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David Heyne

Associate Professor

Dr. D.A. Heyne
+31 71 527 3704

David Heyne is associate professor in the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.

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"When the heart of the therapist works together with the mind of the scientist, much can be learned about the most effective ways to help young people and families who are in distress."


David Heyne is associate professor in the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.  

He obtained a post-graduate diploma in educational psychology, a master’s degree in counseling psychology, and his PhD in clinical child psychology at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. His PhD thesis was entitled:  Evaluation of Child Therapy and Caregiver Training in the Treatment of School Refusal. David was clinical services manager for the treatment outcome program in the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology at Monash University, and held a post as Senior Lecturer in the postgraduate child psychiatry training program at the University of Melbourne.  

His  current research focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions for young people who find it hard to attend school as a result of anxiety and depression (i.e., school refusal), including intervention with the parents of these young people, and with school staff. He teaches courses in developmental psychopathology and in cognitive-behavior therapy with young people. 

For full details on his research programme, see Social Anxiety and School Refusal in Adolescence.

Associate Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Ontwikkelings- & Onderwijspsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3B27


  • GITP Workshop series on school refusal and other school attendance problems
  • rino teaching post-masters for registration as GZ-psycholoog
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