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

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

Full Professor
prof. dr. J.M.A. (Anne) Visser-Meilij
  • Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Science & Sport
  • Revalidatie Medisch Volwassenen

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


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 (318)

Translational Value of Skilled Reaching Assessment in Clinical and Preclinical Studies on Motor Recovery After Stroke

van Lieshout Eline C.C., Boonzaier Julia, Pel Adam J., van Heijningen Caroline L., Vink Jord J., Visser-Meily Johanna M.A., van Tilborg Geralda A.F., Dijkhuizen Rick M. mei 2021, In: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 35 , p. 457-467 11 p.

Participation and autonomy in the first 10 months after diagnosis of ALS: a longitudinal study.

Kruitwagen-van Reenen Esther, van den Berg Leonard, Visser-Meilij JM Anne, Post Marcel, Scholten Eline, van Groenestijn AC 8 mrt 2021, In: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Frontotemporal Degeneration.

Comparison between EQ-5D-5L and PROMIS-10 to evaluate health-related quality of life 3 months after stroke:a cross-sectional multicenter study

de Graaf Joris A, Visser-Meily Johanna M, Schepers Vera P, Baars Annette, Kappelle L Jaap, Passier Patricia E, Wermer Marieke J, de Wit Daniëlle C, Post Marcel W 15 jan 2021, In: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 57 , p. 337-346 10 p.

Prediction of Cognitive Recovery after Stroke:The Value of Diffusion-Weighted Imaging-Based Measures of Brain Connectivity

Aben Hugo P., De Munter Leonie, Reijmer Yael D., Spikman Jacoba M., Visser-Meily Johanna M.A., Biessels Geert Jan, De Kort Paul L.M. 2021, In: Stroke. 52 , p. 1983-1992 10 p.

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. 1-11

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

Sleep health practices and sleep knowledge among healthcare professionals in Dutch paediatric rehabilitation

Hulst Raquel Y., Pillen Sigrid, Voorman Jeanine M., Rave Neele, Visser-Meily Johanna M.A., Verschuren Olaf 1 nov 2020, In: Child: Care, Health and Development. 46 , p. 703-710 8 p.

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 , p. 1-13

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. 1-8

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