Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Lebenswissen­schaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Psychologie

Dr. rer. nat. Sandra Naumann

Dr. rer. nat. Sandra Naumann
sandra.naumann (at)

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Since 2024 Guest lecturer: Professorship for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychotherapy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Since 2023 Psychologist, Martin Gropius Krankenhaus Eberswalde
Since 2022 Psychotherapist in training (ST, Child and adolescent psychotherapist)   
2018 - 2022 Referee of the Scientific Society for Research in Autism Spectrum Conditions
2017 - 2023 PhD candidate, Berlin School of Mind and Brain,
2016 Research stay Seattle Children’s Research Institute,
University of Washington, USA
2014 – 2017 Master in Psychology, Focus: Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience, Technische Universität Dresden
2013 Semester abroad University of Jyväskylä, Finland
2010 – 2014 Bachelor of Arts; Major: Psychology of teaching, learning and training , Minor: Communication science, Universität Erfurt


Research interests

What are the mechanisms underlying the development of socio-emotional competence in children, and
what are the associated neuronal changes? My research focuses on the development and plasticity of
socio-emotional competence, including emotion recognition, empathy, and prosocial behavior. In
particular, I have been conducting an assessment of a digital training program with respect to its
efficacy in cultivating socio-emotional competence in preschoolers. In order to monitor neuronal
correlates, I utilize electroencephalographic (EEG) measurements, including EEG oscillations and event-
related potentials (ERPs; P1, N170, or P3 component, for instance).





Naumann, S., Bayer, M., Kirst, S., van der Meer, E., & Dziobek, I. (2023). A randomized controlled trial on the digital socio-emotional competence training Zirkus Empathico for preschoolers. NPJ science of learning, 8(1), 20.




Naumann, S., Matyjek, M., Bögl, K., & Dziobek, I. (2022). Doctoral researchers' mental health and PhD training satisfaction during the German COVID-19 lockdown: results from an international research sample. Scientific reports, 12(1), 22176.


Naumann, S., Bayer, M. & Dziobek, I. (2022). Preschoolers’ sensitivity to emotional facial expressions
and their repetition: An ERP study. , Repository:📖 🔓


, S., Byrne, M. L., de la Fuente, L. A., Harrewijn, A., Nugiel, T., Rosen, M. L., … Matusz, P. J. (2020). Assessing the degree of ecological validity of your study: Introducing the Ecological Validity Assessment (EVA) Tool.  📖


Naumann, S., Bayer, M. & Dziobek, I. (2020). Preschoolers’ sensitivity to emotional facial expressions and their repetition: An ERP study., Repository:📖🔓




Naumann, S., Senftleben, U., Santhosh, M., McPartland, J., & Webb, S. J. (2018). Neurophysiological correlates of holistic face processing in adolescents with and without autism spectrum disorder. Journal of neurodevelopmental disorders, 10(1), 27.