INS SIGs – Special Interest Groups

Question: What is the purpose of the Special Interest Groups established by the INS?

Answer: SIGs may be established to facilitate the formation of research, clinical, and training specialties of an intra- or cross-disciplinary nature and to increase the exchange of knowledge within research arenas of special interest, and for other reasons in keeping with achieving the mission of the INS. The purpose of the SIGs is to: advance knowledge about an area of interest; encourage scholarly inquiry related to research, training, or clinical practice; and encourage international research or clinical collaborations, networking, and/or promote the use of research to improve the area of interest and public good.

Question: What is the governance structure supporting the SIGs

Answer: The formation and professional conduct of SIGs falls within the purview of the INS Science Committee. The INS Science Committee has been formed to facilitate and promote neuropsychological science internationally in keeping with the mission of the INS, including fostering international research collaborations and the training of the next generation of neuropsychological scientists. The Science Committee appoints one member to serve as the SIG Liaison. This person is tasked with interfacing with the various SIGs and INS administration. All SIG Chairs report to the INS-SIG Liaison who reports to the Science Committee.

Question: What is the process of forming a SIG?

Answer: SIGs represent the coming together of a group of people with shared interests. These shared interests can be related to methodology or a content area. If you are interested in forming a SIG, please email the completed INS-SIG application form to sig@the-ins.org. Two members of the INS Science Committee will independently review the form using the rating form available here. All INS-SIGs must have a non-US/Canada co-chair and have at least 20 members to start the SIG. Once approved by the INS Science Committee, the application is forwarded to the INS Board of Directors, who provide the final authorization for the respective SIG. At the time of approval, the SIG Liaison will provide the SIG Co-Chairs with an official INS email address for members and a separate one for the SIG leaders. All SIGs are encouraged to use official INS addresses for communications with its members.

Question: Who can be a member of the INS-SIGs?

Answer: You must be an INS member to join any of the INS-SIGs. All INS members, across categories, can join a SIG. Students and trainees are encouraged to join a SIG. There is no additional fee for joining any of the INS-SIGs.

Question: What are the various positions a SIG must create?

Answer: Each SIG needs to have a minimum of two SIG chairs, at least one from a country not including United States or Canada. SIGs are allowed to have a third co-chair if desired. The SIGs are encouraged to maintain a diverse governing board/committee and membership. Each SIG may create internal positions at their own discretion, but these must be reported to the Science Committee, including changes to SIG leadership. The SIG Chairs will provide description of each position within their SIG to the INS-SIG Liaison.

Question: What is the election procedure for the leadership positions at SIGs?
Answer: Upon creation of a SIG, the first term of the SIG Chairs is self-appointed. The SIGs will have an election within three years of the creation of a SIG. The SIG Chairs will be elected by the membership at large. The SIG Chairs must get final approval from the INS Board of Governors. The SIG Chairs will remain in the position up to three years, with a potential to be re-elected. The SIG Chairs total term may not exceed six years. SIG Chairs may choose to step down, at which point an election to identify a replacement must be held. Repeated short interval SIG Chair terms are discouraged.

Moreover, the SIG needs to have a pre-defined approach to election, managing a tie, and other issues that may arise in the election. If an election is contested, it will be presented to the SIG Liaison who will present it to the Science Committee. The SIG Chairs shall be responsible for the conduct of elections. The SIG Chairs shall prepare a ballot including all duly nominated candidates and shall transmit the ballot to each Member of the SIG. The non-US/Canada candidate with the most votes will be selected as the non-North American SIG Chair. The American/Canadian or non-US/Canada candidate with the most votes will be selected as the 2nd Chair. If there are no non-US/Canadian candidates, a North American candidate may be appointed temporary SIG Chair until a non-US/Canada chair can be appointed. Vacancy cannot exceed a six month-period. It is acceptable for a SIG to have two non-US/Canada Co-Chairs.

Question:Can the SIGs have their own social media accounts?

