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 (304)

Discussing personalized prognosis in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis:development of a communication guide

van Eenennaam Remko M, Kruithof Willeke J, van Es Michael A, Kruitwagen-van Reenen Esther T, Westeneng Henk-Jan, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, van den Berg Leonard H, Beelen Anita 14 dec 2020, In: BMC Neurology. 20 , p. 446

Screening and patient-tailored care for emotional and cognitive problems compared to care as usual in patients discharged home after ischemic stroke (ECO-stroke):a protocol for a multicenter, patient-blinded, cluster randomized controlled trial

Slenders J. P.L., Van den Berg-Vos R. M., van Heugten C. M., Visser-Meily J. M.A., Evers S. M.A.A., de Haan R. J., de Man-van Ginkel J. M., Kwa V. I.H. 17 nov 2020, In: BMC Health Services Research. 20

Exploring the experiences of stroke patients treated with transcranial magnetic stimulation for upper limb recovery:A qualitative study

Van Lieshout Eline C.C., Jacobs Lilliane D., Pelsma Maike, Dijkhuizen Rick M., Visser-Meily Johanna M.A. 6 okt 2020, In: BMC Neurology. 20

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.

Absence of an infarct on MRI is not uncommon after clinical diagnosis of ischemic stroke

Aben Hugo P, Luijten Linda, Jansen Ben Pw, Visser-Meily Johanna Ma, Spikman Jacoba M, Biessels Geert Jan, de Kort Paul Lm, aug 2020, In: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 29 , p. 104979

Self-efficacy predicts personal and family adjustment among persons with spinal cord injury or acquired brain injury and their significant others:A dyadic approach

Scholten Eline W M, Ketelaar Marjolijn, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, Stolwijk-Swüste Janneke, van Nes Ilse J W, Gobets David, Post Marcel W M, 22 jun 2020, In: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 101 , p. 1937-1945 9 p.

Appraisals and coping mediate the relationship between resilience and distress among significant others of persons with spinal cord injury or acquired brain injury:a cross-sectional study

Scholten Eline W M, Simon Julia D H P, van Diemen Tijn, Hillebregt Chantal F, Ketelaar Marjolijn, Woldendorp Kees Hein, Osterthun Rutger, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, Post Marcel W M, 20 mei 2020, In: BMC psychology. 8 , p. 51

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 22 apr 2020, In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 52 , p. jrm00051 7 p.

Psychological distress in partners of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and progressive muscular atrophy:what's the role of care demands and perceived control?

de Wit Jessica, Beelen Anita, van den Heerik Marc S, van den Berg Leonard H, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, Schröder Carin D 15 mrt 2020, In: Psychology, Health and Medicine. 25 , p. 319-330 12 p.

Effects of a school-based sports program on psychosocial health and attention in youth with physical disabilities

Zwinkels Maremka, Ketelaar Marjolijn, Nijboer Tanja, Verschuren Olaf, Te Velde Saskia, de Groot Janke, Takken Tim, Visser-Meily Anne 27 feb 2020, In: Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. 13 , p. 37-46 10 p.

All Research Output (304)