IPBIS Board Members

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 over 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 (now in Second Edition) 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 was 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.

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.

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).

Nick Reed completed his Bachelor of Kinesiology at McMaster University, his Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy within the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, and his PhD within the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto.

Nick joined the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto as an Associate Professor in August, 2019. Previously, Nick was a Senior Clinician Scientist within the Bloorview Research Institute, Co-Director of the Concussion Centre and the Holland Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Nick remains an Adjunct Scientist within the Bloorview Research Institute at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

His work focuses on developing, delivering and evaluating research, educational and clinical programming specific to youth and concussion. His passion is helping youth do the things they need, want and love to do in their lives.

In addition to his research and clinical work, Dr. Reed has lived a life immersed in competitive sport, and more specifically, competitive contact sport. Playing competitive lacrosse from the age of five, he has participated at all levels of the sport and has spent 12 years coaching minor lacrosse within the Toronto area.

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 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.

Dr Mathilde Chevignard is a Medical Doctor specialising in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has been working in the field of childhood acquired brain injury for over 15 years, in a Rehabilitation Department devoted to Children and Adolescents with Acquired Neurological Injury, and in an Outreach team devoted to children, adolescents and young adults who sustained Acquired Brain Injury, in the Saint Maurice Hospital in the Paris area, France

The rehabilitation department has been set up and organised to provide specialised care for children with acquired neurological injury since 1986, and provides in- and outpatient care, as well as very long term follow-up on outpatient clinics (until transition to adult services, when the patients tend to finish school and studies and enter the workforce). The outreach team was set up in 1997, to meet specific complex delayed issues arising when patients are back in school, need to determine vocational training and become independent and enter the workforce.

She is a board member of the French Speaking Neuropsychological Society. Her research focus is predominantly on outcome assessment and interventions aimed at improving everyday functioning, participation and quality of life following childhood acquired brain injury, mainly in TBI, brain tumours and childhood stroke. She has particular interest in the field of ecological assessment of cognitive and behavioural deficits, and the organisation of transition to adult services following childhood brain injury.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad – more information to be added

Linda Ewing-Cobbs, Ph.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Harriet and Joe Foster Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Children’s Learning Institute and Department of Pediatrics at the McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA.

Dr. Ewing-Cobbs received her graduate degrees in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Houston. She directs multidisciplinary clinics providing diagnostic assessment services to children and adults with acquired or developmental differences. Collaborative nationally funded research projects involved assessment of cognitive, psychological health, and structural neuroimaging outcomes following TBI in infants, children, adolescents, and adults. Intervention studies included randomized clinical trials testing interventions for children with preterm birth, reading difficulties, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Current research interests include outcome assessment for cellular therapy trials in TBI and developing eHealth interventions for injured children with post-traumatic stress symptoms.

Eli Gunnarson’s main competence and clinical interest within child neurology is the field of acquired brain injuries (ABI) in childhood and adolescence. Since about 10 years, and currently, she has been in charge of the multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams for Acquired brain injuries at Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden.

As a senior consultant in child neurology in the clinic her main responsibility is the medical and neurological assessments and follow-ups as well as neurorehabilitation after all ABIs, including TBI, cerebral stroke, CNS infection, CNS inflammation, brain tumours, anoxic brain injuries and other acquired injuries in brain and spinal cord in the greater Stockholm area. She has taken part of and contributed to the development of three specific multidisciplinary neurorehabilitation teams providing a chain of care for children from the acute, hospital phase, following the patient through all phases of care and rehabilitation. The follow-up programs run throughout adolescence and include a special unit for preschool and school-based rehabilitation outside the hospital setting, where children receive individualized school-oriented neurorehabilitation after the hospital care and before returning full-time to their ordinary school environment and activities.

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. 

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.

