Nic Weststrate, PhD
Nic M. Weststrate, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Developmental Psychology at the University of Klagenfurt in the south of Austria, where he works under the supervision of Dr. Judith Glück on a project that investigates situational obstacles to wisdom in professional contexts (e.g., teaching, management). Dr. Weststrate is a developmental and personality psychologist who studies cultural influences on the development of identity, generativity, ego integrity, and wisdom across the lifespan. His work primarily focuses on positive pathways of development following adverse life experiences. He is particularly interested in developmental processes among members of socially marginalized communities. Dr. Weststrate’s research combines self-report, informant report, performance task, and autobiographical narrative methods.
Dr. Weststrate is an alumnus of the Wisdom & Identity Lab in the Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development, OISE, University of Toronto. Currently, he is leading a project in the Wisdom & Identity Lab, in collaboration with Dr. Michel Ferrari and Dr. Judith Glück, on the social transmission of wisdom from grandparents to grandchildren through intergenerational storytelling.