Meet the 2018 Candidates for Election

Candidates for Member-at-Large

Miriam Beauchamp, PhD – Candidate for Member-at-Large

Miriam Beauchamp - Candidate for Member-at-Large

I am a developmental neuropsychologist in the fields of traumatic brain injury (TBI), neuroimaging, and social cognition. I hold a position as Associate Professor in neuropsychology at the University of Montreal (Canada) where I lead the ABCs laboratory ( I am also a researcher at the Ste-Justine Hospital Research Center and Adjunct Professor at McGill University. Since 2009, I have held two Career Development Awards from the Quebec Health Research Funds (FRQS) and have received funding from the Canadian tri-council agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) and international organisations. In 2016, I was awarded a prestigious CIHR Foundations grant for research program on early TBI (0-5 years). I have published over 85 articles, 10 chapters, and 2 books.

I have been a member of INS since I was a student and have served on the scientific program committee for three INS conferences. In 2015, I was awarded the INS Early Career Award. I am an ad-hoc reviewer for JINS and a consulting editor for the journal Neuropsychology. I have a keen interest in the design and development of neuropsychological measures and co-lead an international team working on the creation of social cognition assessment tools. More locally, I contributed to advancing our profession and guiding students through my role as Director of the clinical neuropsychology PhD program (U.Montreal) and am involved in the Quebec Neuropsychology Association.

I have a particular interest in contributing to two aspects of the society’s strategic plan. First, I would like to assist in developing and promoting educational resources. I believe that INS is a critical source of information and support for emerging neuropsychologists, as well as those seeking ongoing professional development, and that our members have much to offer in terms of expertise and experience that can be transferred through pedagogical initiatives. Second, I would like to broaden our connections with other neuropsychological organizations around the world, and in doing so, contribute to INS outreach and visibility internationally. Awareness of the role and perspective of neuropsychologists in a variety of settings and countries can contribute to enriching global and collaborative reflection on the challenges and possibilities for our discipline. The topics addressed by neuropsychologists are highly complex, and so there is much to be gained from establishing fruitful interactions with colleagues from other backgrounds within INS. I would therefore support the establishment of inter-, multi- and trans-disciplinary links with the neurosciences and allied health professions.

Heather M. Conklin, Ph.D. – Candidate for Member-at-Large

Heather M. Conklin, Ph.D. - Candidate for Member-at-Large

I earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota. Subsequently, I completed internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins Medical Center. I am currently an Associate Faculty Member at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I am Chief of the Section of Neuropsychology and Training Director for the Neuropsychology Program, which I developed after arriving at St. Jude. I divide my time across clinical investigation, clinical care and training of future neuropsychologists. The overarching goal of my research program is to mitigate cognitive deficits following treatment for childhood cancer. I have over 60 peer-reviewed publications and have received extramural funding from the INS, American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute. I have held a number of leadership positions including currently serving on the Behavioral Science Steering Committee for the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and serving as the liaison between COG CNS and Behavioral Science Committees.

I have been an active member of INS for over ten years, regularly attending meetings to present research and recruit trainees. As a mentor, I facilitate the engagement of our trainees in INS through research presentation and pursuit of leadership roles. I have served on the INS Program Committee and am currently on the Editorial Board for JINS. Consistent with the role of INS as an international scientific and educational organization, I have been actively involved with educating visiting and remote psychologists through St. Jude’s growing Department of Global Pediatric Medicine, which seeks to enhance international collaboration to give children access to quality care no matter where they may live. At St. Jude, I work with families from around the world as more than 80 percent of children with cancer live in low- and middle-income countries.

The goals I would like to pursue as an INS Member-at-Large are consistent with my experience and interests. First, I am dedicated to ensuring INS is truly an international and interdisciplinary organization that engages and supports professionals in countries where neuropsychology is less developed. Based on my St. Jude experience, I have ideas for how to use technology to provide much needed education and mentorship that can help to overcome geographical distance and resource limitations. Second, as a mid-career neuropsychologist actively engaged in training, I plan to facilitate INS involvement of students and junior colleagues through mentorship, resources and recognition that foster professional development and enrich career satisfaction.

