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PhD Student

Jonathan Wörn

About Jonathan Wörn

Since 2014, Jonathan Wörn is a PhD candidate in the SOCLIFE Research Training Group at the University of Cologne. In his research, he investigates how different aspects of older adults' social context affect their cognitive functioning. Before he started his PhD studies, he obtained a B.A. in Sociology (with a minor in Psychology) and graduated with a M.A. in Sociology from the University of Mannheim.

(Preliminary) Topic of dissertation project

Social Context and Cognitive Functioning in Older Adults (supervised by Prof. Dr. Karsten Hank and Prof. Dr. Lea Ellwardt).

Research Interest
  • Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities
  • Cognitive Functioning and Cognitive Enhancement
  • Social Stratification
  • Social Psychology
  • Methods of Quantitative Data Analysis
Work experience
2015-2016

Research Assistant

University of Cologne, Chair of Sociology I

Project: "Enhancing Our Children's Lives: The Moral Acceptability of and Willingness to Use Pediatric Cognitive Enhancement" (Dr. Sebastian Sattler)

2011-2014

Student Research Assistant

University of Mannheim, Chair of Microsociology and Social Psychology

2012-2013

Student Research Assistant

University of Heidelberg, Mannheim Institute of Public Health, Social and Prevenive Medicine (MIPH)

2011

Internship

Federal Statistical Office of Baden-Württemberg, Department of Family Research

Conferences
2017, AugustMen's Health Disadvantage in Widowhood: Is This True for Cognitive Functioning? Presented at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal.
2017, MarchEffects of Becoming Widowed on Older Adults' Cognitive Functioning: A Gender-Specific Perspective. Presented (in German) at the Joint Spring Meeting of the Divisions on Family Sociology and Medical and Health Sociology of the German Sociological Association, Halle.
2016, SeptemberCognitive Functioning Among Dutch Older Adults: Do Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Urbanity Matter? Presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the German Society for Social Medicine and Prevention (DGSMP), Essen.
2016, SeptemberCognitive Functioning Among Dutch Older Adults: Do Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Urbanity Matter? Presented at the European Population Conference, Mainz, Germany.
2016, JulyCognitive Functioning Among Dutch Older Adults: Do Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Urbanity Matter? Presented at the Third ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria.
2016, MarchPublic Perceptions of the Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs in Young People for Cognitive Enhancement: A Mixed-Method Approach. Presented at the Interdisciplinary Research Week Pediatric Neuro-Enhancement, Osnabrück, Germany (together with Sebastian Sattler).
2015, AprilRelationship Satisfaction, Adverse Neighborhoods, and Cognitive Functioning in Older Adults. Poster presented at the Third International Conference on Aging and Cognition, Dortmund, Germany.
Publications
Wörn, J., Ellwardt, L., Aartsen, M. & Huisman, M. (2017). Cognitive Functioning Among Dutch Older Adults: Do Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Urbanity Matter? Social Science and Medicine, 187, 29-38. Doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.05.052.
Work in progress

Wörn, J., Aartsen, M., Comijs, H., & Huisman, M. More Education, Longer Maintenance of Cognitive Functioning in Old Age? Analyzing Types of Cognitive Decline.

Wörn, J. & Aartsen, M. Spousal Loss and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults: The Widower Cognition Penalty.

Sattler, S. & Wörn, J. Public Perceptions of Prescription Drug Use for Cognitive Enhancement in Healthy Children and Adolescents.

Teaching
Fall 2017

Sociology of Age(ing)

University of Cologne, Seminar for Bachelor Students (in German)

Fall 2015

Analysis of Cross-Sectional Data: Linear Models

University of Cologne, Tutorial for Master Students