Vladimir Trajkovski, MD, PhD – EDITOR IN CHIEF
Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Philosophy, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
Prof. Dr. Vladimir Trajkovski is born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1968. He is Editor-in-chief of the Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine in Skopje (1994), where he later obtained his M.Sc. (1999). He obtained PhD degrees in 2002 on the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje. He works as president of Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism since 2005. He introduced subject Autism in the postgraduate curricula at the Faculty of Philosophy. His research interest are genetic and physiological aspects of autism spectrum disorders, but he has also published in the fields of human genetics and medical aspects of disability. He was former editor of the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation in the period (2008-2017). He became head of educational-scientific board of postgraduate studies at Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation from October 2009 until September 2013. 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. He is also member of Advisory Board of The Open Access Journal of Science and Technology and many other international journals. He takes a part in 15 international projects and attends on more than 80 conferences and seminars. He has more than 90 articles published in domestic and international journals and several handbooks and manuals.
Michael Fitzgerald, MD, PhD – Member of Editorial Board
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Professor Dr. Michael Fitzgerald was the Henry Marsh Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the first professor of child and adolescent psychiatry in Ireland specialising in autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Professor Dr. Michael Fitzgerald has diagnosed over 3,000 persons with ASD. He is a Clinical and Research Consultant to the Irish Society for Autism and an Honorary member of the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations.
Donatella Marazziti, MD, Ph.D – Member of Editorial Board
Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale, Section of psychiatry, University of Pisa, Italy
Prof. Dr. Donatella Marazziti was born in Baschi, Italy in 1956. He is Editor-in-chief of Clinical Neuropsychiatry, Field Editor of CNS Spectrums and Associated Editor of BMJ Psychatry, while being also in the editorial board of other international journals. She graduated in Medicine and Surgery in Pisa (1981) where she later obtained her Specialty in Psychiatry (1985) and in Biochemistry (1990). Her research interests are focused on biological markers in psychiatric and normal conditions, emotion, attachment, psychopharmacology and clinical psychiatry.
She was awarded different international and national prizes. She is member of several international and national scientific societies and committees. She has participated actively in hundreds of conferences, seminars and teaching activities. She has authored more than 600 papers mainly in international journals (297 in Pubmed), chapters in books, 8 books, two essays and one novel.
Manuel Casanova, MD – Member of Editorial Board
Smart State Endowed Chair in Childhood Neurotherapeutics, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville, USA.
Prof. 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), an honorary Doctor’s degree, Honorary Visiting Professorship, and Contributing Piece Award by Families for Effective Autism Treatment. He also serves in numerous Scientific Advisory Boards and as editor for over a dozen journals. At present he is the SmartState Chair for Childhood Neurotherapeutics at the University of South Carolina.
Kneginja Richter, MD, PhD, MHBA – Member of Editorial Board
Department for Sleep Medicine, Chronobiology and Neurostimulation, University Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy PMU, Nuremberg, Germany.
Prof. Dr. med. Kneginja Richter is Head of the Department for Sleep Medicine, Chronobiology and Neurostimulation, University Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy PMU in Nuremberg, Germany. She is a Full Professor at the Faculty for Social Sciences at Technical University Nuremberg, Georg Simon Ohm in Germany. Also she serves as Associate Professor at the Medical Faculty, University “Goce Delchev” in Shtip, Macedonia.
She finished her specialization in Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Sleep Medicine. Prof. Richter is member of various bodies such us: EPMA national coordinator for Bavaria, Germany and Macedonia (European Association for Preventive, Predictive & Personalised Medicine), management committee TINNET-Cost action project, Transcultural Psychiatric Association of the World Health Organization, Deputy of the Working Group “Chronobiology”, German society for sleep medicine, German society for neurophysiology (EEG Certificate) and German Doctors chamber. She received a big number of grants and awards in her career: Science Award (Gold) by Paracelsus Medical University Nuremberg in Germany, Science Award (Bronze) Parcelsus Medical University Nuremberg, Germany, Award of the City Skopje, Macedonia for Support of the mental health in the country, Award for Individual Philanthropist from the Diaspora, CIR-a, Center for institutional development, Macedonia, Honour from the Faculty for Philosophy, Skopje, Macedonia, Award of Elli Lilly international foundation – „Social Integration and new alternative support of persons with mental illness in Macedonia“.
