Henning Tiemeier

Sumner and Esther Feldberg Professor of Maternal and Child Health

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Epidemiology


Henning Tiemeier, MA, MD, PhD, is Professor of Social and Behavioral Science and the Sumner and Esther Feldberg Chair of Maternal and Child Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Tiemeier received both his medical and sociological degree from the University of Bonn, Germany, and his PhD from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Personal Statement

Tiemeier has published extensively on the etiology of child developmental problems with a particular focus on prenatal exposures. Most of his research was performed in population-based cohort studies and his work often takes a neurodevelopmental approach. He is a principal investigator of the Generation R Study, a large pre-birth cohort in Rotterdam, that enrolled nearly 10,000 mothers and their children. Ongoing research projects and interests focus on genetic and early life exposures; as his previous work showed that this shapes the vulnerability to neurodevelopmental problems. Recent studies investigate children’s vulnerability to develop eating and sleep problems. Other studies highlight methodological problems in child psychiatric research using multi-informant assessments. Studies examining how parenting and other environmental risk factors relate to brain development as assessed by brain imaging are ongoing.

Future plans in Maternal and Child Health include 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.

Tiemeier has advised numerous masters, doctoral and postdoctoral students as a mentor, academic advisor and dissertation committee member. He is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher (General Social Science).

Other affiliations

Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Department of Child Psychiatry, Sophia Children’s Hospital, Erasmus University Medical Center

Member of the external advisory board for the NIH-funded Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study.

Research Interests

  • Etiology of child internalizing and externalizing problems
  • Prenatal exposures to adverse intrauterine environment and long-term outcome
  • Social and family environmental determinants of brain development
  • Parental feeding and child eating behavior
  • Psychometric studies of child development