Thomas Boll is Assistant Professor in life-span developmental psychology and geropsychology. He focusses on the quality of adult child-parent relationships, emotional ambivalence in elder care, and the use of assistive technologies by older people. Cultural psychological perspectives increasingly supplement emotion and action theoretical approaches to these topics.
Coming from projects on “differential parental treatment of siblings” at the University of Trier, he joined the University of Luxembourg in 2006. Within the Research Unit INSIDE, he belongs to the Research Institute Generations and Family. In 2018, he has co-edited with Dieter Ferring and Jaan Valsiner the book “Cultures of Care in Ageing” with chapters from a multidisciplinary cast of internationally renowned authors. It covers relations between care recipients and caregivers, impacts of caregiving on the family, as well as sociocultural and political aspects of elder care. It provides a first substantive integration of knowledge from geropsychology, other gerosciences, and cultural psychologies. Dr. Boll is in the editorial board of GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry and the Scientific Board of Human Arenas: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Psychology, Culture, and Meaning.
Dr. Boll shares his research findings and expertise in five study programs: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master of Psychology: Track Evaluation and Assessment, Master of Gérontology, Master of Management and Coaching, and Bachelor en sciences sociales et éducatives. Within the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences, he co-organizes with Isabelle Albert, Elke Murdock, and Jaan Valsiner the Annual Summer School on Cultural Psychology.