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Early Career Member at Large

Cady Block, Ph.D.

Cady Block

My name is Cady Block, and I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I have been an INS member since 2008, and I currently am running for the position of Member-at-Large. I would like to take this opportunity to outline my background and qualifications.

Service to the field is an important value of mine. Education, mentorship, professional development, and science communication are all particular passions – and I have sought out leadership opportunities consistent with these across a number of national and international neuropsychological organizations, including but not limited to:

  • Newsletter Editor, International Neuropsychological Society
  • Social Media Editor, International Neuropsychological Society
  • Chair, INS Special Interest Group for Epilepsy
  • Scientific Program Chair, Society for Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Chair, Early Career Neuropsychologist Committee, Society for Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Council Representative, Society for Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Advisory Board member, KnowNeuropsychology & New2Neuropsychology

Beyond these, I also recently released my first edited text: The Neuropsychologist’s Roadmap: A Training and Career Guide. I’ll also be serving as Program Co-Chair for the 2024 INS meeting in New York, and am excited to put together an innovative scientific program for our members. My service in INS has thus far been beneficial, and instructive. It allowed me the opportunity to get to know members from around the world, at all levels of career and training, which in turn has helped me to better appreciate neuropsychology’s diversity as well as understand its current strengths and weaknesses. It has also helped me become familiar with the structure and function of various INS committees, knowledge that will be invaluable to a Member-at-Large.

Should I be elected, my primary goal will be to serve all within INS. As I am still in the first five years of my career, however, I would like to especially champion the needs and interests of our early career members. This career phase is in special need of additional support and resources to foster continued learning, professional networking and development, and establishment as an independent scientist – particularly in regions where neuropsychology is still developing. It is also my hope that we can better engage and connect early career members around the globe, which aligns with one of the primary values of our international organization.

I sincerely appreciate having been nominated for INS Member-at-Large. INS serves such a pivotal role in the neuropsychology global community, and it would be an honor to serve the organization in this way.


Rune Nielsen, Ph.D.

Rune Nielsen

I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the INS Board of Directors. I am a senior researcher at the Danish Dementia Research Center, lecturer at Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, and board authorized psychologist by the Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological Practice.

My research mainly focuses on cross-cultural issues in neuropsychology and dementia care. My focus is both theoretical and applied with a particular interest in cross-cultural assessment. I have been privileged to collaborate with research groups across 13 European countries, Australia, Brazil, the Philippines, Turkey, and Lebanon and have published more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles and 6 book chapters. Recently, I received the Danish Psychological Association Senior Researcher Prize and the Danish Alzheimer's Association Research Prize.

I am a cofounding member of the multidisciplinary European Consortium on Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology, Coordinator of the Nordic Research Network on Dementia and Ethnicity, and a member of INS, Federation of European Neuropsychological Societies, and the Danish Neuropsychological Society.

I am a member of the INS Cultural Neuropsychology SIG Assessment Work Group and program Co-Chair for the 2024 New York City INS meeting. My leadership positions in international scientific networks have given me network skills in facilitating the development and implementation of standards for research and clinical practice. I look forward to applying my skills towards INS’s goals of promoting the international and interdisciplinary study of brain-behavioral relationships. My work in international, cross-cultural, minority, and diversity issues will allow me to promote INS’ global leadership in advancing a neuropsychology that truly addresses the needs of practitioners and those living with brain disabilities in widely varying circumstances around the world.  

I have a great passion to see the organization continue its work with international, national, and regional organizations. By enhancing communication and collaboration between scientific disciplines and professionals representing various parts of the world, we can develop and improve neuropsychology as a scientific and clinical discipline and increase our understanding of the influence of diversity issues on brain-behavior relationships. We can come to be an ever more effective and far-reaching discipline for preventing and mitigating brain disabilities.

I believe that INS will continue to be a strong international leader and advocate in neuropsychology and would be honored to serve you on the Board of Directors.


Non-North American Member at Large

Rochele Paz Fonseca, Ph.D.

Rochele Paz Fonseca

I am delighted to be nominated as a candidate for the INS Board of Governors as a Latin-American woman, representing a research and clinical career. I received a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, major in Neuropsychology, at Public University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil (among the four better evaluated post-graduate programmes in Brazil), in 2006. I was awarded with the most important prize of doctoral thesis in Brazil (2007). Part of my doctorate (2005) and one of my three post-doctorates (2010-2011) were completed at University of Montreal, Canada (Biomedical sciences), with whom I leaded an international cooperation for 15 years. I have been full professor at Pontifical University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) for the past 15 years and I am now a Professor of Medicine (Child Health and Psychiatry) at Public University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). I received a neuroimaging training at Harvard University in 2009.

