Dr. Verena Klusmann

Post doc

Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Konstanz
P.O. Box 47
D-78457 Konstanz

Phone: +49 (0) 7531 88 5317
Fax: +49 (0) 7531 88 5226
Email: verena.klusmann [at] uni-konstanz.de


Curriculum Vitae

Professional experience

since 01/2011 Post doc, Psychological Assessment and Health Psychology
Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz
10/2014 - 09/2016 Temporary Professorship of Evidence-Based Health Promotion and Prevention at the University of Bremen
Department of Human and Health Sciences, University of Bremen
01/2009 - 12/2010 Research Associate (Pre doc), Prof. Dr. Isabella Heuser,
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin Campus Benjamin Franklin
10/2009 - 03/2010 Teaching Assistant, Prof. Dr. Florian Schmiedeck,
Humboldt-University of Berlin
10/2008 - 12/2008 Scholarship of the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin Campus Benjamin Franklin
05/2006 - 09/2008 Scholarship of the German Research Foundation, Graduate School Neuropsychiatry and Psychology of Aging (GK 429)

Education

10/2010 Ph.D. in Psychology: Physical and Cognitive Activity in Older Women - Promoting Cognitive Fitness and Aging Satisfaction
Free University Berlin
04/2006 Diploma in Psychology (Dipl.-Psych.)
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

Awards

2015 Poster Award of the Division of Health Psychology of the German Psychological Society: Musculus, L., Klusmann, V., Sproesser, G., Renner, B. (2015).
2014 Study Award of the German Society of Sport Psychology (asp) for the supervised Master's Thesis of Lisa Musculus "The Dynamic of Outcome Expectancies in the Process of Health Behavior Change"
2011 Marie-Schlei-Dissertation Award 2011 of the Free University Berlin
2010 Presentation Award of the Health Psychology Division of the International Association of Applied Psychology
2009 Poster Award of the Division of Health Psychology of the German Psychological Society
2008 Poster Award of the German Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gerontologie und Geriatrie e.V.)

Membership in Editorial Boards

  • Co-Editor of the Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie [European Journal of Health Psychology] (Hogrefe)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie [European Journal of Health Psychology] (Hogrefe)
  • Scholar Member of the International Advisory Board Panel of the British Journal of Health Psychology
  • Member of the Review Editorial Board of Frontiers of Eating Behavior

Membership in Professional Organizations

  European Health Psychology Society (EHPS)
  German Psychological Society (DGPs), Subdivisions: Health Psychology, Developmental Psychology
  Gerontological Society of America (GSA)

Positions in Professional Organizations

2012 - 2015 Spokesperson of the junior scientists of the Health Psychology Divison of the German Psychological Society (DGPs)

Research

Research interests

  • Social cognitions and self-regulation in the context of health-behavior change
  • Health promotion in old age
  • Motives for eating behavior over the life span
  • Emotion and action regulation over the life span
  • Promotion and maintenance of cognitive fitness
  • Subjective assessment of cognitive faculties
  • Subjective well-being over the life span
  • Images of aging/Views on aging/Aging perceptions

Projects

Current projects:

Scientific network 'Images of aging: Via a dynamic life-span model to new perspectives for research and practice'; Role: PI; funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG); 2017 - 2019
DIE KONSTANZER LIFE-STUDIE: Interdisciplinary research project on the health of Konstanz citizens; Role: Project conception/management; PI: Prof. Dr. Britta Renner; funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); launched in 2012
Study on Risks and Benefits for Our Health: Germany, Japan 2011 and 2013

Finished projects:

2011-2014: EATMOTIVE: Why we eat, what we eat. Motives, social context, and implications
(funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF)
2006-2010: Berlin stays fit – An intervention study to promote cognitive fitness in old age, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, PI: Prof. Dr. Isabella Heuser

