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Psychology professor elected president of global society

Keith Yeates named president of International Neuropsychological Society

As the newly elected as president of the International Neuropsychological Society for the next three years, Keith Yeates will lead the premier scientific organization researching brain-behavior relationships. Photo by Riley Brandt. 

By Laura Herperger

Pediatric neuropsychologist Keith Yeates, PhD, is known for his research explaining the outcomes of children with acquired brain injury. And now, a society vested in understanding brain-behaviour relationships is recognizing his outstanding leadership by placing him at the head of its worldwide organization.

As the newly elected president of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), Yeates will lead the premier scientific organization over the next three years. The U.S. based society, formed in 1970, has more than 4,700 members worldwide and is the most influential body for building research, standardizing practices, and connecting investigators in this growing field of study.  

“I’m very honoured by this recognition of my peers. This role means that, as an upholder of the society’s mission, I can promote the study of brain-behavioural relationships in science and education and enhance the application of this knowledge in communities globally,” says Yeates. He also holds the Ronald and Irene Ward Chair in Pediatric Brain Injury which was created by a community donation through the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Yeates is a professor in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, and an adjunct professor of paediatrics and clinical neurosciences at the Cumming School of Medicine. He is a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI).  

Role will enhance university research in the area of brain-behaviour

Yeates serving as head of this international body of researchers will enhance the work of brain and mental health research at the University of Calgary. 

“I hope I can bring Calgary’s well-established excellence in the area of brain-behaviour research to greater attention on the world stage and further our role in the global community through collaborations," he says.

Among its many research and educational activities, the INS publishes a monthly journal of leading research in neuropsychology, convenes its membership twice a year to enable global collaboration and provides awards to recognize outstanding individual achievements and programs. 

Brain and mental health initiatives aim to improve diagnosis and recovery

Yeates is the university lead of the Integrated Concussion Research Program and the Traumatic Brain Injury NeuroTeam, initiatives within the Brain and Mental Health research strategy

The Traumatic Brain Injury NeuroTeam works closely with the HBI, ACHRI, the Faculty of Kinesiology and the Department of Psychology as the leaders of an integrated, university-wide research program to address sports-related concussion and other forms of mild traumatic brain injury.

The Integrated Concussion Research Program aims to produce a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of brain injury and find novel approaches to improve diagnosis and recovery.

Yeates recently received a prestigious CIHR Foundation Grant for his novel research program advancing concussion assessment and treatment in children and youth. His three-year term at the INS begins in February 2016.

Led by the HBI, Brain and Mental Health is one of six strategic research themes guiding the university towards its Eyes High goals.