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Heidrun Bien, Dipl-Psych, PhD

Senior Lecturer & Distance Learning Lead

Centre for Psychiatry
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Heidrun Bien

Dr Heidrun Bien is a Senior Lecturer at the Wolfson Institute for Preventive Medicine, Mental Health Academy, Programme Lead for the MSc Psychological Therapies and Lead of E-Learning.

Dr Bien studied at the University of Muenster (Germany), with majors in Organisational Psychology and in Clinical Psychology, and at the University of Kansas (US) as a Fulbright Scholar in Psychology and Human Resource Management. Earning some extra pocket money as student research assistant with two inspirational Professors, Marion O’Brien (attribution theory; US) and Pienie Zwitserlood (cognitive neuroscience; Germany) laid the foundation for a love of research and learning. Graduated as Dipl.-Psych, Heidrun then went to Nijmegen (Netherlands) on a PhD stipend from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics to work under the outstanding supervision of Prof Willem Levelt and Prof Harald Baayen, conducting experimental research into speech production and developing mixed-effects stepwise regression models.

As Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Bien led the German Science Foundation Priority Project ‘Neural and psychological correlates of phonological categories’, taught a variety of BSc and MSc courses from Problem Solving to Cognitive Neuroscience, and received the award ‘Erstklassig’ for excellent young scientists. She served as the Institute of Psychology’s Equal Opportunity Commissioner, on the Committee for Science and Young Researchers, and the Institute’s Board of Management.

Appointed to Queen Mary University in 2013, she fulfils leadership roles, including the designing and delivery of Onsite and Distance Learning programmes of study, Student Staff Liaison, Research, and the development of E-learning.

Through private study, Heidrun obtained additional qualifications, including Teaching German as a 2nd Language, Rationale Emotive Behaviour Therapy, NLP Practitioner, and Practitioner in Prince2 Project Management. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Associate Member of the Association for Learning and Technology.

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