Editorial Board

 

altVladimir Trajkovski, MD, PhD - EDITOR IN CHIEF
Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Philosophy, University "Ss Kiril and Metodij", Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
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Dr Vladimir Trajkovski is born in Skopje in 1968. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation. He is a graduate of the Skopje Faculty of Medicine in 1994, where he later obtained his M.Sc. (1999). He obtained PhD degrees in 2002 on the Faculty of Philosophy. He is the president of Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism and organizer of first international student’s special educational seminar in 1999. He introduced subject Autism in the postgraduate curricula at the Faculty of Philosophy. His research interest is genetic and physiological aspects of autism spectrum disorders, but he has also published in the fields of human genetics and medical basis of disability.  He was former editor of the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation. He became head of educational-scientific board of postgraduate studies at Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation in October 2009. He is an active member of the Autism Europe, member of the European Association of Service Providers for People with disabilities, member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities. He is a consulting editor for Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, associate editor for Bulgarian Journal of Communication Disorders, associate editor for Croatian Review of Rehabilitation Research. He is also member of Advisory Board of The Open Access Journal of Science and Technology. He takes a part in international projects such as: “Tolerance and Acceptance” by EASPD, “Europe is a place to live” by EASPD, “In FOCUS” by TEMPUS programme, “Common voice network project” by Hand in Hand. He has about 65 articles published in domestic and international journals.


altOlivera Rashikj-Canevska, PhD – Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Philosophy, University "Ss Kiril and Metodij", Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
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Olivera Rashikj was born in Skopje in 1984. She is the deputy editor-in-chief of the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation. She is a graduate of the Skopje Faculty of Philosophy, Institute for Special Education and Rehabilitation in 2006, where she later obtained her M.Sc. (2009). She is member of the Commission for professional accomplishment and organization of the scientific meetings of Macedonian Association of Special Educators and Rehabilitates. She works as proctor-demonstrator providing exercises of physiology and functional anatomy and of methodic of working with persons with physical impairments. In 2005 year she participated in an European TEMPUS InFOCUS-project of student exchange in Germany and Netherlands, also participated in 3-days Workshop for Human Interaction in Arnhem, Netherlands. In 2007 she participated at The Second International Congress of Students of Rehabilitation of the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, also participated at the seminar for educating the volunteers for Special Olympics trainers. In 2008 she was member of the organization board (contact person) at the time of organization of the international conference because of “15 years of existence of the Institute for Special Education and Rehabilitation at the Faculty of Philosophy-Skopje”.                           
 

altLinus Cornelissen, PhD– Member of Editorial Board
Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen – ARNHEM,  The Netherlands.
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Started as a special teacher in 1969. Studied Pedagogics at the University of Nijmegen and doctorate at  the University of Leiden. Special Pedagogy Lecturer at the Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen since 1979. Became Head of the Department Education.
Published about Teacher Training and Children with Special Needs. Co-ordinated several International Tempus Projects like Prisma, InFocus, with involved countries like Russia, Macedonia. He is partner in several International Projects with the focus on Inclusive Education. Started a private initiative with a Chinese University in Jiamusi. Introduced the Reggio Emilia Approach into The Netherlands. After retiring in 2009 he became an International Consultant.

 

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Dr. Singh is a professional neuroscientist and immunologist and consultant for biotechnology particularly neurotechnologies. Until recently, he was a professor of neuro-immunology at the University of British Columbia, University of Michigan, Utah State University, and Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Singh, a graduate of Lucknow University in India, received his doctorate degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. At UBC, he did his post-doctoral fellowship in neurochemistry and immunology. He is an active member of the Society for Neuroscience, Canadian Neuroscience Society, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and American Academy of Neurology, and also a member of prestigious International Who’s Who of Intellectuals and American Men and Women in Science. Dr. Singh has also been recognized with a humanitarian award from the Psychiatric Association of Philadelphia and National Foundation for Alternative Medicine in Washington, DC.  Dr. Singh has devoted his entire career to scholarly research on brain diseases and mental illnesses including autism, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, stress hormones, brain trauma, clinical depression, Tourette’s syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder. His scholarly profile also includes 250 papers and presentations. He pioneered the role of autoimmunity in autism identifying “Autoimmune Autistic Disorder (AAD)” that opened a novel window of opportunity to help autistic children with immune modulation therapy, including IV-IG and transfer factor. Currently, Dr. Singh is engaged in brain training research, chiefly brain state conditioning or brainwave optimization in real-time balancing (RTB) to help people with neurological and psychiatric diseases, including spinal cord injury, brain trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and Parkinson’s disease.

