Aims & Objectives

Aim: to support, develop and facilitate multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary research on the psychological consequences of stroke. 


  1. to provide a network of researchers and clinicians who can communicate to the mutual benefit of their psychological studies with reference to stroke
  2. to provide a forum at which ideas for psychological research into stroke may be discussed in order to improve the quality of research proposals, grant applications and the final research delivered.
  3. to provide a vehicle for early dissemination of findings in relation to psychological research into stroke in order to improve subsequent reporting, both via formal conference and peer review publication.
  4. to facilitate collaborations and applications for research funds for psychological research into stroke
  5. to raise awareness of psychological factors in clinical stroke services and support evidence-based practice in the application of psychological knowledge to stroke.


Belgian-Dutch OPSYRIS committee

Co-chairs: Céline Gillebert (Belgium) and Tanja Nijboer (The Netherlands)

Committee members: Hanne Huygelier (meetings secretary and treasurer), Judy Bakker and Charlotte Southcombe



We welcome students, researchers, and clinicians from various disciplines with an interest in the psychological aspects of stroke research and care. Members will receive regular newsletters and information about our annual meetings and any relevant workshops.

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The aim of the meetings is to gather Belgian and Dutch clinicians and researchers interested in the psychological aspects of stroke. The goal is to give young stroke researchers the opportunity to present their work in Belgium and the Netherlands, to meet other researchers working in the same field, and to facilitate communication between researchers and clinicians.

First meeting of OPSYRIS in the Lowlands:



We will also report about ongoing Belgian and Dutch research, interesting meetings, symposia or workshops in a newsletter (