W.X. (Marcel) Robbertsen

W.X. (Marcel) Robbertsen

Associate Professor
W.X. (Marcel) Robbertsen
  • Revalidatiegeneeskunde Onderzoek

Research Programs




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 22-4-1997). Since June 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. He is also working as senior scientific advisor for Swiss Paraplegic Research in Nottwil, Switzerland.

Marcel Post’s current research interests include the study of rehabilitation care, quality of life, psychological factors, 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 200 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 ISCoS/ASIA Data Sets project in which he co-chaired the development of the datasets for activities and participation, and quality of life. Further co-edited the Dutch handbook of rehabilitation psychology. He serves as Section Editor of Spinal Cord and the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is member of the Editorial Board of Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation.

Research line

Stroke / stroke rehabilitation; spinal cord injury rehabilitation (at De Hoogstraat Rehabiliation)

Most recent key publications

1: 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
2: 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
3: Post MWM, van Leeuwen. Psychosocial issues in spinal cord injury: a review. Spinal Cord 50(5):382-9
4: 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
5: 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

Fellowship and Awards

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

Research Output (344)

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 Mar 2021, In: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Frontotemporal Degeneration. 22 , p. 459-466 8 p.

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.

Reliability and Validity of the English Version of the AOSpine PROST (Patient Reported Outcome Spine Trauma)

Sadiqi Said, Dvorak Marcel F., Vaccaro Alexander R., Schroeder Gregory D., Post Marcel W., Benneker Lorin M., Kandziora Frank, Rajasekaran S., Schnake Klaus J., Vialle Emiliano N., Oner F. Cumhur 1 Sep 2020, In: Spine. 45 , p. E1111-E1118

Neurological recovery after traumatic spinal cord injury:what is meaningful? A patients’ and physicians’ perspective

ter Wengel Paula Valerie, Post Marcel W.M., Martin Enrico, Stolwijk-Swuste Janneke, Hosman Allard Jan Frederik, Sadiqi Said, Vandertop William Peter, Öner Fetullah Cumhur 1 Aug 2020, In: Spinal Cord. 58 , p. 865-872 8 p.

Prediction of psychological distress among persons with spinal cord injury or acquired brain injury and their significant others

Scholten Eline W M, Ketelaar Marjolijn, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, Roels Ellen H, Kouwenhoven Mirjam, Post Marcel W M, 26 Jun 2020, In: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 101 , p. 2093-2102 10 p.

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 May 2020, In: BMC psychology. 8 , p. 1-11

Reliability, validity and responsiveness of the Dutch version of the AOSpine PROST (Patient Reported Outcome Spine Trauma)

Sadiqi Said, Post Marcel W., Hosman Allard J., Dvorak Marcel F., Chapman Jens R., Benneker Lorin M., Kandziora Frank, Rajasekaran S., Schnake Klaus J., Vaccaro Alexander R., Oner F. Cumhur 2020, In: European Spine Journal. 30 , p. 2631-2644 14 p.

Development and validation of models to predict respiratory function in persons with long-term spinal cord injury

Raab Anja M., de Groot Sonja, Berlowitz David J., Post Marcel W.M., Adriaansen Jacinthe, Hopman Maria, Mueller Gabi 1 Dec 2019, In: Spinal Cord. 57 , p. 1064-1075 12 p.

Measures used to assess impact of providing care among informal caregivers of persons with stroke, spinal cord injury, or amputation:a systematic review

Scholten Eline W M, Hillebregt Chantal F, Ketelaar Marjolijn, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, Post Marcel W M 31 Jul 2019, In: Disability and Rehabilitation. 43 , p. 746-772 27 p.

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