Claudia Haase

Claudia Haase

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Assistant Professor (by courtesy), Department of Psychology
Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research

Annenberg Hall
Room 108
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001


Claudia Haase is interested in successful development across the life span. A central assumption guiding her work is that the range of motivational, emotional, behavioral and genetic factors that promote successful development may be wider than we think. What is harmful in one context can be beneficial in another. Her research program examines diverse outcomes of successful development (e.g., well-being, health, relationship quality) in age-diverse samples (i.e., from adolescence to late life) using multiple methods (i.e., physiological measures, behavioral observations, subjective experience, genotyping) and diverse study designs (e.g., longitudinal and experimental). As a counterpart to her work on successful development, she has recently started to examine pathological aging with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases including frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Haase is 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 of Policy Research at Northwestern University where she directs the Life-Span Development Laboratory. She earned her PhD at the University of Jena, Germany, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Berkeley Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.

Curriculum Vitae

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  • 2011 - University of California, Berkeley, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • 2009 - German Research Foundation, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • 2008 - University of Jena, Dissertation Award
  • 2004 - German National Academic Foundation, Doctoral Fellowship



Year Degree Institution
2013 Postdoc, Psychology University of California, Berkeley
2007 PhD, Psychology University of Jena
2003 Diploma, Psychology University of Jena

Selected Publications

Johnson, S. L., Tharp, J. A., Peckham, A. D., Carver, C. S., & Haase, C. M. (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). A path model of different forms of impulsivity with externalizing and internalizing psychopathology: Toward greater specificity. British Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Chen, K., Lwi, S. J., Hua, A. Y., Haase, C. M., Miller, B. L., & Levenson, R. W. (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). Increased subjective experience of non-target emotions in patients with frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.

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: 442-449.

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: 965-977.

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: 903-912.

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, Genomics, circuits, and pathways in clinical neuropsychiatry (pp. 345-364). Elsevier.

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: 65-77.

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., ..., Coppola, G. (2015). A multiancestral genome-wide exome array study of Alzheimer Disease, frontotemporal dementia, and progressive supranuclear palsy. JAMA Neurology, 72: 1-9.

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.

Haase, C. M., Beermann, U., Saslow, L. R., Shiota, M. N., Saturn, S. R., Lwi, S., Casey, J. J., Nguyen, N. K., Whalen, P. K., Keltner, D., & Levenson, R. W. (2015). Short alleles, bigger smiles? Effects of 5-HTTLPR on positive emotional expressions. Emotion: 438-448.

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: 657-666.

Bloch, L., Haase, C. M., & Levenson, R. W. (2014). Emotion regulation predicts marital satisfaction: More than a wives’ tale. Emotion, 14: 130-144.
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Levenson, R. W., Sturm, V., & 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.

Villeneuve, S., Reed, Bruce 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 impact of β-amyloid on episodic memory. Neurology, 82: 761-767.

Haase, C. M. (2014). Emotion regulation in intimate relationships. ISSBD Bulletin.
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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.

Haase, C. M., Heckhausen, J., & Wrosch, C. (2013). Developmental regulation across the life span: Towards a new synthesis. Developmental Psychology: 49, 964-72.
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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.
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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’s Disease biomarkers, neurodegeneration, and cognition in normal older people. JAMA Neurology: 70, 1512-1519.

Levenson, R. W., Haase, C. M., Bloch, L., Holley, S., & Seider, B. J. (2013). Emotion regulation in couples in Gross, J. J. (Ed.), Handbook of emotion regulation (2nd ed.) (pp. 267-283). The Guilford Press.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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 wellbeing. Psychology and Aging: 27, 305-317.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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Research Interests

Life-span development, emotion, motivation, close relationships, affective neuroscience



HDSP 404

Adult Development & Aging This graduate seminar aims to introduce students to the core substantive issues and key social-science authors in the interdisciplinary study of adult development and aging, drawing mainly from the disciplines of human development, psychology, sociology, education, and the cognitive sciences. The course will focus on the substantive issues of (1) personality and self, (2) cognition and learning, (3) generativity and social commitment, (4) love and family, and (5) work and retirement. Across these five domains, we will pay careful attention to the dynamics of continuity and change across the life course and the socio-historical context within which developing lives are situated.

SESP 203

Human Development: Adulthood & Aging Psychological, sociological, and biological factors influencing human development from young and middle adulthood through late life with special consideration of family, school, work, and leisure contexts.


Editorial Boards

Year Journal Name Position
2016 International Journal of Behavioral Development Editorial Board
2016 Emotion Editorial Board
2013 - 2016 International Journal of Psychology Editorial Board

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