Anne K. Reitz, PhD

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Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Dr. Anne Reitz is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Columbia Aging Center. She studied psychology at Philipps-Universität Marburg and completed her final thesis at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London. Anne Reitz earned her PhD with highest honors from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin where she worked at the Department of Personality Psychology. She is an alumna of the International Max Planck Research School on The Life Course (LIFE) in the context of which she completed a research stay at the Life Course Development Lab, Institute for Social Research, at the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to the Columbia Aging Center, she held a Humboldt Post-doc Scholarship. 

Anne Reitz takes a lifespan perspective to investigate successful development in social context. Her work primarily focuses on: 1) the interplay between of social relationships, such as peers, and personality and social development, 2) sociocultural influences on adjustment and growth in immigrant youth and older adults, 3) developmental transitions and personality development.


Education and Training:

Dr. rer. nat. (PhD), 2013, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (with highest honors)
Graduate Program, 2013, International Max Planck Research School on The Life Course
Dipl.-Psych. (MSc), 2009, Philipps-Universität Marburg, King’s College London (with highest honors)


Honors and Awards:

2015, Margret and Paul Baltes Award for outstanding dissertations in developmental psychology, German Psychological Society 
2013, Humboldt Post-doc Scholarship, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Excellence Initiative 
2012-2015, Co-founder of the scientific network “Personality Development", German Research Foundation (SP 1462/1-1)
2010-2013, PhD Fellowship of the International Max Planck Research School on The Life Course 


Selected Publications:

Reitz, A. K., Motti-Stefanidi, F., & Asendorpf, J. B. (2015). Me, us, and them:
 Testing sociometer theory in a socially diverse real-life context. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Reitz, A. K., Asendorpf, J. B., & Motti-Stefanidi, F. (2015). When do immigrant adolescents feel personally discriminated against? Longitudinal effects of peer preference. International Journal of Behavioral Development. doi: 10.1177/0165025414567008

Reitz, A. K., Zimmermann, J., Hutteman, R., Specht, J. and Neyer, F. J. (2014). How peers make a difference: The role of peer groups and peer relationships in personality development. European Journal of Personality, 28(3), 279–288. doi: 10.1002/per.1965 

Dufner, M., Reitz, A. K., & Zander, L. (2014). Antecedents, consequences, and mechanisms: On the longitudinal interplay between academic self-enhancement and psychological adjustment. Journal of Personality. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12128

Hutteman, R., Hennecke, M., Orth, U., Reitz, A. K., & Specht, J. (2014). Developmental tasks as a framework to study personality development in adulthood and old age. European Journal of Personality, 28(3), 267-278. doi: 10.1002/per.1959

Reitz, A. K., Motti-Stefanidi, F., & Asendorpf, J. B. (2014). Mastering developmental transitions in immigrant adolescents: The longitudinal interplay of family functioning, developmental and acculturative Tasks. Developmental Psychology, 50(3), 754-765. doi:10.1037/a0033889

Specht, J., Bleidorn, W., Denissen J. J. A., Hennecke, M., Hutteman, R., Kandler, C., Orth, U., Reitz, A. K., & Zimmerman, J. (2014). What drives adult personality development? A comparison of theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence. European Journal of Personality28(3), 216-230. doi: 10.1002/per.1966