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Dana Kotter-Gruehn

Assoc Teaching Professor


Department of Psychology

Poe Hall 626


Dr. Dana Kotter-Gruehn obtained her B.S. and M.S. in Psychology from Dresden University of Technology (Germany) and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Free University, Berlin (Germany). Trained at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany, she is a lifespan developmental psychologist and has conducted and published research on psychosocial development in adulthood. She has taught a variety of courses (e.g.,  Developmental Psychology, Research Methods, Social Relationships, Psychology of Aging) at NCSU, Duke University, and Humboldt University of Berlin. She is an associate teaching professor and serves as the director of undergraduate advising in the Psychology department at NC State University.


Academic Advising


Ph.D. Psychology Freie Universitaet Berlin 2008

Area(s) of Expertise

• Psychosocial development in adulthood and old age
• Social cognition: Self-perceptions of aging, age stereotypes, ageism, stigmatization
• Well-being and self-regulation in the context of successful aging
• Curriculum, program, and course development within Psychology, centered around critical career skills
• High-impact practices that improve student preparedness for graduate school


View all publications 
  • NCSU New Advisor Award, NCSU, 2018
  • NCSU Outstanding Teaching Award, 2023
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences Outstanding Professional Faculty Award, 2023