IPBIS Board Members

The current IPBIS Board Members - Updated 2017

Carol Hawley

Dr Carol Hawley is Honorary Principal Research Fellow at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick and at the Emergency Department at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. She has been carrying out research into brain injury since 1991 and her PhD was on health, social and psychological outcomes after brain injury. She has had the privilege of assessing and working with many hundreds of children, their parents, adolescents and adults who have had a brain injury, and thus has a wealth of experience.

She is a founding board member of IPBIS. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA), a member of the Management Committee of the World Federation of Neurological Rehabilitation (WFNR). She also chairs the WFNR Special Interest Group on Driving with Neurological Conditions. In the UK she is a member of the Criminal Justice and Acquired Brain Injury Interest Group and past Chair of the Professional Reference Group of the Child Brain Injury Trust.

Particular research interests are the epidemiology of minor head injury; outcomes after brain injury; education after brain injury; evaluation of interventions; positive psychological growth after head trauma; and the quality and consistency of advice and information given to parents and young people after head trauma.

Dr Ingela Kristiansen

Dr Ingela Kristiansen MD, Pediatric neurologist Department of Pediatric Neurology Uppsala university hospital

Dr Ingela Kristiansen got her medical degree in the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm 1988. She became a pediatrician in 1995 and a pediatric neurologist in 2004. Currently she works in the department of Pediatric Neurology, Uppsala university hospital with acute and planned in- and outpatient care as well as with rehabilitation. This includes postoperative neurosurgical care and early and late rehabilitation for children and adolescents with ABI. She is active in the work of creating rehabilitation programs on a national and regional level. Also she works with research concerning late neurological effects for children and adolescents with brain tumors.

Dr Kristiansen is a member of the board of the Swedish network working with ABI rehabilitation and also a member of the Rehabilitation group of NBCNS (Neural Child cancer network in Sweden), a network organized by the Swedish Childhood cancer foundation to promote research about rehabilitation of children with late effects after brain tumours. Also she is a member of the board of the International Pediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS) and is the vice chair.

Peter G Rumney

Peter G. Rumney, MD, FRCPC, Physician Director, 24 Hour Rehab & Complex Continuing Care Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Rumney is a native of Toronto who completed his medical school training at the University of Toronto in 1981, did a Family Practice residency through University of Toronto at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and then his Paediatric training through Dalhousie University in Halifax and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

His first true clinical and rehabilitation experience began at the then named Ontario Crippled Children’s Centre as a 3rd Year medical student. His practice began in 1987 in the field of Paediatric Rehabilitation at the then named Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre as the Adolescent Unit physician and Program Director of the Head Injury Rehabilitation Program.

Currently he is the Physician Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team at the now Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The centre has the largest inpatient Brain Injury rehabilitation program in Canada. His practice is focused entirely on acquired brain injury and adolescent rehabilitation.

He holds a position as Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto, a consultant position within the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in Neurology and Co-director in the Centre For Leadership in Brain Injury at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital through the Bloorview Research Institute as well.

Married to Shelley (a special education teacher), father of two young adults Katie & Thomas, with 2 Welsh Corgi’s living at home & various other pets (African Pygmy hedgehog & Gecko).

Roberta DePompei

Roberta DePompei, Ph.D. is a recently retired Distinguished Professor, Interim Dean of the College of Health Professions, and Director of the School of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Akron.

Her major area of research and interest is in cognitive-communicative challenges to the individual with brain injury and the impact of brain injury on the family system. An advocate for the needs of youths with brain injuries and their families, she is on numerous national and international task forces and committees. She has helped to develop support groups and a community based collaborative of agencies to problem solve issues for this population.

Widely published, and a national and international presenter, Dr DePompei is recognized for her unique and innovative approaches for functional community inclusion. Although she has completed research about individuals and their families after TBI, she says she has learned the most from families who have shared their lives with her over the years.

She was awarded the Sheldon Berrol, M.D. Clinical Service award by BIAA in July, 2002. She received the Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation in March, 2004 ; Fellow of the American Speech-Language –Hearing Association in 2006; the Legends Award from the North American Brain Injury Society in 2008, award for lifetime achievements in TBI from the National Task Force on Children’s Issues after ABI in 2012 and was honored with the Mark Ylvisaker Distinguished Lecturer award from the Ontario Speech and Hearing Association in October, 2015.

Dr.Lucia Willadino Braga

Dr. Lucia Willadino Braga is a neuroscientist, neuropsychologist, researcher, clinician and author with over 35 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and adults with acquired brain injury. She developed and pioneered several neurorehabilitation programs, such as the Family Training Methodology, the MetaCognitive Dimension Program to develop executive functions and is currently working on the study of the changes in structural and functional brain connectivity brought about by rehabilitation. She is engaged in neurorehabilitation studies with a number of European and American institutions, as well as neuroscientific research, using technology such as DTI, ERP and fMRI to explore brain function.

