Anne Visser-Meily

Anne Visser

Prof. Anne Visser-Meily

  • stroke
  • neuromuscular disorders
  • from research to care
+31 88 75 59494


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, 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 caregivers of stroke patients and in neuropsychological stroke rehabilitation shown by about 110 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 Dutch stroke patient organization ( and writer of a column in their Magazine

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

Research line and group

Research line
neurological rehabilitation
Number of PhD students
Number of postdocs

Personal fellowships and awards

  • AGIO-trofee Rehabilitation medicine 1992
  • Van Hoytema trofee 2005
  • ZonMw Parel ‘Do it your self’ exercise guide. 2011
  • Livit innovation award: Activity Monitors in stroke care, 2013

Most recent key publications

  • Nijsse B, van Heugten CM, van Mierlo ML, Post MW, de Kort PL, Visser-Meily JM. sychological factors are associated with subjective cognitive complaints 2 months post-stroke Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2015 Jul 24:1-17
  • Claessen MH, van der Ham IJ, Jagersma E, Visser-Meily JM. Navigation strategy training using virtual reality in six chronic stroke patients: A novel and explorative approach to the rehabilitation of navigation impairment.Neuropsychol Rehabil. 2015 Jun 4:1-25
  • van Groenestijn AC, Schröder CD, Visser-Meily JM, Reenen ET, Veldink JH, van den Berg LH. Cognitive behavioural therapy and quality of life in psychologically distressed patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and their caregivers: Results of a prematurely stopped randomized controlled trial.Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener. 2015 Jun 18:1-7
  • Kruithof WJ, Post MW, Visser-Meily JM. Measuring negative and positive caregiving experiences: A psychometric analysis of the Caregiver Strain Index Expanded. Clin Rehabil. 2015 Feb 4
  • 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 Mar 11