Marcel Post


Dr. Marcel Post

  • stroke
  • from research to care
+31 30 2561346


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 1997). Since 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. In 2014 Marcel has been appointed special professor of spinal cord injury rehabilitation at the University of Groningen. He is also working as senior scientific advisor for Swiss Paraplegic Research in Nottwil, Switzerland since 2011.

Marcel Post’s current research interests include the study of rehabilitation care, quality of life, psychological factors, self-management, 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 230 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 International Spinal Cord Injury Data Sets project in which he co-chaired the development of the datasets for activities and participation, and quality of life. He is Section Editor of Spinal Cord and of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also member of the Editorial Board of Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 

Research line and group

Research line
Stroke / stroke rehabilitation; spinal cord injury rehabilitation (at De Hoogstraat Rehabiliation)
Number of PhD students
Number of postdocs

Personal fellowships and awards

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

Most recent key publications

  • 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
  • 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
  • Post MWM, van Leeuwen. Psychosocial issues in spinal cord injury: a review. Spinal Cord 50(5):382-9
  • 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
  • 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