prof. dr. J.M.A. (Anne) Visser-Meilij

Full Professor

  • Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Science & Sport
  • Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Science & Sport

prof. dr. J.M.A. (Anne) Visser-Meilij

Research Programs


Prof Anne Visser-Meily is head of Research Centre of Excellence in Rehabilitation Medicine Utrecht; this is a collaboration between Brain Center Rudolf Magnus and De Hoogstraat Rehabilitation. The research focuses on 4 neurological diagnosis:  Stroke, ALS/SMA , Spinal Cord Injury and Cerebral Palsy and 3 themes: physical activity, cognition, and (family) empowerment.

Her research questions are very close to the clinical practice and daily life challenges of patients. Despite continuous improvements in medical care, many patients are left with residual physical or cognitive disability after the onset of their neurological condition. Patients and their families need to be able to effectively cope with the condition. Not only to manage persistent physical or cognitive disabilities and prevent secondary health conditions, but also to develop strategies to regain a productive and meaningful life, despite their disabilities.

She is a specialist in the care and research in family empowerment, neuropsychological stroke rehabilitation and neuromsusculair diseases shown by about 160 scientific publications.

Anne Visser-Meily was one of the researchers conducting the a)  large scale Fupro study into long term functioning and its prognostic factors of stroke patients and caregivers ( 2000-2005) and b) the ReStoRe4Stroke study, focusing on psychological determinants of participation of patients and caregiver (2010-2015) and c) Brain4Care study focusing on implementing an intervention aimed at optimizing and facilitation the transition to independent functioning home with emphasis on the patient –caregiver interaction (2015 – 2019).

She is president of the Education group of the Stroke Knowledge Network Netherlands.  She has been president of the Dutch Workgroup on Stroke for many years. She has been part of several committees developing guidelines for stroke patients and caregivers of stroke patients. She  is advisory member of the Brain Injury patient organization ( and writer of a column in their Magazine

She is editorial board member of the Dutch Journal of Rehabilitation medicine

Research line

Neurological rehabilitation


Selection of peer-reviewed publications in 2015-2017



  • Boosman H, van Heugten CM, Winkens I, Smeets SM, Visser-Meily JM.  Further validation of the Motivation for Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Questionnaire (MOT-Q) in patients with acquired brain injury. Neuropsychol Rehabil 2015

  • Ten Brink AF, Visser-Meily J, Nijboer T. Study protocol of ‘prims adaptation in Rehabilitation; a randomized controlled trial in stroke patients with neglect. BMC Neurol. 2015

  • Kruithof WJ, Post MW, Visser-Meily JM. Measuring negative and positive caregiving experiences: a psychometric analysis of the Caregiver Strain Index Expanded. Clin Rehab 2015.

  • van Mierlo ML, van Heugten CM, Post MW, de Kort PL, Visser-Meily JM. Psychological factors determine depressive symptomatology after stroke Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015
  • Ten Brink AF, Van der Stigchel S, Visser-Meily JM, Nijboer TC. You never know where you are going until you know where you have been: disorganized search after stroke. J Neuropsychol 2015

  • 2016



Side Activities

  • None

Fellowship and Awards

  • 1: AGIO-trofee Rehabilitation medicine for excellent research as a resident,  1992

    2:  Clinical fellowship ZonMw rehabilitation programme, 2003

    3:  Van Hoytema Award for promoting research in caregivers,  2005

    4:  ZonMw Parel for  ‘Do it your self’  exercise guide for stroke patients, 2011

    5:  Livit innovation award for the use of Activity Monitors in stroke rehabilitation, 2013

Research Output (290)

Does upper limb strength play a prominent role in health-related quality of life in stroke patients discharged from inpatient rehabilitation?

Lieshout Eline C.C.van, van de Port Ingrid G., Dijkhuizen Rick M., Visser-Meily Johanna M.A. 2 okt 2020, In: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 27 , p. 525-533 9 p.

