Professor Bert Steenbergen - Faculty of Health Sciences (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


My research aims to understand the relation between (congenital or acquired) brain damage and motor and visual functions. An important feature of my work the relation between fundamental research and the application of this research in the field of rehabilitation and education for individuals with visual and motor impairments. After graduation at the Free University (1992, Human Movement Sciences, with honours) I worked as a researcher at the Werkenrode Insitute for disabled children (Groesbeek, The Netherlands) and obtained a PhD in the social sciences in 2000 at the Radboud University on the topic of adapted movement behaviour following brain damage. Subsequently, I worked as an assistant professor at the Donders Centre for Cognition and was appointed full professor at the Behavioural Science Insitute 2009. At this institute I am also heading the PhD program and lecture at the Department of special education and coordinate several courses from the bachelor to the PhD level. Starting 2013 I am a professorial fellow at ACU.


Phone : (Melbourne)
URIs : Personal Website

Research Interests

Disordered motor control and rehabilitation ;

Methods Expertise

Behavioral methods, EEG, translational research ;

Research Projects

Current Projects

  • Typical and atypical development of motor imagery (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • The (a)typical development of motor imagery: Neural correlates and therapeutical applications (Master) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Participation with a movement restriction: Towards tailor made training and coaching (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Optimizing the use of human echolocation in orientation and mobility: towards an evidence-based training program for the visually impaired (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Cocreation at hand: The road to independence (home-based intervention) (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Developmental Disregard in children with unilateral Cerebral Palsy (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Adams, I., Lust, J., Wilson, P., & Steenbergen, B. (2014). Compromised motor control in children with DCD: A deficit in the internal model? a?? a systematic review. , in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 47, 225-244.

Noten, M., Wilson, P., Ruddock, S., & Steenbergen, B. (2014). Mild impairments of motor imagery skills in children with DCD. , in Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 1152-1159.