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Julie Anne Péron is currently associate professor of clinical neuropsychology, director of the Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology Laboratory and director of the Master of Advanced Studies in neuropsychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Geneva.
After obtaining a Diploma of Specialized Higher Studies in 2002 and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in 2004 in the field of neuropsychology, Julie Péron defended her doctoral thesis in Health Sciences at the University of Rennes 1 in 2008, under the supervision of Prof. Vérin, for which she was awarded the Brittany Young Researchers Prize from the Brittany Region Council, as well as the Alain Agniel Prize from the French Language Neuropsychology Society.
Wishing to anchor her scientific research in practice, in parallel with this training, she practiced clinical neuropsychology at the University Hospital of Rennes first in the memory clinic (CMRR), and then in the Adult Neurology Department, and finally in the ‘Highly Specialized Medicine Unit’ in movement disorders.
From 2009 to 2013, she carried out a postdoctoral stay at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva, where she developed her work on the links between motor skills and emotions with people living with central nervous system dysfunction such as Parkinson’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorders, or major and resistant depression.
In 2014, she was appointed senior researcher at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Geneva. At the same time, she resumed her clinical activity in the Adult Neurology Department at the University Hospitals of Geneva, where she was promoted to head neuropsychologist of the Neuropsychology Unit in 2019. She then created the Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology Laboratory, continuing, with her team, her work in the field of ‘neuropsychology of habit’ and pathological repetitive behaviors linked to cerebral affection. One of her major research interests consists in going beyond the cortico-centric bias in clinical neuropsychology by integrating the notion of functional integration and large-scale brain networks on both the theoretical and the practical level. Since 2022, Julie is also head of the Adult Clinical Neuropsychology Unit at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva.
She was an active member of the Swiss Association of Neuropsychologists from 2015 to 2019, where she had undertaken roles in the committee (2015-2016) and the continuing education committee (2015-2019). She also served as a member of the scientific committee of the Humanities Division within the France Parkinson non-profit organization from 2016 to 2023. As of 2023, she holds the position of Associate Editor at the journal Cortex.
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