Marit van Buijsen


Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Postgraduate research student
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Marit van Buijsen
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

In 2005 I finished my undergraduate study in educational sciences and in 2008 a research master in behavioural sciences at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. During my study I specialised myself in the clinical practice of supporting people with sensory impairments.

After graduation in 2008 I started to work at the Robert Coppes Foundation as a behavioural scientist, providing care to adults who are visually impaired and have mental health problems. I’m registered as a cognitive behavioural therapist since 2016. My main tasks at the Robert Coppes Foundation are now focused on research; officially in the form of a PhD study at the University of Sheffield since 1 September 2017.

I’m performing my postgraduate research as a remote location student.


  • Lead Supervisor Prof. Dr. Luc de Witte
  • Second Supervisor Prof. Dr. Scott Weich
  • Third Supervisor Prof. Dr. Geert van Hove, professor Disability Studies, Free University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Fourth Supervisor Dr. Uta Roentgen, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Heerlen, The Netherlands
Research interests

Title of PhD

Hidden treasures revealed: a practice-based research regarding the treatment and support of adults who are visually impaired and have mental health problems.

My research interests are treatment and support, adults, visual impairment, mental health problems.

Key publications

Van Buijsen M, Boessen A, Roentgen U, Verstraten P, de Witte L (2017). Prevalence of psychiatric and/or additional disorders in adults who are visually impaired. Proceedings 9th ICEVI European Conference, July 2 – 7th , Bruges, Belgium.

Boessen, A., van Buijsen, M., & Roentgen, U. (2016). Eindrapportage Vooronderzoek ‘Verborgen Schatten’. Vught: Robert Coppes Stichting.

Van Buijsen, M., Hendriks, A., Ketelaars, M., & Verhoeven, L. (2011). Assessment of theory of mind in children with communication disorders: Role of presentation mode. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 1038-1045.