Alexander Poletaev, MD, PhD – Member of the Editorial Board
Federal Researcs Ctr. of Reanimation and Rehabilitation RAS, Moscow, Russia
Prof. Dr. Alexander Poletaev is born in Moscow, Russia in 1951. He is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal for ReAttach Therapists and Developmental Disabilities. He is a graduate of the 3rd Medical Institute in Moscow (1974), where he later obtained his PhD (1977). He obtained MD degrees in 1988 on the Faculty of Biochemistry of the University of International Friendship in Moscow. He works as researcher, senior researcher, main researcher in the Res.Inst.of Normal Physiology by name P.K.Anokhin, Moscow; Medical Research Center Immmunculus, Moscow; Federal Researcs Ctr. of Reanimation and Rehabilitation RAS, Moscow, Russia. His research interests are related to Immunophysiology, Natural autoimmunity, Autism, Immunology of pregnancy and fetal development, Immunobiotechnology, Oncoimmunology. He is member of some International Scientific Society and member of Editorial Board of many international journals. He takes a part (as invited speaker, Chairman and co-chairman) in nearly two dozen of International Congresses, conferences and seminars. He has author more than 200 articles published in domestic and international journals, handbooks and manuals. He has author more than 10 Patents in field of Biochemistry, Immunology, Biotechnology.
Matthew P. Janicki, PhD – MEMBER OF EDITORIAL BOARD
University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, Illinois USA)
Prof. Dr. Matthew P. Janicki is the co-chair of the US National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices and an associate research professor at the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Formerly, he was director for aging and special populations for the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Currently, he is leading a longitudinal study of specialized group homes designed for dementia related care of adult with intellectual disability, and previously was the principal investigator of several studies examining how community agencies provide community supports to adults with intellectual disabilities affected by Alzheimer’s disease and how families are aided by community agencies in supporting adults with Down syndrome affected by Alzheimer’s disease. He is the author of numerous books and articles in the area of aging, dementia, public policy, and rehabilitation with respect to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (including: Dementia, Aging, and Intellectual Disabilities: A Handbook) and has lectured and provided training on aging and intellectual disabilities across the world. He was also the project director of an effort that provided the World Health Organization with a series of background reports on promoting longevity among adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the world. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.
Vijendra K. Singh, PhD – Member of Editorial Board
Neuroimmunologist/Neuroscientist for Autism, USA
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. At Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, he specialized in clinical immunology, laboratory medicine and neuro-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.
Matthias Grünke, Ph.D. – Member of Editorial Board
University of Cologne, Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Germany
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.
Mohammad Ghaziuddin, MD – Member of Editorial Board
University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ghaziuddin was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. After graduating from Osmania University, Hyderabad, in 1980, he obtained higher training in psychiatry in London where he obtained his membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych 1986). Subsequently, he moved to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, where he trained in child psychiatry and obtained research experience in autism and developmental disorders. Except for visiting professorships and academic visits, he has spent his professional life in the US at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is a full professor in Psychiatry. He is a Diplomate of the American Boards of Psychiatry, Neurology and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr Ghaziuddin describes himself as a clinician, a researcher and an educator. His main areas of research and clinical interests include the phenomenology, classification and the comorbidity of autism spectrum disorders. He was among the first to systematically study the distinction between autism and Asperger syndrome, and also explore the psychiatric comorbidity of autism spectrum disorders. His book on the Mental Health Aspects of Autism and Asperger Syndrome, published in 2005, was the first book on this topic. He is also a dedicated teacher, who has taught and mentored trainees in psychiatry, both in the US and overseas. Author of about 100 publications, including peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters and books, he has traveled and lectured widely. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and has served on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals, and advised governmental agencies about child mental health with particular reference to autism.
Luis Anunciação, PhD – Member of Editorial Board
Institute of Psychology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Prof. Dr. Luis Anunciação holds a Ph.D. degree in Psychometrics (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro) and an MS degree in Public health/Epidemiology (Rio de Janeiro State University). Part of doctoral studies and research was conducted at University of Oregon – USA. He is currently a professor of Psychometrics at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and he works as statistical consultant and research at ANOVA. Actually, he is a reviewer of Frontiers in Psychology, section Psychopathology, and ad-hoc reviewer for Brazilian Psychiatry Association. He has experience in the field of quantitative Neuroscience, with an emphasis on Psychometrics (Item Response Theory, Structural Equation Modeling) and Inferential Statistics (with R, SPSS, and Mplus).