I have been the President of the Brazilian Neuropsychological Society (SBNp) since 2019 (2019-2023), after being its vice-president from 2017 to 2019. I am the director of the Clinical, Experimental and School Neuropsycholgy Lab since 2009. I am a founding professor of the Work Team of Neuropsychology in Psychological Post-Graduation Association (2016) and of the Brazilian Neuropsychological Network (2017). I was one of the editors in chief of Neuropsicologia Latinoamericana, the official journal of SLAN – Latinoamerican Neuropsychological Society, from 2009 (its foundation) to 2021. I am now the editor in chief of Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, since 2020. I am the leader of the National taskforce for Brazilian teleneuropsychology, since 2020, as well as the scientific leader of the recent national project coordinating 9 universities and 19 researchers “COVID-19 and pandemic impacts – Brazilian recovery”.

I have been a member of INS since I was a student, but more active for the past four years. I was the Program Co-chair of the 89th INS Meeting. I am also part of the Coordination Committee of the Brazilian Science of Learning Network (2020-2023). Recently, this Brazilian network had started to make part of UNESCO. I am also part of the INS Science Committee since 2020 (2020-2023).

As far as I am a psychologist and a speech therapist, with clinical (22 years) and research background (20 years), I may contribute to the interdisciplinary and translation from clinical to research and from research to clinical goals of INS. In addition, as I have published 242 scientific manuscripts, 10 technical manuscripts for general community, 136 book chapters, 15 books, 44 neuropsychological tests and 6 neuropsychological rehabilitation programs (5199 citations, h Index 37, i10 index 139), I may also be useful do help for writing guidelines, posts and abstracts for social media and accessible texts for general society. By means of my leadership roles along the last 15 years, I have accomplished to learn how to begin, mediate and conclude large groups’ tasks, with more developed and specific executive functions for this sort of demands.

As part of the Science Committee for already 2 years, promoting more global neuropsychological knowledge, international effective partnerships and research collaboration, closer relationships among neuropsychological societies are among the main goals and efforts of INS, representing as well the heterogeneity of gender, ethnic groups, ages and fields. Moreover, helping the development of social and cultural neuropsychology in countries where there is a remarkable social and economic vulnerability is also a special role that has been played by INS boards along last years. As far as 70% of my publishing efforts is dedicated to the influence of socioeconomic level, education, type of school, frequency and quality of reading and writing habits across lifespan and typical to atypical development, I may be helpful in enhancing closer connections among Latinoamerican and Brazilian societies, research labs, clinical leaders to accomplish a reinforced social and cultural neuropsychology represented by INS unique reach boundaries.

In this way, my intrinsic motivation as a Brazilian researcher, clinician and leader in neuropsychology to be part of INS board and team is not quantifiable. I highlight my admiration for all INS accomplishments till now, but even more my strong beliefs in its power to keep helping world population with neuropsychological awareness of cognitive health, neurodevelopment, clinical preventive care and daily cognitive stimulation, as well as the possibilities for neurorehabilitation. I am so grateful for the opportunity of being nominated as a candidate for INS Board of Governors.


Akira Midorikawa, Ph.D.

Akira Midorikawa, Ph.D.

I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the board of INS as a Non-North American Member at Large. I received my PhD from Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan, in 2002 under Prof. K. Amano who was a follower of the Russian neuropsychologist, A.R. Luria, and am now a professor of psychology at the same institution. I am certified by the Foundation of the Japanese Certification Board for Clinical Psychologists and a registered psychologist in Japan.

I have been a member and am the former chair of the Japanese Committee of Clinical Neuropsychologists and have been involved in the establishment of the licensing and education system for clinical neuropsychologists in Japan. The certification test for clinical neuropsychologists was conducted for the first time in 2022. I have been a board member of the Neuropsychology Association of Japan and a council member of the Japan Society for Higher Brain Dysfunction (JSHBD), which is the largest society of neuropsychology in Japan. I am also a member of the Journal, the Awards Selection, and the Public Relations Committees of JSHBD. I am a member of the Education and Research Committee and was a council member of the Japan Psychological Association. I am also an international member of the American Psychological Association.

I have been a member of INS for more than 14 years and have attended several meetings in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Oceania, and South America. These valuable experiences have shown that INS embodies diversity of culture and society. I hope to contribute an additional sense of diversity to the INS as a future board member.

It is important for an international scientific and educational organization to have multiple perspectives. From a universal viewpoint, all members from around the world study the principles of cutting edge neuropsychology. From a local viewpoint, it is necessary to take into account the different educational systems and clinical approaches of different cultures. Taking these perspectives into account will facilitate the future development of the INS.


North American Member at Large

Uraina Clark, Ph.D.

