INS Distinguished Career Award Recipients
Dr. Jiří Diamant received his MSc and achieved his PhD. in psychology and philosophy in Brno in 1953. He completed his internship and fellowship training at the Department of Psychiatry, 1st Faculty of Medicine, General University Hospital, Charles University, Prague, and founded and developed clinical neuropsychology approach as an integral part of clinical psychology and psychiatry since 1953. Thus, he is the Godfather of Czechoslovak neuropsychology.
Eli Vakil is a full professor and former departmental chairman in the Department of Psychology at Bar Ilan University, Israel, where he directs the Memory and Amnesia Laboratory at the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center. Professor Vakil received his Ph.D in Clinical Neuropsychology in 1985 from the Graduate School of the City University of New York, Queens College. His dissertation on memory deficits among closed-head-injured patients and the elderly was the starting point of a long and fruitful scientific career in memory research. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and the same amount of conference presentations, on memory disorders in various clinical populations.
Tom is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow. He was the first Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in the UK and was the founder of the professional sub-division for clinical neuropsychology in the UK. He received the Division of Neuropsychology Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. He has engaged in clinical and research work in head injury and neurorehabilitation for over 35 years and has published almost 200 articles. He serves on the Board of Governors of the International Brain Injury Society and was a past president.
Faraneh is Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Head of Section on Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London, UK. As the Senior Consultant Neuropsychologist, she also leads the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Kenneth M. Adams graduated with his Bachelor of Science from Wayne State University with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics. He was drawn to the world of neuropsychology during his undergraduate career via laboratory experiences in psychophysiology, followed by exposure to the clinical use of integration of clinical psychology and brain research in a hospital setting.
Russell Adams is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). Dr. Adams received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas A & M University and his PhD in psychology from the University of Texas. He served as a Captain in the US Army Medical Service Corps from 1967 to 1969. Dr. Adams has been the Director of the Neuropsychological Assessment Laboratory and Psychology Internship Program at the OUHSC since 1978.
Dr. Linas Bieliauskas has played an instrumental role in Clinical Neuropsychology’s development and evolution as a professional discipline. During the course of his distinguished career, Linas has worked diligently in establishing and implementing models for training and in maintaining quality and integrity in professional practice. He has personally trained and served as a role model for a generation of neuropsychologists entering the field over the past 30 years.
Diane Howieson is an Associate Professor Emerita of Neurology at the Oregon Health & Science University, where she was a clinician and investigator in the Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Research Center. Her principle research areas were aging and dementia. She was Head of the Neuropsychology Division at the Portland VA Medical Center for many years where she trained predoctoral and postdoctoral students. She is a co-author with Muriel Lezak, Erin Bigler, and Daniel Tranel on the fifth edition of Neuropsychological Assessment.
Jason Brandt, PhD, ABPP is a gifted neuropsychologist whose contributions have shaped our field as a science and as a profession. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Jason received his formative undergraduate education at Brooklyn College. He then completed master’s and doctoral degrees in experimental and physiological psychology at Boston University. There, he trained with Allan Mirsky at the School of Medicine and Nelson Butters (and a host of other neuropsychology luminaries) at the Boston VA Medical Center.
Dean Delis is currently a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, where he has been on the faculty for the past 29 years. During this time, he also served as the Director of the Psychological Assessment Unit at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University.
Professor Dan Hoofien is one of the senior rehabilitation psychologists and clinical neuropsychologists in Israel and has had a tremendous impact on the development and quality of these professions during the last four decades. He received his academic education in psychology at Tel-Aviv University (Ph.D., 1994). His involvement in neuropsychological rehabilitation began relatively early, during his graduate studies at TAU, when he served as the clinical coordinator of an experimental trial in the behavioral rehabilitation of young patients with severe TBI.
Ida Sue Baron is a pioneer in pediatric neuropsychology. She received her doctorate from the University of Maryland in school psychology (Psychological Services in the Schools) with a minor in neuropsychology. Her dissertation work, a study of normal pressure hydrocephalus in children, arose from collaboration with pediatric neurosurgery. She established an active neuropsychology service at Children’s National Medical Center, breaking new ground in the neurobehavioral assessment of children with medical and neurological disorders
Robert J Ivnik, PhD, ABPP-CN is Professor of Psychology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a Consultant in the Division of Neurocognitive Disorders at Mayo Clinic. A native of Joliet, IL he completed his undergraduate degree at Yale in 1971, and his PhD at Washington University in 1975. He interned at the University of Colorado Medical Center and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Health Science Center. In 1977, he was recruited to Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN to establish a neuropsychology practice.
Dr. Catherine Mateer is well known internationally for her work in the clinical assessment and management of cognitive and emotional difficulties following neurological injury. She began her career with a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Wisconsin, and then pursued a PhD in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and postdoctoral training in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington. In the 1980’s, she began pioneering work in the area of cognitive rehabilitation as Clinical Director of the Good Samaritan Hospital Neuropsychology Service in Washington.
Edith V. Sullivan, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Connecticut. Following graduate school, she was a research scientist in the Graybiel Spatial Orientation Laboratory at Brandeis University and the Department of Psychology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Edie is a neuropsychologist who has championed putting the “neuro” back into neuropsychology and has done so in her research and through her editorship of Neuropsychology Review.
Michael Kopelman is an internationally recognised authority on memory disorders. For over 30 years, his seminar neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric work on the subject has shaped the development of cognitive neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry in Britain and beyond. Mike’s first degree was in Psychology before he completed his medical degree at the University of London in 1978 and received his PhD from the Institute of Psychiatry ten years later. In 1998, he became a Professor of Neuropsychiatry at Guy’s King’s & St Thomas’s School of Medicine, now part of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London. He has authored around 200 scientific articles and four seminal books on memory, including The Handbook of Memory Disorders, a major reference volume in the field.
Dirk Bakker has been a true pioneer in the Netherlands within the field of neuropsychology, especially child neuropsychology. His research career spanning about forty years of work has specifically focused on dyslexia related to the hemispheric specialization of functions. Dirk started his intriguing research by developing a neuropsychological model of the process of normal and abnormal reading. He validated his model of developmental dyslexia with electrophysiological (ERP) measures in longitudinal studies of normal children as well as of children with different subtypes of dyslexia.