Ana Fritzhand, PhD – Member of Editorial Board
Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
Dr. Ana Fritzhand graduated psychology in 2001 at the Faculty of Philosophy, Un. “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje, Macedonia. She obtained her M.Sc. (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) in Developmental Psychology at the same University. Dr. Fritzhand begun her professional career in 2003 as younger assistant at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, Un. “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje, where she is head of department now. Currently she holds rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Fritzhand actively participate in many referent conferences and congresses, in various workshops, trainings and seminars (both as participant and educator), which promote her into skilled educator and supervisor. In the last ten years Dr. Fritzhand worked closely with the representatives from the Government of the R. of Macedonia, i.e. The Ministry for Education and Science, The Ministry of Health, The Ministry of Labor and Social Politics and other governmental, as well as domestic and foreign non-governmental organizations (ex. UNICEF, USAID, OSCE etc.). She is actively involved in activities and projects concerning development of strategic documents, assessment and evaluation of the progress of implementation of changes in the primary and secondary education system in Macedonia. In 2008 Dr. Fritzhand was visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, provided as part of the Junior Faculty Development Program sponsored by the U.S. State Department and administered through the American Councils in Washington D.C. Dr. Fritzhand participated in many projects and has published many papers (individual scientific papers, conference proceedings, chapters in handbook) and one internationally published book.
Nenad Glumbić, PhD – Member of Editorial Board
University of Belgrade – Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Republic of Serbia
Nenad Glumbić was born in Kragujevac, Serbia in 1970. He obtained PhD degree in special education in 2000. As a research fellow, he spent two months at Bristol University and Oxford University. Currently he is full professor at the Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation (University of Belgrade). He is author and co-author of 3 books and more than 300 publications related to autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities. He has been engaged in the following projects of the Serbian Ministry of Science and Technological Development: “Intelligence, Emotional Maturity and Social Acceptance of Children with Cognitive Disorders”, “Research in Psychiatry”, “The Phenomenology of Disabilities and Developmental Disorders”. He has also participated in the following projects: “The Quality Improvement of Welfare Services for Persons with Disabilities (Ministry of Labor and Social Policy); “Local Action Plan for Children” (UNICEF); “Establishment of the Center for Inclusive Preschool Education in Kragujevac” (UN – Habitat); “Structuring and Institutionalizing Day Care Service” (Humanitarian organization “Dečje srce”); “Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Education and Employment of Persons with Disabilities” – Midway” (USAID Mission in Serbia); “Support to the work of Commissions for Assessment and Orientation of Children with Special Educational Needs and Day Care Centres for Children with Disability” (UNICEF – Montenegro office); “Social Welfare And Child Care System Reform: Enhancing Social Inclusion” (UNDP). He is principal investigator of the project “Social participation of persons with intellectual disabilities” financed by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.
Dobrinka Georgieva, PhD – Member of Editorial Board
Department of Logopedics, Faculty of Public Health, Health Care and Sports, South-West University “N. Rilski”, Blagoevgrad, and Medical School, Hospital Lozenetz, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Dobrinka Georgieva is Full Professor in Logopedics (Social Medicine and Public Health Organization) at South-West University “Neofit Rilski” (SWU), Blagoevgrad, and Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski” (SU), Medical School, Hospital Lozenetz, Sofia, Bulgaria. She started her academic career in 1987 as an Assistant Professor in Logopedics at SWU. In 1993 she obtained a PhD degree on stuttering. 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 80 research and clinical papers and articles, 9 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 (63 presentations). She currently coordinates many international and national projects and initiatives (World Bank project; National Science Fund; Erasmus and Fulbright). She is member of the International Fluency Association Professional Liaisons Committee, member and consultant of the Educational Committee of International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP), member of the US Department of State’s Global Fulbright Alumni. Georgieva is the leading person developing the Bulgarian Logopedics specialty recognition and evaluation in the field of Public Health. Last two decades she is a founder and director of the University Stuttering Research Center at SWU. She is an active member of 7 international editorial journal boards. SWU’s Deputy Rector of international relations (2004-2011). Head of the International relations Office (from 2011 until 2017).
