r.m. van wijk

PhD Student





Renske van Wijk




PO Box 217


7500 AE Enschede





(053) 489 4643


(053) 489 2159



Renske van Wijk started studying Health Science in 2002 at Maastricht University. In 2007 she achieved a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hogeschool Heerlen). For her bachelor thesis, she evaluated the validity of an arm-hand measurement instrument for stroke patients at the Hoensbroeck Rehabilitation Centre. In 2009 she graduated for the master Physical Activity and Health, after a research internship at the National Stroke Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. She wrote her thesis about early rehabilitation after stroke.


At Twente University Renske is studying young infants with deformed skulls (brachycephaly, plagiocephaly) and the effect of redression helmet therapy. Her study is entitled: ‘Deformational plagiocephaly: effects and costs of helmet treatment and a wait-and-see regimen’. With this study, new risk factors for the development of a deformed skull may be identified, leading to improvement of prevention programs. Furthermore she aims to determine the cost-effectiveness of redression helmet therapy.


2007 – 2008 Masters in Physical Activity and Health at Maastricht University. Research internship at National Stroke Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia Thesis “Schedule of therapy in A Very Early Mobilisation Trial after stroke”

2002 – 2007: Bachelor of Science General Health Sciences at Maastricht University

Thesis ”Measurement of upper extremity function in stroke patients: The concurrent validity of the Dutch Wolf Motor Function Test assessed by sub-acute and chronic stroke patients”

2003 – 2007: Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Hogeschool Zuyd, Heerlen

August 2006 – February 2007: Internship at Hoensbroeck Rehabilitation centre, neurology department.

March 2006 – July 2006: Internship at private physiotherapy practice De Baandert, Sittard

Work Experience

2009 – present University of Twente, PhD student, department: Health Technology & Service Research (HTSR).

“Skull deformation in infants: effects and costs of helmet therapy compared to a wait-and-see policy.