Rainer K. Silbereisen

Rainer K. Silbereisen is Research Professor of Developmental Psychology and Director of the Center for Applied Developmental Science (CADS) at the University of Jena (Germany). He was Professor and Head of the Department of Developmental Psychology at Jena, and Adjunct Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University (USA). He is Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Member of the European Academy of Sciences (London). He was Editor of the International Journal of Behavioural Development and of the journal European Psychologist, and is now editor of the International Journal of Psychology.

Prof. Silbereisen was Chair of the Board of the German Social Science Infrastructure Services (GESIS), is a former President of the German Psychological Society and of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD). He was, until recently, President of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and is now Past-President. A psychologist by training, he has been involved in interdisciplinary large scale research on human development across the life-span, and in particular on the role of social change in positive and maladaptive human development, utilizing a cross-cultural and biopsychosocial format.

Summary of recent work
Prof. Silbereisen organized two Pathways symposiums this year together with Pathways Fellows:
SRCD European theme meeting in Prague (23-25 October 2014). Pathways Symposium on the ‘Effects of economic hardship on youth development in Germany and Poland’ organized by Martin Tomasik and Rainer K. Silbereisen
Invited Pathways symposium at the ECP conference in Milan (7-10 July 2015) organized by Martin Obschonka and Rainer Silbereisen: Advances in socio-ecological psychology: How do psychological variables interact with objective features of places, cities, and regions in the process of psychological adaptation?

Prof. Silbereisen received the 2015 Mentoring Prize of the German Psychological Society (DGPs) in recognition of his exemplary work in supporting the careers of young developmental scientists, nationally and internationally. This year he also worked on a Wiley book series sponsored by the International Union of Psychological Science that is planned to feature prominently a book on the Pathways model of Postdoctoral training and education.

Mentoring activities within PATHWAYS
Prof. Silbereisen has mentored Maria Pavlova and Clemens Lechner as current Pathways fellows on various research and publication projects, mainly concerning social change and civic engagement in a cross-country perspective, including cooperation with other Co-PIs of Pathways. He also collaborated Pathways alumnus Martin Obschonka on regional and historical influences on behaviour and development, mainly concerning personality and entrepreneurship. Further collaboration took place with Pathways alumnus Martin Tomasik.