1st Edition

Reaching for Fulfilment as a Woman in Science Further Stories of a Clinical Neuropsychologist

By Barbara A. Wilson Copyright 2021
    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    This vivid memoir presents adventures from the life of Barbara A. Wilson, an internationally honoured scientist who played an influential role in the development of neuropsychological rehabilitation at a time when the scientific field was dominated by men.

    As a follow-up to the highly successful Story of a Clinical Neuropsychologist, this book includes a host of memories, both personal and professional, which focus on Barbara’s development of her career as a woman in science. From childhood recollections and travels in Africa, to lifetime achievement awards and the restrictions of global pandemics, Barbara tells the story of her full and varied life and her unparalleled career in neuropsychological rehabilitation. Her book indicates that one can lead a meaningful and full life even after one of the most awful of losses, the death of a child, and also emphasizes the need to stick to one’s principles in trying times.

    The result is an unparalleled insight into the life of a clinical neuropsychologist, which can encourage the next generation of professionals who are trying to balance career, international travel and family, as well as inspire any girls interested in entering the world of science.

    Chapter One: Further Childhood Memories

    Chapter Two: Early Years of Marriage

    Chapter Three: Women in Science

    Chapter Four: My First Job as a Qualified Clinical Psychologist

    Chapter Five: Work Trips to Australia, Japan, Brazil and India

    Chapter Six: Jordan, my last trip with Sarah

    Chapter Seven: Present Time: Brexit and the Coronavirus; and a look back to early marriage when we lived in Suffolk and Essex and neuropsychology was not even thought of

    Chapter Eight: My first day at Rivermead Rehabilitation Centre

    Chapter Nine: The disaster in the USA – 9/11 and memories of earlier times when we visited New York

    Chapter Ten: Links with Chile

    Chapter Eleven: Travels in Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mali and Namibia

    Chapter Twelve: More on work trips to Greece, Italy and Spain

    Chapter Thirteen: Other work trips to Cuba, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa

    Chapter Fourteen: Learning from Patients

    Chapter Fifteen: Brexit and Irish citizenship

    Chapter Sixteen Coping with bereavement twenty years on

    Chapter Seventeen: Life today, Lock down, walks round Bury St Edmunds; Black lives matter

    Chapter Eighteen: Current work and interests

    Chapter Nineteen: The Neuropsychological Consequences of Covid-19

    Chapter Twenty: Final thoughts


    Barbara A. Wilson has worked in brain injury rehabilitation for over 42 years. She founded the Oliver Zangwill Centre and the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. She has won many awards including an OBE for services to rehabilitation. She is a Fellow of The British Psychological Society, The Academy of Medical Sciences and The Academy of Social Sciences, and honorary professor at the University of Hong Kong, the University of Sydney and the University of East Anglia.