02 October 2023
Natalia Ojeda Del Pozo, professor at the University of Deusto, marks a milestone. She has just been elected president of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), the world’s oldest and most important professional society, founded in 1967. Professor Ojeda Del Pozo was simultaneously nominated for the presidency of the European Federation of Neuropsychological Societies (FESN) and had to resign due to incompatibility between the two positions. Never before in the history of both societies has a candidate been nominated for both positions.
Furthermore, 41 of the 57 presidents of the International Neuropsychological Society have been American citizens. The last European president was elected 20 years ago. Of the non-US presidents, 3 were Australian, 3 Canadian, 1 British, 1 Norwegian, 1 Dutch, 1 Portuguese, 1 New Zealander, and 1 South African.
The INS and its more than 4,500 members worldwide cast their votes and eventually elected once again a presidency represented by a European professional, a Spaniard, for the first time. This achievement adds to other accomplishments that Professor Ojeda has made throughout her career. For instance: in February 2020, she was appointed director of the World Neuropsychology Development Committee and in October 2022, she became a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of the Basque Country, becoming the first psychologist and second woman to do so.