Simon Forstmeier

Simon Forstmeier

Professor of Psychology, University of Siegen, Germany



  • Habilitation, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • PhD, Psychology, University of Trier, Germany (Summa cum Laude)
  • M.Sc., Psychology, Darmstadt University of Technology
  • Graduate Visiting Student, Psychology, University of Warwick, UK


  • Margret & Paul Baltes award for gerontological research
  • Poster award of the German Association for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (DGPPN)
  • Vontobel award for gerontological research for the paper “Motivational re-serve: Lifetime motivational abilities influence cognitive and emotional health in old age” (published in Psychology and Aging), from the Family Vontobel Foundation, Zurich.
  • Yearly: Travel award of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Award of “Friends of University of Trier” for excellent dissertations
  • PhD scholarship for the dissertation “Motivational and volitional processes in psychotherapy and psychosomatic rehabilitation”, from the Research Centre of Psychobiology and Psychosomatics (FPP) at the University of Trier, Germany
  • Scholarship as Graduate Visiting Student at University of Warwick, UK, from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


  • Gerontology & Psychology


  • Over 15 years in the fields of gerontology and psychology


  • Gerontology & Psychology


  • Clinical geropsychology and psychotherapy with the elderly
  • Psychological Alzheimer’s research: Motivational reserve; CBT in early Alzheimer’s patients
  • Live review over the life span
  • Motivational processes: delay of gratification; apathy in neurological disorders; motivational and volitional processes in psychotherapy and psychosomatics




Simon Forstmeier publications


  • Thoma, V. M., Maercker, A. & Forstmeier, S. (2016). Evidence for different trajectories of delay discounting in older adults with mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. First published online: Feb 19, 2016.
  • Forstmeier, S. & Maercker, A. (2015). Motivational processes in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease: results from the Motivational Reserve in Alzheimer’s (MoReA) study. BMC Psychiatry, 15(1), 293.
  • Forstmeier, S., Maercker, A., Savaskan, E. & Roth, T. (2015). Cognitive behavioural treatment for mild Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers (CBTAC): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 16(1), 526.
  • Fankhauser, S., Drobetz, R., Mortby, M., Maercker, A. & Forstmeier, S. (2014). Depressive symptoms in later life: Differential impact of social support and motivational processes on depression in individuals with and without cognitive impairment. European Journal of Ageing, 11, 321-332.
  • Schwarzbach, M., Luppa, M., Forstmeier, S., König, H.-H. & Riedel-Heller, S. G. (2014). Social relations and depression in late life – A systematic review. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 29, 1-21.
  • Forstmeier, S., Maercker, A., van der Hal-van Raalte, E. & Auerbach, M. (2013). Die Methode des therapeutischen Lebensrückblicks bei Holocaust-Überlebenden. In B. von der Stein (Hrsg.), Jüdische Schicksale in Deutschland heute über 60 Jahre nach dem Holocaust. Lengerich: Pabst Science Publ.
  • Preschl, B., Maercker, A., Wagner, B., Forstmeier, S., Baños, R., Alcañiz, M., Castilla, D., Botella, C. (2012). Life-review intervention with computer supplements for depression in the elderly: A randomized controlled trial. Aging and Mental Health, 16, 964-974.
  • Drobetz, R., Maercker, A., Spiess, C. K., Wagner, G. G. & Forstmeier, S. (2012). A household study of self-regulation in children: Intergenerational links and maternal antecedents in children’s self-regulation from a household study. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 71, 215-226.
  • Maercker, A., Forstmeier, S., Pielmaier, L., Spangenberg, L., Bähler, E. & Glaesmer, H. (2012). Adjustment disorders: prevalence in a representative nationwide survey in Ger-many. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 47, 1745-1752.
  • Pinquart, M. & Forstmeier, S. (2012). Effects of reminiscence interventions on psycho-logical outcomes: A meta-analysis. Aging and Mental Health, 16, 541-558