2009 Recipient: Hans-Werner Wahl, Ph.D.
Hans-Werner Wahl received his Ph.D. in psychology from the Free University of Berlin in 1989 and was from 1997 to 2005 Professor of Social and Environmental Gerontology and chair of the Department of Social and Environmental Gerontology at the German Centre for Research on Ageing at Heidelberg University, Germany. Since 2006, he is Professor of Psychological Aging Research at the Institute of Psychology, Heidelberg University, Germany. His research activities include the understanding of the role of physical-technological environments for ageing well, adaptational processes in the context of age-related chronic functional loss, processes of awareness of ageing in a lifespan perspective and intervention research.
He is the author or editor of 20 books and more than 200 scholarly journal articles and chapters related to the study of human aging. He is co-editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Ageing and a member of the editorial board of The Gerontologist. Dr. Wahl is also a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and has received the 2008 Social Gerontology Award and the 2009 M. Powell Lawton Award of the GSA.