Benjamin M. Hampstead, Ph.D., ABPP-CN – Candidate for Member-at-Large

Benjamin M. Hampstead, Ph.D., ABPP-CN - Candidate for Member-at-Large

I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to run for INS Member-at-Large. I would be honored to represent the membership and contribute to the growth of INS. My background and experiences are well aligned with INS’s goals and the key Strategic Plan areas: science, education, effectiveness, and membership. As a board certified clinical neuropsychologist, I embrace a translational approach to science and patient care that was shaped by early work with medial temporal lobe lesions in non-human primates and evolving interests in non-pharmacologic interventions for cognitive decline/loss. My research focuses on addressing “real-world” implications of cognitive deficits and has been recognized by continuous federal funding and research awards at graduate, post-doctoral, and early career levels, including INS Early Career Award. My dedication to education is evident through mentorship activities, 6 years service on the National Academy of Neuropsychology Education Committee, membership on 3 journal editorial boards, and both professional and community based lectures/courses. My joint appointment as Tenured Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor provides an excellent platform for training future clinician-researchers and directly enhancing healthcare services. I appreciate INS’s challenges and opportunities associated with having a large and diverse membership and am ready to apply knowledge gained during years of service on executive committees for multiple research centers/institutions to help enhance INS’s effectiveness. I have benefitted considerably from many international collaborations and see INS’s international membership as one of its strengths, which I would work to increase to enhance INS’s goals.

I am very familiar with INS’s goals and membership thanks to several activities. I have been a JINS editorial board member since 2011, a member of INS since graduate school, have regularly attended and been a member of the program (and executive) committee for annual and mid-year meetings. I was honored to serve as Program Chair for the 2017 Annual meeting in New Orleans, which provided an unrivaled exposure to the breadth and depth of interests and expertise of INS members and challenged us to create a meeting program that reflected the membership. I am proud that the New Orleans meeting holds the record for the largest INS meeting to date and view this as evidence for our effectiveness. The invaluable experience I gained participating in Board meetings as Program Chair will enhance the transition process. I hope this convinces you that I will effectively serve the INS membership and humbly ask for your vote.

Dr Ashok Jansari, PhD – Candidate for Member-at-Large

Dr Ashok Jansari, PhD - Candidate for Member-at-Large

Dr Ashok Jansari received his degree in Experimental Psychology from King’s College, Cambridge and his doctorate at the University of Sussex (UK) followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Iowa with Damasio, Tranel and Adolphs. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research explores Accelerated Long-term Forgetting (ALF); variation in face-processing ability from prosopagnosia to super-recognition; and applications of the Jansari assessment of Executive Functions (JEF©), an ecologically-valid clinical instrument, which has been translated into 11 languages reflecting his international collaborations with scientists in 13 countries spanning 5 continents. In 2004, Ashok won the INS’s Cermak Award for Best Research in Memory Disorders.

Ashok has contributed widely to public engagement with science through national and international media. Additionally, since 2006, he has organised annual ‘Brain Awareness Day’ events to make the work of neuropsychologists accessible to the general public. This public engagement work was recognized in 2008 with a Media Fellowship from the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

Ashok has also served the INS (Education Task Force, International Liaison Committee & London 2016 Program Committee) as well as several other neuropsychological organizations including the British Neuropsychological Society (treasurer), the World Federation for Neuro-Rehabilitation (WFNR) Special Interest Group in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (scientific committee), and the British Psychological Society (Associate Fellow, Vice-Chair of the Neuropsychology International Fellowship). His involvement with the international fellowship underscores his commitment to nurturing neuropsychology in low income countries providing financial support for neuropsychologists to visit clinicians and researchers in the UK. His INS involvement also fits with his interests in teaching, public engagement, and global development of neuropsychology, especially in the context of the latter; these are the areas for which he would serve as a strong advocate if elected to the INS Board. His current international collaborations with researchers in low to middle income countries (e.g. India, Brazil, Romania, Iran) place him in an ideal position to work toward this goal. This will help to develop more regular contributions from neuropsychologists who are currently underrepresented in INS. Even more specifically, as an Indian of East African birth and given his collaborations with neuropsychologists across India (including Bangalore & Pune), Ashok would be very keen to work toward organising the first ever mid-year meeting in India.

