Dr. Hannah Schade



since 2013

Ph.D. at the Institute for Psychology, Humboldt-University Berlin (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Denis Gerstorf)

Thesis: “Spousal Similarity in Well-Being: Development, Correlates, Outcomes”


M. Sc. Social Psychology (Research), VU University Amsterdam

Thesis: "In nature, you’re my friend: Effects of a natural vs. built environment on prosocial behavior and trust" (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Mark van Vugt, Prof. Dr. Lydia Krabbendam)


B. A. Social Sciences - Media, Politics, Society, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Thesis: Rollback of traditional values (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Reuband)


Professional Experience

since 10/2017

Research Scientist and Lecturer, Social Psychology (AE Friese), Universität des Saarlandes


Interviewer in the DFG-funded project “Adaptation to Critical Life Events” 

2012 - 2016

Research Scientist and Lecturer, Developmental Psychology (AE Gerstorf), Humboldt-University Berlin


Research Assistant at the Federal Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Düsseldorf



since 2014  European Association for Social Psychology
since 2016  German Society for Psychology, Fachgruppe Sozialpsychologie 



2010 - 2012 Graduate Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (2-year full stipend for the research M. Sc.)

2010 - 2012 William James Scholarship, granted by the VU Amsterdam



Schade, H. M., Hülür, G., Infurna, F. J., Hoppmann, C. A., & Gerstorf, D. (2016). Partner dissimilarity in life satisfaction: Stability and change, correlates, and outcomes. Psychology and aging, 31, 327-339.

Hülür, G., Hoppmann, C. A., Rauers, A., Schade, H., Ram, N., & Gerstorf, D. (2016). Empathic accuracy for happiness in the daily lives of older couples: Fluid cognitive performance predicts pattern accuracy among men. Psychology and aging, 31, 545-552.

Van der Wal, A. J., Schade, H. M., Krabbendam, L., & Van Vugt, M. (2013). Do natural landscapes reduce future discounting in humans?. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 280, 2013-2295.

Conference Contributions 

Schade, H. M. (2017, July). I (think) I feel you, we can do this – empathy & perceived understanding relate to couple mastery. Poster presented at the Meeting of the European Association for Social Psychology (EASP), Granada, Spain. 

Schade, H. M., Domachowska, I., & Williams, K. D. (2017, June). Help or hurt, I just want to matter– desire for impact guides behavior after ostracism. Poster presented at an EASP Small Group Meeting on Ostracism, Social Exclusion and Rejection, Vitznau, Switzerland. 

Schade, H. M. (2016, September). Desire for impact – universal motivation guiding post-ostracism responses? Chairing the Symposium “Social Exclusion – Paradigms and Consequences” at the General meeting of the German Society for Psychology (DGPS), Leipzig. 

Schade, H. M., Hülür, G., & Gerstorf, D.(2016, July).  "I feel you, we can do this" - affect similarity predicts spousal self-efficacy. Paper presented at the Meeting of the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR), Toronto. 

Schade, H. M. (2016, June). Do excluded people have a preference for aggressive or positive behavior? Paper presented at the Meeting of the International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection, Madrid. 

Schade, H. M., Domachowska, I., & Williams, K. D. (2015, September). "Ich bin nicht unbedeutend!" - Ausgrenzung motiviert Streben nach Einflussnahme. Vortrag bei der Fachgruppentagung Sozialpsychologie, Potsdam. 

Schade, H. M., Domachowska, I., & Williams, K. D. (2014, June). Hurt or Help, I Just Want to Matter: Reconciling Prosocial and Aggressive Responses to Ostracism. Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology, Amsterdam. 

Domachowska, I., Schade, H. M., Mitchell, A., & Williams, K. D. (2012). Hurt or help, I just want to matter. Poster presented at the International Lorentz Center workshop on Ostracism, Exclusion and Rejection, Leiden, NL.

Research Interests

- Behavioral responses to ostracism

- Backlash effects for disconfirming stereotypes

- Environmental effects on social interactions

- Experimental approaches to developmental research questions

- Self-regulation, ego-depletion and motivation

- Close relationships and spousal interrelations

- Determinants of well-being

- Interpersonal goal facilitation

Teaching Experience

Introduction to empirical social psychology research, supervising bachelor level research projects, Universität des Saarlandes

Introduction to Developmental Psychology, Bachelor level, HU Berlin
The Need to Belong Across the Lifespan, Bachelor level, HU Berlin

Willpower – a developmental perspective, Bachelor level, HU Berlin

Self-Regulation across the lifespan, Master level (Research Course), HU Berlin

Further Expertise

“The art of leading” – 2-year course and certificate in theme-centered interaction (TCI) and participatory leadership at Ruth-Cohn-Institute Germany 

“Learn to teach” - 1-year formation in university lecturing, competence assessment and supervising theses, Berlin Centre for Higher Eduction (BZHL)

Theatre educator - 1-year professional formation at VHS Neukölln certified by Bundesverband Theaterpädagogik (BuT)

Open Science Workshops with Kai Jonas and Daniel Lakens on how to improve reproducibility and statistical inferences in the research process 

Several Data Analysis Workshops: Multilevel Modeling, Mediation Analysis in Structural Equation Modeling, Handling panel data from the Socio-Economic Panel, Experience Sampling 

Comparative political communication research – one-semester seminar with Dr. Giorgia Bulli at Humboldt-University Berlin