 

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Risto Petrov, PhD – Member of Editorial Board
Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Philosophy, University "Ss Kiril and Metodij", Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
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Professor Risto Petrov PhD, was born in  Negotino in 1948. He is a graduate of the Belgrade Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation in 1981, where he later obtained his M.A. (1992). He obtained PhD degrees in 1995 on the same Faculty. He has a 25 years of working experience in the Special Institution – Demir Kapija. He has worked for13 years on the Faculty of Philosophy from which 5 years he has been a Head of the Institute. He is a member of the Association for special educators, the Macedonian Scientific Autism Association; member of the Board of the Special Olympics in Macedonia; member of the National coordinative body for equal possibilities for the persons with disabilities, and a member of the board of the Institution for rehabilitation of the hearing, voice and speech. He interest is in the field of: treatment of the persons with hard and combined disabilities, professional orientation and engagement of the persons with disabilities, boarding upbringing and educational work with people with disabilities and children with autism. He was the coordinator of the following projects: project for deinstitutionalization which was in cooperation with UNICEF; condition of the children placed in public institutions in Republic of Macedonia in cooperation with CRIC, an NGO from Italy and the project “Society for all-Workplace for all” in cooperation with SINTEF, Norway.
 
 

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Nevzeta Salihovic, PhD– Member of Editorial Board
Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation, Department of  Logopedics, University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.                                                    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

Dr Nevzeta Salihovic was born in Tuzla in 1951. She is Associate Editor of the "Journal of Defectology". She graduated from the Belgrade Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation in 1979 at the Department of hearing disorders, and in 1988 she graduated at the Department of logopedics. She received her MSc degree in  1998 at the Medical school, University of Tuzla, and in 2002 she received her PhD at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation, University of Tuzla. Prof. Nevzeta holds positions of the dean of the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation, University of Tuzla, and head of the Department of Logopedics. She also holds position of associate professor at the Department of logopedics, University of Tuzla and teaches following subjects: speech disorders, voice disorders, swallowing disorders and logopedic diagnostics. Her professional and research interest include speech and language pathology, voice and speech disorders. She also coordinated several projects. Prof. Nevzeta also coordinated Bosnia Speech and Hearing Project in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina which lasted from 1996 to 2006., this project was performed in cooperation with American Association of Speech-Language Pathologists. In addition to this, she also coordinated CDP+ Project "Voice disorders"/"Articulation and phonological disorders", 2006 supported by WUS Austria, and was awarded with 2. place at CDP+ and eCP Awarding Ceremony. Prof. Nevzeta is president of Association of logopedists in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

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Nenad Glumbić PhD, – Member of Editorial Board
Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation, University in Belgrade, Serbia.
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Nenad Glumbić was born in 1970. He graduated from the Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Belgrade University as the best student of generation. At the Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation he defended the master thesis in 1997 and doctoral dissertation in 2000.
In period 1996-1998 he worked in a special pre school group for children with intellectual disability and autism. Since 1998 he has been working at the Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation as an assistant, and since 2001 as an assistant teacher. He became an associate professor in 2006.
He was involved in the following projects of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Republic of Serbia: „Intelligence, Emotional Maturity and Social Acceptance of Children with Discognitive Phenomena“, „Researches in Psychiatry“ and „The Phenomenology of Developmental Disabilities and Disorders “. He also participated in the realization of the project „Improvement of the Quality of Services in the Institutions of Social Security for the Persons with Invalidity“ (The Ministry of Education, Employment and Social Policy) and „The Local Action Plan for Children“ (UNICEF) and „Establishing a Centre for Inclusive Preschool Education in the City of Kragujevac“ (UN-Habitat).
He twice got the scholarship for expert improvement in the area of autism at the University of Bristol (Coimbra Group Hospitality Scheme) and at the University of Oxford (Oxford Colleges Hospitality Scheme). So far, he has published one monograph, four chapters in monographs as well as 130 scientific and professional articles.

