Centre of Expertise Health innovation

Research group Rehabilitation

The Rehabilitation research group’s most important objective is to stimulate the social participation and quality of life of people with a physical disability or chronic illness. The research group has entered into a partnership with Sophia Revalidatie. It conducts research and launches innovative projects related to participation and quality of life. Participation, (adapted) movement & sports and e-rehabilitation are three important and connected lines of research.

About the research group

In principle, the research group focuses on all rehabilitation target groups, but the ‘participation’ sub-area focuses on children and young people with an acquired brain injury. She is also explicitly involved in devising and carrying out activities.

The research group wants to use research, innovation and knowledge circulation to contribute to targeted improvements and changes in care options and professional training programmes. It draws the attention of higher education students to rehabilitation and has become a regional knowledge and expertise centre with national and international partners.

About the professor

dr. Arend de Kloet

After completing primary school teacher training in The Hague, Arend began working as a teacher in post-primary special education. He earned his Master’s in Educational Theory from Leiden University in 1985, specialising in Orthopedagogy. One year later, he began working at Sophia Revalidatie, where he treated children and young people with various rehabilitation diagnoses and assisted families and teachers, as well as the children of adult rehabilitation patients. In recent years, Arend has worked as a care coordinator and policy specialist at Sophia. In 2008, he was appointed lector of the Rehabilitation research group and, in 2014, earned his PhD in Leiden with a paper entitled ‘Participation of children and youth with acquired brain injury’.  

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