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Prof Barbara Wilson

 Founder of the Oliver Zangwill Centre, Honorary Consultant Psychologist   17 Jan 2019   #1


Barbara retired at the end of 2007. However, she continues her links with the Centre through working with us some days, by presenting research and seeing patients whenever possible. Barbara continues to travel widely speaking at conferences and workshops. Current activities include encouraging the team to write about the work here, contributing to the direction of our research programme, contributing to the education programme, to the Clinical Psychology team supervision and generally providing inspiration to us all!


•    As a clinical neuropsychologist, Barbara has worked in brain injury rehabilitation for nearly 40 years.
•    From 1990 until 2007 she was senior scientist with the Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge 
•    Editor of the journal “Neuropsychological Rehabilitation”, founded 1991
•    Founder of the Oliver Zangwill Centre (1996)
•    The rehabilitation centre “Centro de Rehabilitacion Neurologico Integral: Dra Barbara Wilson” in Quito, Ecuador is named after her


1975 BA (Hons)    Psychology    1st - University of Reading
1977 MPhil    Clinical Psychology - University of London (Institute of Psychiatry)
1984 PhD    Psychology (Cognitive Rehabilitation after Brain Damage) - University of London (Institute of Psychiatry)


1985/86 The May Davidson Award
Annual award from the British Psychological Society (Division of Clinical Psychology) for a major contribution to Clinical Psychology within 10 years of qualification
1987 Fellow of the British Psychological Society
1996-1998 Chair of British Neuropsychological Society
1998 Awarded an OBE in New Year’s Honours List for Services to Medical Rehabilitation
1998-1999 Vice-Chair of United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum
2000 Awarded The British Psychological Society Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology
2001 Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
2002  of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences
2003 Awarded The Encephalitis Support Group “Professional of the year award”
2004 Awarded The British Psychological Society’s annual book of the year award for “Case Studies in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation”.
2005 Doctor of Science, honoris causa, (ScD) - University of East Anglia
2006 The Robert L Moody Prize for Distinguished Contributions  in Brain Injury  Rehabilitation and Research
2006 Chair of Special Interest Group in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (affiliated to The World Federation Of  NeuroRehabilitation)
2006/2007 President of The International Neuropsychological Society
2007 to present - President of the Encephalitis Society
2007 New Rehabilitation Centre in Quito Ecuador named after me (The Barbara A Wilson Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation)
2007 to 2010 Vice President of the Academy for Multidisciplinary Neurotraumatology
2007 Lifetime achievement award British Psychological Society
2008 Lifetime achievement award International Neuropsychological Society
2009/2010 Vice President of the Academy of Multidisciplinary Neurotrama
2010 First Barbara Wilson prize awarded by the Division of Neuropsychology (this is an annual prize for distinguished contributions to neuropsychology)
2010/2011 Member of the scientific advisory committee of the Academy of Multidisciplinary Neurotrama
2011 Awarded the Ramon Y Cahal award for distinguished contributions to neuropsychiatry (from the International Neuropsychiatric Association).
2011 Second Barbara Wilson prize awarded
2012 to present Chair of all the Special Interest Groups for the World Federation Of NeuroRehabilitation
2012 Honorary Professor University of Hong Kong
2012 Third Barbara Wilson Prize awarded
2013 Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia
2013 Fourth Barbara Wilson Prize awarded
2014 Fifth Barbara Wilson Prize Awarded
2014 Doctor of Science, honoris causa, (ScD) University of Cordoba, Argentina.
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Research interests

Assessment, treatment and recovery from acquired brain injury

Publications and presentations

Publications are listed on our "Research" page and in detail at http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=RBhu9DkAAAAJ.





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