Matthias Kliegel

Full Professor and Chair of Cognitive Aging

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

Matthias Kliegel

Contact Details

University of Geneva
Department of Psychology
Boulevard du Pont d'Arve 28
CH- 1205 Genève 
Bureau 121
Phone: +41 22 379 91 76

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Research topics

  • Cognitive development across the lifespan (prospective memory, working memory, executive functions)
  • Cognitive and clinical neuroscience of aging and developmental disorders
  • Plasticity of memory and executive functions
  • Aging workforce
  • Health behavior changes across the lifespan

Brief Curriculum Vitae


1991-1999: University studies in psychology, philosophy, ethics and theology in Vienna, Mainz and Albuquerque

2002: PhD in Psychology (University of Heidelberg) 2005: Habilitation in Psychology (University of Zurich)

Professional experience

2002: Postdoctoral Fellow: German Research Center on Ageing, Heidelberg

2002-2007: Assistant (Oberassistent) and Associate (Privatdozent) Professor of Psychology, University of Zurich

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; 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

  1. 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. (in press). Acting with the Future in Mind: Testing Competing Prospective Memory Interventions. Psychology and Aging.
  2. Ihle, A., Ghisletta, P., Gouveia, É. R., Gouveia, B. R., Oris, M., Maurer, J., & Kliegel, M. (in press). Lower Executive Functioning Predicts Steeper Subsequent Decline in Well-Being Only in Young-Old But Not Old-Old Age. International Journal of Behavioral Development.
  3. 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.
  4. Zuber, S., & Kliegel, M. (2020). Prospective memory development across the lifespan: An integrative framework. European Psychologist, 25, 162-173.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Complete list of Publications