In the Lifestyle and Health Research Group Welbie conducts her doctoral studies in the area of patient-provider-interaction in low health literate patient populations. The aim of these studies is to find ways to better prepare patients with low health literacy for the ‘provider-patient interaction’ during the diagnostic phase of physical therapy in a primary care setting so they can take an active part in their treatment process.
After completing Vocational Education in Economics Marlies Welbie completed her bachelor in Physiotherapy at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, which she finished in 2003. Besides her work as a physiotherapist in a private practice in Amsterdam, she completed her Master of Science degree in Health Science at the University of Utrecht in 2007. Throughout her bachelor graduation period as well as during her master in Health Science Welbie focused her attention on intercultural health issues.
- 2007- present, member of the Lifestyle and Health research group of the Faculty Health Care at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, staff worker diversity at the Institute for Human Movement Studies and developer diversity course for the bachelors Physiotherapy and Cesar Kinetics Therapy
- 2007 – 2010 Lecturer master Psychosomatic Physical Therapy, lecturer communication bachelor Fysiotherapie, Member of the Occupation and Health Research Group, the Primary Care Research Group and coordinator of the minor Integrated Primary Care at the University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam.
- 2003-2007 Physiotherapist in a private practice in Amsterdam. More than 90% of her patients were migrant people.