Olivier Piguet, Lic Psych, MA (Clin Neuropsych), PhD – Candidate for Member-at-Large

Olivier Piguet, Lic Psych, MA (Clin Neuropsych), PhD - Candidate for Member-at-Large

I am a clinical neuropsychologist with over 20 years clinical experience in the field of ageing and neurodegeneration. After completing my undergraduate studies in Geneva, I obtained my clinical training in neuropsychology from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a PhD from the University of Sydney. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT. I am Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Sydney and Senior Research Fellow from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. I am the co-director of FRONTIER, the frontotemporal dementia clinical research group and the director of the Memory Program of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. My research program investigates early clinical markers of frontotemporal dementia and related younger-onset dementia syndromes. I am particularly interested in the biological correlates underlying changes in social cognition, memory and executive function in these disorders. I have published over 170 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 book chapters on these topics.

I have been a member of INS since 1993 and have regularly attended the INS meetings. I have served on the Scientific Committee of the 2011 (as Chair) and 2015 joint INS/ASSBI mid-year international meetings and the 2014 (Denver) meeting. Among my other duties, I am also the Chair of the organising committee for the 11th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias, which will be held in Sydney in 2018. I am currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, and on the editorial board of the following journals: Brain Impairment, Behavioural Neurology, Frontiers in Dementia Research, and Frontiers in Emotion Science.

If elected, my aim is to develop stronger ties with South Asia and the Indian subcontinent, a region which is home to ~25% of the world population. Based in Australia, I already have strong connections with colleagues in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, which I can further leverage to achieve this goal. To be truly international, INS needs to engage with this part of the world and understand the challenges and opportunities that it brings. This includes developing e-health platforms to reach remote populations with limited direct access to services, broadening the development of tests and tools that are culturally relevant, and to actively engage with clinicians who, historically have been under represented in the Society.

Mieke Verfaellie – Candidate for Member-at-Large

Mieke Verfaellie - Candidate for Member-at-Large

I obtained my PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Leuven, Belgium in 1986, having been introduced to neuropsychology as a predoctoral fellow at the University of Florida. Following an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine, I established a research program at VA Boston Healthcare System, where I currently serve as a Senior Research Career Scientist and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. My research has focused on the study patients with focal amnesia as a model system for understanding disorders of memory as well as a means of elucidating the cognitive and neural architecture of memory. More recently, I have also studied the cognitive, and neural sequelae of traumatic brain injury and its interface with emotional trauma in military veterans. I serve as Associate Editor for JINS and Cognitive Neuropsychology, and have served on the editorial board of Neuropsychologia, Neuropsychology, and Brain and Cognition. I have also served on the APA Committee for Human Research.

I have been a member of INS since my predoctoral training in 1982, and continue to consider INS my primary professional home. I have served on the program committee for several early meetings as well as for the three most recent ones. I would be honored to serve the Society as a member of the Governing Board. As a Member-at-Large, I would prioritize two goals: (a) In the face of ever increasing specialization, it is important that INS remain a viable and welcoming home for researchers and clinicians with varied scientific expertise and professional backgrounds. I would work to ensure that the INS meetings maximize opportunity to exploit this diversity in the service of scientific exchange, collaboration, and dissemination; (b) An important challenge for the Society is to ensure that the next generation of neuropsychology clinicians and researchers continue to find in INS an organization that meets their diverse professional interests and offers opportunity for mutual enrichment, as such interactions are key to maintaining the vitality of INS. I would be excited to work on initiatives that nurture the involvement of students and early career professionals in the organization.

