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Karin van der Hiele

Assistant Professor

Dr. K. van der Hiele
+31 71 527 6642

Short CV

Karin van der Hiele obtained her Master’s degree in cognitive psychology at Leiden University in 1999 (cum laude). She continued her studies at the Eindhoven University of Technology where she obtained a Professional Doctorate in Engineering in the field of user-system interaction (2001). After working as a user researcher for a year, she started as a PhD student at Leiden University Medical Centre (neurology) and Leiden University (psychology) in 2003. At that time she was also active as a neuropsychologist at the memory clinic of the Leiden University Medical Centre. In 2007 she finished her dissertation entitled: ‘EEG markers of cognitive decline and dementia’. Since 2008 she is employed as an assistant professor neuropsychology at Leiden University. From 2010-2011 she additionally worked as a researcher at the Dutch National MS Foundation and Medical Psychiatric Centre PsyToBe in Rotterdam (2010-2011).


Karin van der Hiele’s current research interest concerns work participation in patients with a chronic neurological disorder, such as multiple sclerosis and migraine. Work participation is very important for a person’s quality of life and has great societal value. Karin is interested in examining what factors enable work participation and work functioning. Her main research project concerns a multicentre longitudinal study into predictors of employment status and work absenteeism in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS@Work study). This project is the result of a fruitful collaboration with the Dutch National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and is embedded within the TopZorg programme of the Elisabeth-TweeSteden Hospital. Her other main research interest involves the management of anxiety in patients with epilepsy.


  • Coordinator of the specialisation course in Clinical Neuropsychology 
  • Lecturer in the Biopsychology and Neuropsychology course 
  • Thesis supervisor 
  • Mentor


  • Teva Pharmaceuticals (2016). A prospective study on employment status and work absenteeism in healthy individuals (26.965 Euro), co-applicant 
  • ZonMw TopZorg (2015). Patient perspectives on cognition, employment status and work absenteeism in relapsing-remitting Multiple Scerosis (402.835 Euro), co-applicant 
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals (2014). MS Choices study (27.000 Euro), co-applicant 
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals (2013). Employment status and work absenteeism in relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis (200.000 Euro), co-applicant 
  • Grants for meetings 

Supervised PhD candidates

  • D.A.M. van Gorp, Predictors of employment status and work absenteeism in relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS@Work study), 2015-present time.


  • Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO) 
  • Basiscursus regelgeving en organisatie van klinisch onderzoek (BROK) 

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Gezondheids, Medische- Neuropsychologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2A13A



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