Ann Watts has for many years been actively involved in the development of psychology, in particular neuropsychology, in South Africa. She is the only African to have served on the Board of Governors of the International Neuropsychology Society, and is a Past President of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) and the South African Clinical Neuropsychology Association. She served as PsySSA’s Treasurer for two terms, edited their newsletter for seven years, and has convened the Society’s Annual Congress for the past eight years. Ann is also a member of the South African National Committees for the International Union of Psychological Science and the International Brain Research Organisation, and served on the South African National Committee of the International Council on Science until 2009. She was Secretary General of the 30th International Congress of Psychology held in Cape Town in July 2012. Ann was an Executive Member of the International Union for Psychological Science from 2008 to 2010, and Deputy Secretary General from 2010 to 2012, when she became Secretary General. She is the Union’s representative to the World Health Organization’s International Advisory Group for the Revision of the International Classification of Diseases – Tenth Revision (ICD-10) and a member of WHO’s Consultation Group on the Classification of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms in Neurocognitive Disorders for ICD-11.
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 a part-time lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a visiting lecturer at the University of Zululand. She acts as an external examiner at a number of universities and is a reviewer for several African journals. Ann has presented numerous papers and workshops, and been published within South Africa and abroad.