Uraina Clark

I am honored to be considered for a position as INS Board Member-at-Large. I completed my PhD in clinical psychology at Boston University and my internship and fellowship at Brown University. I am an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where I direct the Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging Laboratory. My NIH-funded research program examines the ways in which adverse life experiences, such as discrimination and early-life stress, impact brain and behavior. I am deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) and to mentorship. For example, at Mount Sinai, I serve on the Executive Committee of our system-wide Task Force to Address Racism, as the Director of Research Development and Co-Director of the Evaluation Core at the Center for Scientific Diversity, and as an Associate Director of our MD/PhD Program. Some of my recent achievements include creating systems that assess research success, resilience, and equity across institutions. I have also co-authored commentaries published in Psychological Assessment, Nature Human Behaviour, and JAMA Psychiatry that call for our examination of long-held beliefs and biases in our field and beyond. In recognition of this work and its impact, I was recently named one of the "Life Sciences Power 50" in New York state.

My participation in neuropsychology organizations has been a central component of my career. I joined INS as a graduate student over 15 years ago. I have served as past President of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society (MNS) Graduate Student Division and Student Representative to the MNS Board. Currently, I am an active member of INS’s Cultural Neuropsychology Special Interest Group, as well as the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology’s Scientific Advisory Committee. I am also an elected member of the International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience, and serve on the Editorial Boards of Behavioral Neuroscience and the European Journal of Neuroscience. Through these experiences, I have developed a true passion for contributing to the academic culture of neuropsychology and to shaping its future societal impacts.

We are fortunate to be living in a unique time – one that invites us to better support all members of our local and international communities, particularly those who have been marginalized or underserved. Building on my commitments to neuropsychology, DEIA, collaboration, and mentorship, if elected, I would seek novel ways to advance equity through the work that we do as a society and as neuropsychologists. Additionally, I would pursue opportunities to better nurture and engage junior neuropsychologists from all nations, to foster collaborations among INS members, to cultivate partnerships with like-minded scientific organizations worldwide, and to proactively and thoughtfully promote the utility of neuropsychology within the general public.


Melissa Lamar, Ph.D.

Melissa Lamar

Melissa Lamar, Ph.D.

Melissa Lamar is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center (RADC) in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She received her doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology at Drexel University, and completed her post-doctoral training at the National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) Laboratory of Behavioral Neurosciences. Dr. Lamar gained international experience during her years as a Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Upon returning to the USA, she was appointed lead Clinical Neuropsychologist at the University of Illinois Chicago’s Memory and Aging Clinic before being recruited to the RADC where she does research and clinical work. Dr. Lamar’s NIA-funded studies focus on increasing health equity by incorporating participants’ lived experiences and neighborhood health into cognitive and brain aging research. She has published over 170 peer-reviewed articles, and mentored early-stage professionals across the globe. Dr. Lamar received the 2017 INS Mid-Career Award for Outstanding Research, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, and received the 2022 Alzheimer’s Association’s Diversity and Disparities Professional Interest Area’s Most Outstanding Paper Award.

I am honored to be considered for North American Member at Large. I joined INS as a graduate student and it has been a mainstay of my professional identity across positions, cities, and countries. The INS mission – promoting the international, interdisciplinary study of brain-behavior relationships emphasizing science, education, and the application of scientific knowledge – is mirrored in my professional activities and service, and would be my focus should I be elected. As the 2018-2021 INS Continuing Education (CE) Chair, I emphasized science and its clinical application through meaningful, diverse, and internationally representative CE courses. As the 2020-2022 Dementia SIG Member at Large, I organized a sub-committee focused on promoting student and early-stage member achievements; it led to a partnership between the INS Awards Committee and the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society to highlight early-career awardees within the journal. As co-Chair of the INS Global Engagement Committee, I co-organized the 2022 Matthews Fund that supports INS members’ international research, education, and clinical activities. If elected, I will champion INS Members across all professional stages, all over the globe. Specifically, I would develop global initiatives for 1) student and early-stage investigators to increase international networking and scientific collaboration; and 2) mid- to late-stage investigators to further expand the reach of INS. The ‘I’ in INS is our strength and promoting it will ensure the diversity and longevity of our field. Thank you for your consideration.


President

Roy Kessels, Ph.D.

Roy Kessels

I am a professor at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I am also a certified clinical neuropsychologist at Vincent van Gogh Institute for Psychiatry and provide mentorship for those in training to become board-certified in the Netherlands. What drives me personally is engaging in clinical and research collaborations, across disciplines and borders, and integrating my research outcomes in teaching and training programs.

