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Meet the Candidates: 2017 INS Election

The Board of Governors is pleased to present the following slate of candidates for the 2017 Election to the INS Governing Board, which includes the offices of President Elect and Board Member-at-Large. Individual terms for elected candidates will begin upon conclusion of the Annual INS Business Meeting in February 2017.

Voting for the 2017 INS Election will begin on Wednesday, October 5, and will close on Friday November 18 at midnight, GMT. Voting is conducted exclusively online (or alternate arrangements may be approved in advance by contacting INS@utah.edu).

Voting-eligible members of INS* are invited to submit their votes online during this period by visiting www.the-ins.org/voting (members will be required to login to verify their eligibility).

*Voting-eligible members of INS include current Regular and Emeritus members. 

INS President Elect (Term: 2017–2020)

Vicki Anderson (Running for President Elect)
Vicki Anderson

Professor Anderson is a paediatric neuropsychologist, working across clinical, research and academic sectors.  She is the Director of Psychology at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, and Director, Clinical Sciences Research, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She is an Australian National Health and Medical Research Senior Practitioner Fellow and a University of Melbourne Professorial Fellow (Psychology & Paediatrics).

Her primary research and clinical interest focuses on improving outcomes from early childhood brain disorders. Her research team, The Australian Centre for Child Neuropsychology Studies, has contributed to this field over 25 years, establishing the vulnerability of the young brain to injury and working to better understanding factors contributing to resilience and vulnerability in young children. Her recent work has built upon evidence for the importance of the family in maximising recovery from childhood injury and illness, and her team is exploring parent-focused e-health interventions as a means of maximising child outcomes and improving family function.  Dr. Anderson is an author on the Test of Everyday Attention for Children which has been translated and the App-based Pediatric Evaluation of Emotions, Relationships and Social Skills.

Dr. Anderson has over 400 publications, 6 books, and $30 million in competitive research funds to her credit. She is Associate Editor of the APA journal Neuropsychology and the British Psychological Society’s Journal of Neuropsychology. She has received a number of honors for her accomplishments: Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, and founding fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Scientists. She is a founding board member of the International Paediatric Brain Injury Association, a board member of the International Brain Injury Association, and past president of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment. She has served on the INS board, international liaison committee and co-organised previous INS meetings.

As a long-time INS member, I believe the society has a number of important strengths, which I would aim to foster and expand if elected President. First, our unique multidisciplinary membership facilitates cross-discipline communication and mimics models of care for people with brain disorders. This provides us with the opportunity to promote research that can be effectively implemented into clinical practice to improve the lives of those with brain insult.

Second, as an Australian INS member, I strongly believe in the international aims of the society, and would work to consolidate and extend these by further encouraging meaningful international involvement and developing effective collaborations with similar bodies across the globe.

Third, the future of INS, and neuropsychology more broadly, is dependent upon the engagement and investment of our early career postdoctoral fellows, students, and clinicians. To ensure their views are incorporated into INS policies and activities, I would work to involve these groups more actively through representation in the design of annual INS meetings, in key committees, and through representation on the INS board.

Eli Vakil (Running for President Elect)
Eli Vakil

I am a professor and former departmental chairman in the Department of Psychology at Bar Ilan University, Israel, where I direct the Memory and Amnesia Laboratory at the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center. I have published extensively (over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters) on memory disorders in various clinical populations including traumatic brain injury (TBI), Parkinson’s disease, and the elderly. Since receiving my Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from the City University of New York in 1985, I have worked as a clinical neuropsychologist, specializing in TBI at various rehabilitation centers in Israel (Loewenstein Rehabilitation Center and the National Institute for the Rehabilitation of the Head-Injured Person), the USA (Head Trauma Program at the Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in NYU Medical Center) and Australia (Julia Farr Rehabilitation Center). Currently I conduct my clinical practice in Jaffa as the head of the Rehabilitation Center for Veterans after TBI. I have served in several neuropsychological leadership positions including as Chair of the Section of Rehabilitation Psychology of the Israeli Psychological Association, and I was a founding member of the Israeli Neuropsychological Society.