Dr. Braga is currently president of the SARAH Network of Rehabilitation Hospitals, a member of the SARAH Board of Governors and founder of its Neuroscience Research centers in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. She received the title of Docteur Honoris Causa from the Université de Reims (France) in 1999 and was appointed by the President of Brazil to the National Order of Scientific Merit. Dr. Braga is on several editorial boards, has published books and book chapters, as well as articles in various peer-review journals. In addition to coordinating the nine rehabilitation hospitals and one technology facility of the SARAH Network, she is also active in clinical neurorehabilitation and research activities with local and international institutions and universities. She is the regional Vice-President for the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation (WFNR).

Dr Vicki Anderson

Dr Anderson is Director, Clinical Sciences Research, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Head, Psychology, The RCH; Professorial Fellow, Paediatrics & Psychology, UoM; and a NHMRC Senior Practitioner Fellow. She leads the Australian Centre for Child Neuropsychology Studies. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, the Aust Psychological Society and the Aust Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Dr Anderson has 350+ peer reviewed publications and $30M in competitive grant funding. She is an Associate Editor for Neuropsychology (APA) and the J Neuropsychology (BPS, UK). She has been a member of the NIH Common Data Elements Working groups for concussion and child TBI, the NIH National Children’s Study, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the International Consensus on Concussion in Sports.

Her research and clinical interests are in disorders of childhood that impact on the brain, including both developmental and acquired disorders. Her recent work has focussed on translating her early career findings into clinical practice to optimise child outcomes from brain injury. Major translational achievements include: i) publication of the Test of Everyday Attention for Children, used by psychologists across the world; ii) development of easily accessed, low burden, e-health approaches to parent-focused psychosocial treatments as a means of maximising child outcomes and improving family function; iii) development of a novel, comprehensive iPad delivered assessment tool for social competence (PEERs: patent pending); iv) digital health tools for monitoring child post concussion symptoms (endorsed in a partnership with the Australian Football league); and v) authorship of the first-ever international paediatric sports concussion guidelines of the International Consensus on Sports Concussion.

Enrico Castelli

Enrico Castelli graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan (Italy) in 1983, where he also specialized in Rehabilitation (1986) and in Neurology (1991).

He is Head of the Pediatric Neuro-Rehabilitation Department of the Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital in Rome (Italy). The Department is composed of 50 beds for intensive rehabilitation for children affected by congenital or acquired brain or spinal cord injuries. He is also Head of the Movement Analysis and Robotics Laboratory (MARLab) of the Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, Rome (Italy). The MARLab develops and tests innovative robotic devices for the rehabilitation of motor disabilities.

He is the author of several scientific publications on neurological and rehabilitative items; co-author of the Italian Reference Guidelines for the Treatment of Minor and Severe Traumatic Brain Injury and of the Recommendations for the Rehabilitation of Children with Cerebral Palsy; a member of the board of Governors member of the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA); a member of the Italian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (SIMFER) and National Coordinator of the Paediatric Rehabilitation Group of this scientific society; and representative for Italy to the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD).

Dr Catherine Aaro Jonsson

Dr Catherine Aaro Jonsson is a clinical neuropsychologist, working since 1995 with children with acquired brain injuries, at the Child and Youth Rehabilitation, Östersund Hospital, Sweden. In a clinical, team-based setting, process-oriented rehabilitation has been in focus, supporting kids from the early in-patient stage to the long-term community based setting.

Her thesis, 2010, was named “Long-term cognitive outcome after childhood traumatic brain injuries”. She spent a post-doc year at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia, collaborating on person-oriented longitudinal studies of childhood TBI. She has been an active member of the Swedish Network for clinicians working with children with acquired brain injuries, a board-member of the Swedish Neuropsychological Society and is part of the board of IPBIS, the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society.

Beth Wicks

Beth Wicks is an Education Consultant, specialising in acquired brain injury (ABI). She has worked with young people with acquired brain injury, their families and schools for approximately 30 years. She acted in an advisory and training capacity to education providers and completed expert witness reports for the court. She has retired from those aspects of her work but continues to work on specific projects.

She has been involved in research regarding school difficulties following acquired brain injuries, spoken regularly at national and international conferences and has written or co-authored many publications, including the textbooks: Educating Children with Acquired Brain Injuries (second edition in press) and Effective Learning After Acquired Brain Injury: a practical guide to support adults with neurological conditions. She has co-authored material to support young people with ABI and their families for the Child Brain Injury Trust.

She has been a consultant to a number of innovative projects and programmes for young people with acquired brain injury and regularly contributed teaching sessions for post graduate courses in paediatric neurodisability and neuropsychology.

She is a member of the Criminal Justice and Acquired Brain Injury Interest Group; has previously run family and teenage support groups and has acted as a board member, trustee or advisor for a number of UK ABI charities.

Audrey McKinlay

Dr Audrey McKinlay is Senior Lecturer in the Clinical programme in the University of Melbourne’s School of Psychological Sciences. Her research expertise is in the field of TBI in children, with a particular interest in long-term and adult outcomes of childhood mild traumatic brain injury.

