Dr. Isabelle Albert is a research scientist at the University of Luxembourg in the Institute for Research on Generations and Family (IGEFA). She studied psychology at the Universities of the Saarland (Germany), Bologna (Italy) and Trier (Germany), and she received her PhD degree from the University of Konstanz (Germany) in 2006, in the framework of the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary “Value of Children”-Project.

She joined the University of Luxembourg in 2007, where she has since then been involved in several FNR- and EU-funded research projects, such as.

  • INTERGEN (“Intergenerational Relations in Luxembourg: Solidarity, Conflict, Ambivalence?”; PI: Prof. Dr. Dieter Ferring)
  • IRMA (“Intergenerational Relations in the Light of Migration and Ageing”, 2013-2017, PI: Dr. Isabelle Albert),
  • COST Action IS1311: INTERFASOL (“Intergenerational Family Solidarity across Europe”, where she was Management Committee member & WG leader and organized the final conference at the University of Luxembourg in 2018)
  • ARPA (“Améliorer les Réseaux de Professionnels pour la santé mentale des Personnes Âgées atteintes de troubles psychiques en Europe”).

Her main research interests are in the fields of (cross-)cultural, life-span developmental and family psychology, and she is a consortium member of the key research area migration and inclusive societies. Her teaching activities include courses in psychology (bachelor and master), management and coaching (MAMACO) and gerontology (master). She is member of two steering committees (gerontology master and bachelor in psychology: BAP), as well as deputy course director of the BAP. She is involved in doctoral education as supervisor, CET member and co-organizer of the Annual Cultural Psychology Summer School.

She is associate editor of GeroPsych - The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, co-editor of the Human Development Series at IAP, member of the editorial board of the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, as well as review editor within the Cultural Psychology section of Frontiers in Psychology. She is member of several administrative boards and standing committees (e.g. SLP, ESFR, EFPA SC Geropsychology, EFPA Board Ethnic and Cultural Diversity, RBS – Center fir Altersfroen, national representative for Luxembourg at EARA).

Research interests

Latest content Isabelle Albert took part in

Geography & Spatial Planning
MIMY: EMpowerment through liquid Integration of Migrant Youth in vulnerable conditions
MIMY (EMpowerment through liquid Integration of Migrant Youth in vulnerable conditions) is a H2020 project financed by the European Commission to investigate and support the integration processes of young migrants from non-EU-countries living in vulnerable conditions in 9 countries in Europe, including Luxembourg.
MIMY: EMpowerment through liquid Integration of Migrant Youth in vulnerable conditions
The project MIMY has set out to improve the situation of young migrants in Europe through a multi-level analysis of the related integration processes.
Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences
How confinement measures and their communication impact elders
Since the start of the health crisis, people over the age of 60 have been omnipresent in the media, portrayed as a "risk group". Even though older people might have a higher risk when affected by Covid-19, considering them as one homogeneous group would be a mistake. The CRISIS research project, supported by the FNR (Luxembourg National Research Fund) and carried out in collaboration with RBS-Center fir Altersfroen, looks at the impact of aging stereotypes on psychological well-being and health-related outcomes in older Luxembourgers.
Faculty Blog
Confined but not alone
Greeting the baker, the pharmacist or sharing a coffee with our colleagues each morning, all these simple social interactions that made our daily life before seem already far away. This week, on the pages of the Tageblatt, Isabelle Albert addresses the increasing risks of loneliness and isolation in this particular time.