Van den Berg, dr. H. (Heleen)

  • Assistent professor
  • BookStart
  • Infants 0-2 years
  • Differential susceptibility
  • Negative emotionality
  • Language development

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6948
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen, Orthopedagogiek
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 4A24

Heleen van den Berg studied Child Education and Development (orthopedagogiek) at the University of Leiden, she specialized in Learning problems and impairments. She performed her clinical research internship at Leiden University at the lab for clinical assessment and treatment of children with problems in educational and neuropsychological areas.

In 2015 she successfully defended her doctoral thesis titled: ‘From BookStart to BookSmart, about the importance of an early start with parent-child reading’. Heleen currently works as a teacher at the Centre for Learning Problems and Impairments and as a researcher in the project ‘The first thirty million words’.

CV Heleen van den Berg (2015)


Heleen’s doctoral research focused on BookStart, a nationwide project in the Netherlands, that aims to stimulate parents in making an early start with shared book reading. BookStart provides parents of newborn babies with a sample baby book and an information flyer about an early start with book sharing as well as free access to age-appropriate reading materials at the library.

Heleen is currently involved in the project ‘The first thirty million words’, a project that aims on the importance of language input for language development of baby’s with use of the LENA (language environment analysis system).


Grant assigned by the municipality of Leiden to prof. dr. A.G. Bus, dr. C.A.T. Kegel, and dr. H. van den Berg for the project titled: ‘The first thirty million words’.


Basic diagnostic registration from the Dutch society for pedagogues and educationists (Nederlandse vereniging voor Orthopedagogen en Onderwijskundigen, NVO)


Last Modified: 31-03-2016