Dr. Damaris Aschwanden

Maître Assistante

Office 204 | Chemin de Pinchat 22 | 1227 Carouge
+41 22 379 37 94

  • Member of the Cognitive Aging Lab at the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Gerontology and Vulnerability (CIGEV)
  • Affiliate of the Lab of Personality and Cognition across the Lifespan (LPC Lifespan) at Florida State University
  • LIFE Alumna, International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course
  • Editorial board member of GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry and Journal of Alzheimer's Disease


Brief Curriculum Vitae


2015 - 2018 Ph.D. in Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
2012 - 2014 Diploma (M.Sc.) in Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
2008 - 2012 Diploma (B.Sc.) in Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich (Switzerland)


Academic Positions 

since 2022 Maître Assistante, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Gerontology and Vulnerability (CIGEV), University of Geneva (Switzerland)
2018 - 2022 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Geriatrics, College of Medicine, Florida State University (USA)

Awards and honors

Vontobel-Award for Research on Age and Aging 2021, Center for Gerontology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Selected publications

(Access complete list of publications here)

  1. Aschwanden, D., Sutin, A. R., Ledermann, T., Luchetti, M., Stephan, Y., Sesker, A. A., Zhu, X., & Terracciano, A. (2022). Subjective Cognitive Decline: Is a resilient personality protective against progression to objective cognitive impairment? Findings from two community-based cohort studies. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-220319
  2. Aschwanden, D., Sutin, A. R., Luchetti, M., Ó Súilleabháin, P. S., Stephan, Y., Sesker, A. A., Lee, J. H., & Terracciano, A. (2022). The bite is worse than the bark: Associations of personality and depressive symptoms with memory discrepancy. Psychology and Aging. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pag0000675
  3. Aschwanden, D., Strickhouser, J. E., Luchetti, M., Stephan, Y., Sutin, A. R., & Terracciano, A. (2021). Is personality associated with dementia risk? A meta-analytic investigation. Ageing Research Reviews, 67, 101269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2021.101269
  4. Terracciano, A., Aschwanden, D., Passamonti, L., Toschi, N., Stephan, Y., Luchetti, M., Lee, J. H., Sesker, A., O’Súilleabháin, P. S., & Sutin, A. R. (2021). Is neuroticism differentially associated with risk of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and frontotemporal dementia? Journal of Psychiatric Research, 138, 34-40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.03.039
  5. Aschwanden, D., Sutin, A. R., Luchetti, M., Allemand, M., Stephan, Y., & Terracciano, A. (2020). A systematic review and meta‐analysis of the association between personality and cognitive failures/complaints. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 14(11).  https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12565
  6. Aschwanden, D., Aichele, S., Ghisletta, P., Terracciano, A., Kliegel, M., Sutin, A. R., Brown, J., & Allemand, M. (2020). Predicting cognitive impairment and dementia: A machine learning approach. Journal of Alzheimer's disease75(3), 717-728. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-19096
  7. Hill, P. L., Aschwanden, D., Payne, B. R., & Allemand, M. (2020). Daily cognitive complaints and engagement in older adulthood: Personality traits are more predictive than cognitive performance. Psychology and Aging, 35(3), 317-328. https://doi.org/10.1037/pag0000452
  8. Aschwanden, D., Luchetti, M., & Allemand, M. (2019). Are open and neurotic behaviors related to cognitive behaviors in daily life of older adults? Journal of Personality, 87, 472-484. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12409
  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, 425-438. https://doi.org/10.1037/pag0000246
  10. Aschwanden, D., Martin, M., & Allemand, M. (2017). Cognitive abilities and personality traits in old age across four years: More stability than change. Journal of Research in Personality, 70, 202-213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2017.08.002

Book chapters

  1. Aschwanden, D., Allemand, M., & Hill, P. L. (2021). Cognitive methods in personality research. In B. J. Carducci & C. S. Nave (Eds.), The Wiley Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences: Measurement and Assessment (Vol. 2, pp. 49-54). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

  2. Aschwanden, D., & Allemand, M. (2020). Promoting cognitive, physical, and social activities for Healthy Aging by targeting personality. In P. L. Hill & M. Allemand (Eds.), Personality and Healthy Aging in Adulthood (Vol. 26, pp. 155-172). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32053-9_10

  3. Lindner, S., Aschwanden, D., & Allemand, M. (2018). Personality processes. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences (pp. 1-4). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_467-1

  4. Allemand, M., Aschwanden, D., Martin, A., & Gruenenfelder-Steiger, A. E. (2017). Personality trait development in adulthood and old age. In J. Stein (Ed.), Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology (pp. 1-8). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.