I have been an INS member for 31 years and regularly attend both the Annual and Mid-year meetings. I have served on several scientific committees for these INS meetings and chaired the program/scientific committee of the Mid-year meeting held in Jerusalem in 2014. I have also served INS on the Board of Governors (2004-2007), as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (JINS) (2004-2008), as a member of the Advisory Board of JINS (2014-), and of the Publication Committee of the INS (2013-2016).

The particular goals I would pursue if elected President of INS would be to focus on strengthening the relations with national neuropsychological societies including support for developing training of neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation professionals. I would also work to promote better integration of clinical and basic research at INS meetings. These are exciting times in neuroscience with the launch of several major global initiatives and I would like to reflect that sense of progress in the meetings of INS, including initiatives that engage the wider community. Such initiatives should include not only clinical advances but also the relevance of advances in neuropsychology to cognate fields such as education, communication technology, robotics and perhaps even peace! 

INS Board Member-at-Large (Term: 2017–2020)

Peter Anderson (Running for Board Member-at-large)
Peter Anderson

Professor Peter Anderson is a research neuropsychologist and Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, and Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia.  His work focuses on understanding brain and cognitive development following early brain insults, and for the past 15 years his program has centered on neonatal conditions, especially infants born very preterm.  Dr Anderson’s research has been continuously funded for the past 12 years by the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and he has published in excess of 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.  Training the next generation of neuropsychologists is a core aspect of Dr Anderson’s program, having supervised 25 PhD students and mentored 20 post-doctoral fellows.

Dr Anderson heads the Victorian Infant Brain Studies group in Melbourne, which is internationally known for studying brain injury and brain development in sick neonates.  He is also the Founder and Chair of the Australian Paediatric Neuropsychology Research Network, on the Board of Directors for the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, co-director of the Australian Centre for Child Neuropsychological Studies, and on the Executive Board of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine.  He has been a member and advocate of INS for over 15 years, and in that time actively participated in most of the annual meetings and the Australasian mid-year meetings in Cairns (1996), Brisbane (2004), Auckland (2011), and Sydney (2015).  He has been on the Program Committee for four INS conferences, and Deputy Program Chair for the recent Sydney INS meeting.  He regularly reviews for JINS and was on the editorial board from 2011 to 2013.  

The INS is an important international organization that provides wonderful educational and networking opportunities.  However, the INS also has the capacity to provide greater clinical and research leadership.  Given the multi-disciplinary membership of the society, the INS is an ideal position to be facilitating working parties to address relevant clinical and research issues.  I strongly support the proposal to form Special Interest Groups (SIGs) within the society, as I feel this will encourage INS members to form meaningful international collaborations to develop, review and endorse clinical practice guidelines and plan ambitious multi-site studies and trials.  If elected as a Member at Large of the INS Board, I will advocate for the formation of Special Interest Groups, and propose increased opportunities at INS meetings for the membership to meet and form productive international collaborations.   

Rosemary Fama (Running for Board Member-at-large)
Rosemary Fama

I earned my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut and completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine. As a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and Senior Research Neuropsychologist at SRI International, I have accrued a broad background in investigations of brain-behavior relations.  A major focus of my research centers on memory processes, using quantitative structural and functional neuroimaging to identify neural networks underlying selective neuropsychological functions.  My current research examines the untoward cognitive, behavioral, and emotional effects associated with Alcohol Use Disorder in adults and adolescence, HIV infection, and aging and the implications of these findings to enhance treatment and quality of life. I am currently Associate Editor of Neuropsychology Review (since 2009) and Neuropsychology (2016) and on the editorial review board of Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders (since 2008). 

As an INS member for the past 25 years, I have been involved in the annual meetings virtually every year, always as an annual active presenter, and more recently as a member of the program committee (2005, 2008, 2016), and most recently Program Chair of the 2016 Boston meeting.  The theme of last year’s meeting – Neuropsychology: Spanning the World and Disciplines – reflects my belief that the study of brain-behavior relations requires contributions from myriad related disciplines and national and international collaborations.  Toward this end, I believe it is incumbent on each of us to continue to keep abreast of the ever-changing technical advancements in neuropsychological assessment and brain imaging to enrich and expand our roles as researchers, clinicians, and educators.  At the same time, we need to embrace our unique knowledge and skill set as we integrate technical advancements and basic neuroscience discoveries.

