Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jana Nikitin

Head of the Psychology of Ageing group

T: +43-1-4277-47440

F: +43-1-4277-847440

E-mail: jana.nikitin@univie.ac.at

Room: O3.56

Office hours: by appointment

Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology

Liebiggasse 5

1010 Vienna

Research interests

  • Initialisation and maintenance of social relationships in different contexts up to old age
  • Socio-motivational development in adulthood
  • Motivation by approach and avoidance
  • Motivational processes in the context of important life events
  • Effects of negative stereotypes on social motivation
  • Conceptions of age

Academic career

since 09/2020 University professor of Psychology of Ageing (University of Vienna)
10/2016 - 08/2020 Assistant professor of Personality and Developmental Psychology (University of Basel)
09/2014 - 09/2016 Senior Teaching and Research Associate at the Chair of Developmental Psychology: Adulthood (University of Zurich)
02/2014 - 08/2014 Associate professor of Developmental Psychology (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
07/2009 - 01/2014 Senior Teaching and Research Associate at the Chair of Developmental Psychology: Adulthood (University of Zurich)
10/2008 - 06/2009 Postdoctoral university assistant, Developmental Psychology: Adulthood (University of Zurich)
03/2005 - 09/2009 Doctoral candidate, Developmental Psychology: Adulthood (University of Zurich)
06/2004 - 02/2005 Research assistant, project Flow Experience in Everyday Life, PI: Urs Schallberger (University of Zurich)


2015 Habilitation in the field of psychology, University of Zurich
2008 Doctoral degree, University of Zurich
2003 Master’s degree, University of Zurich

Relevant publications by Jana Nikitin

Bühler, J. L., & Nikitin, J. (2020). Sociohistorical context and adult social development: New directions for 21st century research. American Psychologist, 75(4), 457-469. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/amp0000633

Rothermund, K., de Paula Couto, M. C. P., Fung, H. H., Graf, S., Hess, T. M., Liou, S., & Nikitin, J. (2020). Age-related attributions of experienced changes in life: Origins and implications. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbaa160

Nikitin, J., & Freund, A. M. (2019). Who cares? Effects of social approach and avoidance motivation on responsiveness to others. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 45, 182-195. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167218781335

Nikitin, J., Schoch, S., & Freund, A. M. (2014). The role of age and motivation for the experience of social acceptance and rejection. Developmental Psychology, 50(7), 1943-1950. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0036979

Nikitin, J., & Freund, A. M. (2011). Age and motivation predict gaze behavior for facial expressions. Psychology and Aging, 26(3), 695-700. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0023281

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