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Wendy Scholten-Peeters is Associate Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research focuses mainly on the underlying mechanisms of musculoskeletal pain and working mechanisms of physiotherapy treatment, prognosis, effectiveness and safety of physiotherapy and manual therapy interventions in patients with musculoskeletal pain. She is supervising PhD and master students. Wendy has been involved in the development of several evidence-based guidelines in the field of back and neck pain, (co)authored more than 90 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals, is chair of the educational and safety committee of the Dutch Association for Manual Therapy, and speaks frequently at (inter)national scientific conferences. Wendy teaches physiotherapy/ manual therapy for Bachelor, Master and clinical professionals in various (international) faculties. She is also chair of the MSG Science network Physiotherapy and chair of the Program Board ‘Musculoskeletal Health, Amsterdam Movement Sciences. Before joining the Faculty of Behavioural and Human Movement Sciences at VU University Amsterdam in 2014, Wendy was senior researcher at the University of Applied Sciences, research groups Diagnostics, Breda, The Netherlands.

Ancillary activities

  • SOMT University of Physiotherapy | Amersfoort | Medewerker | 2020-12-01 - present
  • Nederlandse Vereniging voor Manuele Therapie (NVMT) | Amersfoort | Voorzitter Beroepsnorm commissie | 2022-10-02 - present

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Ancillary activities

Chair of the Educational Committee of Manual Therapy, NVMT 2011- present

Chair of the MSG Science network Physiotherapy, VU, 2017- present

Chair of the Safety Committee of Manual Therapy, NVMT 2020- present

Member of the Examination Committee, Department of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2018- present

Member of the Program Board ‘Musculoskeletal Health, Amsterdam Movement Sciences, 2019- 2022

Chair of the Program Board ‘Musculoskeletal Health, Amsterdam Movement Sciences, 2022- present

Elsevier - Manual Therapy (journal) | | Editorial board member Manual Therapy | 2015-01-20 - present

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Academic qualification

Bachelor, Physiotherapy, University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht


Award Date: 4 Jun 1993

PhD, ‘Whiplash and it’s treatment’, Faculty Quality of Care Research, University of Nijmegen


Master, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Manual Therapy, Free University of Brussels (Cum Laude)



  • R Medicine (General)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Manual therapy
  • neck pain
  • musculoskeletal pain
  • working mechanisms
  • QP Physiology


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