 

altAjdinski Ljupcho, PhD – Member of Editorial Board
Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Philosophy, University "Ss Kiril and Metodij", Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
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Dr. Ajdinski Ljupcho is born 28.04.1930 professor, scientist and humanist. He finished pedagogical studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje and special education and rehabilitation at the Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation in Belgrade, where he defended his doctoral thesis. He was a full professor at the University in Belgrade till 1992 and at the Institute for Special Education and Rehabilitation in Skopje from 1993 to 2000 when he retired. He has had 18 books published, monographs and textbooks and over 120 professional-scientific works in national and international magazines. He is the founder of the contemporary theoretical bases of scientific special education and rehabilitation and practice, of the contemporary system for integral approach in rehabilitation of mentally retarded people in the country and the founder of the Institute for Special Education and Rehabilitation at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje. He has participated and managed more than 10 national and international research projects. He established many professional magazines and was an editor in chief of: Special Education and Rehabilitation, Theory and Practice, Message, Social Policy, as well as organizations for people with disabilities, and an honored president of some of them. As the deputy Minister of Health and Social Policy he participated in creating the systems for social care of children and care, education and rehabilitation of people with disabilities, as well as in establishing institutions in this field in the Republic of Macedonia. He was a delegate of the Federal Board of the Federal Assembly in Belgrade. He was awarded many national and international prizes and recognitions due to national ans social interest in science, education, humanity and his lifework.

 
 

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Dobrinka Georgieva, PhD – Member of Editorial Board
South West University (SWU), Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.
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Dobrinka Georgieva is an Associate Professor in Logopedics (Speech Therapy) at South West University (SWU), Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. Dr. Georgieva teaching, research, and clinical interests are in the area of fluency and voice disorders, as well as history of Logopedics and General Logopedics.
She has authored numerous research and clinical papers, chapters in books and books for stuttering, stuttering intervention and voice disorders. In addition, Georgieva has presented widely at national and international conferences and congresses on the topics mentioned above.
She currently coordinates many international and national projects and initiatives (World Bank project; National Science Fund; Erasmus and Fulbright). Georgieva was the leading person developing the Bulgarian Logopedics specialty recognition and evaluation in the field of health sciences.
Last decade she is director of the University Stuttering Research Center at SWU. Member of IALP, IFA and other international and national professional organizations. Main editor of the Bulgarian Journal of Communication Disorders. SWU’s Deputy Rector of international relations.

 

 

altDaniela Bratkovic, PhD – Member of Editorial Board  
Faculty of  Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb,
Zagreb, Republic of Croatia.
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Dr Daniela Bratkovic was born in 1968. She is the Member of Editorial Board (Associate Editor) of the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation. She is a graduate on the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences (University of Zagreb, Croatia) in 1993, where she later obtained his M.A. (1996). She obtained PhD degree in 2002.  
She introduced subjects  Community Based Support for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Sexuality on the undergraduate, Person Centered Planning, Supported Employment and Self-Advocacy on the graduate, and Social Policy and Disability on the on the postgraduate curricula at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences.  Her research interests are community based support and quality of life of people with intellectual dissabilities. She is Editor in Chief of the Croatian Review of Rehabilitation Research. She is an active member of the Association for Promotion Inclusion (croatian association who is an active member of the Inclusion Europe, European Coalition for Community Living, Central European Mental Disability Advocacy Project, etc.) and  International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities. She was associate member and project consultant in huge number of croatian and international scientific projects.

