Lena-Emilia obtained her BSc in Psychology and MSc in Psychology for Work, Education and Society at Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

She is a PhD student on our NWO-Vidi project on self-views and achievement inequality. She uses Virtual Reality (VR) experiments to study how achievement inequality is perpetuated through children’s academic self- views and teacher-child interactions. As an undergraduate student, Lena- Emilia worked as a research assistant in the Department for Developmental Psychology in Jena, studying the formation and developmental trajectory of ageism in children, as well as ways to improve negative ageist attitudes. She is particularly interested in the impact that caregivers have on shaping the development of children.