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MSC, DipClincPsyc, HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist
Abigail works for the Clinical group of Pearson and leads the content development teams across Pearson’s international regions, including Australia, Canada, Europe, India & UK. In her role she helps these regions develop tools for people who have difficulties with aspects of cognition, behaviour and mental health. Through consideration of cutting-edge research and global education and health policy, she and her team develop solutions to assess the diverse needs of these learners. Pearson’s solutions include world famous tools such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scales which are trusted by professionals worldwide.
Abigail has worked for Pearson Clinical since 2005, starting as a product manager and then managing the research and development team within Pearson Clinical UK. She is a qualified clinical psychologist and, prior to joining this company, worked for seven years in the NHS. Her clinical roles involved working in learning disability, children’s, neuropsychology and older people settings. This direct service experience has enriched Abigail’s understanding of Pearson customer and end-user needs.
Anna has been a research psychologist in the R&D department of Pearson Clinical Assessment Spain since 2011. She is responsible for projects such as the Spanish adaptation of the WISC-V and the MCMI-IV. She has a degree in Psychology from the
Autonomous University of Barcelona and a PhD in Psychology from the Rovira i Virgili University with a European mention. She is part of the International Field Research Group at Pearson and is responsible for reviewing partner adaptation plans in the EMEA region.
Bart works as an assistant professor at the Developmental and Educational Psychology unit at Leiden University. His research interests include intelligence and potential for learning, with specific interests in giftedness, and the factors that facilitate or hinder children's unfolding potential for learning. He is involved in the Child and Adolescent Psychology and School Psychology programs and coordinates a course about Intelligence at the post-academic School Psychology training program in the Netherlands.
Clay is the Vice President of Global Portfolio Management and Delivery for Pearson Clinical Assessment. He has over 15 years of experience in product management and development within the assessments industry and has held a variety of positions at Clinical including serving as the Wechsler Product Manager. Prior to joining Pearson, Clay served in product management within the consumer products industry and has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio as well as a Bachelors Degree in Business from Baylor University. When he’s not working, Clay enjoys spending time with his three children and working on his golf game or guitar skills.
Gert Jaap Schoppink, VP Clinical Assessment EMEA & APAC, is the commercial lead for all of Pearsons' Clinical businesses outside of the Americas. Pearson has feet on the ground in around 15 countries globally, ranging from Sweden to Spain and all the way to Australia. In the countries where Pearson hasn’t established its own publishing house, we like to work with partners that adapt and publish its well-known range of Clinical Assessments.
Gert Jaap first started at the Dutch Clinical business back in 2010 and has gained earlier experience in the B2C publishing sector in the Netherlands. He is based in Amsterdam and lives close by with his wife and three children.
Jessi is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist with clinical experience working with children and adults in early childhood and rehabilitation settings. Jessi is currently a product manager for speech and language at Pearson. Prior to this role, Jessi was an assessment consultant with Pearson.
Louis-Charles Vannier, psychologist, started working on the French adaptation of many tests 25 years ago, as a complement to his job as a psychologist in a hospital. Throughout these years, he continued to learn in mathematics and dedicated himself full time to the psychometric analyses. Recently he trained in AI to understand its contributions and its limits, to put it in relation with other approaches and techniques, to be able to implement these methods.
Louis-Charles led Pearson's clinical psychometrics department for two years and then returned to a senior psychometrician role and contributed to innovation to provide practitioners with useful tools for patients.
María, PhD, Director, Market Development, is a Licensed School Psychologist who provides expert consultation and training in topics related to the cognitive assessment of minority populations, equitable evaluations, and psychological measurement in general.
In her tenure at Pearson, Dr. Muñoz has led the transadaptation of multiple instruments to provide a culturally- and linguistically- appropriate evaluation of Spanish speakers around the world. She has also led Research and Development teams in the US, Brazil, and India.
Monika Wojciechowska works for the Benelux Pearson Clinical office and leads the commercial teams responsible for sales, marketing, consulting services, training and international partner management. In her role as Licensing Director for the EMEA region she manages partner relations in countries where Pearson has not established an office with the goal to grow the Pearson portfolio in new countries leading to a greater availability of Pearson products in the region. She is also responsible for scoping new growth opportunities and partnerships.
Monika has worked for Pearson Clinical since 2007 in various commercial roles, gaining experience and understanding of Pearson customer needs across various markets.
Nancy is Senior Product Manager for comprehensive language and articulation assessments at Pearson Clinical Assessment. Prior to this role, Nancy was a Senior Research Director, developing speech-language assessment tools for Harcourt Assessment. Nancy’s clinical experience included clients in all age ranges from 12 months
to adults in community programs, public and state schools, group homes, and residential settings. She has presented at numerous state and national conferences on telepractice, early language development, and Spanish language assessment.
Dr Nicki Joshua is the Research Director for the Pearson Clinical Asia Pacific (APAC) region. She oversees research and development activities in the Pearson Australia and India offices. Nicki also works closely with Pearson Licensing partners across several countries within Asia. Nicki has worked with Pearson for 11 years and lead numerous flagship assessment standardisation projects across cognitive ability, achievement, speech/language and movement domains. In her free time, Nicki enjoys travelling, running after her two sons and three dogs, and enjoying good food and wine.
Shelley is the Director for the Healthcare and Therapeutics Portfolio with Pearson Clinical Assessment. She’s responsible for the development and management of products and services across the occupational therapy, speech & language therapy, autism, neuropsychology, mental health, personality, and early childhood domains.
Shelley has extensive experience in supporting test development,
with 20+ years’ experience across Pearson in various roles, from sales to product development. Prior to joining Pearson, Shelley worked as an occupational therapist in both the UK and USA, specialising in paediatrics.
Tina, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and senior product manager for Pearson Clinical Assessment. She currently leads product-level strategy and execution, represents professional and market needs internally, and manages a portfolio of products related to language, literacy, and academic achievement. Tina worked clinically at Luther Midelfort Mayo Health System in acute, subacute, and outpatient roles serving children, adults, and their families with a wide range of cognitive, communicative, and swallowing challenges. Her past publishing experience includes sales, marketing, print-based development, and software development roles at Thinking Publications and AGS Publishing. Tina is a past president of the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association.
Presentation summaries from each of our speakers will be added here in the first weeks of May.