Answer: The SIGs will not have independent social media accounts. Each SIG may nominate a SIG Communications Chair who can either be nominated by the SIG Chairs or elected during general elections of the SIG. The Communications Chair will be in close contact with the SIG Liaison and INS Social Media Chair/Co-Chairs. They can be contacted through social@the-ins.org. Specific SIG information will be posted to social media by the social media team.

Question: Can the SIGs collect their own membership fees?

Answer: Donations or contributions are at the SIG’s discretion; however, no membership fees are to be required. The budget for the SIG will be submitted to the Science Committee for the annual Board of Directors’ meeting. All funds collected belong to the INS and will be processed through the INS Office. Plans for collecting funds should be discussed with the Science Committee and INS Executive Director prior to initiation.

Question: Can the SIGs publish manuscripts, opinion pieces, or create and publish other documents on behalf of INS?

Answer: INS welcomes members of various SIGs to collaborate in service of scholarly publications. Please include the following disclaimer for scholarly publications resulting from collaborations among SIG members:

“The content described in this publication is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the International Neuropsychological Society or all XXX Special Interest Group members”

Question: What are some of the reasons a SIG may be dissolved?

Answer: A SIG may be dissolved by the Science Committee for not fulfilling the purposes of the SIGs. We encourage SIGs to maintain a minimum of 20 SIG members to remain active. It is allowable to include up to five, or fewer, inactive members in that count. Action to dissolve a SIG shall require approval from the Board of Directors.

Question: Can SIG membership be terminated?

Answer: Yes. SIG membership, upon review by the INS Science Committee and Board of Directors, may be terminated if an individual is found to be in violation of the INS Code of Conduct. Examples include claims of inappropriate conduct, like psychological bullying, physical intimidation or aggression, or harassment, including sexual harassment.

Are you looking for a way to connect with other INS members who share an interest in a specialized area of neuropsychology? Do you look forward to discussing professional issues, recent research, or the future of our field with others? Then hold on to your hat, because we have news for you!
Additional questions can be emailed to Dr. Ruchika Prakash, SIG Committee Chair at sig@the-ins.org (and cc Prakash.30@osu.edu).

INS special interest groups (SIGs) provide a forum for INS members with common interests to come together during INS meetings, for the purpose of sharing recent research, discussing professional issues, and interacting informally. SIG members also engage in various activities between meetings (e.g., list serves, newsletters). Currently, there are nine SIGs: Brain Injury, Cultural, Dementia, Epilepsy, NeuroCovid, Oncology, Social Cognition, Emotion & Communication, Sports Neuropsychology, and Teleneuropsychology. Included below are descriptions of each SIG and who to contact if interested! All INS members, including student and trainee members, are welcome to join a SIG. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you in New York 2024 or on our FB page INS Special Interest Groups!

If you would like to join an existing SIG, keep reading…

The Babies Toddlers and Young Childrens SIG 

The BabIes, ToddlerS, and Young children (BITSY) SIG focuses on the science and practice of neuropsychological assessment, consultation, and intervention in children from birth to age 6. The intent of BITSY is to connect international scientists and clinicians who study very early brain-behavior relationships in an effort to create new cross-collaborations among those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to interact. We will primarily focus on the research and clinical domains, but we will also address issues related to training and policy in the area of neuropsychological services for young children.

Please email co-chairs: Natasha Ludwig, Ph.D. LudwigN@kennedykrieger.org,  Tricia Williams, Ph.D. tricia.williams@sickkids.ca, and  Peter J. Anderson, Ph.D. peter.j.anderson@monash.edu  if you are interested in joining this SIG.