Dr McKinlay has published a number of articles on the long- term outcomes of childhood TBI. As a registered clinical and neuro-psychologist, she consults for health and insurance providers and has worked with children and parents for over 20 years to develop rehabilitation programmes and assist with recovery following traumatic brain injury.

Dr McKinlay also has a focus on developing resources and training programmes for professionals working with children and young adults following traumatic brain injury and is currently involved in developing best practice for identifying children and young people at risk of ongoing problems following a concussion.

Eric Hermans

Eric Hermans is Married and a father of two sons and one grandson. He speaks Dutch, English and German languages.

Since 2011 he has been the owner and senior consultant at Brain Project. Sittard, the Netherlands External advisor at Vilans. Utrecht, the Netherlands.


Medical Sociology. Nijmegen University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands PhD thesis (2000) in Health Sciences. Maastricht University, the Netherlands ( Care pathways for stroke patients)


1972-1981: teacher at Nursing School. Geleen, the Netherlands

1982-1985: teacher at: Zuyd University. Sittard, the Netherlands

Rehabilitation University. Hoensbroek, the Netherlands

1985-1995: Coordinator General Health Care Network in the Southern Limburg region. Maastricht, the Netherlands

1996-1998: Coordinator Health Care Network for disabled people in the Western Brabant region. Breda, the Netherlands

1998-2006: Senior consultant at Netherlands Institute for Care and Welfare. Utrecht, the Netherlands

2006-2011: Head of the Pediatric Brain injury Program at Vilans (the Dutch centre of expertise for long term care). Utrecht, the Netherlands

Alison Madden

The thrust of my contribution in southern Africa to the field of clinical and educational neuro-psychology has been in providing a service to people of all ages who have had to adjust to neurological changes.

I have aimed at exploring the strategies employed in different educational and health care systems from both the developing and developed world in order to facilitate the re-integration into society. Extracting what works from different countries and cultures has proved challenging, exciting and humbling.

The emphasis has been on working with teachers, family members, carers and community carers using local resources and ‘whatever it takes’.

For this purpose I initiated the establishment of a local rural rehabilitation service in the farming area of South Africa. The Not-for-Profit Organisation offers a modest rehabilitation service in the form of a 10 bed residential unit for short-term intervention together with workshops for day programming.

Mark Linden

Dr Mark Linden is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. He holds degrees in psychology and neuropsychology from Queen’s University and The University of London. Mark has worked in the area of brain injury research for nine years and has published his work at both the national and international levels. His research focuses on the social and cognitive impact of paediatric brain injury on the child, family and the social world.

To date these projects have encompassed the social inclusion of children with brain injuries, public perceptions and understanding of brain injury and the use of technology to promote inclusion. Mark sits on the editorial board of the journal Disability and Rehabilitation and is a Trustee of the UK wide charity The Child Brain Injury Trust.

Ronald C. Savage  Ed.D

Dr. Ron Savage has worked with children, adolescents and young adults with neuro-developmental disabilities (i.e., acquired brain injuries, autism, developmental disabilities and other neurological disabilities) for over 45 years.

He is currently the Clinical and Strategic Advisor for NeuroInternational Brain Injury Programs and Chairman of the Professional Advisory Board for Pink Concussions. Previously, Dr Savage was the first Chair of IPBIS and remains on the Board of Directors, President of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation and the International Academy of Hope (IHope), Chairman of the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS), Editor of Brain Injury Professional, and served on the Board of Governors for the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA).

Dr. Savage served as Executive Vice President for the Bancroft Neurosciences Institute and directed the pediatric services division for Bancroft NeuroHealth in New Jersey. He is the former Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health and Rehabilitative Services at The May Institute in Massachusetts and the former Director of Clinical Services for Rehabilitation Services of New York. In addition, Dr. Savage has started, directed and consulted with numerous specialized brain injury programs (inpatient and post-acute) for children and young adults throughout the United States.

Peter de Koning

Peter de Koning is a pediatric rehabilitation physician at Heliomare Rehabilitation Center in Heemskerk, Amsterdam area, the Netherlands.

Rehabilitation of children with acquired brain injury is one of his focus points. His outpatient clinic for this group has special programs on cognitive rehabilitation, family support and getting children back to school.

Peter is former chair of the Dutch Special Interest Group Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury (rehabilitation physicians and clinical/neuropsychologists), member of the National Steering Group Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury. He is currently involved in innovative and research projects regarding the implementation of a national standard of care for children with traumatic brain injury and a multi-center study regarding Long-term participation and family impact after Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) in children and youth.

Tribute to IPBIS Founder Dr. Jane Gillet

Dr. Jane Gillett, Founder of International Paediatric Brain Injury Society Dr. Jane Gillett, M.D. was the Founder of the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS). Sadly, “Dr. Jane”, after a courageous battle with a rare and aggressive cancer, passed away February 16, 2011. Jane left her enduring mark on our world in several ways



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