Global Engagement Committee (GEC)
Welcome to the Global Engagement Committee
Welcome from the Chair of the INS Global Engagement Committee (GEC), Jonathan Evans, PhD.
As GEC Chair I would like to welcome you to the web pages of the INS Global Engagement Committee, formerly the International Liaison Committee (ILC). Here we introduce you to the members of the GEC, including the worldwide regional representatives, and will tell you about our work.
The Mission of the GEC The mission of the INS Global Engagement Committee (GEC) is to support the development of neuropsychology throughout the world. Our particular focus is on regions of the world where neuropsychology is less well developed, including low-income and middle-income countries. Our programs include: the Charles Matthews International Neuropsychological Development Fund which sponsors speakers, meetings, and webinars in countries where neuropsychology is less well developed; a Research and Editing Consultant Program wherein INS members volunteer to work with colleagues aiming to develop research and publish in English language journals; an International Resources section which will provide information and links to freely available resources that may be useful to colleagues around the world; and a Book and Journal Depository which supports the provision of donated books and journals. Until 2016 we produced a biannual newsletter (INSNET). Now, we contribute to the INS Newsletter.
Charles G. Matthews International Neuropsychological Development Fund
Chuck Matthews, the 1992 President of INS, was a strong advocate for making INS instrumental in developing neuropsychology throughout the world, especially in low-resource countries. As a result of this passion, the INS instituted the Charles G. Matthews International Neuropsychological Development Fund in his name in 2003. The purpose of this fund is to support educational and training activities such as workshops, meetings and webinars in countries where neuropsychology is less well developed/resourced. Funds can be used to sponsor travel expenses for speakers, other meeting expenses or costs associated with running webinars, videoconferences etc.
The application should include the following sections:
- Program Title
- Program Director
- Program Director’s institution, address and email address
- Dates that the Program will take place
- Geographic area to be served by the Program
- Estimated number to be served
- Description of the specific program to be funded (including objectives, activities and a preliminary program). Give details of the faculty who will speak including qualifications and experience.
- Describe how INS funds will be used? State the specific goals you wish you achieve and how INS funds will be used to support the achievement of these goals. Outline any needs for support for speaker travel and accommodation expenses, meeting site hire, videoconferencing facilities, audio-visual equipment, translation, other services.
- Describe how the event will be promoted and how INS’s support will be publicized.
- Describe how you will inform delegates about how to join INS.
- Describe how the impact of the program will be evaluated.
Applicants must agree to provide a report and financial account within 30 days of the completion of the event. Please include in following information in the follow-up report:
- A brief summary of the event
- Total number of people who attended
- Number of INS members attending
- Participant evaluation of learning goals
- Evaluation of overall impact of the event
- Financial accounts
Applications will be reviewed by the International Resources Chair, INS Treasurer, and at least two of the International Resources regional representatives. Applications will be rated against each of the following criteria:
- The application includes a clear set of objectives for the training event
- The objectives for the training event are consistent with the mission of the INS and the Charles G. Matthews International Neuropsychological Development Fund
- Funds requested are clearly justified and reasonable
In addition, an overall quality rating will be given:
- Excellent application, priority for funding
- Good application, fund if possible
- Satisfactory application, consider request for revision, low priority for funding
- Poor application, do not fund
The final decision regarding funding will rest with the International Resources Chair and INS Treasurer, and if required, the INS President.
New awards and upcoming workshops
2020 Matthews Funding
The INS Global Engagement Committee is delighted to announce that 2020 Matthews Funding has been awarded to Dr Lingani Mbakile-Mahlanza, from the University of Botswana. Dr Mbakile-Mahlanza will use the funds to run a workshop entitled, ‘Developing neuropsychology in Botswana: A roadmap to neuropsychological assessments in neurodegenerative diseases’. The Charles G. Matthews International Neuropsychological Development supports educational and training activities such as workshops, meetings and webinars in countries where neuropsychology is less well developed/resourced (more details at: https://www.the-ins.org/global-engagement/#charles-matthews-fund).
Recent Matthews Fund Workshops
Institute of Psychology, Vilnius University, 11–12, October 2019 A workshop entitled, Implementation of Studies in (Clinical) Neuropsychology in Lithuania, organised by Prof Albinas Bogdanas from the Laboratory of Applied Psychology at the Institute of Psychology, Vilnius University took place on October 11–12, 2019. Around 50 people attended, including university teachers, students, psychologists working in different health institutions, neurologists and neurobiologists. Four international speakers (Erik Hessen, Katherine Carpenter, Linas Bieliauskas and Emilia Lojek) gave presentations on the structure of clinical neuropsychology training in Nordic countries, the UK, the USA and Poland. Nine Lithuanian speakers (Albinas Bogdanis; Ramune Dirvanskiene; Ausra Daugirdien?; Aiste Pranckeviciene; Osvaldas Ruksenas; Aušra Saudargiene; Rytis Stanik?nas; Vaiva Sutnikiene and Liuda Sinkariova) described the current situation on the development of neurosciences in Lithuania. Current challenges in relation to clinical work, education and training in neuropsychology in Lithuania were discussed. A key outcome from the workshop was that immediately after the end of Workshop a group of 13 psychologists and neurologists created the Group of Neuropsychology as a Division of the Lithuanian Psychological Association. In addition there are plans to establish further training in neuropsychology at Vilnius University.
