Institut für Psychologie

Department of Youth Research

Prof. Dr. Karina Weichold
Institut für Psychologie
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

How do positive and negative developmental outcomes emerge in humans across their lives? Which biological, social, and cultural factors, besides psychological ones, result in the fact that we develop towards healthy, engaged, and satisfactory humans, or show behavioral problems and psychological malfunctioning? How can we influence such factors by prevention and intervention measures, and, if such measures are effective, how can we implement them in a successful and sustained manner?

The team of the Department of Youth Research addresses such question in their research activities by following the tradition of developmental science under a life span perspective and via the application of a biopsychosocial and cultural sensitive paradigm. Thereby, we are inspired by the premise of an explicit transfer and application of scientific knowledge into practice and social policy. The age focus auf the current studies lie on childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood.

The Department of Youth Research leads and coordinates the B.A. of Psychology study program associated with the basic education of the students during their first two years of studies. Furthermore, we lead courses in developmental psychopathology for the M.Sc. program „Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Health“ and the further education program „Psychological Psychotherapy“ at the University of Jena. All courses apply modern, interactive teaching methods and some of them are offered in English language.


Information about current regulations of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena with regard to the Corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) crisis can be found here.

In order to limit the spread of the virus, our team works primarily from home. Therefore, please contact us preferably by email.

All courses offered by the Department of Youth Research for students of B.A. Psychology and M.Sc. Psychology take place digitally. You will receive more detailed information after the admission to the respective course via the platform Moodle.

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Department of Youth Research
Office hours:
Monday to Thursday
09.00 - 12.00 | 14.00-16.00

Main entrance, ground floor, left side
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