Matthias Kliegel

Full Professor | Chair of Cognitive Aging

Office 121 | Boulevard du Pont-d'Arve 28 | 1205 Genève
+41 (0) 22 379 91 76

Brief Curriculum Vitae


1991 - 1999  University studies in psychology, philosophy, ethics and theology (Vienna, Mainz, Albuquerque)
2002  PhD in Psychology, University of Heidelberg (Germany)
2005 Habilitation in Psychology, University of Zurich (Switzerland)

Professional Experience


Postdoctoral Fellow : German Research Center on Ageing, Heidelberg (Germany)

2002 - 2007

Assistant (Oberassistent) and Associate (Privatdozent) Professor of Psychology,
University of Zurich (Switzerland)

2007 - 2011



Full Professor (W3) of Psychology at the Dresden University of Technology, Dresden (Germany)
Chair of Developmental Psychology
Director of the Institute of Educational and Developmental Psychology

Since 2011

Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Geneva (Switzerland)
Chair of Cognitive Aging

Since 2016 Director of the Centre Interfacultaire de Gérontologie et d'études de vulnérabilités (CIGEV)


  • Distinguished Visiting Research Fellowship. School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Vontobel Award for Research on Aging
  • Honorary Lectureship Award at the University of the Third Age, University of Frankfurt
  • Leenaards Price for Translational Medicine

Selected publications

Complete list of Publications

  1. Zuber, S., Haas, M., Framorando, D., Ballhausen, N., Gillioz, E., Künzi, M., & Kliegel, M. (2021). The Geneva Space Cruiser: A Fully Self-Administered Online Tool to Assess
    Prospective Memory across the Adult Lifespan. Memory. doi : 10.1080/09658211.2021.1995435

  2. Sauter, J., Widmer, E., & Kliegel, M. (2021). Changes in family composition and their effects on social capital in old age: evidence from a longitudinal study conducted in Switzerland. Ageing and Society. doi : 10.1017/S0144686X21000921

  3. Henry, J.D., Hering, A., Haines, S., Grainger, S.A., Koleits, N., McLennan, S., Pelly, R., Doyle, C., Rose, N.S., Kliegel, M., & Rendell, P.G. (2021). Acting with the Future in Mind: Testing Competing Prospective Memory Interventions. Psychology and Aging. doi : 10.1037/pag0000593 | PDF

  4. Ihle, A., Ghisletta, P., Gouveia, É. R., Gouveia, B. R., Oris, M., Maurer, J., & Kliegel, M. (2021). Lower Executive Functioning Predicts Steeper Subsequent Decline in Well-Being Only in Young-Old But Not Old-Old Age. International Journal of Behavioral Development. doi : 10.1177/0165025420937076

  5. Ihle, A., Bavelier, D., Maurer, J., Oris, M., & Kliegel, M. (2020). Internet use in old age predicts smaller cognitive decline only in men. Scientific Reports, 10, 8969. doi : 10.1038/s41598-020-65846-9

  6. Zuber, S., & Kliegel, M. (2020). Prospective memory development across the lifespan: An integrative framework. European Psychologist, 25, 162-173. doi : 10.1027/1016-9040/a000380

  7. Aartsen, M.J., Cheval, B., Sieber, S., van der Linden, B.W.A., Gabriel, R., Courvoisier, D.S., Guessous, I., Burton-Jeangros, C., Blane, D., Ihle, A., Kliegel, M., Cullati, S. (2019). Advantaged socioeconomic conditions in childhood are associated with higher cognitive functioning but stronger cognitive decline in older age. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(12), 5478‑5486. doi : 10.1073/pnas.1807679116

  8. Zuber, S., Ihle, A., Blum, A., Desrichard, O., & Kliegel, M. (2019). The Effect of Stereotype Threat on Age Differences in Prospective Memory Performance: Differential Effects on Focal Versus Nonfocal Tasks. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 74(4), 625‑632. doi : 10.1093/geronb/gbx097

  9. Ihle, A., Fagot, D., Vallet, F., Ballhausen, N., Mella, N., Baeriswyl, M., Sauter, J., Oris, M., Maurer, J., & Kliegel, M. (2019). Cross-lagged relation of leisure activity participation to Trail Making Test performance 6 years later: differential patterns in old age and very old age. Neuropsychology, 33(2), 234‑244. doi : 10.1037/neu0000497

  10. Cullati, S., Kliegel, M., & Widmer, E. (2018). Development of Reserves over the Life Course and Onset of Vulnerability in Later Life. Nature Human Behaviour, 2, 551-558. doi : 10.1038/s41562-018-0395-3

  11. Aschwanden, D., Kliegel, M., & Allemand, M. (2018). Cognitive complaints mediate the effect of cognition on emotional stability across 12 years in old age. Psychology and Aging, 33(3), 425-438. doi : 10.1037/pag0000246

  12. Ihle, A., Ghisletta, P., Ballhausen, N., Fagot, D., Vallet, F., Baeriswyl, M., Sauter, J., Oris, M., Maurer, J., & Kliegel, M. (2018). The Role of Cognitive Reserve Accumulated in Midlife for the Relation between Chronic Diseases and Cognitive Decline in Old Age: A Longitudinal Follow-Up across Six Years. Neuropsychologia, 121, 37-46. doi : 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.10.013