M.W.M. (Marcel) Post

Associate Professor

  • Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Science & Sport

M.W.M. (Marcel) Post

Research Programs


Marcel Post studied psychology and graduated in 1985. His doctoral work at the Julius Center, Utrecht University focused on health status and life satisfaction after spinal cord injury (Dissertation 22-4-1997). Since June 2005 he has a joint appointment as associate professor at the Department of Rehabilitation medicine, Nursing Sciences and Sports of the University Medical Center Utrecht and as senior researcher and leader of the spinal cord injury research program at De Hoogstraat Rehabilitation. He is also working as senior scientific advisor for Swiss Paraplegic Research in Nottwil, Switzerland.

Marcel Post’s current research interests include the study of rehabilitation care, quality of life, psychological factors, and caregiver burden in persons with stroke or spinal cord injury. In his research he has focused on participation, quality of life, rehabilitation outcome measurement, and instrument development in these areas. Dr. Post is author or co-author of more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is member of the Scientific Committee of the International Spinal Cord Society and member of the Executive Committee of the ISCoS/ASIA Data Sets project in which he co-chaired the development of the datasets for activities and participation, and quality of life. Further co-edited the Dutch handbook of rehabilitation psychology. He serves as Section Editor of Spinal Cord and the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is member of the Editorial Board of Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation.

Research line

Stroke / stroke rehabilitation; spinal cord injury rehabilitation (at De Hoogstraat Rehabiliation)

Most recent key publications

1: Oner FC, Sadiqi S, Lehr AM, Aarabi B, Dunn RN, Dvorak MF, Fehlings MG, Kandziora F, Post MW, Rajasekaran S, Vialle L, Vaccaro AR. Toward Developing a Specific Outcome Instrument for Spine Trauma: An Empirical Cross-sectional Multicenter ICF-Based Study by AOSpine Knowledge Forum Trauma. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015;40(17):1371-9
2: New PW, Reeves RK, Smith É, Townson A, Eriks-Hoogland I, Gupta A, Maurizio B, Scivoletto G, Post MW. International retrospective comparison of inpatient rehabilitation for patients with spinal cord dysfunction epidemiology and clinical outcomes. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015;96(6):1080-7
3: Post MWM, van Leeuwen. Psychosocial issues in spinal cord injury: a review. Spinal Cord 50(5):382-9
4: Visser-Meily, J.M.A., Rhebergen, M.L., Rinkel, G.J.E., van Zandvoort, M.J. & Post, M.W.M. (2009) Long-term health-related quality of life after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: relationship with psychological symptoms and personality characteristics. Stroke 40, 1526-29
5: Heutink M, Post MWM, Bongers-Janssen HMH, Dijkstra CA, Snoek GJ, Spijkerman DCM, Lindeman E. The CONECSI trial: A randomized controlled trial of a multidisciplinary cognitive behavioral program for coping with chronic neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury. Pain 2012; 153(1): 120-8

Fellowship and Awards

  • 1: Van Hoytema award from the Dutch Association for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (VRA) (2010)

Research Output (335)

Development and validation of models to predict respiratory function in persons with long-term spinal cord injury

Raab Anja M., de Groot Sonja, Berlowitz David J., Post Marcel W.M., Adriaansen Jacinthe, Hopman Maria, Mueller Gabi 1 dec 2019, In: Spinal Cord. 57 , p. 1064-1075 12 p.

Family group decision-making interventions in adult healthcare and welfare:a systematic literature review of its key elements and effectiveness

Hillebregt Chantal F, Scholten Eline W M, Post Marcel W M, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, Ketelaar Marjolijn jun 2019, In: BMJ Open. 9

Long-term restrictions in participation in stroke survivors under and over 70 years of age

de Graaf Joris A., van Mierlo Maria L., Post Marcel W.M., Achterberg Wilco P., Kappelle L. Jaap, Visser-Meily Johanna M.A. 13 mrt 2018, In: Disability and Rehabilitation. 40 , p. 637-645 9 p.

Self-Management and Self-Efficacy in Patients With Acute Spinal Cord Injuries:Protocol for a Longitudinal Cohort Study

van Diemen Tijn, Scholten Eline Wm, van Nes Ilse Jw, Geertzen Jan Hb, Post Marcel Wm, feb 2018, In: JMIR Research Protocols. 7

Effects of family group conferences among high-risk patients of chronic disability and their significant others:study protocol for a multicentre controlled trial

Hillebregt Chantal F, Scholten Eline W M, Ketelaar Marjolijn, Post Marcel W M, Visser-Meily Johanna M A 2018, In: BMJ open [E]. 8 , p. e018883

Trajectories of health-related quality of life after stroke:results from a one-year prospective cohort study

van Mierlo Maria, van Heugten Caroline, Post Marcel W M, Hoekstra Trynke, Visser-Meily Anne 2018, In: Disability and Rehabilitation. 40 , p. 997-1006 10 p.

Effectiveness of a Self-Management Intervention to Promote an Active Lifestyle in Persons With Long-Term Spinal Cord Injury:The HABITS Randomized Clinical Trial

Kooijmans Hedwig, Post Marcel W M, Stam Henk J., Van der Woude Lucas H. V., Spijkerman Dorien C M, Snoek Govert J, Bongers-Janssen Helma M, van Koppenhagen C F, Twisk Jos Wr, Bussmann Johannes B J, dec 2017, In: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 31 , p. 991-1004 14 p.

International Spinal Cord Injury Core Data Set (version 2.0)-including standardization of reporting

Biering-Sørensen F, DeVivo M J, Charlifue Susan, Chen Y, New P.W., Noonan V., Post M W M, Vogel L. aug 2017, In: Spinal Cord. 55 , p. 759-764 6 p.

The Wayfinding Questionnaire:A clinically useful self-report instrument to identify navigation complaints in stroke patients

de Rooij N K, Claessen M H G, van der Ham Ineke J M, Post M W M, Visser-Meily J M A 18 jul 2017, In: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 29 , p. 1042-1061 20 p.

Prevalence of hypertension and associated risk factors in people with long-term spinal cord injury living in the Netherlands

Adriaansen Jacinthe J E, Douma-Haan Yvonne, van Asbeck Floris W A, van Koppenhagen Casper F, de Groot Sonja, Smit Christof A, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, Post Marcel W M, mei 2017, In: Disability and Rehabilitation. 39 , p. 919-927 9 p.

All Research Output (335)