Welcome!
Jutta Heckhausen grew up in Germany and did her graduate work and Ph.D. at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland (advisor: Dr. H. Rudolph Schaffer) where she studied the way in which infants’ development is promoted by interaction and joint activities with their mothers. In 1984, Jutta Heckhausen joined the Center for Life-Span Psychology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development in Berlin (director: Dr. Paul B. Baltes), where over the years she became a senior scientist with her own research group. In the 1980s and 90s, she expanded her research area to include development in adulthood and old age, formulated the life-span theory of control with her collaborator Dr. Richard Schulz (Univ. of Pittsburgh), and launched a research program to test its propositions and applicability to developmental regulation in adulthood. In 2000, she joined the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at UC Irvine. In 1995/96, Dr. Heckhausen was a fellow at the Center for Social and Behavioral Science at Stanford. In 1999 she won the Max Planck Award for International Collaboration, and in 2014 the Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award. Her numerous books and journal articles are widely cited (14,023 citations, h-index 43).
Professor Heckhausen's research interests include life-span developmental psychology, motivational psychology, control behavior, psychological influences on health, and developmental regulation across the life span. Her ongoing research addresses the role of the individual as an active agent in major life-course transitions and when confronted with challenging life events. Specifically, Heckhausen's research team currently conducts empirical studies in three areas: (1) psychological and in particular motivational processes involved in social mobility during the transition to adulthood, (2) goal engagement and disengagement during adulthood and old age, and (3) the role of individual differences in the regulation of goal engagement and in implicit motives for achievement, power and affiliation in shaping the way individuals influence their own development.