Claudia Haase

I am a life-span developmental psychologist at Northwestern University where I direct the Life-Span Developmental Laboratory. My research program examines age-related changes, sources, and consequences of individual differences in emotion and motivation across the life span in individuals and couples. My work uses multiple methods (i.e., rating dials, behavioral observations, autonomic physiology, genotyping, structural neuroimaging, questionnaires), diverse study designs (e.g., experimental and longitudinal), and single-subjects as well as dyadic approaches. Much of my research has been devoted to understanding how basic paradigms and insights from affective, relationship, and motivation science can be used to understand adaptive development across the life span. More recently, I have started to apply this knowledge to examine psycho- and neuropathology across the life span, including psychopathology in adolescence and young adulthood (i.e., youth at ultra-high risk for the development of psychosis) and neurodegenerative disease in late life (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia).

My research is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and the Retirement Research Foundation.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Human Development and Social Policy program at the School of Education and Social Policy, an Assistant Professor (by courtesy) at the Department of Psychology, and a faculty associate at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University where I direct the Life-Span Development Lab. I earned my PhD at the University of Jena, Germany and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Berkeley Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.


Northwestern University
School of Education and Social Policy
Annenberg Hall

Room 108
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

E-mail claudia.haase[at]




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2017 and in press

  • Holley, S. R., Haase, C. M., Chui, I., & Bloch, L. (in press). Depression, emotion regulation, and the demand-withdraw pattern during intimate relationship conflict. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
  • Chen, K.-H., Wells, J. L., Otero, M. C., Lwi, S. J., Haase, C. M., & Levenson, R. W. (in press). Greater experience of non-target negative emotions in patients with neurodegenerative diseases is related to lower emotional well-being in caregivers. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders.
  • Chen, K., Lwi, S. J., Hua, A. Y., Haase, C. M., Miller, B. L., & Levenson, R. W. (in press). Increased subjective experience of non-target emotions in patients with frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.
  • Johnson, S. L., Tharp, J. A., Peckham, A. D., Carver, C. S., & Haase, C. M. (in press). A path model of different forms of impulsivity with externalizing and internalizing psychopathology: Toward greater specificity. British Journal of Clinical Psychology.
  • Johnson, S. L., Haase, C. M., Beermann, U., Sanchez, A. H., Tharp, J. A., Lwi, S. J., Casey, J. J., & Nguyen K. N. (2017). Positive urgency and emotion reactivity: Evidence for altered responding to positive stimuli. Emotion, 17, 442-449. doi: 10.1037/emo0000240. [abstract]


  • Haase, C. M., Holley, S., Bloch, L., Verstaen, A., & Levenson, R. W. (2016). Interpersonal emotional behaviors and physical health: A 20-year longitudinal study of long-term married couples. Emotion, 16, 965-77. doi: 10.1037/a0040239. [abstract] [featured in New York Times, Cosmopolitan]
  • Verstaen, A., Eckart, J. A., Muhtadie, L., Otero, M. C., Sturm, V. E., Haase, C. M., Miller, B. L., & Levenson, R. W. (2016). Insular atrophy and diminished disgust reactivity. Emotion, 16, 903-912. doi: 10.1037/emo0000195 [abstract]
  • Sturm, V., Haase. C. M., Levenson, R. W. (2016). Emotional dysfunction in psychopathology and neuropathology: Neural and genetic pathways. In T. Lehner, B. L. Miller, & M. W. State (Eds.), Genomics, circuits, and pathways in clinical neuropsychiatry (pp. 345-364). Elsevier. 


