Rainer K. Silbereisen Profile

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Rainer K. Silbereisen is currently Research Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Developmental Science (CADS) of the University of Jena in Germany. The general aim of CADS is to conduct international research and to disseminate knowledge of psycho-social development across the life-span, and to highlight its relevance for optimizing adaptive development and preventing or intervening in the face of maladaptive development. The target group of the activities consists of leading experts in science, politics, and application as well as professionals from these fields. Relevant past experiences for his work in IUPSyS are his various tenures as full professor, head and dean in Germany and the United States, Executive Committee member and President of national and international scientific societies, among them the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD) and the International Union of Psychological Science, Chair of the Board of the largest government-funded, non-profit company offering infrastructural services for the social sciences in Germany (GESIS), and member of the Board of Governors of the University of Haifa, Israel. He was principal investigator in large scale, international longitudinal research projects, funded by the German National Science Foundation, government agencies, several international foundations and philanthropies. His main research endeavors concern normative and pathological development over the life-span, especially childhood and adolescence, pursuing cross-cultural perspectives, and in prevention and intervention against problem behaviors. In these studies he utilized a bio-psycho-social format, combining insights from various disciplines. Under his leadership, various international capacity building programs were conducted on human development and environmental stress, targeting young scientists from Europe and Asia in collaboration with international organizations, such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the International Council for Science (ICSU).  Philanthropies helped him in setting up training workshops for graduates from developing countries. He is a consultant in policy planning. His publication list entails more than 20 edited books and over 300 scholarly papers, many of which deal with the influence of social and economic change on human behavior and development. A major current endeavor is the program on Productive Youth Development (Pathways to adulthood) with contributing university research groups from Europe and the United States, funded by the Jacobs Foundation.  His scientific work was honored by membership of the European Academy of Sciences, and he received awards and fellowships for his sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology, by several scientific societies, national and international.