 

 

altViviana Langher PhD – Member of editorial board
University "Sapienza", Roma, Italy
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Viviana Langher is born in Roma on July 14th 1965. At Roma University “Sapienza”, in 1992 she graduated summa cum laude in Psychology; in 1996, she then specialized in Clinical Psychology, again graduating summa cum laude; and in 2003 she obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Since 2003, she has been a staff member of the Faculty of Psychology at “Sapienza” university, currently as professor of Clinical Psychology, teaching “Fundamentals of Clinical Psychology” and “Methods and techniques for the evaluation of interventions in clinical psychology”. She is the director of the post-graduate course: Clinical Psychology for the Person, the Organizations and the Community.
Her research activities are focused on several topics: early communicative abilities in newborns, attachment theory and its clinical implication, qualitative and quantitative analysis of inclusive processes in Italy and abroad; gender-based violence; and methodologies of evaluation of psychological clinical intervention.
She is the scientific head of several international projects aimed at supporting the quality of inclusive processes in foreign countries. Italian being her mother tongue, she fluently speaks English and Serbian.

 

 

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Natasha Chichevska Jovanova, PhD – Member of the editorial board
Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Philosophy, University "Ss Cyril and Methodius", Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
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Dr Natasha Chichevska Jovanova was born in Shtip in 1971. She is member of the Editorial board of the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation. She is a graduate of the Belgrade Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation in 1994, where she later obtained her M.Sc. (2001). She obtained PhD degrees in 2008 on the Faculty of Philosophy. She introduced subjects “Methodic of early treatment and preschool education of children with disabilities”, “Methodic of education of mild mental retarded pupils”, “Methodic of educative working with persons with severe and combined disability”, “Somatopedy”. She is the president of the Commission for publishing in the frames of the Association of Special Educators and Rehabilitators of the Republic of Macedonia and she is also member of the Macedonian Association for Autism. During her work on the Institute for Special Education and Rehabilitation she got certificates for “Reeducation of psycho-motorics”, “Occupational therapy”, and “Musical therapy” and she took a part on lot of seminars, symposiums, educative conferences, as like as in the studies programs in Reggio Emila- Italy and Arhnem- Holland. During the past years she participated in preparing and realization of a many scientific-expert projects including the projects: “Advancement of the carefulness and treatment of the children with disabilities” in the frames of Ministry for labour and social work and GTZ, “Improvement of the life conditions for persons with cerebral palsy” leaded by Handicap International (2000), “Modernization of the education” by TEMPUS (2006/07), she is also responsible for the “Innovative educative program for children with disabilities”.    

 

 

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Enzo Emanuele, MD, – Member of the editorial board
University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.
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Enzo Emanuele (born June 10, 1977 in Novara, Italy) is a Board Certified Clinical Pathologist and a recognized expert in the field of disease biomarkers to help diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases. After growing up in Robbio, Lombardy, Dr Emanuele earned his M.D. degree from the University of Pavia, Italy. After interning at the Molecular Medicine Laboratory at the University of Pavia, he founded Living Research s.a.s., a privately-held company aiming to improve the quality of scientific research with the ultimate goal to improve the quality of life for everyone. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of this company. His research interests lie in the identification of biochemical markers of autism and other psychiatric disorders. Another focus of his studies is the role of serotonin and omega-3 fatty acids in experimental human behaviour, including neuroeconomics. In 2008, he received the International Zdenek Klein Award for Human Ethology from the Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic. Dr Emanuele has published about 100 original and review papers in international scientific journals from various medical fields.

 

 

