Born 1963 in Heilbronn, Germany. Studied psychology, doctorate (1995) at the University of Konstanz. Postdoctoral fellow (1995–1996) and researcher (1996–1997) at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich. Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin (1997–2000). Research fellow at the Department of Psychology of Columbia University, New York (2000–2002). Habilitation (2003) at the Free University of Berlin. Professor (2003–2012) and Dean (2011–2012) of Psychology at the University of Basel. Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development since 2012.