Dr Harriët Wittink has been professor in Lifestyle and Health at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht since 2007. She began her career as a physiotherapist and gained her PhD with a thesis on the relationship between physical activity, physical fitness and chronic lower back pain.
Within the research group, Wittink looks mainly at the relationship between exercise and health. Her focus is on people with medical conditions that prevent them from exercising. Working with physiotherapists and remedial therapists, she aims to improve care so that patients can benefit from improved treatments.
Harriët Wittink’s specific expertise is in the area of physiotherapy, exercise physiology, chronic pain rehabilitation, and clinimetrics.
- 2007 – present day: Professor of Lifestyle and Health at the Faculty of Healthcare, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
- 2005 – 2007: Programme Manager for the professional Master’s in physiotherapy
- 2004 – 2007: Worked at Utrecht University, Physiotherapeutic Science
- 2001: Returned to the Netherlands: substitute head of physiotherapy and research coordinator at VUmc in Amsterdam
- 1999 - 2012: Assistant Professor of anaesthesia / pain management, Tufts University
- 1998: gained PhD at Boston University with a thesis entitled ‘Physical activity, physical fitness and chronic low back pain’
- 1995 - 2001: Establishment of an interdisciplinary pain clinic with her colleagues in anaesthesiology and psychology at the New England Medical Center, for patients with acute and chronic pain
- 1989 – 1995: Clinical specialist and out-patient supervisor at the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital (MHG) in Boston
- 1989: Master of Science in Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine at the MHG Institute for Health Professions
- 1984 – 1989: Worked in various hospitals in the USA
- 1976 – 1981: Studied physiotherapy at the Utrecht Paramedical College Foundation (SUPA)