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Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine (WIPM)

Dr Heidrun Bien


Senior Lecturer, Centre for Psychiatry

Telephone: Tel: +44 (0) 20 7882 2019
Room Number: 2.13, Yvonne Carter Building


A psychologist by training, Heidrun is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Psychiatry where she is Programme Director of the MSc Mental Health: Psychological Therapies and Lead of Distance Learning. With a cohort of approx. 120 onsite and 30 Distance Learning students annually, this MSc is the largest of four MScs the Centre currently offers.

Heidrun studied psychology in Germany and the United States, thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, and completed a PhD programme on speech production at the Max-Planck for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands, with a stipend from the Max-Planck Society. As postdoctoral fellow, Heidrun returned to Germany to orchestrate a German Science Foundation priority project on neural and psychological correlates of phonological categories. She taught BSc and MSc level courses and was selected for the University’s programme for excellent young scientists.

Heidrun took training courses in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and in counselling. She obtained a German-for-non-native-speakers teaching degree from the Goethe-Institute, and qualified as a prince 2 project management practitioner. Heidrun is part of the QMUL coaching network, and an ILM level 5 coach in the making.


Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

  • Baxter, A.J., Harris, M.G., Khatib, Y., Brugha, T.S., Bien, H., & Bhui, K. (2016). Reducing excess mortality due to chronic disease in people with severe mental illness: meta-review of health interventions. British Journal of Psychiatry, 209.
  • Bien, H., Hanulíková, A., Weber, A. & Zwitserlood, P. (2016). A neurophysiological investigation of non-native phoneme perception by Dutch and German listeners. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:56.
  • Bien, H., Bölte, J., & Zwitserlood, P. (2015). Do syllables play a role in German speech perception? Behavioral and electrophysiological data from primed lexical decision. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1544.
  • Bien, H. & Zwitserlood, P. (2013). Processing nasals with and without consecutive context phonemes: evidence from explicit categorization and the N100. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:21.
  • Bien, H., Baayen, R.H., & Levelt, W.J.M. (2011). Frequency effects in the production of Dutch deverbal adjectives and inflected verbs. Language and Cognitive Processes, 26: 4, 683-715.
  • Hirschfeld, G., Bien, H., de Vries, M., Lüttmann, H. and Schwall, J. (2010). Open-source software to conduct online rating studies. Behavior Research Methods, 42 (2), 542-546.
  • Bien, H., Lagemann, L., Dobel, C., & Zwitserlood, P. (2009). Implicit and explicit categorization of speech sounds – dissociating behavioural and neurophysiological data. Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 339-346.
  • Bien, H., Levelt, W.J.M., & Baayen, R.H. (2005). Frequency effects in compound production. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102(49), 17876-17881.


  • Bien, H. (2007). On the production of morphologically complex words with special attention to effects of frequency. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Nijmegen (MPI Series in Psycholinguistics, 46), Ponsen & Looijen: Wageningen. The Netherlands.

Published Abstracts

  • Bien, H., Hanulíková, 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 exp. arb. 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.
  • 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.


Clinical Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Neuroscience
Experimental Research
Distance Learning in HE