altDaniela Dimitrova-Radojichikj, PhD – Member of the editorial board
Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Philosophy, University "Ss Cyril and Methodius", Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
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Dr Daniela Dimitrova-Radojichikj was born in Veles in 1971. She is member of the Editorial board of the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation. She is a graduate of the Belgrade Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation in 1994, where she later obtained her M.Sc. (2001). She obtained PhD degrees in 2007 on the Faculty of Philosophy. She introduced subjects “Methodic of early treatment and preschool education of children with disabilities”, “Methodic of education of visual impairment pupils”; her research interest is education and rehabilitation of visual impairment peoples. She is the president of the Commission for professional improving and holding professional meetings in the frames of the Association of Special Educators and Rehabilitators of the Republic of Macedonia and she is also member of the Macedonian Association for Autism and International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI). During her work on the Institute for Special Education and Rehabilitation she took a part on lot of seminars, symposiums, educative conferences, as like as in the studies programs in Reggio Emila- Italy and Arhnem- Holland. During the past years she participated in preparing and realization of a many scientific-expert projects including the projects: “In focus” by TEMPUS, Teaching Training for Children with SEN within of the  of  Ministry of Education - Macedonia-World Bank she is also responsible for the “Innovative educative program for children with disabilities”.   

 

 

altMatthias Grünke, PhD– Member of the editorial board
University of Cologne, Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Germany
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Matthias Grünke was born in Erlangen (Germany) in 1969. He received his Masters degree in educational psychology from the University of Erlangen-Nuremburg and his Ph.D. as well as his postdoctoral degree ("Habilitation") in special education from the University of Cologne. Dr. Grünke is a trained behavior therapist and Montessori educator. His research has focused on the efficacy of teaching methods for learning disabled students and on professionalizing special education teachers. He is currently a full professor of special education at the University of Cologne. Before his current assignment, he was a full professor at the University of Oldenburg. Dr. Grünke is the vice president of Learning Disabilities Worldwide (LDW®) and the chair of the professional advisory board of the same organization. He is a fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities and a member of the Consortium for Empirical Research in Special Education (AESF), the German Association of Colleges and Universities (DHV), the German Association of Psychology (DGPs), as well as the German Association of Education (DGFE). Together with Dr. Jürgen Wilbert, he edits the German speaking and peer-reviewed journal Empirical Special Education and is one of the associate editors of Insights on Learning Disabilities: From Prevailing Theories to Validated Practices. He is a member of the editorial board of Aula Albierta, Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (in German), and Psicothema.   

 


altManuel Casanova, PhD – Member of the editorial board

University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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Dr. Manuel Casanova made his residency training in neurology and then spent 3 years doing a fellowship in neuropathology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his stay at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Casanova was in-charge of Pediatric Neuropathology, a fact which kindled his interest in developmental disorders of the brain. His clinical experience was enhanced by appointments as either a consultant or staff neuropathologist at Sinai Hospital (Maryland), the North Charles Hospital and the D.C. General Hospital. He spent several years as Deputy Medical Examiner for Washington, D.C., where he gained valuable experience in the post-mortem examination of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and child abuse. His expertise in the field was recognized by honorary appointments as a Scientific Expert for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and as a Professorial Lecturer for the Department of Forensic Science at George Washington University. Dr. Casanova spent 8 years helping to establish 2 of the most successful brain banks in this country: The Johns Hopkins Brain Resource Center (3 years) and the Brain Bank Unit of the Clinical Brains Disorders Branch at the National Institutes of Mental Health (5 years). Dr. Casanova is the recipient of the Presidential Award of the American Medical Association, National Research Service Award by US Public Health Service, a Stanley Scholar, Senior Scientist Award (Winter Workshop in Schizophrenia), and Contributing Piece Award by Families for Effective Autism Treatment.  

 


altManfred Pretis, PhD – Member of the editorial board
University of Hambourg,  Germany
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Manfred Pretis, Professor for Early Childhood Intervention at medical School Hamburg. He is a Director and Founder of the private research and training Centre Social Innovative Network (S.I.N.N.) in Graz Austria.Manfred Pretis was born in Klagenfurt Austria. After finishing his studies (psychology, special education) he worked operatively as child psychology, before dedicating his research on Early Childhood Intervention.Currently Executive Board member of the European Assoication on Early Childhood Intervention and the International Society on Early Intervention. Member des Editorial Board of the Baltic Journal of Special Education and nominated expert for Austria within the European Project “Early Childhood Intervention” by the European Agency on Special Needs Education. Member of the Editorial board of the online Journal of Early Childhood Special Education (Int-Jecse), published by IIbrahim Diken, Anadolu University.Member of the Scientific counselling board of Fachhochschule Gera, (University of Applied Science Gera, Head of the Bachelor Program “Transdisciplinary Early Childhood Intervention” in Hamburg., EU project coordinator in the field of children/persons with Disability.Author of diverse books and articles in the field of Early Childhood Intervention (download “Pretis ed. (2010). Early Chidlhood Intervention Across Europe. Towards Standards, Shared Resources and National Challenges.

