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Research Biography

Associate Professor Maayken van den Berg is a Physiotherapist, Movement Scientist and holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Science. Maayken worked at universities and health institutes in the Netherlands, UK and Spain before joining Flinders University in 2012 where she is currently the Course Coordinator for the postgraduate Clinical Rehabilitation programs.

Maayken’s research is interdisciplinary with a focus on allied health. She is interested in the evaluation of clinical practise and in exploring novel approaches to support rehabilitation and self-management. Areas of research include use of (semi) independent therapy programs, caregiver-led exercise programs, and complex intervention programs. She also aims to understand the way modern technology can support people undergoing rehabilitation and contribute to enhanced clinical outcomes, and has explored the use of telehealth, wearables, non-immersive and immersive virtual reality systems, and robotics. Working collaboratively with health services and industry she has developed and trialled a number of rehab applications.

Maayken is passionate about working with allied health clinicians, coordinates the research stream of the coursework Masters of Clinical Rehabilitation and the Master of Health and Clinical Research program. She also translates her research into teaching content for a number of elective topics for the postgraduate Clinical Rehabilitation programs.

Maayken is a member of the Flinders Digital Health Research Centre and the Caring Futures Institute.

Research Interests

Evaluation of interventions that increase access to health services, increase opportunity of rehabilitation practice, and self-management of chronic disease; role of new rehabilitation technologies; health service evaluation; allied health research; evidence-based practice. 

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Mixed Rehab, exergames and impact on delivery of rehabilitation physiotherapy (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Dementia, goal setting in rehabilitation (validity and responsiveness) (1)
  • Frail elderly, feasibility and clinician uptake of telerehabilitation (1)
  • Mixed Rehab, activity monitoring, accuracy Fitbit (1)
  • Stroke, use of Lokomat (cardiovascular exercise) (1)


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Research Areas

  • Digital health and technology
  • Healthy ageing and aged care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Clinical rehabilitation

Supervisory Interests

  • Stroke
  • Mobility
  • Physical activity
  • Telerehabilitation
  • Virtual reality
  • Digital health
  • Chronic condition self-management
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Ageing
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation and aged care
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology


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