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Prof.'in Dr. Susanne  Zank
Prof.'in Dr. Susanne Zank

Professur für Rehabilitationswissenschaftliche Gerontologie
Direktorin des Zentrums für Heilpädagogische Gerontologie
Prorektorin für Antidiskriminierung und Chancengerechtigkeit

Raum 1.23

Universitätsstr. 91
50931 Köln

Telefon 0221 / 470 - 4786
Fax 0221 / 470 - 3793
E-Mail susanne.zank(at)uni-koeln.de
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After completing her studies in psychology at the TU Berlin and in Vancouver, Canada, Professor Susanne Zank worked as a research assistant, assistant, and senior assistant at both the TU and FU Berlin. Additionally, she practiced as a licensed psychological psychotherapist in the gerontopsychiatric day- and outpatient clinic at the University Hospital of the FU Berlin. She obtained her habilitation in the field of psychology at the FU Berlin. In 2006, she took over the chair of Clinical Psychology at the University of Siegen.

Since October 2010, Susanne Zank has been the head of the Chair of Rehabilitative Gerontology at the University of Cologne. She also serves as the director of the Center for Curative Gerontology. From 2013 to 2017, she was the research dean, and from 2017 to 2023, she was the dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences at the University of Cologne. From 2016 and 2020, she was the president of the German Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and from 2013 to 2023, she was the speaker of the interdisciplinary NRW Graduate School GROW. Since 2016, she has been the co-leader of interdisciplinary studies on well-being in advanced age at the Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health. In 2023, Professor Dr. Zank has been elected as the Vice-Rector for Antidiscrimination and Equal Opportunity.

Susanne Zank's research focuses on the stress and intervention research on family caregivers of dementia patients, intervention and rehabilitation research on older people, and the evaluation of outpatient and inpatient care. Together with her team, she developed assessment tools for the burden of family caregivers (Berliner Inventar zur Angehörigenbelastung - Demenz, BIZA-D) and for screening depression (Depression in Old Age Scale - DIAS), which are applicable in both research and practical settings.


List of Publications

You can find the complete publication list of Prof. Dr. Susanne Zank here.