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Professor Ann Edwards


Prof Ann Edwards

Professor in Psychology

MSc Clinical Psychology (UCT), PhD (Rhodes University)

Registered as a Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

e-mail: a.edwards@ru.ac.za
Phone: +27(0)21 7010203
Mobile: +27(0)82 7790736


Background Information


Ann Edwards (publication name Shuttleworth-Edwards) (Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologist), is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, where she continues to hold a research contract. She lives in Cape Town where she conducts medico-legal assessments for cases involving traumatic brain injury. She is a partner in a business trading under the name of ‘Brain Evaluation Solutions and Testing’ (BEST).  The company promotes state-of-the-art mobile and computerized applications for neurocognitive screening in various health, sports, occupational and research contexts. For more information on BEST go to www.bestbrainsolutions.co.za


After training as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Cape Town (1984), Ann worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Neurosurgery at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town (1984-1989). She was a lecturer at Rhodes University from 1989 up to her retirement in 2007, with much of that time spent as Director of the Rhodes University Psychology Clinic and Director of the Clinical Masters professional training.  In 1995 she completed a research fellowship in traumatic brain injury at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), under the mentorship of the distinguished Professor Paul Satz who was the supervisor of her doctoral thesis. 


Ann has published extensively and is on the editorial boards of the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, and the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. Her areas of research interest include: concussion in association with participation in a contact sport; and the collection of demographically focused normative data for commonly employed tests of cognitive function.  These norms have been promoted for use in South African clinical and legal contexts by the South African Clinical Neuropsychological Association (SACNA) in training initiatives countrywide.  She is a longstanding executive member of SACNA, contributing to academic issues, research opportunities, training and credentialing.


For more comprehensive background information, click here: Summary CV


Research Areas

  • Norming issues in culturally diverse contexts, including the collection of South African demographically focused norms, and brain injury case studies on the use of these norms
  • Cognitive effects of repetitive traumatic brain injury in contact sports
  • Concussion management in cerebrally hazardous sports
  • Use of mobile applications and computerized neurocognitive tests to screen for cerebral dysfunction in neuropathological conditions including traumatic brain injury, alcohol use, apnoea in deep sea diving, and degenerative disorders.


Research Outputs

To view research outputs including journal articles, book chapters, conference presentations, workshops and symposiums presented, click here:  Research Outputs




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