HNS is proud to recognize Dr. Natalia Cadavid Ruiz as the August 2012 Member of the Month.
Hometown: Cali, Colombia
Employer: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Cali, Social Science department.
Clinical population you work with: Children aged 4 to 17 years old
Research interests and/or current research projects: Learning
Disabilities, especially Executive Dysfunction.
How did you get bitten by the Hispanic neuropsychology bug?
Ahh! I met an actual member of our society in a minibus of the airport of Acapulco, while both of us were landing in this Mexican city to assist to INS annual meeting (Februaury, 2010). Shelley Peery was at that time the secretary of HNS and she began to talk to me, (correctly) assuming that I was going to participate in INS meeting and when she knew I was Latin she invited me to assist to the first meeting of HNS that was going to be held in Acapulco. After attending to your meeting I thought it will be very nice and productive to my professional development to be part of our society. .
If you had to pick one place in your current town to take a tourist where would you go and why?
I have to take Río Cali riverside. I think it will be a perfect place to appreciate the landscape of the city and the beauty of the mixture between nature and the growing city. Also, it is not a frequent spot of the city to be visited by tourists, so it will help the tourist had another view of Cali.
Name one thing not many people know about you?
Not many people know why I feel comfortable and I may have a “gypsy spirit” for moving to different cities to live. The reason is that, because of my father’s job we lived in four different cities in Colombia, while I was a young girl and it resulted in a nice learning experience.
What is something you’ve won and how did you win it? (swim trophies back in high school and college) I appreciate one special triumph because of the effort it cost me in
a culture different from mine. I won the “premio de grado de Salamanca” that is a recognition for the best research works made by a postgraduate student, of each faculty of the Universidad de Salamanca.
If given a choice to skip work for a day, how would you spend the day?
Travelling! Hope I can skip a Friday work-day, so I can have until Sunday to visit a new place and enjoy new experiences.