The Brain Injury (BI) SIG

The Brain Injury (BI) SIG focuses on neurological insults across the lifespan. The BI SIG allows individuals interested in brain injury to share unique research methods and clinical practices. For this SIG, brain injury is defined broadly to include both traumatic and acquired forms of brain injury (e.g., stroke, anoxic injury) in both children and adults to allow a large number of clinicians and researchers, with an interest in brain injury, to connect and collaborate. Our ultimate goal is to increase collaboration among members involved in brain injury clinical services and research, and to increase the profile of brain injury at INS meetings. In the future, we hope to create subgroups (e.g., concussion, moderate-severe TBI, pediatric brain injury, stroke, etc.) within the larger SIG to better accommodate subspecialties. Our membership is diverse as it includes members from around the world with different backgrounds, career levels, ethnicities, and those with/without disabilities. If you are interested in joining us, please email co-chairs Lena Dobson, Ph.D., (Dobson@scandicneuro.com)Christine Koterba, Ph.D., (Christine.Koterba@nationwidechildrens.org), and Nicholas Ryan, Ph.D., (nicholas.ryan@mcri.edu.au).

Lena Dobson, Ph.D.
Christine Koterba, Ph.D. – ABPP
Nicholas Ryan, Ph.D.

The Cultural SIG

The Cultural SIG has a primary purpose of elevating the quality of, and accelerating progress in, research on cultural neuropsychology. We have approximately 40 active members to date, which consists of an international and interdisciplinary network of scientists and trainees whose scientific interest is the role of sociocultural factors (e.g., race, ethnicity, language, acculturation, literacy, socioeconomic status, and educational experience) on cognitive functions across the lifespan. There are currently six workgroups that are addressing the following topics: (1) Identifying high priority research areas in cultural neuropsychology, (2) Developing international guidelines for test construction and adaptation, (3) Developing guidelines in collaboration with journal editors and editorial review boards to ensure issues of inclusion and diversity for manuscripts and funding, (4) Identifying mechanisms and funding opportunities for cultural neuropsychology research, (5) Creating a glossary of cultural terminology that can be used as a resource at the domestic and international level, (6) Developing novel continuing education topics for INS programming. Please contact co-chairs Luis Medina, Ph.D., (ldmedin4@central.uh.edu), and Matthew Staios, Ph.D., (staios.mathew@gmail.com) if interested in joining.

The Dementia SIG

The Dementia SIG was founded to promote scholarly conversations around research, practice, and education as it pertains to the dementias. Issues of interest include, but are not limited to, etiology, clinical presentation and diagnosis, biomarkers, prognosis, incidence, prevalence, prevention, treatment, public policy, and care. The Dementia SIG, while being primarily research-oriented, will also foster perspectives that focus on patient care, policy, and training.

For more information, please contact co-chairs Kevin Duff Ph.D. at duffk@ohsu.edu, and Duke Han Ph.D., at Duke.Han@med.usc.edu, and Unai Diaz Ph.D. at Unai.DiazOrueta@mu.ie.

The Epilepsy SIG

The Epilepsy SIG is focused on the science and practice of epilepsy. This, of course, has implications for advocacy and policy, but the primary focus is to foster clinical and research collaborations.

For more information, please contact co-chairs: Seth Margolis, Ph.D.,  Christopher Benjamin, Ph.D.,  Urvashi Shah, Ph.D.,  Alena Stasenko, Ph.D., (student/trainee representative)  and Carmen Zheng, M.S., (student/trainee representative) at epilepsyneuropsych.org@gmail.com

Christopher Benjamin, Ph.D.
Seth Margolis, Ph.D.
Urvashi Shah, Ph.D.
Alena Stasenko, Ph.D.
Carmen Zheng, M.S.

The Movement Disorders SIG

The Movement Disorders SIG is created to develop a network of neuropsychologists across the globe with expertise in movement disorders for the purpose of promoting and advancing research collaborations and initiatives, and academic exchanges for continuous clinical growth and optimization of patient care, clinical outcome, policy development, and training. The goals of the SIG are to support the development of sub-specialty groups within the SIG to include topics related to, yet not limited to, clinical assessment, neuromodulation (e.g., DBS (deep brain stimulation), NIBS (non-invasive brain stimulations), artificial intelligence for PD cognitive progression trajectories, clinical outcomes, alternate therapeutic approaches (such as psychotherapy focused on patient’s and cares’ well-being), clinical training, palliative care and public policy across populations including, yet not limited to, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, essential tremor, diffuse Lewy body disease, Tourette’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and atypical parkinsonism (PSP, MSA, CBS).

