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.
Table of Contents
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.