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Research Biography

Dr van den Berg is a research physiotherapist with a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow position at the School of Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation and Aged Care, based at the Repatriation General Hospital. Dr van den Berg holds a research Master of Science Degree in Movement Sciences and a degree of Physiotherapy, both obtained in the Netherlands. In 2008 she obtained her PhD title in Rehabilitation within the School of Health Sciences, University of Birmingham in the UK. She conducted research studies and taught in undergraduate as well as postgraduate programs at Brookes University Oxford (UK), University of Birmingham (UK) and Health Institute Carlos III Madrid (Spain). In 2012 Dr van den Berg moved to Australia to commence her current position at Flinders University.

Her areas of interest are mobility and activity levels in people receiving rehabilitation, gait training, and methods to increase opportunity for practice such as technology-enhanced interventions, telerehabilitation, caregiver-mediated rehabilitation and digital coaching.

Currently she has the role of research manager for the NHMRC funded AMOUNT rehabilitation trial, the largest trial internationally investigating the use of tailored prescription of technology to increase physical activity and mobility in people receiving rehabilitation. Other current grant funded and student led studies Dr van den Berg is involved in investigate what modern technology can contribute to support rehabilitation techniques, involving commercially available equipment such as wearable sensors for activity monitoring and exergames, as well as rehabilitation specific designed devices including virtual reality based rehabilitation systems and robotics. These research areas translate into teaching in postgraduate topics for health professionals in the postgraduate programs of Clinical Rehabilitation.

Research Interests

Mobility and activity levels in people receiving rehabilitation

Gait rehabilitation

Use of technology in rehabilitation


Carer-mediated exercises

Health coaching


Digital Health

Wearable sensors and activity monitoring

Virtual Rehabilitation

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Activity and MObility UsiNg Technology (AMOUNT) rehabilitation trial–description of device use and physiotherapy support in the post-hospital phase

Hassett, L., van den Berg, M., Weber, H., Chagpar, S., Wong, S., Rabie, A., McCluskey, A., Lindley, R. I., Crotty, M. & Sherrington, C., 14 Jul 2020, In : Disability and Rehabilitation. 7 p.

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  • Digitally enabled aged care and neurological rehabilitation to enhance outcomes with Activity and MObility UsiNg Technology (AMOUNT) in Australia: A randomised controlled trial

    Hassett, L., van den Berg, M., Lindley, R. I., Crotty, M., McCluskey, A., van der Ploeg, H. P., Smith, S. T., Schurr, K., Howard, K., Hackett, M. L., Killington, M., Bongers, B., Togher, L., Treacy, D., Dorsch, S., Wong, S., Scrivener, K., Chagpar, S., Weber, H., Pinheiro, M. & 2 others, Heritier, S. & Sherrington, C., 18 Feb 2020, In : PLoS Medicine. 17, 2, p. e1003029 24 p.

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