  • Haase, C. M., Beermann, U., Saslow, L. R., Shiota, M. N., Saturn, S. R., Lwi, S., Casey, J. J., Nguyen, N. K., Keltner, D., & Levenson, R. W. (2015). Short alleles, bigger smiles? Effects of 5-HTTLPR on smiling and laughing behavior. Emotion, 15, 438-448. doi: 10.1037/emo0000074 [abstract]
  • Knobloch-Fedders, L. M., Pinsof, W. M., & Haase, C. M. (2015). Treatment response in couple therapy: Relationship adjustment and individual functioning change processes. Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 657-666. doi: 10.1037/fam0000131 [abstract]
  • Poulin, M. J., & Haase, C. M. (2015). Growing to trust: Evidence that trust increases and sustains well-being across the life span. Social Psychological and Personality Science. [abstract] [featured in ABC Chicago, CBS, CNN, Huffington Post, Pacific Standard, PBS News Hour, Psych Central, Talk Radio Europe, TIME, U.S. News & World Report]
  • Chen, J. A., Wang, Q., Davis-Turak, J., Li, Y., Karydas, A. M., Hsu, S. C., Sears, R. L., Chatzopoulou, D. Huang, A. Y., Wojta, K. J., Klein, E., Lee, J., Beekly, D. L., Boxer, A., Faber, K. M., Haase, C. M., Miller, J., Poon, W., Rosen, A., Rosen, H., Sapozhnikova, A.,  Shapira, J., Varpetian, A., Foroud, T. M., Levenson, R. W., Levey, A. I., Kukull, W. A., Mendez, M. F., Ringman, J., Chui, H., Cotman, C., DeCarli, C., Miller, B. L., Geschwind, D. H., & Coppola, G. (2015). A multiancestral genome-wide exome array study of Alzheimer Disease, frontotemporal dementia, and progressive supranuclear palsy. JAMA Neurology, 72, 1-9. doi:l0.1001/jamaneurol.2014.4040 [abstract]


  • Haase, C. M. (2014). Emotion regulation in intimate relationships. ISSBD Bulletin, 17-21. [pdf]
  • Wirth, M., Haase, C. M., Villeneuve, S., Vogel, J., & Jagust, W. J. (2014). Neuroprotective pathways: Lifestyle activity, brain pathology and cognition in cognitively normal older adults. Neurobiology of Aging. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.02.015 [abstract]
  • Villeneuve, S., Reed, B. R., Wirth, M., Haase, C. M., Madison, C. M., Ayakta, N., Mack, W., Mungas, D., Chui, H. C., Decarli, C., Weiner, M. W., & Jagust, W. J. (2014). Cortical thickness mediates the effect of beta-amyloid on episodic memory. Neurology, 82, 761-767. doi: 10.1212/wnl.0000000000000170 [abstract]
  • Levenson, R. W., Sturm, V. E., & Haase, C. M. (2014). Emotional and behavioral symptoms in neurodegenerative disease: A model for studying the neural bases of psychopathology. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 10, 581-606. doi: 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032813-153653 [abstract] [pdf]
  • Bloch, L., Haase, C. M., & Levenson, R. W. (2014). Emotion regulation predicts marital satisfaction: More than a wives' tale. Emotion, 14, 130-144. doi: 10.1037/a0034272 [abstract] [pdf] [featured in Huffington Post, KQED, SFGate, TIME, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HealthBeat]


  • Gyruak, A., Haase, C. M., Sze, J., Goodkind, M. S., Coppola, G., Lane, J., Miller, B. L., & Levenson, R. W. (2013). The effect of the serotonin transporter (5-HTTLPR) polymorphism on empathic and self-conscious emotional reactivity. Emotion, 13, 25-35. doi: x10.1037/a0029616 [abstract] [pdf]
  • Haase, C. M., Heckhausen, J., & Wrosch, C. (2013). Developmental regulation across the life span: Towards a new synthesis. Developmental Psychology, 49, 964-72. doi: 10.1037/a0029231. [abstract] [pdf]
  • Haase, C. M., Saslow, L. R., Bloch, L., Saturn, S. R., Casey, J., Seider, B. H., Lane, J., Coppola, G., & Levenson, R. W. (2013). The 5-HTTLPR polymorphism in the serotonin transporter gene moderates the association between emotional behavior and changes in marital satisfaction over time. Emotion, 13, 1068-1079. doi: 10.1037/a0033761 [abstract] [pdf] [featured in APS Observer, Chicago Tribune, Huffington PostNBC Chicago, SFGate, SourceFed, WAMC] 
  • Holley, S. R., Haase, C. M., & Levenson, R. W. (2013). Age-related changes in demand-withdraw communication behaviors. Journal of Marriage and Family, 75, 822-836. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12051 [abstract] [pdf] [featured in Huffington Post, LA Times, The Telegraph, TIMES Live
  • Levenson, R. W., Haase, C. M., Bloch, L., Holley, S., & Seider, B. J. (2013). Emotion regulation in couples. In J. J. Gross (Ed.), Handbook of emotion regulation (2nd ed., pp. 267-283). New York: The Guilford Press. [book]
  • Wirth, M., Villeneuve, S., Haase, C. M., Madison, C. M., Oh, H., Landau, S. M., Rabinovici, G. D., & Jagust, W. J. (2013). Associations between Alzheimer Disease biomarkers, neurodegeneration, and cognition in cognitively normal older people. JAMA Neurology, 70, 1512-1519. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.4013 [abstract]


