Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology


Brief Biography

Irene Strasser is a developmental psychologist. She joined The American University in Cairo in 2019. Before coming to AUC, she held positions at The American University of Paris and the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. 

Her research focuses on lifespan development with an emphasis on age and aging, in particular on concepts and images of aging. Her work is informed by critical perspectives in gerontology, the development of wisdom in the context of biographical experiences, and gender studies. Her aim is to explore equal rights issues in the context of aging as well as the possibilities of older people to participate in societal activities, regardless of gender, class and ethnicity. 

Professor Strasser understands teaching and learning as a holistic process that builds connections between theory and practice and creates space to try out new approaches and question existing knowledge. She is well-experienced with research-oriented teaching and invites her students to gain hands-on experience in order to develop a critical view on study design and ethical questions. 

      • PhD in Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria  
      • Master in Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria
    Research Interest
    • Lifespan development
    • Aging and society
    • Cultural Psychology
    • Qualitative and mixed methods approaches
    • Gender studies