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Adult Development and Aging

The research group Lifespan Development Lab (Lifelab) is a team of researchers involved in research on various aspects of aging and adult development. Our group is dedicated to advance:

  • Basic understanding of age-related cognitive and emotional health
  • Multidisciplinary research to uncover genetic, health-related and socio-cultural influences on late life cognitive and emotional health
  • Interest among students in aging and adult development in courses and training programs 

Boo Johansson Linda Hassing Magnus Lindwall Anne Ingeborg Berg Sandra Buratti Valgeir Thorvaldsson Pär Bjälkebring Marie Kivi Stefanie König Marcus Praetorius Björk Sindre Engelbrekt Rolstad Isabelle Hansson Georg Henning Johan Skoog Linn Elena Zulka


Core group:

Martin Lövdén, professor

Boo Johansson, PhD, professor
Aging, cognitive and mental health

Linda Hassing, PhD, professor
Cognitive aging, health and lifestyle

Magnus Lindwall, PhD, professor

Anne Ingeborg Berg, PhD, associate professor

Sandra Buratti, PhD, associate professor
Judgement and decision making; subjective well being; personality

Valgeir Thorvaldsson, PhD, associate professor


Pär Bjälkebring, PhD

Marie Kivi, PhD
Clinical studies, Mental Health in Aging

Stefanie König, PhD
Retirement, social inequalities and health

Marcus Praetorius Björk, PhD

Sindre Engelbrekt Rolstad, PhD


Isabelle Hansson
Gustav Glavå
Georg Henning
Johan Skoog
Linn Elena Zulka

Researchers associated to the group:

Yvonne Brehmer, PhD, associate professor
Taina Lehtonen, PhD
Tania Dukic Willstrand, PhD
Peter Karlsson, PhD

Ongoing Research

Please see under each Core Group Member

Our group is part of the AgeCap Center and Epi Life Fas Center at the University of Gothenburg, the IALSA network and Swedish Brain Power

At the University of Gothenburg our group has close collaboration with the unit for Cognitive Medicine and the Neuropsychiatric Epidemiology Research Unit, both at the Sahlgrenska Academy.

The group is also awarded full-membership in the Global Aging Research Network (GARN).

Educational activities

The group is involved in several of the Department's courses and programmes at different levels.

On the Psychologist Programme:

  • Developmental psychology, module Adult development and aging
  • Cognitive Psychology, module Cognitive aging

Among general courses in Psychology:

  • Psychology: Basic Course, module Developmental psychology
  • Psychology: Intermediate course, module Developmental psychology
  • Psychology: Research Methods and Bachelor Thesis in Psychology
  • Clinical health psychology

The above courses are given in Swedish. For information about all courses and programmes, please visit the Department's Swedish pages about education.

For courses in English, please visit the English pages.

At the PhD level:

  • Ageing: From multidisciplinary to integrative perspectives on ageing and capability  7,5 ECTS
  • Analysis of data from longitudinal designs, 7,5 ECTS
  • Bayesian Data Analysis, 7,5 ECTS
  • Factor analysis/Structural equation modeling, 7,5 ECTS

Most courses at the PhD level can be given in English. Read more about all PhD courses at the Department of Psychology.

Other valuable websites:



Page Manager: Marie Kivi|Last update: 4/28/2020

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