 


altJohn Eriksen, BA, Mag.art., Researcher Emeritus – Member of the editorial board
NOVA – Norwegian Social Research Institute, Oslo, Norway.
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John Eriksen was Born in Skjeberg, Norway, May 8, 1940. Since 2008, he is Editor-in-Chief of Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, published by Rougledge/Taylor & Francis Group. He holds a BA from The Copenhagen School of Economics and Business administration (1964) and a Mag.art.-degree in sociology from the University of Oslo (1972). He was the president of the Nordic Sociological Association and head of board, Acta Sociologica, 1997-99. In 2005, he organized the international research conference of the Nordic Network of Disability Research in Oslo. From 1972, he was a researcher at Institute of Resource Assessment, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, and from 1996 at NOVA – Norwegian Social Research Institute, Oslo, Norway where he was a research director 2004-2009. He has been a visiting researcher at i.a. the Australian Institute of family Studies, Melbourne, The Danish Institute of Social Research, Copenhagen, and Institute of Ageing Studies, Oxford UK. His research interest includes health, disability and quality of life, living conditions, formal and informal care arrangements and families with disabled children. In 2011, he edited (with E. Addis, P. Villota and F. Degavre) Gender and well-being: The role of insttutions (Ashgate, UK) and (with S. Næss and T. Moum) Quality of life. Research on the good life (in Norwegian, Fagbokforlaget publishers).

 


altShefalli Gulati, МD – Member of Editorial Board
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), India.
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Sheffali Gulati (MD, FIAP, FIMSA; born July 28, 1971 in New Delhi, India) joined All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 1988 and currently working as Additional Professor, Chief of Child Neurology Division,Department of Pediatrics.. Was part of the team to start DM ( Pediatric Neurology program) first time in S-E Asia in 2004. Areas of Interest: Developmental disabilities including autism & cerebral palsy; Multidisciplinary rehabilitation & Public health dimension, neurometabolic disorders, neurogenetics, neurocysticercosis, febrile convulsions, epilepsy, status epilepticus, dietary therapies in intractable epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders and electrophysiology. She is Fellow, IAP, Fellow, IMSA; Member ICMR Task Force: IEM; National Advisory Board Member, Indian Rett Syndrome Foundation; Has served as Editorial Board Member (2); Review Editor (1); Lead Guest editor (1) Reviewer for Journals: 22 ( including BMJ open, Journal of inherited metabolic disease) Visiting Faculty for Post Graduate Diploma in Developmental Neurology, Thiruvanthapuram, Research: Site- PI, Network coordinator of a major multicentric National study: Neuro-developmental Disabilities among children in India: An INCLEN study funded by NIH, Autism speaks, National Trust; International collaborators). Developed & Validated culture sensitive Diagnostic Instruments for Autism, ADHD, Epilepsy; Cerebral Palsy. Also developed a Neurodevelopmental Screening tool to screen for 10 neurodevelopmental disorders in the community. It has undergone validation at 5 sites across the country and data analysis is ongoing. It is a stepping stone towards development of a National Program of neurodevelopmental disorders. Also training modules developed for all 10 neurodevelopmental disorders will provide a comprehensive training package for health professionals. Other projects: Model Injection Centres: A Program to improve injection practices in the country: An IndiaCLEN study; Bone mineral densitometry in epileptic children on phenytoin monotherapy; 3 RCTs Gabapentin, Valproate & valproate with levocarnitine in Spinal Muscular atrophy; Newborn screening; Neurocognitive follow up; Difficult to treat epilepsy, proteomics profiling in meningitis; heavy metals and autism; heavy metals and cerebral palsy; stem cells in DMD, Naegleria infection, mitochondrial disorders. Research Publications: 167 publications in various International & National Journals; Impact Factor: Upto 8.31 (6 publications)Citations: Upto 54 per publication; Assisting in editing book: 1;Chapters in book: 55 ; Abstracts 168 ; learning resource material 32 Membership to Professional Bodies: 17 including various International Societies

