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The Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have reappointed Prof. Edward de Haan (1957) dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences for a period of five years. The reappointment is effective from 1 February 2013.

Prof Edward de Haan, dean Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, professor Neuropsychology

The Executive Board greatly admire the way in which De Haan has performed his duties as dean until now. Dr Louise Gunning-Schepers, president of the Executive Board: ‘Edward de Haan has shown that he is a committed and passionate dean. He has set a clear course for the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, where he has successfully married form and content. One example has been the formation of Graduate Schools, which has led to a major restructuring within the faculty.’

About Edward de Haan

De Haan studied Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Groningen and then worked for ten years in Oxford. He obtained his doctorate in 1988 from Lancaster University with research on deficits in the recognition of familiar faces. In 2000, he became a Full Practitioner Member in the Division of Neuropsychology of the British Psychological Society and he is also registered as a health psychologist on the BIG-register (Beroepen in de Individuele Gezondheidszorg, Professions in Individual Healthcare) in the Netherlands.


Up until his appointment as dean and professor of Neuropsychology at the UvA in 2008, De Haan worked at Utrecht University as professor of Neuropsychology and programme director of the Master’s in Cognitive Neuroscience. He was previously head of the Psychonomics department in Utrecht and scientific director of the Helmholtz Institute and Graduate School. De Haan was co-founder of the interuniversity FC Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. He has also been a board member of several national and international organisations, such as the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychonomie (Dutch Society of Psychonomics) and the International Neuropsychological Society, as well as a member of several scientific advisory boards.