Candidates for President

Robert M. Bilder, Ph.D., ABPP-CN – Candidate for President

Robert M. Bilder, Ph.D., ABPP-CN - Candidate for President

I am deeply honored to be considered a candidate for Presidency of INS. My first professional paper was presented at INS in 1982, and I have participated in most North American meetings ever since. Given the privilege of serving on the INS Board of Governors from 2011 to 2014, I helped establish the Student Liaison Committee, now a vibrant component of the Society. My experience includes leadership roles in multiple other organizations, including: APA, AACN, NAN, and APPCN. At both AACN and NAN I helped launch grant award programs, and at AACN I served on the original AACN Foundation board and now lead the Disruptive Technology Initiative. I was further honored to represent the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology on the APA Council, and am a Fellow of APA Divisions 10 and 40.

Following training at Columbia and City College/CUNY, and working in the NY metro region for ~20 years, I came to UCLA in 2002 and currently serve as Tennenbaum Family Chair in Creativity Research and Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Psychology at UCLA. As Chief of Medical Psychology – Neuropsychology I have administrative responsibility for more than 120 psychologists, and direct Postdoctoral and Internship programs in Neuropsychology. I have been fortunate to receive research support from NIH and other funders, enabling large-scale transdisciplinary investigations to integrate neuropsychology with genetics, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, and informatics, generating more than 200 publications and 500 presentations. My service roles include leading the Mind Well program of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, which aims to advance well-being of our community by promoting mental health, emotional resilience, creative achievement, and social connectedness.

If elected President of INS I hope to promote innovation in neuropsychology. This is achievable given the strengths of INS, and is fueled by my interests in creativity and evidence-based neuropsychology (e.g., see “Neuropsychology 3.0”, JINS, 2011). There are at least two ways to achieve this goal. First, work with the Student Liaison Committee and others can increase our educational offerings about non-traditional career paths leveraging knowledge of brain-behavior relations in academia, industry, and public service. Second, a “disruptive technology” initiative with a strong international perspective can aim to improve global access to neuropsychological services and knowledge. I am confident that INS can serve as the nexus for innovation in neuropsychology by leveraging its unique cultural and linguistic diversity, bridging geographic boundaries, and connecting us all as humans.

Margaret O’Connor – Candidate for President

Margaret O'Connor - Candidate for President

I believe that I am uniquely qualified to serve as president of our society in 2018. Through my involvement and strong record of service to INS, I have developed a sense of dedication to our shared values. I served on the INS Board of Governors from 2013-2016 and I have been on numerous program committees. As member of the Educational Task Force I led the video archives project which is an ongoing effort to honor and preserve the society’s legacy. I am Clinical Case Editor for the INS Newsletter.

As the 10th of 11 children, I understand the value of working as a team to identify and solve problems. If elected president I will be committed to a team approach and will initiate an active dialogue with membership to enhance the scientific rigor and relevance of the society. My specific goals include: 1) Promoting global, ethnic, and professional diversity; 2) Integrating new developments in behavioral genetics and translational neuroscience in teaching and research; 3) Improving INS teaching platforms with an emphasis on evidence-based programs.

I have held a number of leadership positions in clinical and community settings. As Director of Neuropsychology in an academic medical center, I oversee the clinical work of a large staff and have mentored over 80 postdoctoral and practicum students. I am Co-Chair of the Medical & Scientific Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and I have served on the Board of Directors for the Association as well as for the Asperger/Autism Network. I am Director of Research for DriveWise which has involved active participation in public forums and legislative initiatives on impaired driving. I am an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School where I have been engaged in teaching and research. With NIH and private foundation support I conducted investigations of amnesia, ECT, TMS, delirium, and driving. I have published over 60 articles and 25 book chapters. I produced two educational videos focused on driving competence. I attained ABPP diplomate status in clinical neuropsychology and I serve as a board examiner for ABCN.

I have benefited a great deal from INS membership – particularly from the mentorship and friendship of many colleagues. My children are now successfully launched into adulthood giving me time to give back to our community. If elected, I will pursue a path of shared leadership to make INS a stronger and more diverse organization that delivers on its mission.

