After graduating in Educational Sciences from Utrecht University (The Netherlands), Henny Bos worked under the supervision of Theo Sandfort as a research assistant and junior researcher at the Department of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Utrecht University and the Rutgers NISSO Group. The focus of research was on gay and lesbian health issues, and on homosexuality in the workplace. From 2000 Henny Bos was employed at the Department of Education of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Science of the University of Amsterdam , where she carried out her PhD research on parenting in planned lesbian families, under supervision of Frank van Balen and Dymph van den Boom. The research was fundedby the NetherlandsOrganization for Scientific Research. In December 2004 she successfully defended her PhD-thesis at the University of Amsterdam .
She was appointed as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Amsterdam from January 2004 till June 2007 and during this she wrote a proposal for a PhD research on "Child adjustment, family relationships and family functioning in patchwork families" (carried out by Esther Hakvoort- PhD-candidate).
Since July 2007 Henny Bos is appointed at the same university as Assistant Professor of Childhood Education and Family Support (department of Educational Sciences). The topic of her research line is child rearing and child development in non traditional families, such as planned lesbian families, gay father families and patchwork families. She presented her research on planned lesbian families at several international conferences, including the IASR, APA, Family Pride Conference, and International Congress of Psychology.
Henny Bos is also a co-investigator of the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Survey (NLLFS); Initiated by Prof. Nanette Gartrell (professor of psychiatry at the Center of Excellence in Women's Health for the University of California, San Francisco, The USA).
Henny Bos is a member of various international scientific organizations, including the International School of Education and Development (ISED), International Academy of Sex Research (IASR), American Psychological Association (APA) and the Nederlandse Vereniging Van Seksuologie (NVVS; Dutch Association of Sexologists). As member of the committee of the NVVS and the Studiegroep Onderzoek Reproduktieve Technieken (SORT; Reproductive Techniques Research Study Group), she organized several conferences. She was guest editor of a special issue of Patient, Education, and Counseling (PEC), the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology (JRIP), Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology (JPOG) and Tijdschrift van Seksuologie (Journal of Sexuology). Since January 2007 Henny Bos is also editor of the Dutch journal 'Pedagogiek'.