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Mikael Heimann

Mikael Heimann

Professor of Developmental Psychology

Vice Dean (research), the Faculty of Arts and Sciences 2012-2014

Head, the Developmental Research Group

Head, Infant and Child Lab

Member Swedish Institute for Disability Research


Education/professional training

  • Licensed psychologist (Sweden 1981, Norway 2003)
  • PhD (Penn State University, USA 1988)
  • Licensed psychotherapist (Sweden 1989)
  • Specialist in clinical psychology (Sweden 1997)

Previous positions


  • Clinical child psychologist, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic, Göteborg, Sweden, 1976-1989
  • School psychologist, Göteborg, Sweden, 1977-1978
  • Privately employed psychotherapist, part-time, Göteborg, Sweden, 1984-1990


  • Instructor, Dept. of Psychology, Penn State Univ., 1984
  • Assistant and associate professor, Dept. of Psychology, Göteborg University, 1987-2001
  • Guest research professor, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters,1996-97
  • Associate professor, Dept of Special Education, Göteborg University, 1994-99
  • Adjunct professor, Norwegian University of Technology, Trondheim, 2000-05
  • Professor and Head, Centre of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Univ. of Bergen, Norway, 2001-05

Research areas

  • Infant development (cognition, communication, imitation)
  • Developmental psychopathology (autism, language impairment)
  • Literacy (multimedia based intervention programs)

Selected ongoing projects:

(A) Infant socio-cognitive development

(B) Children with Severe Hearing Impairment

(C) Autism Spectrum Disorders

(D) Reading disabled children

(E) Children's Mental Health

  • Children in Bergen. A longitudinal total population study of mental health and devlopment in 7-9 year-old children (in collaboration with Dr. W Andersen Helland, Uiversity of Bergen, professor A Lundervold, University of Bergen, and Dr. M-B Posserud, Uiversity of Bergen. PI = Prof. K.M. Stormark, Univ. of Bergen, Norway.
  • Alarm Distress Baby Scale - en validation. In collaboration with the Regional Center for Child and Youth Mental Health, Oslo, Norway.

(F) Development of children's stereotypes

Previous projects:

  • Speak up. Children with language delays: A longitudinal intervention study (project management: Assoc. prof T. Helland, Univ. of Bergen, Norway, prof. K. Hugdahl Univ. of Bergen, Norway and Dr. S. Ofte, Eikelund Resource Center, Bergen, Norway).

INTERNATIOnal networks


3rd International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), San Sebastian, Spain, 2-4 May, 2013

 One size doesn't fit all - A randomized comparison between intensive imitation versus treatment as usual

   with B Spjut Janson and T Tjus, Univ. of Gothenburg

Invited colloquia, Department of Psychology, University of California at San Diego, May 23, 2013:

   Imitation as a social and cognitive ‘measure'

16th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, September 3-7, 2013, Lausanne, Switzerland:

(1) Novelty preference: A new eye tracking implementation and a comparison with the Fagan test of infant intelligence

    with F Koch, A Sundqvist and E Nordqvist

(2) Speaking or not speaking makes a difference -deferred imitation, pretend play and social interaction in children with autism

   with  T Tjus and K Strid, Univ. of Gothenburg

(3) Parental Mind-mindedness and the relation to preverbal language development

    with A Sundqvist, F Koch and E Nordqvist

(4) Long-term declarative memory performance in 14-15 month infants predicts the strength of neural response during associative learning.

    with E Nordqvist, M Rudner, M Johansson (Lund Univ.) and M Lindgren (Lund Univ.)

29th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP), August 25-29, 2013, Torrino, Italy

Language Impairments in Children With ADHD and in Children With Reading Disorder

   twith Helland, W.A., Posserud, M-B, Helland, T and Lundervold A, Univ. of Bergen

4th All European Conference on Dyslexia, September 20-22, 2013, Linneaus University.

Interventions- studie i syfte att främja läsutvecklingen hos barn

   with L Fälth (Linnaeus Univ), I Svensson (Linnaeus Univ.), S Gustafson and T Tjus (Univ. of Gotheburg)

Second International Conference on Hearing Science for Communication, Linköping, June 16-19, 2013

The effects of computerized sign language based literacy training in Deaf beginning readers

      with E Holmer and M Rudner

The Socity for Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting, San Sebastian, October 25-27, 2012.

Language impairments in children with AD/HD and in children with reading disorder (RD)

   with Helland, W.A., Posserud, M-B and Lundervold A, Univ. of Bergen


Computer program

Heimann, M., Lundälv, M., Tjus, T. & Nelson, K.E. (2004). Omega–interactive sentences, a multimedia software for language exploration and play. Topic Data & Språkbehandling HB, Göteborg, Sweden (www.omega-is.com)

Citations according to Google Scholar




+46 13 28 19 80

+46 73 656 9399 (cell)

visiting address

Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning
Building I:3
Linköping university, Campus Valla

postal address

Linköping university
Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning
SE-581 83 Linköping

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