Please contact co-chairs: Christina A Palmese PhD Christina.Palmese@mountsinai.org and Roberta Blundo PhD, PsyDroberta.biundo@unipd.it if you are interested in joining this SIG.

NeuroCOVID-19 SIG

The Special Interest Group is committed to unraveling the neuropsychological complexities of long COVID. Our research delves into areas such as clinical overlaps with chronic conditions, cognitive and memory deficits, mental health determinants, and treatment efficacy. In pursuit of global excellence, we focus on fostering international partnerships, creating intervention blueprints, and disseminating scholarly resources. Serving as a global nexus for research and ethical best practices, we invite professionals, students and trainees from diverse neuropsychological backgrounds to collaborate with us. Together, we aim to develop cognitive-behavioral models, streamline international knowledge transfer, publish rigorously vetted recommendations, and advance evidence-based interventions. We warmly invite you to contribute your expertise and amplify our mission.

Key Publications:

  • Becker, J. H., Vannorsdall, T. D., & Weisenbach, S. L. (2023). Evaluation of Post-COVID-19 Cognitive Dysfunction: Recommendations for Researchers. JAMA Psychiatry. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2023.2820
  • Cysique, L. A., Łojek, E., Cheung, T. C. K., Cullen, B., Egbert, A. R., Evans, J., Garolera, M., Gawron, N., Gouse, H., Hansen, K., Holas, P., Hyniewska, S., Malinowska, E., Marcopulos, B. A., Merkley, T. L., Jose, J. A., Ramsden, C., Salas, C., Sikkes, S. A. M., Silva, A. R., & Zouhar, I. (2022). Assessment of Neurocognitive Functions, Olfaction, Taste, Mental, and Psychosocial Health in COVID-19 in Adults: Recommendations for Harmonization of Research and Implications for Clinical Practice. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 28, 642-660. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355617721000862

 

Co-Chairs:

Jacqueline Becker, Ph.D.
Bernice Marcopulos, Ph.D.
Catherine Widmann, Ph.D.

Past Co-Chairs:

  • Lucette Cysique, Ph.D.
  • Emilia Łojek, Ph.D.

The Neuropsychological Intervention SIG

The Neuropsychological Intervention SIG comprises clinicians and researchers who are interested in neuropsychological interventions targeting cognitive, emotional, behavioural, social and other functional difficulties experienced by people with neurocognitive disorders (including acquired brain injury, dementia), neurodevelopmental conditions, and mental illnesses at all stages of their condition and across the lifespan, as well as healthy individuals experiencing subjective cognitive decline. Interventions of interest include, but are not limited to, restorative and compensatory neurorehabilitation techniques, behaviour support, counselling, and other cognitive/behavioural interventions. The SIG is also interested in interventions that support families and carers and in broader community education about neuropsychological intervention. The goals of the SIG are: 

  1. To advance research and evidence-based clinical practice in support of individuals with neuropsychological conditions.
  2. To support practitioners in developing intervention skills.
  3. To promote and create opportunities for collaborative international clinical research focusing on the development of evidence-based intervention tools and techniques.
  4. To develop nomenclature, competency, training and outcome frameworks for a range of intervention types.
 

We warmly welcome INS members with an interest in neuropsychological intervention, at any level of training, to join. For further information, please email co-chairs Jamie Berry, PsyD jamie.berry@neurotreatment.com.au, Dana Wong, PhD D.Wong@latrobe.edu.au, Kerryn Pike, DPsych k.pike@griffith.edu.au, and Elizabeth Twamley, PhD etwamley@health.ucsd.edu. To join, please email interventionsigmanager@the-ins.org.

