In Memoriam

In Memoriam Martial Van der Linden

 

​​​It is with great sadness that we announce that Prof. Martial Van der Linden passed away on

October 10th 2019.

 

Martial Van der Linden obtained a degree in psychology from the University of Liège in 1975.

From 1975 to 1988, he worked at the University Hospital in Liège as a clinical neuropsychologist.

In 1988, he defended his doctoral thesis at the University of Liège on the evaluation of memory disorders. He then obtained a research associate position from the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS).

He was appointed professor of neuropsychology at the University of Liège in 1993 from where he retired in 2016. He also took up an additional professorship at the University of Geneva in 1999. He had also been a researcher and part-time professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (1988-1999), where he received the Francqui chair in 2010-2011.

 

We will all remember Prof. Van der Linden’s legendary charisma and enthusiasm. He had a unique ability in building bridges between (neuro)psychological research and clinical practice, and between researchers and clinicians more generally. He was one of the pioneering figures in the area of cognitive neurorehabilitation, an approach he extended to psychopathology via the cognitive psychopathology clinical and research orientation a few years later. At the end of this career, he had moved to a more integrative and holistic approach for understanding and treating cognitive impairment. While having generated an impressive amount of scientific articles, books and book chapters, he was also very strongly involved in the development and validation of clinical tests and questionnaires.

 

Prof. Van der Linden had exceptional abilities in communicating his ideas and scientific expertise. He has inspired a large number of young researchers, many of them having today established scientific and academic careers. We all remember how deeply and passionately he was involved to defend innovative approaches in research and clinical practice, sometimes going against well-established diagnoses and treatments. Prof. Van der Linden will be missed by researchers and clinicians alike.

 

We will all remember his remarkable energy, his deep thinking and his human qualities.

Martial van der Linden is survived by his wife and his three daughters.  We address our condolences to his family and relatives.

 

Olivier Luminet (President BAPS) and Steve Majerus (President BAPS 2011-2014)