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Ann Watts has for many years been actively involved in the development of psychology, in particular neuropsychology, in South Africa. She was President of the International Neuropsychological Society in 2015, the first person from a developing country to hold this position, and is Treasurer of the Pan African Psychology Union that was formed in September 2014.  Ann is a Past President of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) and the South African Clinical Neuropsychology Association. She Chairs PsySSA’s Standing Committee on International Representation, served as  Treasurer for two terms, edited their newsletter for seven years, and convened the Society’s Annual Congress for ten years.   Ann is also a member of the South African National Committees for the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and the International Brain Research Organisation, and served on the South African National Committee of the International Council for Science until 2009.  She was Secretary General for the 30th International Congress of Psychology held in Cape Town in July 2012.  Ann was an Executive Member of the Union from 2008 to 2010, and Deputy Secretary General from 2010 to 2012, when she became Secretary General. She is the Union’s Co-Main Representative (Psychology) to the World Health Organization (WHO), and a member of their International Advisory Group for the Revision of the International Classification of Diseases – Tenth Revision (ICD-10) and their Consultation Group on the Classification of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms in Neurocognitive Disorders for ICD-11.  She is also Editor of the International Platform of the Union’s International Journal of Psychology.  

Ann completed her Doctorate in paediatric neuropsychology (1990) and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (1991) in neuropsychology at the then University of Natal.  She is a clinical psychologist based at Entabeni Hospital, Durban, where she focuses on her clinical and research interests in neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation within multicultural and multilingual contexts.  Ann is an expert in the field (neuropsychology) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a visiting lecturer at the University of the Free State.  She acts as an external examiner at a number of universities and is a reviewer for several journals.  She is also a Consulting Editor of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.  Ann has presented numerous papers and workshops, and been published within South Africa and abroad.