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Lieke van Heumen

Clinical Assistant Professor, Disability and Human Development

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1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 711 DHSP

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By appointment


Dr. Lieke van Heumen is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development. She is a 2015 graduate of the Department’s PhD program in Disability Studies and former Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department. She received both her undergraduate and master degrees in psychology with a specialization in gerontology from the Radboud University in the Netherlands. She is a 2019-2020 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow and 2019-2020 Health and Aging Policy Fellow, placed with the U.S Senate Special Committee on Aging in the Office of Ranking Member Senator Bob Casey.

Selected Grants

Special Olympics International, Special Olympics Research and Evaluation Translation and Dissemination Project, Principal Investigator

Retirement Research Foundation, Building Community Capacity for Person-Centered Planning for People Aging with ID, Principal Investigator

Individual Advocacy Group and Envision Unlimited through Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Short Term Stabilization Homes Evaluation, Co-Principal Investigator

Service to the Community

Dr. van Heumen regularly provides trainings for community agencies on aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities and supports for those living with dementia. She is also a board member of the Arc of Illinois.

Notable Honors

2017 - Excalibur Award for Teaching Excellence, AHS Student Council, UIC

2016 - Student and Early Career Professionals Special Interest Group Scholarship and Gerontology Division Student Scholarship, Amerian Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

2015 - Student Award, Amerian Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

2014 - Paul D. Doolen Graduate Scholarship for the Study of Aging, University of Illinois


PhD, Disability Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2015
MS, Psychology, Radboud University, the Netherlands, 2008
BS, Psychology, Radboud University, the Netherlands, 2006