Corinna Loeckenhoff
Professor of Human Development, Associate Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research

G227 MVR Hall


Dr. Loeckenhoff received her undergraduate degree from the University of Marburg, Germany and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the intramural research program of the National Institute on Aging before joining Cornell University in 2009.

Dr. Loeckenhoff is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She was recognized as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science in 2011 and received the Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology from the Gerontological Society of America in 2014. Her efforts in teaching gerontology were honored by a SUNY Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013 and a KON Award for Excellence in Advising in 2018. 

Dr. Loeckenhoff's research focuses on age differences in time horizons, personality, and emotional experience and their influence on mental and physical health across the life span. A central goal is to understand how age groups differ in their approach to health-related choices and to explore ways to optimize such choices across the life span. A second line of research examines life-long trajectories in people's personality traits and social cognition and their relation to health-related behaviors and outcomes. Dr. Loeckenhoff is also interested in cross-cultural differences in aging trajectories. 

Edited Books

Ong, A.D., & Löckenhoff, C.E. (Eds.). (2016). Emotion, Aging, and health. American Psychological Association.

Hess, T., Strough, J., & Löckenhoff, C.E. (Eds.). (2015). Aging and decision making: Empirical and applied perspectives. Elsevier.

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Dr. Loeckenhoff teaches the following classes:

  • Adult Development and Aging (HD2180)
  • Self-regulation Across the Life Span (HD3290)
  • Research on Healthy Aging (HD4280)
  • Transitions Across the Life Span (HD4590)
  • Empirical Research in the Healthy Aging Laboratory (HD4010)
  • Graduate Proseminar (HD6200)
  • Graduate Seminar in Personality Development (HD6230)
  • Graduate Seminar on the Dynamics of Self-Regulation (HD 6290)

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Dr. Loeckenhoff is the Director of Graduate Studies for Human Development. She also serves as the Director of the Gerontology Minor Program, the Institutional Representative of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and the faculty advisor for the Cornell Elderly Partnership and Project Generations

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