Teaching

Past Teaching Activities

SS 16 Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention für ältere Menschen (Seminar)
Modul Zielgruppendifferenzierte Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung / Bachelor Public Health/Gesundheitswissenschaft
SS 16 Begleitseminar zur Masterarbeit
Modul Begleitseminar zur Master-Arbeit / Master Public Health - Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention
SS 16 Kommunale Gesundheitsförderung (Seminar)
Modul Kommunale Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention / Master Public Health - Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention
SS 16 Forschungsseminar
Modul Forschungsprojekt / Master Public Health - Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention
SS 16 Statistik mit SPSS (Seminar)
Modul Forschungsprojekt / Public Health - Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention, M.A.
WS 15/16 Gesundheitspsychologie (Seminar)
Modul Theorie und Grundlagen der Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung / Public Health/Gesundheitswissenschaft, B.A.
WS 15/16 Themenfindung Forschungsprojekt – S (Seminar)
Modul Einführung mit POL / Public Health - Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention, M.A.
WS 15/16 Forschungsseminar
Modul Forschungsprojekt / Public Health - Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention, M.A.
WS 15/16 Forschungsseminar (SPSS Übung)
Modul Forschungsprojekt / Public Health - Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention, M.A.
SS 15 Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention für ältere Menschen (Seminar)
Modul Zielgruppendifferenzierte Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung / Bachelor Public Health/Gesundheitswissenschaft
SS 15 Begleitseminar zur Bachelorarbeit
Modul Begleitseminar zur Bachelor-Arbeit / Bachelor Public Health/Gesundheitswissenschaft
SS 15 Kommunale Gesundheitsförderung (Seminar)
Modul Kommunale Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention / Master Public Health - Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention
SS 15 Forschungsseminar
Modul Forschungsprojekt / Master Public Health - Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention
WS 14/15 Gesundheitspsychologie (Seminar)
Modul Theorie und Grundlagen der Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung / Bachelor Public Health/Gesundheitswissenschaft und Bachelor Pflegewissenschaft
WS 14/15 Themenfindung Forschungsprojekt –S (Seminar)
Modul Einführung mit POL / Master Public Health - Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention
WS 14/15 Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung für ein erfolgreiches Altern in verschiedenen Settings (Seminar)
Modul Gesundheitsförderung in speziellen Settings / Master Public Health/Pflegewissenschaft
SS 13 Quantitative versus qualitative Methoden in der Gesundheitspsychologie
WS 12/13 Psychosoziale Faktoren: Warum gute Vorsätze nicht ausreichen - Modelle des Gesundheitsverhaltens
WS 12/13 Psychosoziale Faktoren: Add life to years not years to life - Altern und Gesundheit
SS 12 Gesundheitsverhalten erfassen
WS 11/12 Einführung in die angewandte Psychologie
SS 11 Risikoverhalten, Risikowahrnehmung und Risikokommunikation

Publications

in press
Book chapter

Klusmann, V. & Notthoff, N. (in press). Motivational barriers and resources for physical activity among older people. In: S.R. Nyman (Ed.), The Palgrave handbook of ageing and physical activity promotion, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

in press
Paper

Klusmann, V., Sproesser, G., Wolff, J., & Renner, B. (in press). Positive self-perceptions of aging promote healthy eating behavior across the lifespan via social-cognitive processes. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx139

2017
Paper

Sproesser, G., Klusmann, V., Ruby, M. B., Arbit, N., Rozin, P., Schupp, H. T., & Renner, B. (2017). The Positive Eating Scale: Relationship with objective health parameters and validity in Germany, the USA, and India. Psychology & Health. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2017.1336239

2017
Paper

Sproesser, G., Klusmann, V., Schupp, H., & Renner, B. (2017). Self-other differences in perceiving why people eat what they eat. Frontiers in Psychology. 8:209. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00209

2016
Paper

Klusmann, V., Musculus, L., Sproesser, G. & Renner, B. (2016). Fulfilled emotional outcome expectancies enable successful adoption and maintenance of physical activity. Frontiers in Psychology. 6:1990. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01990

2015
Book chapter

Renner, B., Klusmann, V. & Sproesser, G. (2015). Assessment of health behaviors. In: J. D. Wright (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences (2nd Ed., pp. 588-593). Oxford, England: Elsevier.

2015
Paper

Sproesser, G., Klusmann, V., Schupp, H. & Renner, B. (2015). Comparative optimism about healthy eating. Appetite, 90, 212-218. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2015.03.008

2012
Paper

Evers, A., Klusmann, V., Schwarzer, R., & Heuser, I. (2012). Does adherence moderate the effect of physical or mental training on episodic memory in older women? Advances in Physical Education, 2, 68-72. doi:10.4236/ape.2012.22012

2012
Paper

Evers, A., Klusmann, V., Ziegelmann, J. P., Schwarzer, R., & Heuser, I. (2012). Longterm adherence to a physical activity intervention: The role of telephone-assisted vs. self-administered coping plans and strategy use. Psychology & Health, 27, 784–797. doi:10.1080/08870446.2011.582114

2012
Paper

Klusmann, V., Evers, A., Schwarzer, R., & Heuser, I. (2012). Views on aging and emotional benefits of physical activity: Effects of an exercise intervention in older women. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13, 236-242. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.11.001

2012
Paper

Renner, B., Sproesser, G., Klusmann, V., & Schupp, H. (2012). Die Konstanzer Life-Studie. Adipositas, 6, 123-124.

2011
Paper

Evers, A., Klusmann, V., Schwarzer, R., & Heuser, I. (2011). Adherence to physical or mental activity interventions: Coping planning as a mediator and prior adherence as a moderator. British Journal of Health Psychology, 17, 477-491. doi:10.1111/j.2044-8287.2011.02049.x

2011
Paper

Evers, A., Klusmann, V., Schwarzer, R., & Heuser, I. (2011). Improving cognition by adherence to physical or mental exercise: A moderated mediation analysis. Aging & Mental Health, 15, 446-455. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2010.543657

2011
Book chapter

Klusmann, V. & Heuser, I. (2011). Körperliche und geistige Aktivierung [Physical and cognitive activation]. In: J. Haberstroh & J. Pantel (Hg.), Demenz psychosozial behandeln (S. 59-67), Heidelberg: AKA Verlag.

