Sascha Hein

 Sascha Hein
  • Education & Psychology

Areas of Expertise:
Special education; Early childhood education; Teacher education and training; Humanitarian and fragile contexts; Adolescent development

since 2020


Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Department of Education and Psychology
Schwendenerstraße 33
14195 Berlin

+49 3083867068
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About me

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:

  1. 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; 
  2. educational and developmental trajectories of youth involved in the US juvenile justice system; and
  3. 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.

Academic career
2019 - todayProfessor, Department of Education and Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2015 - 2019Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences, University of Houston, USA 
2012 - 2015Postdoctoral Fellow, Child Study Center, School of Medicine, Yale University, USA
2008 - 2012Graduate Research Associate, Department of Education, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


My Commitment to AGYA
Acting German Co-President of AGYA (since 2023)
Former 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

Favourite novel:
Der Schwarm by Frank Schätzing

The scientist from my country you should know:
Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel