The INS Student Liaison Committee Survey Results are In!
What types of workshops and panels do you want to attend at the INS New York City 2019 Meeting?
As part of the INS Student Liaison Committee’s (SLC) planning for the upcoming INS NYC 2019 Meeting, the SLC recently surveyed INS Associate Members and student meeting attendees about their program topic interests.
Welcome to INS-SLC
Thank you for visiting the page of the INS Student Liaison Committee! You may read about the history of SLC and about our student committee members on this page, or connect with the INS-SLC on their Facebook page.
The INS Student Liaison Committee also operates a google group especially for students. The google group is intended to provide a novel means of communication amongst neuropsychology trainees on professional development topics. The google group is a place where students can pose questions regarding training, provide peer consultation, and share ideas. The SLC will also post INS programming updates and upcoming deadlines.
History of the INS-SLC
At the 38th Annual Meeting of INS in Acapulco in 2010, the Board or Governors organized a meeting to solicit comments from students and trainees about how to better serve associate members and increase their involvement. As a result of this meeting, the Society formed a student-run standing committee with specific goals to address student and trainee professional development needs, foster student contributions to neuropsychological science, and provide opportunities for student involvement and leadership within the INS
INS-SLC Committee Members
Jillian Tessier is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA, under the mentorship of Dr. Maria Schultheis. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of California, Berkeley in 2012. Her senior honors thesis investigated the link between insomnia and working memory in individuals with bipolar disorder. She has worked as a research coordinator on several projects at the Department of Veterans Studies, including evaluating exercise’s effect on memory in mild cognitive impairment, and driving behaviors and anxiety in PTSD. Presently, her primary research interests include the impact of mild traumatic brain injury and insomnia on multitasking in vocational settings. She is interested in identifying predictors of successful ability to return to work after traumatic brain injury.
Anouk Smits is a PhD student in the Graduate School of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands. She is affiliated to the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), where she is conducting her research. Anouk completed a Master’s Degree in Neuroscience and in Neuropsychology, both at Utrecht University. Her main research interests are within the combination of neuropsychology, neurology, and neuroimaging. In her doctoral research, she is associating brain connectivity measures to visual and visuomotor outcome in stroke and brain cancer.
Taylor Greif, M.S.
Annual Meeting Programs Representative
Taylor is completing her 3rd year in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Saint Louis University under the mentorship of Dr. David Kaufman. She completed her bachelor’s degree at DePaul University in Chicago where she studied traumatic brain injury in Dr. Dorothy Kozlowski’s lab. She most recently completed her master’s thesis on the electrophysiological effects of mindfulness meditation in college students, and her current research interests pertain to predicting outcomes after deep brain stimulation surgery in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Before moving to St. Louis, Taylor worked as a psychometrist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and she is currently a clinical neuropsychology extern at Saint Louis University Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.
Mid-Year Programs Representative
Felicity Evans is in her second year of the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) program at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Science, followed by an honours degree in Psychology in 2015. For her honours thesis, she investigated emotion recognition in Parkinson’s disease. The following year, she pursued her interest in neurodegenerative conditions by undertaking a research internship at the National Parkinson’s Foundation Centre of Excellence at King’s College Hospital, London. For her current doctoral research project, she is investigating the efficacy of compensatory memory strategies in the rehabilitation of stroke survivors. Felicity currently holds the role of July Meeting Representative, and she is responsible for organising the student program at the Prague (2018), Rio de Janeiro (2019) and Vienna (2020) INS meetings.
Communications & Outreach Representative
Mary Godfrey is a third year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Drexel University. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Mary received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating, she worked as a Special Education teacher through Teach for America. Later, she worked as a research analyst at Vanderbilt University’s Memory & Alzheimer’s Center, where she assisted in researching the relationship between heart health and brain health of older adults in the prodromal phase of Alzheimer’s disease. Her research is focused in pediatric neuropsychology and her research interests include the cognitive impairment associated with genetic disorders, specifically focusing on memory impairments associated with Down Syndrome.
International Liaison Representative
Nella Korhonen is a doctoral student in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She received her master’s degree from the University of Tampere, Finland in 2012. After graduating, she did a traineeship in the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations of the European Commission in Brussels. She has also lived and studied in Hong Kong and Italy. Nella has been an active member in the Finnish Psychological Association and chaired their working group for Young Psychologists in 2016. While working on her grant-funded dissertation, she also works part-time as a neuropsychologist at the phoniatric outpatient clinic in Helsinki University Hospital. Her research project investigates ADHD symptoms from childhood to adulthood in a perinatal risk cohort. In the future, she hopes to continue to combine her research interest with her clinical experience in developmental neuropsychology.
Kalliopi Megari, MSc, BA
International Liaison Representative
Kalliopi is a PhD candidate at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece with thesis subject: Neuropsychological outcome and quality of life following surgical myocardial revascularization: The influence of cognitive reserve, mood and type-D personality. She holds undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Psychology, as well as a Master’s degree in Psychology from Aristotle University and also attended further education from Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia, in people with special needs and disabilities. Kalliopi has many years of research experience working with patients who have neurological, psychiatric, and cognitive disorders, as well as chronic disease patients suffering from cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Her research interests include neuropsychological outcome and quality of life in chronic diseases patients such as cardiac surgery patients and cancer patients and cognitive reserve of central nervous system’s diseases. Kalliopi was a research fellow from 2009-2015 in Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery in AHEPA Hospital. She has published articles in a wide range of international peer reviewed medical journals and participated in many international conferences. Her work has earned her many prestigious awards and distinctions worldwide. Kalliopi was a Member of the Editorial Board of Health Psychology Research journal (2013-2015) and she is an associate Editor in Psychology & Psychological Research International Journal (2018). She is a reviewer of papers for scientific journals in the field of Neuropsychology, Medicine and Quality of life. Kalliopi has given many lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students at School of Psychology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and also at University of Warsaw, Department of Neuropsychology, in Poland.
Kalliopi has also clinical experience, offering psychological counseling to prisoners in the Thessaloniki Diavata Prison and being the Head of the Centre of creative activities of children with disabilities, a position that requires effectiveness, knowledge and strong willingness as well as empathy and love for the people. She was interviewed for Quality of Life experiences in Health Care Magazine Issue 3, (2014) with the title, Kalliopi Megari: “Giving a Voice to the Chronically Ill”, Meet the Expert Column.
Member at Large
Corey Bolton is a third-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College in suburban Chicago. Broadly, Corey is interested in researching atypical presentations of Alzheimer’s disease. His dissertation project is focused on the neurocognitive characteristics of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in patients with autopsy confirmed AD pathology. Clinically, he has received training in neuropsychology at the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern Medicine. Further, he works as a research assistant at Loyola University Medical Center. Corey is glad to be part of the Student Liaison Committee and looks forward to representing the INS student membership as Member-at-Large.