Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine - Barts and The London

Dr Heidrun Bien

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Psychiatry

Email: h.bien@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: Tel: +44 (0) 20 7882 2019
Room Number: 2.03a Old Anatomy Building


Heidrun is a psychologist and  Senior Lecturer, currently working with all Distance Learning Students in the MSc programs Psychological Therapies and Transcultural Mental Healthcare at the Centre of Psychiatry at Queen Mary University.

She studied psychology (1995-2002) in Germany (University of Münster), with majors in both Clinical Psychology and Work & Organisational Psychology, and in the United States, thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship (University of Kansas, 1998-99). At both universities, she also worked as a graduate research assistant, gaining hands-on experience in a variety of methods. As part of excellent and inspiring research teams, she was able to work on attachment with Prof. Marion O’Brien (Kansas), and on speech processing with Prof. Pienie Zwitserlood (Münster). During her study she took specialised training courses as a counseling psychologist and in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.

Freshly graduated she received a stipend from the Max-Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics to conduct experimental research into speech production in the Netherlands (2003-06). Working with Prof. W.J.M Levelt and Prof. H.R. Baayen was a unique opportunity to learn about excellent research and complex statistical analyses, leading to her first presentations at international conferences and peer-reviewed publications. In 2007 she defended her Ph.D. thesis (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) in Dutch.

As a postdoctoral fellow (2006-12) Heidrun returned to Germany (University of Münster, Cognitive Neuroscience Unit), orchestrating the German Science Foundation priority project ‘Neural and psychological correlates of phonological categories’. She taught BSc and MSc courses on topics ranging from Problem-Solving to Cognitive Neuroscience. In 2008 she was selected for the University’s mentoring programme ‘Erstklassig’ for excellent young scientists. As the Institute of Psychology’s Equal Opportunity Commissioner (2006-10) Heidrun was part of multiple professorial selection panels. She was a member of the ‘Committee for Science and Young Researchers’ (2009-12), and the ‘Institute’s Board of Management’ (2011-12).

Through Distance Learning Heidrun obtained a German-for-non-native-speakers teaching degree (Goethe-Institute & Ludwig-Maximilian University München, 2009-12) and an NLP practitioner certification (2013-14). Distance Learning has unique chances and challenges and is in demand. Insights into processing, communication, and culture, to name but a few, all help make this pathway of education increasingly successful.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Published Extracts

  • Bien, H., Hanulikova, A., Weber, A., Zwitserlood, P. (2012). Sank you for travelling. Acoustic similarity or linguistic experience – what matters in pre-lexial processing? In A. Bröder, E. Erdfelder, B. E. Hilbig, T. Meiser, R. F. Pohl, & D. Stahlberg (Eds.), Abstracts TeaP 2012 (p 14) . Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers.
  • Bien, H., & Zwitserlood, P. (2011). Nützlich ist uns oft ein Feind: Er dient, wenn er zu schaden meint. Semantische Primes als Abrufhilfen. In K. Bittrich, S. Blankenberger, & J. Lukas (Eds.), Beiträge zur 53. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (p 22). Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers.
  • Bien, H., & Zwitserlood, P. (2010). Die Silbe in der Sprachwahrnehmung – eine ERP Studie. In C. Frings, A. Mecklinger, D. Wentura, & H. Zimmer (Eds.) Beiträge zur 52. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (p 131). Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers.
  • Bien, H., Lagemann, L., Dobel, C., Zwitserlood, P. (2009). Neurophysiological and behavioural correlates of the categorization of assimilated nasals in speech perception - an intriguing dissociation.NeuroImage, Volume 47, Supplement 1, July 2009, p 143.
  • Bien, H., Lagemann, L., Dobel, C. Zwitserlood, P. (2008). The categorization of assimilated nasals – behavioural and neurophysiological correlates. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Conference Abstract: 10th International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience. doi:10.3389/conf.neuro.09.2009.01.238
  • Bien, H., Zwitserlood, P., Dobel, C., & Elling, L. (2008). Die phonologische Kategorisierung assimilierter Laute. In P. Khader, K. Jost, H. Lachnit & F. Rösler (Eds.), Beiträge zur 50. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (p 79). Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers.
  • Bien, H. (2007). Häufigkeitseffekte in der Produktion morphologisch komplexer Wörter. In K. F. Wender, S. Mecklenbräuker, G. D. Rey, & T. Wehr (Eds.), Beiträge zur 49. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (p 221). Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers.
  • Bien, H., Baayen, R.H., Levelt, W.J.M. (2005). Was uns Frequenzeffekte über komplexe Wörter verraten. In K.W. Lange et al. (Eds.) (Eds.), Beiträge zur 47. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (p 18). Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers.
  • Bien, H., Baayen, R.H., Levelt, W.J.M. (2005). The role of frequency information in compound production. In B. Hommel, G. Band, W. La Heij, & G. Wolters (Eds.), Proceedings of the XIVth meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (p 68). September 2005.
  • Bien, H., Levelt, W.J.M., Baayen, R. H. (2004). Morphem-Frequenz Effekte versus Wort-Frequenz Effekte: Benennungslatenzen in der Produktion niederländischer Komposita. In Kerzel, D., Franz, V. & Gegenfurther, K. (Eds.), Beiträge zur 46. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (p 37). Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers.


Distance Learning
Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Neuroscience
Experimental Research