Prof. Dr. phil. Liane Simon

Professor for transdisciplinary early childhood intervention

MSH Medical School Hamburg


Early childhood intervention in germany



Early intervention is a service for infants and toddlers who have developmental difficulties. The professionals working in early intervention centers, are experts in early childhood development, work very closely with both the child and his or her parents and other caregivers. Early childhood development is in fact very dependent on the child’s environment.The competencies of professionals must therefore include developmental diagnostics at a very early stage, possible forms of intervention , as well as counseling parents.  This presentation will show the possibilities to study early intervention in Germany and to work as an early interventionist in different fields.


Liane Simon is a special educator and systemic family therapist working for 25 years as a leader of an early intervention center in northern Germany. She obtained her doctoral degree  at the University of Hamburg and is currently working as a professor for transdisciplinary early intervention at MSH Medicalschool Hamburg. From 2015-2021 she worked as head of the Department Family, Child and Social Work. Since 2021 she is dean of the faculty Art, Health and Social science

Since 2015 she is member of the national board of the German Association for Interdisciplinary Early Intervention and currently chair.

Liane Simnon is an Advisory Committee member of the National Centre on Early Prevention (Nationales Zentrum Frühe Hilfen), an early intervention and prevention network initiative of the German Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and supported by the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) and German Youth Institute (DJI).

She is running several research projects  at the ICF research institute (IRIs)  MSH Medical School Hamburg

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