Short CV/Education and training

  • 1992
    Diplom degree in psychology, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • 1993 – 1998
    Teaching/Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA

  • 1998
    Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

  • 1998 – 2005
    Research associate in the Centre for Educational Research (headed by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Baumert) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development

  • 2005
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification), venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in education FU Berlin

  • 2005 – 2007
    Professor (W2) of empirical classroom research and business manager of the Central Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning (ZiLL), University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

  • 2007 – 2010
    Professor (W3) of education with a research focus on empirical education research, FU Berlin

  • since 2010
    Professor (W3) of Instructional Research, Support, and Evaluation (Educational Psychology), Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany (on leave)

  • since 2010
    Director and (since 2014) Scientific Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Educational Quality Improvement (IQB) at Humboldt University of Berlin

  • since 2014
    Head of the division "Education and Integration" of the Berlin Institute for Empirical Research on Integration and Migration (BIM), Humboldt University of Berlin

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • The role of immigrants' first and second language proficiency for social integration, particularly in education: Analyses of NEPS data – continuation.

  • Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), one of the projects included in the Priority Programme (SPP) 1646 "Education as a Lifelong Process".

    Cooperation partner: Prof. Dr. Cornelia Kristen (University of Bamberg).

  • Consortium for the implementation of the programme "Education through language, reading, and writing" (BiSS), a joint initiative by the federal and Länder governments on language support, language assessment, and reading support

  • Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

    Cooperation partners: Prof. Dr. Michael Becker-Mrotzek (Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education at the University of Cologne), Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn (German Institute for International Educational Research, DIPF), Hans-Joachim Roth (University of Cologne).

  • In-depth analyses of conditions for the effectiveness of two approaches to second-language support (focus on form and focus on meaning) in

    elementary school children whose first language is not German (BeFo II) (together with Dr. Anja Felbrich).

  • Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Federal Institute of Educational Research, Innovation, and Development of the Austrian School System (bifie), since 2013

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education at the University of Cologne, since 2013

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) review board Educational Research for the subject area General and Domain-Specific Teaching and Learning, since 2012

  • Deputy chairperson of the advisory board to the Institute for School Quality of the Federal States of Berlin and Brandenburg (ISQ), since 2011


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