  • Haase, C. M., & Heckhausen, J. (2012). Motivation. In W. Schneider & U. Lindenberger (Eds.), Entwicklungspsychologie (pp. 477-496). Weinheim, Germany: Beltz.
  • Haase, C. M., Heckhausen, J., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2012). The interplay of motivation and well-being during the transition from university to work. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1739-1751. doi: 10.1037/a0026641 [abstract] [pdf]
  • Haase, C. M., Landberg, M., Lüdke, K., Schmidt, C., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2012). The later, the better? Early, average, and late timing of sexual experiences in adolescence and psychosocial adjustment in young adulthood. European Psychologist, 17, 199-212, doi: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000082 [abstract] [pdf]
  • Haase, C. M.*, Poulin, M. J.*, & Heckhausen, J. (2012). Happiness as a motivator: Positive affect predicts primary control striving for career and educational goals. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin38, 1093-1104. doi: 10.1177/0146167212444906 * The two authors contributed equally to this work. [abstract] [pdf]
  • Haase, C. M., Seider, B. H., Shiota, M. N., & Levenson, R. W. (2012). Anger and sadness in response to an emotionally-neutral film: Evidence for age-specific associations with well-being. Psychology and Aging, 27, 305-317. doi: 10.1037/a0024959 [abstract] [pdf]


  • Haase, C. M., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2011). Effects of positive affect on risk perceptions in adolescence and young adulthood. Journal of Adolescence, 34, 29-37. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2010.03.004 [abstract] [pdf]
  • Pavlova, M. K., Haase, C. M., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2011). Early, on-time, and late behavioural autonomy in adolescence: Psychosocial correlates in young and middle adulthood. Journal of Adolescence, 34, 361–337. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2010.04.002 [abstract] [pdf]

2010 and earlier

  • Tomasik, M. J., Hardy, S., Haase, C. M., & Heckhausen, J. (2009). Adaptive adjustment of vocational aspirations among German youths during the transition from school to work. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 74, 38-46. [abstract] [pdf]
  • Haase, C. M., Heckhausen, J., & Köller, O. (2008). Goal engagement during the school-to-work transition: Beneficial for all, particularly for girls. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 18, 671-698. [abstract] [pdf]
  • Haase, C. M., Tomasik, M. J., & Silbereisen, R. K. (2008). Premature behavioral autonomy: Correlates in late adolescence and young adulthood. European Psychologist, 13, 255-266. [abstract] [pdf]
  • Haase, C. M., Silbereisen, R. K., & Reitzle, M. (2008). Adolescents’ transitions to behavioral autonomy after German unification. Journal of Adolescence, 31, 337-353. [abstract] [pdf]
  • Haase, C. M. (2007). Agency and adaptive development in the transition from university to work: A longitudinal study. Dissertation thesis, University of Jena, Jena, Germany. [pdf] [featured in ZEIT Campus, Süddeutsche Zeitung]
  • Silbereisen, R. K., Best, H., & Haase, C. M. (Eds.) (2007). Agency and human development in times of social change [Special Section]. International Journal of Psychology, 42, 73-115. [abstract] [pdf]
  • Poulin, M. J., Haase, C. M., & Heckhausen, J. (2005). Engagement and disengagement across the life span: An analysis of two-process models of developmental regulation. In W. Greve, K. Rothermund, & D. Wentura (Eds.), The adaptive self: Personal continuity and intentional self-development (pp. 117-135). Göttingen/New York: Hogrefe.
  • Neumann, J., Eschler, S., Knote, A., Haase, C. M., Hieber, K., Müller, C., Soremski, R., Ulrich, S., & Wiezorek, C. (2002). Prävention und Intervention [Prevention and intervention]. In W. Frindte & J. Neumann (Eds.), Fremdenfeindliche Gewalttäter. Biographien und Tatverläufe [Xenophobic violent offenders. Biographies and offenses] (pp. 209-251). Opladen, Germany: Westdeutscher Verlag.



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Disclaimer | The picture in the logo was created by my sister Susanne Haase.

last modified: 2017-11-01