AGYA Member

Sascha Daniel Hein


Areas of Expertise:
Special Education; Early Childhood Education; Teacher Education and Training; Humanitarian and Fragile Contexts; Adolescent Development

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 multilevel, multimethod 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.

The Arab States 2019 GEM report on migration, displacement, and education revealed that no region is as affected by migration and displacement as the Arab countries. 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.

Current projects

  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Arab and German Education
  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Health and Society

Academic Career

2019 -Professor, Department of Education and Psychology,
Freie Universität Berlin (Free University), Berlin, Germany
2015 - 2019 

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological,
Health, and Learning Sciences, University of Houston, USA

2012 - 2015Post-doctoral Fellow, Child Study Center, School of Medicine,
Yale University, USA
2008 - 2012Graduate Research Associate, Department of Education,
Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Selected Publications


Free University Berlin, Department of Education and Psychology

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