2019 Board of Governors Election Results

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Members-at-Large – Elected during the 2019 Board of Governors Elections

Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, Ph.D (ESP)

My name is Juan Carlos Arango Lasprilla. I feel very fortunate to have been nominated to assist in the governance of INS as a member-at-large. Holding a leadership role in the Society, I would emphasize actions that further the development of the field worldwide. This goal for INS stems from my background and professional achievements, which make me an ideal candidate for a board position in a Society like INS, an organization with the capacity to unite dedicated professionals across the globe in common goals to advance neuropsychology.

I am an Ikerbasque Research Professor at BioCruces Health Research Institute in Bilbao, Spain. My research aims to develop, validate, and implement neuropsychological rehabilitation programs that assist individuals with brain injury and their families. As someone who was born in Colombia, South America, and had the opportunity to be educated in Europe and the US, I have first-hand appreciation of the importance of culture in the study of brain function. The multi-cultural educational environments I experienced inspired a passion for learning about other cultures and fostering international collaboration in research. I’ve taught at over 80 institutions on 5 continents and my research network spans 45 countries. Within this network, I’ve been PI of various large international norming studies and organized and chaired many international conferences. I have over 200 publications, including 7 books, and have received numerous early career recognitions. But I am most proud of my work advancing neuropsychology in Latin America. For instance, I am a founding member of the Colombian Neuropsychological Society and serve as a mentor to professionals and students alike in many Spanish-speaking countries.

Robin Green, PhD (CAN)

I have been a member of INS for more than 15 years, and have organized a number of symposia at the North American and International meetings. My recent professional activities link to my goals for INS. A year ago, I became co-Lead of the Schroeder Brain Institute, and in affiliation with the Institute, I co-founded a telehealth centre for people with persisting disability from brain injury. The telehealth centre employs remote delivery of integrated treatment and research to address the tremendous treatment disparity for those who live remote from major treatment hubs. Through the centre, we also examine gaps in our understanding of underserviced populations. Such issues are relevant within Canada, but also within and between other countries.

INS helps clinicians, researchers and trainees to stay apprised of the latest developments in neuropsychology, and connects clinicians and scientists around the world. Through INS, I linked with a Namibian colleague a decade ago who was starting up a brain injury centre; soon after, I sent over a member of our lab to learn from her experiences. I would like to be involved in the extension and strengthening of such connections, harnessing the free and reliable teleconferencing technology that is now available. This would entail the establishment of infrastructure that enables attendance at one another’s weekly lab meetings, clinical meetings, and journal clubs, and the fostering of international co-supervisory opportunities. Time zones, language and internet capacity are non-trivial challenges, but the potential benefits of increased day-to-day connections across the world could be invaluable for individuals and for our field.

Sarah MacPherson, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS (GBR)

I obtained my PhD in Neuropsychology at the University of Aberdeen, UK in 2001, and then completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship in Department of Psychology, University of Aberdeen followed by a 3-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, London, UK. I then joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, UK as an Assistant Professor in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. As an Associate Professor in Psychology, I teach and mentor undergraduate and postgraduate students and conduct research on the design, development and understanding of neuropsychological tests assessing frontal lobe functions (e.g., the Cognitive Estimation Test and the Edinburgh Social Cognition Test). I regularly present my research at national and international meetings. I have co-authored the Handbook of Frontal Lobe Assessment (2015) and co-edited the forthcoming Cases of Amnesia: Contributions to Understanding Memory and the Brain (in press). Currently, I am serving as an Associate Editor of Cortex and was previously an Associate Editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

I am passionate about the contribution that neuropsychological research continues to make to our understanding of brain-behavior relationships, both through single-case and group studies. As a mid-career neuropsychologist, I believe that an important challenge for the INS is to further promote the involvement of students and early career clinicians and researchers in the Society. I would be excited to work on initiatives that engage and support junior neuropsychologists, as well as encourage collaborations among them, to nurture our future generations and maintain the vibrancy of the INS internationally.

President – Elected during the 2019 Board of Governors Elections

Skye McDonald, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, FASSA, FASSBI (AUS)

I am Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. There I direct a National Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery that fosters collaboration amongst Australia’s leading researchers in brain injury rehabilitation, research translation, policy development and training for early career researchers. I have a substantial record of grant procurement for research ranging from basic science through to rehabilitation. I have published 170 peer reviewed journal articles, 20 book chapters and 2 books.

My research focuses upon understanding social, emotional and communication impairments following acquired brain injury and other disorders. I have advanced the understanding of basic brain mechanism that underpin these disorders, how they can be clinically assessed and how they can be remediated. My work is internationally recognized. For example, my test of social cognition, TASIT, is widely used in English speaking countries and translated into multiple other languages. I am also committed to the translation of research into clinical practice. To this end, I established a not-for-profit publishing house, ASSBI Resources, for the distribution of evidence-based tests and rehabilitation programs. My accomplishments have been recognized by being made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and a Fellow of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) and past-president of ASSBI. I have been a long-standing member of INS. I have served on the Board of Governors, convened two INS meetings in Australasia and served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society for five years. I continue to serve INS as a member of the International Liaison Committee.