My research focuses on memory and amnesia, their interactions with other cognitive functions, and behavioral interventions in healthy aging and neurodegenerative conditions. Test and app development is a research line that has resulted in several tests I (co-)authored, available in many languages. I strongly believe in multidisciplinary team science, and being a mentor to those who are at the start of their career is something that I particularly enjoy. Coming from a small country, I gained awareness of the value of international collaborations early in my career. As such, I promote diversity among trainees and encourage them to gain international and otherwise diverse professional experiences.

In line with my zeal for cross-national collaborations, I have been active in INS since the beginning of my career, first as meeting attendee, later serving on the Board of Governors and JINS editorial board, organizing the 2013 Amsterdam meeting, and chairing the Awards committee for many years. I have also been a board member of the Federation of European Societies of Neuropsychology, which facilitates transnational collaborations in Europe.

I have several aspirations as President of INS. First, I aim to make INS a more diverse and inclusive society in the broadest sense. This, of course, includes diversifying with respect to ethnic, racial or cultural background, as well as gender or sexual orientation, but also opening up to other disciplines or novel research methods. Second, I aspire to facilitate participation in INS conferences for those unable to travel physically; meeting with and learning from peers is vital both for scientists and clinicians. Third, working together with the publications committee, I aim to establish ‘Neuropsychology’ as an independent research category in the Clarivate/ISI Journal Citations Reports, which will benefit our global research community. In all, I aim to act as a true representative for the ‘I’ in INS and to strengthen international ties with other societies in our field, not only in North-America, Europe and the Australian continent, but also continents that are currently underrepresented in INS including South-America, Asia and Africa.


David Loring, Ph.D.

David Loring

It is a great privilege to be running for INS President. I have considered INS to be my primary professional organization since my graduate student days at the University of Houston.  I have served the organization in various roles over the years including membership on the INS Board of Governors, faculty member for the Vivian Smith Advanced Summer Institute, and editing the INS Dictionary of Neuropsychology and Clinical Neurosciences.  I am currently the Neuropsychology Program Director in the Department of Neurology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, the owner of the non-aligned NPSYCH listserv with over 4000 subscribers, and my editorial responsibilities include Editor-in-Chief for NEUROPSYCHOLOGY REVIEW and Associate Editor for EPILEPSIA (the flagship journal of the International League Against Epilepsy). Throughout my career, I have collaborated with colleagues across multiple disciplines to broaden neuropsychology’s influence, and my commitment to international collaboration is exemplified by the INS dictionary contributor list and Editorial Board composition of NEUROPSYCHOLOGY REVIEW.

I seek the presidential leadership role in INS to strengthen international membership engagement, support membership diversity, continue efforts underway to eliminate inequities, and facilitate societal growth.  INS is optimally positioned to further extend opportunities for its diverse membership and to continue development of collaborative international partnerships with allied neuroscience organizations and disciplines.  It is my experience that developing and enacting a well-considered action plan is a successful means to achieve mutual goals. Neuropsychology is unavailable or under-resourced in too many regions of the world.  The research and clinical experiences and resources of INS members are especially well-suited to help correct such inequities. This is an era of robust international collaborations employing systematic data collection that will facilitate big data analytic approaches, and one that will enable collaborative efforts to demonstrate the unique contribution that neuropsychology provides for both clinical patient care and research collaboration. This, in turn, will permit more accurate characterization of disease and treatment outcomes that affect quality of life than traditional medical classifications that fail to include such analysis. These developing opportunities provide a very optimistic view of neuropsychology’s future, and one in which I am eager to play an active role.


Natalia Ojeda, DipClinPsychol., Ph.D.

Natalia Ojeda

Natalia Ojeda, Ph.D., is Full Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Deusto, Spain. She received training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicines and University of Oxford. She has acted as advisor to multiple organizations, including the World Health Organization. She is a past-member of the USA-National Academy of Neuropsychology, A.P.A. Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), and the USA-National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations. Dr. Ojeda published over 150 papers, books and book chapters and received a number of honors including the 2017 Melvin Yahr Investigator Award from the World Congress of Parkinson´s Disease and Related Disorders or the European Union Award for Best Clinical Practice. She also serves on the editorial board of several international journals.

She has led Memoranda of Understanding and active collaborations between INS and many international societies including the Spanish Federation of Societies in Neuropsychology and the Federation of European Neuropsychological Societies.

If elected as President of INS my priorities will be: 1) widening access to neuropsychological science across the globe; 2) improving how we serve our diverse communities and 3) improving neuropsychology training around the world.

I would accomplish this by expanding active relationships with societies from around the world to support the dissemination of the very best neuropsychological science. With the learned lessons during the pandemic, we gained the experience to run online conference/training to widen access to research. I would refresh and rejuvenated INS by developing new opportunities for students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career members. I would bring my passion, energy and knowledge to work with the Board of Directors and the INS, to improve our service to the culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse communities in which we live and work via our meetings, workshops, task forces and special interest groups.