prof. dr. C. (Cindy) Veenhof

prof. dr. C. (Cindy) Veenhof

Full Professor
prof. dr. C. (Cindy) Veenhof
  • Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Science & Sport

Research Programs




Cindy Veenhof is professor in Clinical Health Sciences, specifically Physiotherapy Sciences at the Department Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy Science & Sport. Her research focuses on:

- Use of technology within physiotherapy / exercise therapy

- Physical fitness before, during and after hospital stay

- the role of physiotherapy in the community (zorg in de wijk)

Her research is closely linked to the daily practice of physiotherapy.  She has a lot of focus on the questions from daily practice and also on the implementation of the results in daily practice.  She performs her research both in primary care and UMC Utrecht and also in the Center for Physiotherapy Research & Innovation in Primary Care at Leidsche Rijn Julius Health Care Centers.

Cindy Veenhof is responsible for the Physiotherapy Sciences Master Program of the University Utrecht (annual graduation 20-25 students) and supervises around 15 PdD students.

She has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, over forty practice publications and contributed to several books.

Research line

Physiotherapy, physical (in)activity, innovation, eHealth, implementation, peri-operative fitness


Side Activities

Member of Advisory Board, Center for Man in Aviation of Royal Netherlands Air Force

Professor, Research Group Innovation of Mobility Care, Expertise Center Innovation of Care, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Utrecht

Coordinator Master Physical Therapy Science, Master Clinical Health Sciences, Utrecht University

Chair of Committee on Sport and Physical Activity Interventions, Knowledge Center for Sports Netherlands

Research Output (85)

Characteristics and health outcomes associated with activation for self-management in patients with non-specific low back pain:A cross-sectional study

Koppenaal T., van der Heiden J., Kloek C. J.J., Arensman R. M., Ostelo R. W.J.G., Veenhof C., Pisters M. F. Oct 2023, In: Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. 67 , p. 1-7

The cost-effectiveness of an indicated blended care intervention in primary care compared to usual care in patients with moderate persistent somatic symptoms

Toonders S A J, van Westrienen P E, de Wit N J, van Dongen J M, Gerrits M, Pisters M F, Veenhof C 26 May 2023, In: Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 171

Effectiveness of a blended multidisciplinary intervention for patients with moderate medically unexplained physical symptoms (PARASOL):A cluster randomized clinical trial

van Westrienen Paula Elisabeth, de Wit Niek, Toonders Suze, Veenhof Cindy, Gerrits Marloes, Pisters Martijn Apr 2023, In: PLoS ONE. 18

Functional decline in persons with haemophilia and factors associated with deterioration

Blokzijl Johan, Pisters Martijn F, Veenhof Cindy, Schutgens Roger E G, Timmer Merel A 28 Mar 2023, In: Haemophilia. 29 , p. 790-798 9 p.

Development and feasibility of stratified primary care physiotherapy integrated with eHealth in patients with neck and/or shoulder complaints:results of a mixed methods study

van Tilburg Mark L, Kloek Corelien J J, Foster Nadine E, Ostelo Raymond W J G, Veenhof Cindy, Staal J Bart, Pisters Martijn F Mar 2023, In: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 24 14 p.

Physical activity monitoring during hospital stay:a validation study

Valkenet Karin, Bor Petra, Reijneveld Elja, Veenhof Cindy, Dronkers Jaap Feb 2023, In: Disability and Rehabilitation. 45 , p. 449-454 6 p.

Contextual determinants influencing the implementation of fall prevention in the community:a scoping review

van Scherpenseel M C, Te Velde S J, Veenhof Cindy, Emmelot-Vonk M H, Barten J A 2023, In: Frontiers in health services. 3

Cluster analysis of functional independence in community-dwelling older people

Molenaar Esther A.L.M., Barten Di Janne Ja, de Hoop Anne M.S., Bleijenberg Nienke, de Wit Niek J., Veenhof Cindy Dec 2022, In: BMC Geriatrics. 22

Self-management behaviour after a physiotherapist guided blended self-management intervention in patients with chronic low back pain:A qualitative study

Achten J. P.J., Mooren-van der Meer S., Pisters M. F., Veenhof C., Koppenaal T., Kloek C. J.J. Dec 2022, In: Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. 62

Proof of concept and feasibility of a blended physiotherapy intervention for persons with haemophilic arthropathy

Timmer Merel A, Kuijlaars Isolde A R, Kloek Corelien, de Kleijn Piet, Schutgens Roger E G, Veenhof Cindy, Pisters Martijn F 17 Nov 2022, In: Haemophilia. 29 , p. 290-307 18 p.

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