Andreas Meyer-Heim is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Swiss Children’s Rehab of the University Children’s Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a Professor at the University of Zurich (UZH) and associated lecturer at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHaW) and Careum Zurich in the field of paediatric rehabilitation.
He is past-chair and board member of the Swiss Academy of Childhood Disability (SACD), past board member of the Swiss Society of NeuroRehabilitation (SGNR), associated member of the Competence Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Science (RESC) of the ETH Zurich and board member of the Swiss Cerebral Foundation. In his research he focuses on novel therapeutic approaches for sensory-motor learning in children with acquired brain injuries and neurodisabilities. His special interest is in the development, clinical application and effectiveness of a variety of therapies in paediatric rehabilitation especially robot-assisted and computer-based methods.

Sandra obtained her Physical Therapist B.Sc. in 1989 and her Medical Degree in 1996 at the University of Udine (IT). In 2002, she specialized in Neurology at the University of Milan (IT). Since 2001 she has been working at the Scientific Institute Eugenio Medea, Bosisio Parini, LC, Italy.

She is involved in the care and clinical management and rehabilitation of children and young adults who suffered head injury, brain tumor, post anoxic, vascular and post-infectious events. As a specialist in rehabilitation, she follows the course from the acute phase up to family, school or social re-entry. At Scientific Institute Eugenio Medea, rehabilitation is provided on a need basis, according to the severity and complexity of the clinical picture, and is aimed at helping the patients achieving the highest possible level of recovery, independently of specific interventions. To this end, an early and integrated approach is taken.

Since 2005 Sandra is Head of Brain Injury Unit and since 2015 she is Head of Neurorehabilitation Departments at Scientific Institute Eugenio Medea. She is Adjunct Professor of Neurology, Università Statale di Milano, Milan, Italy. Sandra has been the holder of several research grants on acquired brain injury.

Leigh Schrieff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa. She is a registered neuropsychologist in South Africa. She researches and teaches in the area of paediatric neuropsychology, primarily in traumatic brain injury (her area of expertise and the focus of her PhD research) and more recently on the neuropsychology of HIV infection in children. She convenes the Honours in Psychology program in her department and alongside that supervises and teaches on the paediatric component of the Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology in her department. She has supervised a number of postgraduate students (from honours to doctoral level) to date in the above-mentioned fields. Besides research experience, she has a great deal of clinical experience in the field of paediatric neuropsychology more generally. Most of her publications to date have been in the area of paediatric traumatic brain injury. She has also presented her own and some of her students’ work, either alongside them or on their behalf, at various national and international conferences.

Miriam Beauchamp, PhD is Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal and Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Centre where she leads the ABCs developmental neuropsychology laboratory. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury. In 2017, she was recognized as Quebec’s most promising early career researcher (Prix du Québec – Relève scientifique). She was awarded early career awards from both the International Neuropsychological Society (2015) and the International Brain Injury Association (2019), and was inducted to the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada in November 2019. Her work has been featured in over 125 publications.

Her clinical research program in paediatric traumatic brain injury focuses on the cognitive and social manifestations of childhood concussion/TBI and the use of advanced neuroimaging techniques for improving lesion detection. She has a particular interest in the diagnosis, outcome, remediation and prevention of TBI sustained during early childhood. In parallel, her work at the crossroads of social neuroscience and neuropsychology informs the development of novel social cognition assessment methods and targeted interventions for children at-risk for cognitive, social or behavioural problems.

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. 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.

IPBIS is currently seeking new member applicants to join our Board of Directors

IPBIS seeks diversity of professions and a range of experience working in the field of brain injury among children and young people for representation on our Board.  Board members are expected to contribute constructively to board activities and will have previously participated in IPBIS events.  We particularly welcome applications from people working in countries not currently represented on our Board.  If you believe you can offer experience which would be valuable to IPBIS please complete the application form below and attach a copy of your current CV.  Send the completed form to: hello @ ipbis.org marked ‘Board Application’.

When a vacancy occurs, IPBIS has a Nominations Committee which considers all applications on the criteria below:

  • Experience in child brain injury/rehabilitation from clinical and/or research perspective
  • Previous participation with IPBIS e.g. attended meetings
  • Other experience which would be valuable to the board
  • Commitment to evidence base
  • Commitment to clinical best practice
  • Capacity to contribute constructively to board activities
  • Represents a country not on board
  • Represents diversity of profession

All applications considered suitable will be submitted to the current board members for a voting process. You will be advised of the outcome of your application in due course.

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