Marike Boonzaaijer is a Pediatric Physical Therapist and Educational scientist. After working as a PPT in the clinic for 10 years, she is now combining research and teaching in the Master program Physiotherapy, specialization Pediatrics at the HU University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht.
In 2016, she has received a teachers grant from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO) to start a PhD project. Main objectives of the PhD project are longitudinal gross motor trajectories of infants and exploring the influence of Parental Beliefs on the variability in this development. An article on the validation of the home-video method with the Alberta Infant Motor Scale, was published in September 2016 by the Journal of Pediatric Physical Therapy.
Next to these research and educational tasks, Marike and collegues started an interprofessional Community of Practice with focus on Early Development. In 2019 four meetings are planned with about 15 professionals with expertise and passion on the subject. This CoP has the goal to operate on the edge of research, practice and education and wants (in time) to contribute to innovations in practice which eventually lead to improved outcomes of early development.
Inspiring students and conducting research projects which all start with questions from the field of practice are the two important aspects Marike enjoys most in her work.