Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

I currently work as 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

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 likeminded 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