Henning Tiemeier

Henning Tiemeier

Sumner and Esther Feldberg Professor of Maternal and Child Health
Department of Social and Behavioral Science
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
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Henning Tiemeier is a psychiatric epidemiologist who studies child development in population-based cohort studies. His work has a particular focus on prenatal exposures such as maternal depression, cannabis, or low thyroid function. Much of his work takes a neurodevelopmental approach and his group conducts large scale brain imaging studies in children. Seminal studies examine how parenting and other environmental risk factors relate to brain development as assessed by brain imaging. Other studies highlight methodological problems in child psychiatric research using multi-informant assessments. His multidisciplinary work combining epidemiology, genetics, brain imaging, and child development bridges historically separate disciplines and forms Population Neuroscience. At the Harvard TH Chan School of  Public Health he leads the Maternal and Child Health Center of Excellence. He will conduct studies in homeless families and a long-term neonatal intensive care cohort in close collaboration with the Harvard-affiliated hospitals to build a platform for etiological studies, intervention studies, and program evaluation in high risk children. 


  • Professor of Social and Behavioral Science, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, 2018-present
  • Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Department of Child Psychiatry, Sophia Children’s Hospital, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, 2011-present
  • Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, 2011-2017
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, 2003-2011
  • Visiting fellow Child Psychiatry Branch, NIMH, Bethesda, 2005
  • PhD, Epidemiology, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, 2003
  • Research fellow, National Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, Utrecht, 1997-1999  
  • Resident in Neurology, Dep. of Epileptology, University of Bonn, 1996-1997
  • MD, University of Bonn, 1995
  • MA, Sociology, University of Bonn, 1995

Selected professional appointments and honors

  • VICI scheme prize Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, 2017
  • Principal Investigator, Rotterdam Study and Generation R, 2003-2017
  • Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study. External Advisory Board Member, 2015-present 
  • Child Maltreatment Article of the Year, Am. Prof. Society on the Abuse of Children, with Rijlaarsdam, 2014  
  • Campaign for America’s Kids award, Am. Acad of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2012 
  • Principal Collaborator AIIMS Cohort Study for Stroke and Dementia, Delhi, India, 2011
  • VIDI scheme prize, Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, 2009 
  • Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, with Roza, 2008
  • International Research Fellowship of the Sophia Stichting, 2004

Selected publications

  • Bolhuis K, Muetzel RL, Stringaris A, Hudziak JJ, Jaddoe VW, Hillegers MH, White T, Kushner SA, Tiemeier H. Structural Brain Connectivity in Childhood Disruptive Behavior Problems: A Multidimensional Approach. Biological Psychiatry. 2018 Aug 16.
  • Tiemeier H, Lenroot RK, Greenstein DK, Tran L, Pierson R, Giedd JN. Cerebellum development during childhood and adolescence: a longitudinal morphometric MRI study. Neuroimage. 2010; 49:63-70.
  • Tiemeier H, van Tuijl HR, Hofman A, Meijer J, Kiliaan AJ, Breteler MM. Vitamin B12, folate, and homocysteine in depression: the Rotterdam Study. Am J Psychiatry. 2002; 159:2099-101