The Oncology SIG

The Oncology SIG focuses on the integration of neuropsychology and cancer, and has goals in multiple domains. The research mission of the Oncology SIG is to advance our understanding of the impact of cancer and cancer treatment on cognitive and behavioral functioning. We are working with multiple groups involved in cognitive care for cancer patients, such as the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and the International Cancer and Cognition Task Force (ICCTF) to enhance awareness of neuropsychological research in patients with cancer. In the clinical and program development domains, our goal is to foster the integration of neuropsychology into the clinical care of patients with brain tumors and other cancers. We are also working to increase educational opportunities for neuropsychologists in the domain of cognition and cancer. We welcome INS members at any level of training to participate in our meetings and on our listserve. Please contact co-chairs  Erica Dawson, Ph.D., (erica.dawson@osumc.edu)Lisa Jacobson Ph.D., (jacobson@kennedykrieger.org), and Charlotte Sleurs Ph.D., (C.Sleurs@tilburguniversity.edu) for more information.

The Social Cognition, Emotion and Communication (SEC) SIG

The Social Cognition, Emotion and Communication (SEC) SIG is set up to engage like-minds from every discipline who are interested in how the brain processes social cognition, emotion and communication. We want to join forces to better understood theoretical mechanisms, to develop clinical assessments and to research new interventions for people with brain disorders. These matters are deeply social and so culturally constrained. We therefore need cross-cultural dialogue and cooperation to make real progress. The SIG has a google group called INS-SIG-SEC. Everyone interested in these broad goals are warmly invited to join us. Please contact co-chairs Skye McDonald, Ph.D., (s.mcdonald@unsw.edu.au), and Lyn Turkstra, Ph.D., (turkstrl@mcmaster.ca) for more information.

Sports Neuropsychology SIG

Sports Neuropsychology SIG is setup to connect with colleagues around the mutual goals of INS and the Sports Neuropsychology Society to increase international outreach in clinical practice and research to promote the welfare of athletes. Please contact co-chairs Christopher Bailey, Ph.D., (Christopher.Bailey3@UHhospitals.org), and Wolfgang Kringler, Ph.D., ( wolfgang.kringler@t-online.de) for more information.

TeleNeuropsychology and Digital Technologies SIG

TeleNeuropsychology and Digital Technologies SIG will provide a forum to discuss the latest advances in the science and clinical practice of teleneuropsychology. Special emphasis will be placed on recent developments of teleneuropsychology and/or remote cognitive assessment and rehabilitation in diverse, multicultural and international contexts. The SIG will also foster collaborations among its members and will provide guidance to improve training in teleneuropsychology. Please reach out to co-chairs Yakeel Quiroz: yquiroz@mgh.harvard.edu, and Lucia Crivelli, PhD: lcrivelli@fleni.org.ar for more information.

Worldwide Initiative for Neuropsychological Data Sharing

The Worldwide Initiative for Neuropsychological Data Sharing (WINDS) SIG brings together Neuropsychology colleagues and students who are interested in developing broad solutions to develop NP assessment by aggregating data across clinics worldwide, supporting the analysis of these data, and developing a network of clinics that can help develop, deploy and validate novel assessment methods that can be readily integrated into clinical practices. This SIG aims to build the infrastructure that will facilitate shared methods for data collection using existing and novel assessment tools. Engaging colleagues and students across the globe is a priority for our SIG. If you are interested in joining the WINDS SIG, please email co-chairs, Laura Umfleet, PsyD, Robert Bilder, PhD, and Stephen Bowden, PhD at windssigmanager@the-ins.org.

We hope to grow our SIG community to include as many specialties as possible.

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Sincere regards,
Ruchika Prakash

Ruchika Prakash, Ph.D.
SIG Liaison
International Neuropsychological Society