Associate Professor Maayken van den Berg

Associate Professor

place Tonsley (Rehab, FMC 4W138)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Associate Professor Maayken van den Berg is a Physiotherapist, Movement Scientist and holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on advancing allied health clinical practice and novel intervention approaches to support neurological and aged care rehabilitation and self-management. Her work explores ways to improve access to rehabilitation, increase opportunity for practice, and optimise outcomes for people undergoing rehabilitation, and the potential of modern technology to support this. She is interested in mobility, physical activity, as well as cognitive and psychosocial outcomes, with particular experience working with people with acquired brain injury and their family members.

Maayken works collaboratively with clinicians, consumers, health services, and industry. She is the Allied Health Research Chair in the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network. In this joint appointment role she co-designs, implements and evaluates allied health services and interventions and leads research capacity building initiatives.

Maayken is the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Higher Degree by Research Coordinator. She also coordinates the research stream of the Master of Clinical Rehabilitation (coursework) and Master of Health and Clinical Research (higher degree by research).

BSc Physiotherapy
MSc Movement Sciences
PhD (School of Health Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK)
Honours, awards and grants

Maayken has been successful in travel award, internal funding and external funding applications. She has been co-investigator on projects externally funded for a total of > $7M. Maayken has previously received a Paper of the Year award (Journal of Physiotherapy) and the Vice President and Executive Dean's (CNHS) Teaching Award.

Key responsibilities


College of Nursing and Health Sciences Higher Degree by Research Coordinator

Allied Health Research Chair - joint position Caring Future Institure and Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

Coordination Dissertation in Clinical Research Design and Implementation (Master of Clinical Rehabilitation)

Coordination Research Methods and Design in Heath and Clinical Settings (Master of Health and Clinical Research)


Course Coordinator Clinical Rehabilitation

Student Engagement Coordinator Clinical Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, Healthy Ageing and Applied Gerontology

Topic coordinator
REHB9034 Clinical Research Methods
HLTH9111 Research Design and Ethics in Health and Clinical Settings
REHB9000 Clinical Research Design and Implementation
REHB9010 Dissertation in Clinical Research Design and Implementation
HLTH9110 Research Methods in Health and Clinical Settings
REHB8025 Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury
REHB8031 Rehabilitation Following Spinal Cord Injury
REHB8014 Using Virtual Reality and Robotics in Neuro-Rehabilitation
REHB8042 Neurological Gait and Balance Analysis and Wearable Sensor Technology in Rehabilitation
Supervisory interests
Acquired brain injury
Chronic condition self-management
Digital health
Interdisciplinary research
Neurological rehabilitation
Physical activity
Rehabilitation and aged care
Rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology
Virtual reality
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Traumatic Brain Injury, remote vestibular assessment and intervention (telehealth and VR) (1), Traumatic Brain Injury, supporting children after parental Traumatic Brain Injury (digital toolbox) (1), Neurological assessment in physiotherapy (1), Stroke, use of Lokomat (pushing behaviour) (1), Aged care, exergames to improve physical and cognitive frailty (1), Integrating assistive technology into primary health care services (WHO Access to Assistive Technology) (1), Traumatic Brain Injury, physical exerise (clinical use Buffalo Concussion Test) (1)
Associate supervisor: Dementia, physiotherapy and rehabilitation (clinical practice guidelines) (1)
Principal supervisor: Mixed Rehab, exergames and impact on delivery of rehabilitation physiotherapy (1)
Associate supervisor: Mixed Rehab, activity monitoring, accuracy Fitbit (1), Stroke, use of Lokomat (cardiovascular exercise) (1), Frail elderly, feasibility and clinician uptake of telerehabilitation (1), Dementia, goal setting in rehabilitation (validity and responsiveness) (1)