Maud Graff appointed as first professor of Occupational Therapy at Radboud University/Radboud university medical center

Maud Graff has been appointed as professor (by special appointment) of Occupational Therapy at Radboud University/Radboud university medical center in Nijmegen with effect from the 1th of September 2018. The chair – the first in the Netherlands – is financed by the Dutch Occupational Therapy Association ‘Ergotherapie Nederland’.

Maud Graff is a senior researcher at the Rehabilitation and IQ healthcare departments at Radboud university medical center and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen and honorary associate professor at the University of Nottingham.

The focus of her research is on development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based complex person-centred occupational therapy and interdisciplinary allied healthcare , rehabilitation and psychosocial interventions, for people with cognitive, physical,  and psychosocial problems, which are a result of chronic disease, impairment, disability or age. She studies these person-centred interventions in primary, hospital and rehabilitation/nursing home care (chain of care). The aim of these interventions is to improve and maintain self-reliance, self-management and participation in meaningful daily and social activities, to improve well-being, quality of life and health of these people and their caregivers/social networks.

Maud Graff (Roermond, 1967) studied Occupational Therapy at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Health Sciences at Maastricht University, where she received her MSc in 1993. In 2008 she obtained her PhD – with honours – from Radboud University on her research into the effectiveness and efficiency of person-centred occupational therapy for older people  with dementia and their informal caregivers at home.

Since 1994 Graff has been working at Radboud university medical center, initially as an occupational therapist, junior researcher and lecturer, then as senior researcher and assistant professor and since 2014 as Junior Principal Investigator. In 2015, she was appointed Honorary Associate Professor at the Division of Rehabilitation and Elderly at the University of Nottingham, especially for her person-centred  intervention approach and her methodological experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions in the elderly. She has won seven Science Awards, including for her innovative research into the development, implementation and evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of a person-centred community occupational therapy programme for older people with dementia and their informal caregivers (EDOMAH programme). This programme was published as book in Dutch, French and Italian language and is also translated in English.  She lectures  on this programme and on the methodology of developing, implementing, and evaluating complex person-centred interventions in national and European master courses. She is active in several (inter)national occupational therapy and interdisciplinary research, educational and societal networks. She performed many research projects on national and international grants she received. Graff published about hundred articles in scientific (inter)national journals, several books and book chapters. Seven PhD students she supervised as co-promotor already finished their PhD, she still supervises several PhDs, post-docs, master- and bachelor students in her topic of research.

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