prof. dr. C. (Cindy) Veenhof

Full Professor

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

prof. dr. C. (Cindy) Veenhof

Research Programs


Cindy Veenhof is professor in Clinical Health Sciences, specifically Physiotherapy Sciences at the Department Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy Science & Sport. Her research focuses on:

- Use of technology within physiotherapy / exercise therapy

- Physical fitness before, during and after hospital stay

- the role of physiotherapy in the community (zorg in de wijk)

Her research is closely linked to the daily practice of physiotherapy.  She has a lot of focus on the questions from daily practice and also on the implementation of the results in daily practice.  She performs her research both in primary care and UMC Utrecht and also in the Center for Physiotherapy Research & Innovation in Primary Care at Leidsche Rijn Julius Health Care Centers.

Cindy Veenhof is responsible for the Physiotherapy Sciences Master Program of the University Utrecht (annual graduation 20-25 students) and supervises around 15 PdD students.

She has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, over forty practice publications and contributed to several books.

Research line

Physiotherapy, physical (in)activity, innovation, eHealth, implementation, peri-operative fitness


Side Activities

  • Member of Advisory Board, Center for Man in Aviation of Royal Netherlands Air Force

    Professor, Research Group Innovation of Mobility Care, Expertise Center Innovation of Care, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Utrecht

    Coordinator Master Physical Therapy Science, Master Clinical Health Sciences, Utrecht University

    Chair of Committee on Sport and Physical Activity Interventions, Knowledge Center for Sports Netherlands

Research Output (39)

Quality of life in primary care patients with moderate medically unexplained physical symptoms

Van Westrienen P. E., Pisters M. F., Toonders S. A. J., Gerrits M., De Wit N. J., Veenhof C. mrt 2020, In: Quality of Life Research. 29 , p. 693-703 11 p.

Development and proof of concept of a blended physiotherapeutic intervention for patients with non-specific low back pain

Kloek C. J.J., van Tilburg M. L., Staal J. B., Veenhof C., Bossen D. 1 dec 2019, In: Physiotherapy (United Kingdom). 105 , p. 483-491 9 p.

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.

Sporting programs aimed at inactive population groups in the Netherlands:Factors influencing their long-term sustainability in the organized sports setting

Ooms Linda, Van Kruijsbergen Mette, Collard Dorine, Leemrijse Chantal, Veenhof Cindy 19 nov 2019, In: BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation. 11

Identifying subgroups based on self-management skills in primary care patients with moderate medically unexplained physical symptoms

Beems M. E.C., Toonders S. A.J., van Westrienen P. E., Veenhof C., Pisters M. F. 1 okt 2019, In: Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 125

Measuring physical activity levels in hospitalized patients:a comparison between behavioural mapping and data from an accelerometer

Valkenet Karin, Bor Petra, van Delft Lotte, Veenhof Cindy 1 jul 2019, In: Clinical Rehabilitation. 33 , p. 1233-1240 8 p.

Identification of patients with moderate medically unexplained physical symptoms in primary care with a five years follow-up

van Westrienen Paula Elisabeth, Pisters Martijn Frits, Veenhof Cindy, de Wit Nicolaas Johannes 21 mei 2019, In: BMC Family Practice. 20

Validity of three accelerometers to investigate lying, sitting, standing and walking

Valkenet Karin, Veenhof Cindy 1 mei 2019, In: PLoS ONE. 14

Identifying Treatment Modalities for a Multidisciplinary and Blended Care Intervention for Patients With Moderate Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms:Qualitative Study Among Professionals

van Westrienen Paula Elisabeth, Pisters Martijn F., Gerrits Marloes, Veenhof Cindy, de Wit Niek J. 12 apr 2019, In: JMIR mental health. 6

Hospital in motion, a multidimensional implementation project to improve patients' physical behavior during hospitalization:Protocol for a mixed-methods study

Van Delft Lotte Martine Maria, Bor Petra, Valkenet Karin, Veenhof Cindy 9 apr 2019, In: Journal of Medical Internet Research. 8

All Research Output (39)