Recently, I accepted the invitation to be Editor of the forthcoming quarterly INS Newsletter. I envision this as a platform for INS members to participate in energized dialogue, thoughtful exchange of ideas, and updates on society, science, clinical, and training issues as we advance our discipline with new methods and discoveries.  As a Board Member, I will strive to continue to make INS an international society that embraces all disciplines related to brain structure and function and to encourage interaction among researchers, clinicians, and educators—from students to senior colleagues—with the common goal of enabling fact-based knowledge and translating discoveries across levels of investigation, from genes to brain to behavior.

 

Erik Hessen (Running for Board Member-at-Large)
Erik Hessen

Erik Hessen is Professor of Neuropsychology at Department of Psychology, University of Oslo and Chief Psychologist at Department of Neurology at Akershus University Hospital in Oslo, Norway. He received his license in Psychology from Aarhus University in Denmark hold clinical specialties in both Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology in Norway. His research has covered a wide range of issues in neurology: (1) Very long-term neuropsychological and behavioral outcome after pediatric and adult mild to moderate TBI, (2) behavioral and neuropsychological aspects of people with epilepsy, (3) cognitive and behavioral side effects of antiepileptic drugs, (4) neuropsychological rehabilitation of people with multiple sclerosis, and (5) subjective and mild cognitive impairment, including longitudinal outcome of these conditions. For 11 years, he served as President of the Norwegian Neuropsychological Society. Currently he is President of the Federation of European Neuropsychological Societies (FESN), consisting of 15 national neuropsychological societies. In this role, he co-signed a Memorandum of Understanding with INS President Ann Watts at the Boston INS meeting in 2016, ensuring future dialogue and collaboration between FESN and INS. He has been on the editorial board of several journals, including Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society and Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. In 2012, he was the proud Program Chair for the successful INS Midyear-meeting in Oslo, Norway, until now the largest INS meeting in Europe with 900 participants. 

If elected to the Board of Governors of INS, I would particularly prioritize the goal of maintaining INS as the world-leading international neuropsychological society. As far as I see, there are two keys to achieve that, first, to organize and arrange the best neuropsychological conferences, and second, develop collaborations, linkages and partnerships with corresponding societies from around the world. My primary contribution in that respect is detailed knowledge about the European situation.  

Greg J. Lamberty (Running for Board Member-at-Large)
Greg J. Lamberty

I completed a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of North Dakota in 1990 as well as a neuropsychology focused internship (West Haven VA) and fellowship (University of Michigan Medical Center). I have enjoyed clinical, teaching, research and administrative roles in my positions over the years. My current duties as an Assistant Chief, Project Director for TBI Model Systems, and Director of Neuropsychology Training at the Minneapolis VA involve all those roles. I have authored and/or edited three books focusing on clinical and professional topics and participate regularly in peer review activities for several journals and committees.  I am actively involved in research and supervision of student research projects. My participation in neuropsychology organizations has been extensive, including being the president of AACN, establishing that organization’s annual conference, and establishing the AACN Foundation.

I joined INS as a graduate student over 25 years ago when it was the go–to organization for all things neuropsychological. I served on an early program committee and have valued the organization for opportunities to meet colleagues from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. In my view, INS has adhered to its mission as a beacon of quality neuropsychology research and international collaboration. I believe that my broad experiences in clinical neuropsychology practice, training, and advocacy can benefit international members seeking to establish and advocate for neuropsychology communities in their locales. Despite the lofty goals and international reach of INS, the neuropsychology community continues to be a “small world” with many energetic and creative team members that move it forward. I would welcome the opportunity to serve on the INS Board of Governors to facilitate this continued growth. Finally, it is a little known fact that I designed the INS logo, winning a contest many years ago.

