Prof. Dr. Jana Nikitin

Assistant Professor


University of Basel
Faculty for Psychology
Missionsstrasse 62a
CH-4055 Basel
Phone: +41 (0)61 207 05 83
jana.nikitin@unibas.ch

 

Büro Missionsstrasse 62a, 01.019

Current Positions and Main Activities

  • since 2016 Assistant Professor of Personality and Developmental Psychology, University of Basel
  • since 2016 Adjunct Lecturer of Developmental Psychology: Adulthood, University of Zurich
  • since 2011 Faculty member of The Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics (LIFE)

Previous Positions

  • 2014–2016 Senior teaching and research associate (Oberassistenz) of Developmental Psychology: Adulthood, University of Zurich
  • 2014–2014 Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • 2009–2014 Senior teaching and research associate (Oberassistenz), of Developmental Psychology: Adulthood, University of Zurich
  • 2008–2009 Post-doctoral research fellow, Developmental Psychology: Adulthood, University of Zurich
  • 2005–2008 Junior teaching and research associate, Developmental Psychology: Adulthood, University of Zurich
  • 2004–2005 Research assistant, Applied Psychology, University of Zurich

Education

  • 2015 Habilitation in Psychology, University of Zurich
  • 2008 Doctorate in Psychology, University of Zurich (summa cum laude)
  • 2003 Master, University of Zurich, Major: Psychology, Minors: Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence, Criminology

Honours

  • 2017 Council member of the European Association for Developmental Psychology
  • 2014 Consulting Editor and Guest Action Editor of Psychology and Aging
  • 2009 Annual Award of the Faculty of Arts, University of Zurich, for Best Dissertation of the Year (CHF 5,000)

Research Interests

  • Adult socio-motivational development
  • Approach and avoidance motivation
  • Motivational processes in transitions
  • Motivational effects of negative stereotypes
  • Views on aging

Selected Publications

All publications

Research Grants

  • 2017 Grant from the Volkswagen Foundation for the interdisciplinary project Ageing as Future (PIs subproject: Jana Nikitin and Sylvie Graf; project PIs: Frieder R. Lang, Stephan Lessenich, Klaus Rothermund)
  • 2016 Grant from the Foundation for Scientific Research of the University of Zurich for the project Motivation-Based Experience of Social Interactions in Daily Life: An Intervention Study (PI: Jana Nikitin)
  • 2015 Grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for the project Why is Social Motivation Detrimental for Young but Not Older Adults? (PI: Jana Nikitin)
  • 2013 Grant from the Centro Stefano Franscini (CSF) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich for the conference Social-Motivational Development Across the Life Span (PI: Jana Nikitin)
  • 2012 Grant from the Suzanne and Hans Biäsch Foundation for the Promotion of Applied Psychology for the project Changes in Adaptivity of Social Approach and Avoidance Behavior across Adulthood (PI: Jana Nikitin)
  • 2009 Grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for the project Social Approach and Avoidance Motivation: The Role of Age (PIs: Jana Nikitin and Alexandra M. Freund)
  • 2006 Grant from the Suzanne and Hans Biäsch Foundation for the Promotion of Applied Psychology for the project Motivational Determinants of Social Competence (PI: Jana Nikitin)

National and International Collaborations

  • 2019– Swiss Network for Well-Being and Aging
  • 2018– Ageing as Future (supported by the Volkswagen Foundation) with Sylvie Graf (University of Bern); PIs Klaus Rothermund (University of Jena), Frieder R. Lang (University of Erlangen), and Stephan Lessenich (University of Munich)
  • 2018– Understanding Communal Orientation in Men (UCOM)
  • 2017– Age Differences in Implicit Theories About Willpower with Veronika Job (University of Dresden)
  • 2017– Der Effekt von kulturellen Modellen auf den Umgang mit interkulturellen Konflikten, PI: Prof. Dr. Axinja Hachfeld (University of Konstanz)
  • 2016– Why is Social Avoidance Motivation Detrimental for Young but Not Older Adults? with Alexandra M. Freund (University of Zurich)
  • 2014– Stereotype Threat as a Predictor of Social Approach and Avoidance Goals with Sarah Martiny (University of Tromsø, Norway