Candidates for Secretary

Celiane Rey-Casserly, PhD, ABPP – Candidate for Secretary

Celiane Rey-Casserly, PhD, ABPP - Candidate for Secretary

Celiane Rey-Casserly, PhD, ABPP directs the Center for Neuropsychology and the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Neuropsychology at Boston Children’s Hospital. She holds a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School and is on staff at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and is board certified in clinical neuropsychology (subspecialty pediatric neuropsychology) through the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Rey-Casserly holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University with internship at Children’s National Medical Center and neuropsychology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her clinical work has focused on neuropsychological functioning in children with complex (medical, neurological) disorders, providing services in English and Spanish. Her scholarly work examines neurobehavioral outcomes in neurofibromatosis-1 and childhood cancer. She currently serves on the editorial board of the American Psychologist.

Dr. Rey-Casserly has held national leadership and organizational roles in clinical neuropsychology and professional psychology education and training, including President, APA Division of Clinical Neuropsychology (Society for Clinical Neuropsychology), Chair, APA Commission on Accreditation and Chair, APA Board of Educational Affairs. She has served on the boards of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology and the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.

I am honored to be nominated to serve as secretary of INS. To this role, I will bring both the experience and the knowledge I have gained in leadership roles in psychology and neuropsychology to the future of INS. The Society has a unique place in neuropsychology organizations in its international and interdisciplinary mission. As a bilingual, bicultural psychologist, I am deeply aware of the complex issues and challenges involved in the transformation of neuropsychology into a field representative of all cultures and all communities. I hope to make use of my experience and knowledge to advance international collaborations around issues of education, training and specialized competencies in neuropsychology. The future of INS will depend not only on its international reach but also on the young professionals who enter the field. I will continue to promote quality training and educational standards and to work to engage students in the society’s organization as well as in international collaboration in education and research initiatives.

Anthony Y. Stringer, Ph.D., ABPP/ABCN – Candidate for Secretary

Anthony Y. Stringer, Ph.D., ABPP/ABCN - Candidate for Secretary

I have been a Professor in the Emory University Department of Rehabilitation Medicine since 1986 and I direct the Division of Rehabilitation Neuropsychology. My clinical work is with an eclectic population including stroke, brain injury, dementia, brain tumor, demyelinating disease, and many rare neurological conditions. This diverse population led to my first book, A Guide to Adult Neuropsychological Diagnosis in 1996. My research is on cognitive rehabilitation, and I am the author of the Ecologically-Oriented Neurorehabilitation Programs as well as 140 other peer-reviewed papers, chapters and invited presentations. Finally, I co-edited Pathways to Prominence in Neuropsychology, a biographically-oriented history of our field. I am the first African American to become board certified in neuropsychology and I was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology in 2010 and of the American Psychological Association in 2013.

I am honored to stand for election as Secretary to the INS Board. I have been a member for 30+ years and have served on the Program Committee. My students and I have contributed to the scientific program in virtually every one of the past 30 years. My prior relevant experience includes serving on the APA Neuropsychology Educational Advisory Committee, chairing the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) Ethics, Diversity, and Credential Review Committees, and serving as Vice President and subsequently President of ABCN (2013-2017). My international service includes Fundacion Alas Honor Council membership (2002-2004), an organization which oversaw research on brain injury prevention and treatment in Argentina. Finally, I was a Trustee of the Latin American Brain Injury Consortium, whose mission was to improve clinical outcomes through research and education.

My desire to serve on the INS Board stems from the above work. My research has led to invited lectures in Denmark and Brazil. The Pathways book gave me the opportunity to work with authors from Canada, Denmark, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and elsewhere. The training programs at Emory have attracted international students, including a recent postdoctoral fellow from the Congo with whom I co-authored a chapter on African Neuropsychology. This has all given me an interest, in keeping with the INS mission, to foster the expansion of neuropsychology, particularly in developing countries that pose unique challenges and opportunities for our field. INS is where neuropsychology lives and breathes as a truly multinational science and where the field is at its most vibrant. I will be honored by an opportunity to serve.