Comparison of self-reported vs observational clinical measures of improvement in upper limb capacity in patients after stroke

Van Lieshout Eline C.C., Visser-Meily Johanna M.A., Nijland Rinske H.M., Dijkhuizen Rick M., Kwakkel Gert apr 2020, In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 52

Timing of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Onset for Upper Limb Function After Stroke:A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

van Lieshout Eline C.C., van der Worp H. Bart, Visser-Meily Johanna M.A., Dijkhuizen Rick M. 3 dec 2019, In: Frontiers in Neurology. 10 , p. 1269

Movement Behavior Patterns in People With First-Ever Stroke

Wondergem Roderick, Veenhof Cindy, Wouters Eveline M.J., de Bie Rob A., Visser-Meily Johanna M.A., Pisters Martijn F. 1 dec 2019, In: Stroke. 50 , p. 3553-3560 8 p.

Extent to Which Network Hubs Are Affected by Ischemic Stroke Predicts Cognitive Recovery

Aben Hugo P., Biessels Geert Jan, Weaver Nick A., Spikman Jacoba M., Visser-Meily Johanna M. A., de Kort Paul L. M., Reijmer Yael D., Jansen Ben P. W. 1 okt 2019, In: Stroke. 50 , p. 2768-2774 7 p.

A Comparison of the Physiology of Sedentary Behavior and Light Physical Activity in Adults With and Without a Physical Disability

Balemans Astrid C J, Houdijk Han, Koelewijn Gilbert R, Piek Marjolein, Tubbing Frank, Visser-Meily Anne, Verschuren Olaf 5 aug 2019, In: Journal of physical activity & health. 16 , p. 894-901 8 p.

Prioritization and Timing of Outcomes and Endpoints After Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage in Clinical Trials and Observational Studies:Proposal of a Multidisciplinary Research Group

Stienen Martin N, Visser-Meily Johanna M, Schweizer Tom A, Hänggi Daniel, Macdonald R Loch, Vergouwen Mervyn D I, 16 jun 2019, In: Neurocritical Care. 30 , p. 102-113 12 p.

Definition and Prioritization of Data Elements for Cohort Studies and Clinical Trials on Patients with Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms: Proposal of a Multidisciplinary Research Group

Hackenberg Katharina A. M., Algra Ale, Salman Rustam Al-Shahi, Frosen Juhana, Hasan David, Juvela Seppo, Langer David, Meyers Philip, Morita Akio, Rinkel Gabriel, Etminan Nima, Suarez Jose I., Macdonald R. Loch, Amin-Hanjani Sepideh, Brown Robert D., Jr., Manoel Airton Leonardo de Oliveira, Derdeyn Colin P., Etminan Nima, Keller Emanuela, LeRoux Peter D., Mayer Stephan, Morita Akio, Rinkel Gabriel, Rufennacht Daniel, Stienen Martin N., Torner James, Vergouwen Mervyn D. I., Wong George K. C., Bijlenga Philippe, Ko Nerissa, McDougall Cameron G., Mocco J., Murayama Yuuichi, Werner Marieke J. H., Mayer Stephan, Suarez Jose I., Damani Rahul, Broderick Joseph, Dhar Raj, Jauch Edward C., Kirkpatrick Peter J., Martin Renee H., Mocco J., Vergouwen Mervyn D. I., Ruigrok Ynte, Rinkel Gabriel, Rinkel Gabriel, Algra Ale, Vergouwen Mervyn D. I., Visser-Meily Johanna, 16 jun 2019, In: Neurocritical Care. 30 , p. 87-101 15 p.

User perspectives on a psychosocial blended support program for partners of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and progressive muscular atrophy:a qualitative study

de Wit Jessica, Vervoort Sigrid C J M, van Eerden Eefke, van den Berg Leonard H, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, Beelen Anita, Schröder Carin D 15 jun 2019, In: Front Psychol. 7

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

All Research Output (290)