Main research interest of Caroline Speksnijder is directed towards head and neck cancer, functioning of head and neck, and physical therapy. Her teaching experience includes courses in epidemiology as well as physical therapy. Caroline is coordinator of the Quality of Oral Functioning (QuOFu) study. The QuOFu study examines the effects of the oral oncological intervention on functioning of mouth, neck and shoulders. She also started to develop a new augmented reality training to study orofacial motor control. Caroline's teaching experience includes courses in epidemiology as well as physical therapy.
In 1998 Caroline Speksnijder obtained her degree in Physical Therapy at Rotterdam University, her MSc degree of Human Movement Sciences as well as Epidemiology at Maastricht University in 2002, and her MMPT degree of Orofacial Physical Therapy in 2008. In May 2011 Caroline obtained her PhD on her thesis 'Function after oral oncological intervention, reconstruction and rehabilitation' at the University of Utrecht (UU). From that time she works as a senior researcher at UMC Utrecht and Radboudumc Nijmegen.
National & International Personal Prizes & Awards
- 2013: Best poster presentation "Neck and shoulder function in patients treated for oral malignancies; a 1-year prospective cohort study" at AAMP & ISMR International Congress on Maxillofacial Rehabilitation. Award: $1,000
- 2012: Best Dissertation Award 2011, Dutch Scientific College of Physical Therapy. Award: €2,000