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Hanna Swaab

Professor of Neurocognitive Development and Developmental Disorders

Prof.dr. J.T. Swaab
+31 71 527 4060

Hanna Swaab studied clinical child psychology and neuropsychology at the VU University Amsterdam. In 1985 she was appointed a University Lecturer at Utrecht University, and the UMCU’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Rudolf Magnus Brain Center. In 1997 she became a Senior Lecturer, Professional Practice Lecturer, and Head of the Sections of Psychodiagnostics, Family Therapy, and Individual Psychotherapy with the UMCU’s Brain Division. 

In 2004 Hanna Swaab was appointed Professor of Neurocognitive Development and Developmental Disorders  at Leiden University, took up the position of Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences between 2013 and 2018.

Currently, she is the Director of Leiden University’s Ambulatorium and a Senior Professional Practice Lecturer for the national professional practice training for clinical psychologists (child and adolescent psychology) and clinical neuropsychologists. In accordance with the Individual Health Care Professions Act, she is a registered clinical psychologist (child and adolescent psychology), clinical neuropsychologist, and psychotherapist, specialized in behavioural therapy, especially cognitive behavioural therapy. 

Hanna Swaab combines administration, management, teaching, training, and clinical practice with conducting scientific research. Currently, she is Professor of Neurocognitive Development and Developmental Disorders at Leiden University, and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.


Hanna Swaab’s research focuses on the neurocognitive and biological factors underlying emotional and behavioural problems in children and adolescents with developmental disorders, and on how these factors are affected by treatments.


  • Clinical psychologist BIG
  • Clinical neuropsychologist BIG
  • Psychotherapist BIG
  • GZ psychologist BIG
  • Member International Neuropsychological Society, 1988
  • Member ISED, 2004
  • Member Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition, 2009     

Relevant links


  • Betto Deelman Award 2013
  • Best textbook Prize (2010 - 2012), Institute of Education and Child Studies, Leiden University


Several research grants amounting to € 3.025.000.


See Dutch profile Hanna Swaab

Professor of Neurocognitive Development and Developmental Disorders

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen
  • Neuropedagogiek en ontwikk. stoornissen

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 4A09



  • Swaab-Barneveld J.T. (9 February 2015), Diësoratie: Investeer in de juiste behandeling van het kwetsbare kind / Dies lecture: The future of the vulnerable child. Universiteit Leiden. [lecture]. Uitvoering / lezing
  • Swaab J.T. (9 February 2015), De toekomst van het kwetsbare kind. Instituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen, Leiden. [lecture]. Uitvoering / lezing
  • Huijbregts S.C.J., Noort A., De Sonneville L.M.J. & Swaab H. (15 October 2009), Cognitive functioning in Neurofibromatosis Type I: Influence of maturation and ADHD-symptomatology. Society for the Study of Behavioural Phenotypes. Cambridge, UK. [lecture]. Uitvoering / lezing
  • Van Rijn S., Aleman A., De Sonneville L.M.J. & Swaab H. (4 September 2009), Autism traits and schizotypal traits in a genetic syndrome (47,XXY): The role of executive functioning. Paper presented at a meeting on schizophrenia research organized by Brown University. Mont-Tremblant, Canada. [lecture]. Uitvoering / lezing
  • Huijbregts S.C.J. & Swaab H. (24 January 2009), Internalizing and externalizing behaviour in early childhood: Relative contribution of executive functioning, social cognition, and verbal ability. European Psychiatric Association. Lisbon, Portugal. [lecture]. Uitvoering / lezing
  • Swaab H. (4 March 2008). Kansen van de kindertijd. Leiden. [inaugural address]. Inaugurele rede
  • Swaab H. (21 December 2007), Neuropsychologie en psychotherapie. Congres Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychotherapie; Complexiteit in Psychotherapie. [lecture]. Uitvoering / lezing
  • Pieterse J.K., Swaab H. & Van Engeland H. (25 August 2007), Age-specific profiles of intellectual impairment in Pervasive Developmental Disorders Not Otherwise Specified. International congress of the European Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP). Florence. [lecture]. Uitvoering / lezing
  • PAON hoofdopleider klinische neuropsychologie
  • NIFP Nederlands Instituut voor Forensische Psychiatrie en Psychologie wetenschappelijke adviesraad
  • Stichting Topklas Hoofdopleider Topklas
  • BoPP Midden Nederland hoofdopleider Klinische Psychologie K&J
  • Raad van Toezicht Impegno lid
  • DKV raad van Toezicht lid
  • RIAN regionale stuurgroep autisme zorg lid
  • GITP-PAO cursus coordinator en docent neuropsychologie
  • redactieraad tijdschrift voor neuropsychologie lid
  • wetenschappelijke adviesraad Klinefelter vereniging lid
  • SSR Stichting Studiecentrum Rechtspleging docent
  • raad van toezicht Phildelphia lid
  • psychologie praktijk oud-zuilen prive praktijk - diagnostiek en behandeling
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