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Theme 3: Plasticity and Memory

Person-Centered care, psychosocial and allied healthcare Interventions

Maud Graff’s research line is on methodologically sound
development, Donders-PLASTICITY-MEMORY-screen thema 3implementation and evaluation of person-centered occupational therapy and multidisciplinary psychosocial, allied healthcare and rehabilitation interventions. Her research has a specific focus on people with a combination of mental, physical and social problems, such as frail older people, people with dementia, with Parkinson’s disease and people with other chronic diseases (person’s perspective), their informal caregivers (family perspective) and the quality of care delivery (professional perspective) in hospital, rehabilitation/nursing home, outpatient and primary care (organizational/network perspective). Interventions are directed on improving clients’ and caregivers’ autonomy, self-management, and participation in meaningful activities to improve their quality of life and well-being, and on improvement of treatment delivery and implementation. For her research she received seven science awards and several grants from Dutch and European healthcare funds and ministries. Within her research line 26 national and international Post-Doc, PhD and other junior research projects are running, 15 projects are finished, of which seven PhD projects she supervised as a co-promotor. She received her second period as junior Principal Investigator (since 2014) and is Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK (since 2015).

She is frequently invited to lecture on international conferences on methodology of development, evaluation and implementation of complex person-centered interventions. She also lectures on national and international master courses on occupational therapy, allied healthcare, rehabilitation and psychosocial interventions. She is co-editor of the Dutch Journal of Occupational Therapy and Science (Ergotherapie en Wetenschap) and she is member of several national and international boards, advice committees and research groups on occupational therapy, multidisciplinary allied healthcare, and psychosocial interventions.

Name: Maud Graff
Telephone: 024-36 66265
Fax: 024-36 13585
Visiting address:

IQ healthcare, route 114
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre
Geert Grooteplein Noord 21
6525 EZ  Nijmegen

Postal address: Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre
P.O. Box 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Key grants, awards and prizes
Dr. Maud Graff has received a honorary chair at the Nottingham University in the field of Occupational Therapy with a special focus on older people and on the development, evaluation and implementation of person-centered occupational therapy interventions.
Key publications
  1. De Coninck L, Bekkering GE, Bouckaert L, Declercq A, Graff MJL, Aertgeerts B. Home- and Community-Based Occupational Therapy Improves Functioning in Frail Older People: A Systematic Review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Aug;65(8):1863-9. DOI: 10.1111/jgs.14889. Epub 2017 Apr 3. Review
  2. Donkers HW, Veen DJ van der, Vernooij-Dassen MJ, Nijhuis-van der Sanden MWG, Graff MJL. Social participation of people with cognitive problems and their caregivers: a feasibility evaluation of the Social Fitness Programme. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2017 pg 1-14. Dec;32(12):e50-e63 doi: 10.1002/gps.4651. Epub 2017 Feb 7.
  3. Donkers HW, Graff MJL, Vernooij-Dassen MJ, Nijhuis- van der Sanden MWG, Teerenstra. Reducing sample size by combining superiority and non-inferiority aims for two primary endpoints in the Social Fitness study. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017 Jan;81:86-95; j.jclinepi.2016.09.007.
  4. Roets-Merken LM, Vernooij-Dassen MJFJ, Zuidema SU, Dees MK, Hermsen PGJM, Kempen GIJM, Graff MJL. Evaluation of nurses’ changing perceptions when trained to implement a self-management program for dual sensory impaired older adults in long-term care: a qualitative study. BMJOpen 2016 Nov 17;6(11):e013122. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013122.
  5. Kerkhof YJ, Graff MJ, Bergsma A, de Vocht HH, Dröes RM. Better self-management and meaningful activities thanks to tablets? Development of a person-centered program to support people with mild dementia and their carers through use of hand-held touch screen devices. Int Psychogeriatr. 2016 Nov;28(11):1917-1929. Epub 2016 Jul 18
  6. van de Ven-Stevens LA, Graff MJ, Peters MA, van der Linde H, Geurts AC. Construct validity of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure in patients with Tendon Injury and Dupuytren Disease. PHYS THER. 2015 May, 95(5):750-757 doi: 10.2522/ptj.20130590. Epub 2014 Dec 18.
  7. Sturkenboom IH, Graff MJ, Munneke M.,Jan CM Hendriks, Yvonne Veenhuizen, Bloem BR, Nijhuis-van der Sanden MW, Efficacy of occupational therapy for patients with Parkinson's disease: a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet Neurology2014, Volume 13, No. 6, p557–566, June 2014. DOI: 10.1016/S1474-4422(14)70055-9, April 2014; Lancet Neurol. 2016 Apr;15(4):352. Epub:Mar;15(3):241.
  8. Döpp CM, Graff MJ, Olde Rikkert MG, Nijhuis-van der Sanden MW, Vernooij-Dassen MJ. Determinants for the effectiveness of implementing an occupational therapy intervention in routine dementia care. Implementation Science : IS, 2013 Nov 7;8(1):131.
  9. Graff MJL, Adang EMM, Vernooij-Dassen MJM, Dekker J, Jönsson L, Thijssen M, Hoefnagels WHL, OldeRikkert MGM. Community occupational therapy for older patients with dementia and their caregivers: a cost-effectiveness study. BMJ 2008 Jan 19;336(7636):134-8. doi: 10.1136/bmj.39408.481898.BE. Epub 2008 Jan 2.
  10. Graff MJL, Vernooij-Dassen MJFJ, Thijssen M, Olde Rikkert, MGM, Hoefnagels WHL, Dekker J. Community occupational therapy for dementia patients and their primary caregivers: a randomized controlled trial. BMJ 2006; 333 (7580):1196; doi:10.1136/BMJ 39001. 688843. BE. Epub 2006 Nov 17

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Theme 3:
Plasticity and Memory

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Principal Investigator
Prof. M.J.L. Graff, PhD

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