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Claudia Haase

School of Education and Social Policy, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and (by courtesy) Psychology
Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research
Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences
Faculty Affiliate, Buffett Institute for Global Studies
Faculty member, Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience


Areas of Focus

  • Relationships
  • Lifespan development
  • Emotion
  • Motivation
  • Aging


  • Relationships between parents and children, friends, romantic partners and married couples
  • Emotion across the lifespan and aging
  • Emotion regulation, coping, and motivation
  • Happiness and mental and physical health
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Facial expressions of emotion and nonverbal behavior


Claudia Haase studies pathways towards happy and healthy development across the lifespan with a focus on emotions in individuals and couples. Her research combines insights and paradigms from affective, lifespan-developmental and relationship science. Her work uses multiple methods (e.g., autonomic physiology, behavioral observations, subjective emotional experience assessments, linguistic markers, neuroimaging), age-diverse samples (e.g., from adolescence to late life), diverse study designs (e.g., experimental, longitudinal), and single-subjects and dyadic approaches (e.g., in couples, parent-child, and friendship dyads).

Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Aging, the Retirement Research Foundation and a NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.