I continue to believe in the original goals of INS as an international and interdisciplinary organization. The viability of neuropsychology will increasingly be linked to the ability to work cooperatively with a range of other professionals from throughout the world. While INS has an enduring presence in the North American neuropsychology community, it should continue to find ways to reach out to communities looking for expertise, guidance, and support. The “international” part of INS is no longer an aspirational fantasy.  Nonetheless, continued collaborative work is needed to cement its legacy and improve the prospects of neuropsychologists worldwide. 

Robin Morris (Running for Board Member-at-Large)
Robin Morris

I did my undergraduate degree in psychology and physiology at the University of Oxford and, following clinical training, my PhD at the University of Cambridge with Alan Baddeley. After post-doctoral work in Cambridge and Toronto I have combined neuropsychology research with working as a clinical neuropsychologist for 26 years at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, in London UK, the last 15 years as a full professor. As well as heading a clinical neuropsychology department since 1990, I have been an active researcher, publishing over 250 peer reviewed papers, including in Brain, Neurology and Nature. My research has covered clinical conditions, including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, vascular cognitive impairment, schizophrenia and eating disorders, with an interest in executive functioning and memory. I am an Editor of Cortex and the Journal of Neuropsychology. I am recipient of the Barbara Wilson award in 2013 and the British Psychological Lifetime Achievement Award for Applied Psychology in 2015, this award is given on the basis of outstanding personal career success also reinvesting in psychology through encouraging and developing others. I have served extensively in the UK on the committees of the British Neuropsychological Society (BNS) and the British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology (DON).

I have been a member of the INS for many years and was on the Governing Board between 2007 and 2010. I was program chair for the Dublin INS meeting in 2005, and joint conference chair for the London INS meeting in 2016, this meeting attended by people from 43 countries across the globe. I was also program committees for the INS meetings in Argentina in 2008 and in Boston in 2011. I have supported the INS also through interfacing with our UK neuropsychological bodies, the BNS and the DON.

I have a vision for the INS helping bridge the gap between neuroscience, neuropsychology and clinical neuropsychology, and I believe this is reflected in the two meetings I have chaired. The INS is in a unique position internationally to promote evidence-based neuropsychological practice, in which basic research can be combined with developing new assessment and treatment approaches. This aspect of the INS can be developed though the ongoing meetings but also through the educational and international liaison work. Within this, I would like to be further involved with the INS as it looks to future in which neuropsychology is embracing new technologies and how these might affect patient welfare.

Jennifer Vasterling (Running for Board Member-at-Large)
Jennifer Vasterling

As a clinical neuropsychologist, I have functioned as a clinician-scientist and clinical educator throughout my career, currently serving as the Chief of Psychology at Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and as a Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. Reflecting my clinical practice with military veterans, my scientific program has centered on the interface of traumatic stress and neurocognitive abnormalities, with recent work encompassing epidemiological methods to understand neuropsychological outcomes of war at the population level. I have been the lead editor of two books related to my work (Neuropsychology of PTSD and PTSD and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) and have served on the Editorial Boards of JINS, Neuropsychology, Assessment, and Psychological Assessment. I believe deeply in giving back to the field via service, including participation in the governance of professional organizations. In this vein, I have recently served as the 2015-16 President of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN; American Psychological Association, Division 40) and currently serve as the SCN Past-President.

I have been a member of INS since my pre-doctoral internship in 1988 and strongly identify with INS as a professional organization. I have enjoyed serving on several INS program committees and as the Program Chair of the 2014 North American Conference in Seattle. The opportunity via this role to meet and interact with colleagues from different professional backgrounds and from around the world made the role one of the most enjoyable and enriching experiences of my professional career. I would be both honored and delighted to serve the INS membership through election to the Board of Governors. 

INS remains a unique professional organization for the field of neuropsychology in its interdisciplinary composition and international membership and mission.  We are well-poised as an organization to strengthen existing, and inspire new, international and interdisciplinary collaborations. In looking to the future, I believe that one of the most important mechanisms to achieve our goals is via concentrated efforts to invest in the next generation. If elected, I would look forward to considering further ways not only to mentor students, but to meaningfully partner with students and early career colleagues in the development and implementation of our policies and strategic goals. 

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