 


altJane Squires, PhD – Member of Editorial Board
Center on Human Development, Early Intervention Program, University of Oregon, Eugen, Oregon, USA.
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Jane Squires, Ph.D. is a Professor of Early Intervention/Special Education, Director of the Early Intervention Program at the University of Oregon, and Director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Center on Human Development. Dr. Squires oversees research and outreach projects in the areas of developmental screening, implementation of screening systems, early identification of developmental delays, and the involvement of parents in monitoring of their young children's development. She is an author of the Ages and Stages Questionnaires, Ages and Stages Questionnaires: Social-Emotional, and the Social Emotional Assessment Measure, and has authored or co-authored over 90 books, chapters, assessments, videotapes, and articles on developmental screening and early childhood disabilities and has received over $17 million in research and federal personnel preparation grants. She consults nationally and internationally on the implementation of screening systems worldwide. Dr. Squires received the University of Oregon Research Innovation Award in 2008, Excellence in Clinical Medical Research Award from Sacred Heart Medical Center in 2007, and Community Recognition Award from the Lane County Commission on Children and Families in 2007 for her federal substance-exposed newborns research project. She currently teaches doctoral level courses in Special Education/ Early Intervention at the University of Oregon and directs the western center of the Early Childhood Personnel Center.

 


tsafi timorTsafi Timor, Ph.D – Member of Editorial Board
The Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology & The Arts, Tel-Aviv, Israel
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Dr. Tsafi Timor was born in Israel. She is the Head of a Masters program (M. Teach) at the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology & The Arts in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is a graduate of Tel Aviv University (English literature, French Culture and language, and Special Education). Tsafi obtained her M.Sc from Leicester University, UK, in Applied Psychology (1998). Her thesis focused on the relationship between learning disabilities and criminal behaviors. She obtained her Ph.D also from Leicester University in 2003. Her thesis focused on the inclusion of teenage students with special needs (particularly learning disabilities) in mainstream education.
Tsafi has taught English and Special Education in a secondary school for many years and has specialized in teaching students with language disorders and disabilities. Tsafi is a psycho-educational diagnostician of learning disabilities, with a special expertise in learning disabilities in foreign language acquisition. For the past 10 years she teaches academic courses on learning disabilities, the integration of students with special needs in mainstream classes, and pedagogy at The Kibbutzim College of Education (Department of Special Education, English language education, Faculty of Education).
Her main research interests are the inclusion of students with learning disabilities in mainstream education, learning disabilities in foreign languages, the identification of special needs and remedial teaching, teacher development. Tsafi is part of the editorial board of The Electronic Journal for Inclusive Education (Wright State University, USA). She has more than 30 articles published in local and international journals.

Goran Nedović PhD – Member of Editorial Board
Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation, University in Belgrade, Serbia.
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Dr Goran Nedovic is a full professor at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation. His field of academic expertise is a special education and rehabilitation of people with motor disabilities. Work in the profession, started in elementary school, "Braca Ribnikar" in Bijelo Polje, as associate. He has been working as an assistant-teaching assistant at University of Montenegro, Podgorica Medical Institute. Dr Goran Nedovic is involved in teaching at other higher education Institutions: University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Medicine and University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Medicine – Special Education and Rehabilitation. He was a member of the working group of the Government of the Republic of Serbia for the development of the Millennium Development Goals for education. The scientific and professional work of Dr Goran Nedović includes several thematic areas: motor behavior of people with disabilities (people with motor disabilities, people with intellectual disabilities and people with sensory impairments), the study of the functional characteristics of persons with motor disabilities and the development of new methodological framework of preventive corrective work in special education and rehabilitation.

 
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