Mar del Plata, Argentina, 7-11th March 2019 This workshop on Neuropsychological Assessment was organised by Dr Leticia Vivas (National University of Mar del Plata). The international speaker was Dr Bernice A. Marcopulos (USA). Other speakers from Argentina included Dr Leticia Vivas, Dr Macarena Martínez Cuitiño,Laura Manoiloff, and Dr Ana Comesaña. Activities included a workshop for 50 participants and a lecture on forensic neuropsychology attended by 130 participants. These took place at the National University of Mar del Plata. There was also a lecture on the Neuropsychology of neuropsychiatric disorders attended by 196 participants at the auditorium of the Catholic University of Córdoba (UCC).
Santiago, Chile, 5th- 6th December 2017 This workshop on Cross-Cultural Neuropsychological Test Development was organised by Dr Christian Salas (Universidad Diego Portales) and was held at Universidad Autonoma de Chile. It was attended by 120 participants. The international speakers were Prof Jonathan Evans (UK) and Dr Alberto Fernandez (Argentina). Dr Salas also organised the 1st Chilean Congress of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, held on December 6th at Universidad Diego Portales to which Prof Evans and Dr Fernandez also contributed.
Kolkata, India, 19-25th February 2017 This workshop on Neuropsychological Rehabilitation was organised by Dr Aparna Dutt, Dr Anirban Dutt and their colleagues from the Duttanagar Mental Health Centre. The workshop ran over a period of six days, with an additional pre-workshop study day on Single Case Experimental Design methodology. The international speakers at the workshop included Prof Barbara Wilson (UK), Prof Jonathan Evans (UK), Prof Robyn Tate (Australia), Dr Michael Perdices (Australia), Dr Mel Kaushansky (USA), Dr Anita Rose (UK), and Ms Donna Malley (UK).
Research and Editing Consultant Program
The Research and Editing Consulting Program (RECP) is designed to provide research design and statistical advice to colleagues who are planning research projects or want to develop international collaborations. In addition, the Program offers English language editing to colleagues for whom English is not their first language who wish to publish their research in English language journals. Members of the neuropsychology professional community are eligible to become consultants. To request RECP services, at least one author must be a member of a neuropsychological society and/or the manuscript must be under consideration for a journal in the field of neuropsychology. Our current consultants include:
If you would like to be put in touch with a consultant who can assist with research design, statistical advice or English language editing, or if you are willing to act as a consultant, please contact Dr. Mary Beth Spitznagel at email@example.com.
Resources for Assessments Across the Globe
In this space we share information and resources for the conduct of assessments and interventions for people with known or suspected cognitive impairments. If you have any materials that are (1) evidence based and (2) freely available that you would like to be considered for inclusion here, please email Skye McDonald, with the evidence source. Assessments: The Addenbrookes Cognitive Examination- III (ACE III) is a freely available, cognitive screening tool for patients over the age of 50 who are suspected to suffer from dementia. It can be used by health practitioners and researchers and has been translated into a range of different languages. https://www.sydney.edu.au/brain-mind/resources-for-clinicians/dementia-test.html.
Book and Journal Depository
INS International Resources provides a book and journal depository, which supports the provision of donated neuropsychology and neuroscience books and journals. We accept copies of recent books and journals that are less than five years old. If you would like to donate books or journals please contact Dr William Seidel, Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Institutions from low- and middle-income countries who would like to request a shipment of books and journals should also contact Dr Seidel.
Below are some links to websites that may be relevant to members of the INS around the world. INS does not endorse any of the organizations listed below, we simply provide links that may be of interest and relevance to members. If you have ideas for other relevant links please email Jonathan Evans (email@example.com).
La Asociación Mexicana de Neuropsicología es una asociación civil sin fines de lucro que congrega a los profesionales de la neuropsicología en el país y a los estudiantes de ese campo. Cada dos años realizan un congreso nacional y a lo largo del año organizan cursos, talleres y seminarios orientados a la formación y profesionalización de los recursos humanos en esta área.
- Enable all disciplines who work with people with brain impairment to meet, learn and discuss the latest clinical research initiatives in a scholarly environment
- Provide high quality continuing education; Publish scholarly research via its journal Brain Impairment
- Promote scientific rigour and evidence-based practice in the field of brain impairment
- Encourage students to present, share and publish their work
- Provide high quality assessment and treatment resources via ASSBI Resources.
ASSBI runs an annual conference each year. These are usually in Australia but it has also held meetings in New Zealand and China (Macau).