Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

I am an assistant professor for educational psychology at the University of Leipzig, Germany.


Education and Degree Awarded

Doctoral Degree in Psychology from the University of Erfurt, Germany.
Date of Defense: 14th February 2014,
Graded with ‘summa cum laude’.
Dissertation topic: ‘Passion as a construct of motivational psychology

Diplom (= equivalent to a master’s degree) in Psychology from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Date of Graduation: 23rd September 2008,
Graded with ‘very good’.
Topic of diploma thesis: „Symptom Validity Assessment in crime-related amnesia using event-related potentials“.


Work experience and education

Since 10/2017 Assistant Professor for ‘Educational Psychology with focus on development under conditions of risk’ at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

08/2015 – 08/2017 Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (Yale Child Study Center). Investigating emotions and motivation in high schools and workplaces.

09/2013 – 07/2015 Postdoctoral researcher, University of Helsinki, project “Investigating students’ science engagement with Experience Sampling Methods”. Principle investigators were Prof. Katariina Salmela-Aro, Prof. Jari Lavonen and Prof. Barbara Schneider. In addition I was involved in the Academy funded projects ‘FinEdu’ and Mind the Gap.
2010-2014: Doctoral student at the chair for Pedagogical-Psychological Diagnostic and Differential Psychology (Prof. Dr. Ernst Hany), University of Erfurt (Germany).
2010 – 2014: Fellow in the Center for Empirical Research in Economics and Behavioral Sciences (CEREB), University of Erfurt (a version of a graduate school with weekly colloquia and mentoring)
2003 – 2008: Studies of Psychology at the Free University Berlin (Germany). Degree: Dipl.-Psych. (=equivalent to a master’s degree).
2006 – 2007: ERASMUS-Exchange semester at the University of Barcelona, Spain.
2006: Internship (700 h) at the University Clinic Charité Berlin, Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic for childhood and adolescence. Main tasks: Psychological test assessments.

Awards, Prizes, and Honors

Since September 2013: Postdoctoral fellow grant in the researcher network ‘Pathways to Adulthood’, funded by the Jacobs Foundation. In the Pathways network I get intensive mentoring from highly decorated motivation and development researchers and the possibility to collaborate closely with like-minded post-doc researchers.

August 2011: Scholarship of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for a research visit at the University of Michigan, USA (invited by Professor Jacquelynne Eccles)

In 2010 I was granted with a doctoral scholarship from the Center for Empirical Research in Economics and Behavioral Sciences (CEREB), University of Erfurt, but did not accept because I decided in favor of a contract as research & teaching staff, see above.

From 2006 to 2008 I received a student scholarship for high achieving and social-volunteering students from the foundation Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (Germany).

Language Skills
(Levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
German: mother tongue
English: C2
Portuguese: B2-C1
Spanish: B2-C1
French: B2
Finnish: A1-A2