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Lieke van Heumen

Clinical Associate Professor, Disability and Human Development

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By appointment


Dr. Lieke van Heumen is a Clinical Associate 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 was 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. Dr. van Heumen's research interests include aging of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, inclusive research methodology, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Selected Grants

Special Olympics International, Special Olympics Research and Evaluation Translation and Dissemination Project Years 1, 2 and 3, 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 is the secretary of the Inclusive Research Special Interest Research Group of IASSIDD, the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Notable Honors

2023 - Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

2021-2022 - Teaching Recognition Program Award, UIC

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


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