My research takes a life-course approach to understanding human development of individuals who struggle with precarious circumstances and face social marginalization. In my research, I utilize:
- multi-level, multi-method approaches to examine: the impact of formal (e.g. Western-style schooling) and informal (e.g. family and community apprenticeship) learning on child and adolescent development in countries such as Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Zambia;
- educational and developmental trajectories of youth involved in the US juvenile justice system; and
- the development of children and families growing up in crisis-affected, humanitarian, and fragile contexts, and the impact of parent programs on these ‘hard-to-reach’ populations.
I believe that the AGYA network is well-positioned to foster interdisciplinary collaborations to address the complex needs of displaced families, and I feel honoured to be actively engaged in this network.
|2019 - today||Professor, Department of Education and Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany|
|2015 - 2019||Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences, University of Houston, USA|
|2012 - 2015||Postdoctoral Fellow, Child Study Center, School of Medicine, Yale University, USA|
|2008 - 2012||Graduate Research Associate, Department of Education, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany|
- My Commitment to AGYA
- Member in Charge of the Working Group 'Arab and German Education'
On a personal note
Must read in my discipline:
The Unschooled Mind by Howard Gardner
Der Schwarm by Frank Schätzing
The scientist from my country you should know:
Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel