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February Authors of the Month: Barbara A. Wilson, Samira Kashinath Dhamapurkar and Anita Rose

Barbara A. Wilson, Samira Kashinath Dhamapurkar and Anita Rose, authors of Surviving Brain Damage After Assault, are our Routledge Psychology Authors of the Month for February! Read our exclusive interview and learn more about their fantastic new book!

At the age of twenty eight Gary was assaulted by a gang with baseball bats and a hammer, resulting in several skull fractures and severe brain damage. For nineteen months he had little awareness of his surroundings before he started to show some recovery. This inspirational book documents his exceptional journey.

Why did you decide to write this book?
We have all worked closely with Gary and watched his almost miraculous recovery from a very serious assault by a gang of 30 assailants with baseball bats, hammers and other objects. The attack resulted in several skull fractures and severe brain damage. Gary had little awareness of his surroundings for nineteen months before he started to show some recovery. We wanted to tell the world about Gary’s remarkable recovery.

What’s the one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
Through Gary’s story, we want to convince rehabilitation staff, medical professionals, health care funders and families that considerable gains can be made even after a long period of reduced consciousness.

Is there anything you’d like to highlight about this topic or your book in particular?
We will be showing readers the type of care that people like Gary can receive if politicians, health care purchasers and society in general recognise the value of rehabilitation. Unfortunately, many centres would have sent Gary to a nursing home where he would probably have been left in a low awareness state for the rest of his life. Fortunately, he was referred to the Raphael Medical Centre where he received excellent care and continuous rehabilitation.

What’s a common misconception about this topic that you’d like to clear up?
Given the manner in which severe blows to the head are portrayed in the media as recoverable sometimes in seconds, minutes or maybe days, it is imperative that the general public is made aware of the devastating effects that can follow a serious assault to the head; and to realise that a lot can be done to help brain injured people if they receive proper rehabilitation. 

Professor Barbara A Wilson is a clinical neuropsychologist who has worked in brain injury rehabilitation for 40 years. She has won many awards for her work, including an OBE for services to rehabilitation in 1998; the Ramon Y Cahal award from the International Neuropsychiatric Association in 2011; the M.B.Shapiro award from The British Psychological Society in 2014 and three lifetime achievement awards.

In 1996 she founded the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and also has a rehabilitation centre in Quito, Ecuador is named after her. She is an honorary professor at the University of Hong Kong, the University of Sydney and the University of East Anglia and the Division of Neuropsychology has named a prize after her and she is. She is past president of the British Neuropsychological Society and The International Neuropsychological Society

Currently, Professor Wilson is the editor of the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation journal and her impressive academic portfolio includes 23 books, 280 journal articles and chapters and 8 neuropsychological tests. As well as this, she is the president of the Encephalitis Society, on the management committee of The World Federation of Neuro Rehabilitation and a Fellow of The British Psychological Society, The Academy of Medical Sciences and The Academy of Social Sciences. 

Dr Anita Rose is a Consultant Neuropsychologist. She is currently the Consultant Neuropsychologist at the Raphael Medical Centre in Tonbridge and also works as an independent Consultant Neuropsychologist across the globe. She has had a passionate interest in Neuropsychology obtaining extensive experience in this field since 1998.

Dr Rose is well known in the field of Brain Injury and currently holds the Chair for the Acquired Brain Injury Forum London and is an Executive Committee Member for the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum. She also conducts significant research into Brain Injury and Chronic Neurological Conditions and has published research and many self-help booklets she also provides consultancy in this area. She has recently co-authored a book looking at late recovery from the vegetative state and working on a number of research projects including a revision of the Wessex Head Injury Matrix (WHIM).

Dr Anita Rose is also known as a Champion for Multiple Sclerosis and provides significant input into the field of multiple sclerosis via her clinical work, research, publications, booklets and consultancy to the MS Groups in the UK, as Vice Chair for the European Neuropsychology Special Interest Group in MS, and is the Vice Chair and Clinical Advisor to the MS Society in South Africa. She is currently embarking on a number of projects. One project is conducting research together with colleagues across Europe looking at the issue of sexuality in MS. She is also currently working on a book to support clinicians working with MS patients and compiling a book of stories of people living with MS to raise awareness of this condition.

Dr Anita Rose is a sought after speaker across the globe with her message being one of empowerment to both people who have neurological conditions and to health professionals who work in the field of neurology.

Samira Dhamapurkar is an Occupational Therapist by profession. She worked in India at the Masina Hospital on a psychiatric/drug-addiction unit and in a special school for autistic children before coming to Britain. She graduated from the MSc (OT) programme at the University of Northampton in 2009. She has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist in a neuro-rehabilitation unit for the last 6 years and currently working as a lead OT. She is enrolled in a part-time PhD study course at National University of Ireland, Galway. Samira’s interest is in rehabilitation following brain injury in the low awareness context. In addition to her clinical work she is currently involved in research looking at brain injury patients with disorders of consciousness. She has a particular interest in long- term outcome following devastating brain injury, advance decision, cranioplasty and diagnostic accuracy for people with a disorder of consciousness.

Featured Book

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    This is the first book of its kind to include the personal accounts of people who have survived injury to the brain, along with professional therapists' reports of their progress through rehabilitation. The paintings and stories of survivors combine with experts' discussions of the theory and…

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