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New Autobiography from Professor Barbara Wilson OBE

 Rachel Everett   13 Nov 2019   


by Professor Barbara Wilson OBE

This book has been a labour of love and combines both personal and professional accounts of how I came to be an eminent clinical neuropsychologist specialising in the rehabilitation of survivors of brain injury.

I describe my disadvantaged childhood, with a learning-disabled mother, and my ultimate success through education, aided by my marriage to a supportive partner.

I first went to university as a mature student at the age of 30 when my third and youngest child started school. I describe my education from graduation to PhD and my early career at Rivermead Rehabilitation Centre in 1979.

It was here, at Rivermead, when I first became interested in the lives of brain-injured people. From the very first day there, I knew I would remain in brain injury rehabilitation for the rest of my career.

Readers will learn about the fascinating lives of brain-injured people and about the rehabilitation they receive in order to make their lives more manageable.

They will read about my travels in over 100 different countries, many of which I lectured in and worked with specialists in the field of neuropsychological rehabilitation.

They will learn about scientific research and collaboration between professionals as well as the actual clinical work by therapists and psychologists at patient level.

The book highlights the trials, triumphs and honours of my professional career interspersed with the personal story of my marriage, and friendships, and will describe the death of my firstborn child, Sarah, in a white- water rafting accident in Peru when she was an adult, and my subsequent travels through the extraordinary landscape of remote parts of Peru in order to reach the scene of her death in the deepest canyon in the world, the Cotahuasi.

The book concludes with life after Sarah’s death and after official retirement, when I continued to work as both a clinical neuropsychologist and a writer.

The Story of a Clinical Neuropsychologist is available to pre-order with a 20% discount. 

Simply, visit the Routledge website and enter the discount code is BSE19 which is available until the end of the year.


"Prof Wilson chronicles her rise from humble origins to world-renowned expert in neuropsychological rehabilitation in this fascinating memoir that will appeal to professional colleagues, people with brain injuries and their families, and all others who want to learn about a people’s hero". - Jill Winegardner, Ph.D., Director of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Neurological Institute, University Hospitals, Cleveland Medical Center, USA.

"In this book, with characteristic honesty and charm, Barbara A. Wilson tells the story of her full and varied life and her unparalleled career in neuropsychological rehabilitation. It documents missions to retain and develop new clinical services and brings about paradigm shifts in assessment and rehabilitation for people with brain injury world-wide, achieved through a combination of intellect, pragmatism, care and determination, with the unwavering support of Barbara’s husband Mick and family, and despite deep personal tragedy through the loss of their adult daughter Sarah. There is nobody quite like Barbara, and no book quite like this one. I recommend it most highly." - Jessica Fish, PhD, DClinPsy, St George’s Hospital and King’s College London, UK.

"In these memoirs, Barbara Wilson OBE traces her remarkable life from her disadvantaged childhood through to her professional achievements, many awards, and highest honours. Professor Wilson, one of the most well-known and highly-respected clinical neuropsychologists, recounts an inspirational career dedicated to improving the lives of people with brain injury. The book also contains moving accounts of the grief and subsequent personal growth that occurred after the untimely death of her daughter and highlights the marvellous adventures of a "serious traveller". Written with great candour, honesty and passion, the book integrates her life with the social milieu of the time." Robyn L Tate, Professor Emerita, The University of Sydney, Australia.

"Professor Barbara Wilson has inspired countless people around the world who have sought to better understand, assess and manage the consequences of brain injury. Barbara’s compassion, determination and intellectual rigour are clearly reflected in her academic papers, books and her teaching. But in this deeply personal, honest account of her life, Barbara tells us about the people, experiences, challenges, successes, failures and tragedies that have shaped her as a person. Her story is fascinating, not just because it helps understand how she became one of our greatest ever neuropsychologists, but because it is story of overcoming adversity, of courage, love, and resilience in the face of devastating loss. This is a book not just for those who know Barbara or know something about neuropsychology, it is a book for anyone who wants to be the best they can be, whatever the obstacles that life puts in the way." - Jon Evans, Professor of Applied Neuropsychology, University of Glasgow, UK.





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