2011
Paper

Klusmann, V., Evers, A., Schwarzer, R., & Heuser, I. (2011). A brief questionnaire on metacognition: Psychometric properties. Aging & Mental Health, 15, 1052-1062. doi:10.1080/13607863.2011.583624

2011
Paper

Klusmann, V., Evers, A., Schwarzer, R., & Heuser, I. (2011). Activity experiences shape perceived fitness trajectories: Results from a 6-month randomized controlled trial in older women. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 18, 328-339. doi:10.1080/13825585.2011.553272

2010
Paper

Klusmann, V., Evers, A., Schwarzer, R., Schlattmann, P., Reischies, F. M., Heuser, I., & Dimeo, F. C. (2010). Complex mental and physical activity in older women and cognitive performance: A six-month randomized controlled trial. Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 65, 680-688. doi:10.1093/gerona/glq053.

2008
Book chapter

Klusmann, V. (2008). Metatelische Orientierungen im Alter: Erfolgreiches Altern durch Änderungen in persönlichen Motivstrukturen? [Successful aging by changes in personal motive structures?]. In: U. Mees & A. Schmitt (Hg.), Ziele und emotionale Gründe des Handelns: Studien zum zweidimensionalen Modell metatelischer Orientierungen (S. 163-196), Wien: LIT-Verlag.

Citable Abstracts & Talks

Talk

Klusmann, V. (2017). Altersbilder im Alltag von jungen und älteren Menschen festgehalten in Fotografien. [Images of aging in the life of younger and older adults – captured by photographies.] Paper presented at the Joint Congress of the Sections III and IV of the German Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (DGGG) 2017, Fulda/Germany.

2017
Symposium

Kessler, E.-M., & Klusmann, V. (2017). Individuelle Altersbilder – aktuelle Befunde der Gerontopsychologie. [Individual images of aging - recent findings out of gerontopsychology]. Chair of a Symposium at the Joint Congress of the Sections III and IV of the German Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (DGGG) 2017, Fulda/Germany.

2017
Citable abstract

Klusmann, V. (2017). Altersbilder im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes: Eine Anwendung der Photovoice-Methode. [Images of aging in the literal sense: An application of the Photovoice method.] In: R. Bromme et al. (Hg.). Gemeinsame Tagung der Fachgruppen Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie (S. 314). Leck, Münster: CPI books.

2017
Talk

Klusmann, V. (2017). Oh Schreck, ich werde alt! Bilder und Vorstellungen des Alterns. [Oh dear, I am getting old! Images and beliefs about aging] Invited presentation at Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) as part of the "Science & Society" Lectures, Jena, Germany.

2017
Citable abstract

Klusmann, V., Wolff, J., Sproesser, G., Renner, B. (2017). How and for whom do positive views on aging promote healthy eating behavior? Innovation in Aging, 1, Suppl. 1, 938―939. doi:10.1093/geroni/igx009

2017
Symposium

Kornadt, A. E., & Klusmann, V. (2017). Aktuelle Entwicklungen der Altersbildforschung – Messung, Mechanismen und Einfluss. [Current developments in the study of images of aging - Measurement, mechanisms and influence]. Chair of a Symposium at the Joint Congress of the Divisions of Developmental Psychology and Educational Psychology of the German Psychological Association (DGPs) 2017, Münster/Germany.

2017
Symposium

Wiest, M. & Klusmann, V. (2017). Views on aging in the dynamics of health behavior and adjustment. Chair of an International Symposium at the 21st IAAG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, San Francisco, USA.

2016
Talk

Klusmann, V., Wolff, J., Sproesser, G. & Renner, B. (2016). Positive images of aging promote healthy eating behavior and social-cognitive mechanisms explain why. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, USA.

2016
Citable abstract

Klusmann, V., Wolff, J., Sproesser, G., & Renner, B. (2016). Sag mir, was Älterwerden für dich bedeutet, und ich sage dir, wie du isst: Sozial-kognitive Mechanismen des Zusammenhangs von individuellen Altersbildern mit dem Essverhalten. [Tell me what aging means to you and I tell you how you eat: Social-cognitive mechanisms of the relationship between individual images of aging and eating behavior] In: I. Fritsche (Hg.). 50. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (S. 48). Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

2015
Talk

Klusmann, V. (2015). What does aging mean to you? On self-perceptions of aging in the context of health & health behavior. Paper presented as part of the Jacobs Lecture Series at Jacobs University Bremen, Bremen, Germany.

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