Professor Barbara A Wilson OBE , PhD, DSc, CPsychol, FBPsS, FmedSC, AcSS

Barbara Wilson is a clinical neuropsychologist who has worked in brain injury rehabilitation for 40 years.

She has published 26 books, over 200 peer-reviewed papers, 120 chapters and eight neuropsychological tests. She has won many awards for her work including an OBE from the Queen in 1998, for services to rehabilitation; and four lifetime achievement awards, one from the British Psychological Society, one from the International Neuropsychological Society, one from the National Academy of Neuropsychology and one from the Encephalitis Society.

In September 2011 she received the Ramon Y Cahal award from the International Neuropsychiatric Association. In September 2014 she received an honorary degree from The University of Cordoba, Argentina. In December 2014 she received the M.B. Shapiro award from The Division of Clinical Psychology (affiliated to The British Psychological Society) for Distinguished Contributions to Clinical Psychology.

She is editor of the journal “Neuropsychological Rehabilitation” which she founded in 1991 and in 1996 she established the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. A rehabilitation centre in Quito, Ecuador is named after her.

She is currently president of the UK Encephalitis Society and is on the management committee of The World Federation of Neuro Rehabilitation. The UK Division of Neuropsychology has named a prize after her, the ‘Barbara A Wilson prize for distinguished contributions to neuropsychology’. She is a Fellow of The British Psychological Society, The Academy of Medical Sciences and The Academy of Social Sciences.

She is honorary professor at the University of Hong Kong, the University of Sydney and the University of East Anglia. She has held 30 research grants. Her work has resulted in changes in clinical practice. For example, as a result of a randomised control trial evaluating a paging system to improve the everyday functioning of people with memory and planning  problems, the local health authority set this up as a health care system for people throughout the United Kingdom.

Barbara A Wilson has been involved in the training of clinical psychology trainees  for many years. Some of her ex students have been high achievers. These include Jonathan Evans, Linda Clare, Nick Alderman, Jane Powell, Tatia Lee and Agnes Shiel, all of whom are full professors.