Prof. Dr. Maike Luhmann

Room: IB 4/185
Phone: +49 234 32 - 24624
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ORC-ID: 0000-0001-6211-9304

  • Subjective well-being
  • Life satisfaction
  • Loneliness
  • Life events
  • Personality development

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Top Publications


Luhmann, M., Fassbender, I., Alcock, M., & Haehner, P. (2021). A dimensional taxonomy of perceived characteristics of major life events. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 121(3), 633–668.

Luhmann, M., & Hawkley, L. C. (2016). Age differences in loneliness from late adolescence to oldest old age. Developmental Psychology, 50(6), 943-959.

Luhmann, M., Orth, U., Specht, J., Kandler, C., & Lucas, R. E. (2014). Studying changes in life circumstances and changes in personality: It’s about time. European Journal of Personality, 28(3), 256-266.

Luhmann, M., Hofmann, W., Eid, M., & Lucas, R. E. (2012). Subjective well-being and adaptation to life events: A meta-analysis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(3), 592–615.



Text Book

Luhmann, M. (2020). R für Einsteiger (5. Auflage). Weinheim: Beltz.


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Since 2021
Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, Ruhr University Bochum

Since 2020
Full Professor (W3) of Psychological Methods, Ruhr University Bochum

2016 - 2020
Associate Professor (W2) of Psychological Methods, Ruhr University Bochum

2014 - 2016
Assistant Professor of Methods in Personality Psychology, University of Cologne

2012 - 2013
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

2011 - 2012
Postdoc with Prof. Dr. John Cacioppo, University of Chicago

2007 - 2010
Research Associate with Prof. Dr. Michael Eid, Freie Universität Berlin

Dr. phil., Freie Universität Berlin

Dipl.-Psych. (equivalent to M.Sc. in Psychology), Universität Koblenz-Landau

Certificate in Communicational Psychology and Media Education, Universität Koblenz-Landau