Shefali Gulati, MD, FAMS, FIAP, FIMSA – Member of Editorial Board
Department of Pediatrics, AlIMS, New Delhi, India
Sheffali Gulati is born on July 28, 1971 in New Delhi, India. She joined All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 1988, joined as a faculty in July 2000 and currently working as Professor, Chief of Child Neurology Division, Coordinator, DM Pediatric Neurology Programme (April 2008 onwards), Faculty Incharge, Centre of Excellence and Advanced Research for Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders (October 2017 onwards). She was part of the team to start DM (Pediatric Neurology program) first time in S-E Asia in 2004. Areas of Interest: Neuro Developmental Disorders including autism & cerebral palsy; Multidisciplinary rehabilitation & Public health dimension, neurometabolic disorders, neurogenetics, neurocysticercosis, febrile convulsions, epilepsy, status epilepticus, therapeutic advances in Ataxia Telangiectasia & Rett Syndrome, dietary therapies in intractable epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, autoimmune disorders, electrophysiology and stem cells.
She is Fellow IAP, Fellow IMSA; Member ICMR Task Force: IEM and Non Polio AFP; National Advisory Board Member: Indian Rett Syndrome Foundation; Patron The Blessed Heart Foundation Has served /serving as Editorial Board Member (5); Review Editor (1); Lead Guest editor (1); Section editor 1; Reviewer for Journals – 40. Organizing Secretary of Childhood Neurodevelopmental disorders workshop, 2014; Organised along with National Trust training of master trainers in Autism, 2016, 2017, 2018, Visiting Faculty for Post Graduate Diploma in Developmental Neurology, CDC Thiruvanthapuram; NIPCCD. Research Publications: 300 publications in various International & National Journals; membership to Professional Bodies: 19 including various International Societies.
Joanna Kossewska, PhD – Member of Editorial Board
Department of Psychology, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Cracow, Poland
Joanna Kossewska, Ph.D, – graduated in exceptional psychology from Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland). University teacher and researcher at the Chair of Psychology of Pedagogical University of Cracow.
Experiences in international EU projects: (1) On-line Trainautism: Training about disorders of the autistic spectrum, 2001-2004; (2) “How to Talk and be Understood” – a self-education social communication programme for adults with autism, 2007-2009 (project coordinator); 3) Creation of the Ideal Model of Vocational Counselling for Children and Youth with Special Educational Needs, 2010-2012; 4) Vocational Education with embedded Social inclusion Tactics for Autistic People, 2012-2014 (project coordinator), (5) EDUROB – Educational Robotics for Students with Learning Disabilities, 2014-2016 (partner), (6) Inclusive education: socio-psychological, educational, sociological aspects, 2014-2017 (partner).
Author of papers and books in the field of exceptional psychology in: Psychology Research, Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation, E-Pedagogium, etc. She is a Volunteer in Krakow Branch of National Society for Autism (over 25 years) and Member of The Krakow Branch (2006-2015). Member of Editorial board of Psychologia Rozwojowa, Annales Universitatis Paedagogicea Cracoviensis, and Social Welfare: Interdisciplinary Approach.
Monica Reichenberg – Member of Editorial Board
Department of Education and Special education University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Senior professor Monica Reichenberg is born in Gothenburg. She obtained her PhD degree in 2000 at the Faculty of Education, The University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She had a position as professor in general didactics from 2010-2017 at the Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg. She has been a professor in literacy at Umea University and a professor in Education at University West. Her research interest involves reading comprehension and students with intellectual disabilities. In her research, she links reading comprehension to reading strategies and language background for students with and without intellectual disability. She is also interested in how teachers´ and special educators´ attitudes relate to educational predictors. She has been a scientific leader in the Swedish literacy boost for students with intellectual disabilities.
She is a member of the editorial board of Reading Matrix. She has been a member of the board of the Swedish Dyslexia Association and Dyslexi – a journal edited by the Swedish Dyslexia Association and Swedish Dyslexia foundation. She is a member of the research committee for Swedish writers of educational books and materials (SLFF). She has published numerous articles in domestic and international journals and several books about reading comprehension. Her most well cited article is: “Developing reading comprehension among students with mild intellectual disabilities: An intervention study” co-authored with professor Ingvar professor Lundberg, published in Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research. She has reviewer assignments for several journals in education, disability and psychology.
Haris Memisevic, PhD – Member of Editorial Board
Department of Education and Rehabilitation, Educational Sciences, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Haris Memisevic was born in Tuzla, BiH in 1977. He obtained his masters degree in psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Tuzla and then a PhD degree in intellectual disabilities from University of Tuzla in 2013. He worked at the Center for Education and Rehabilitation of children with intellectual disability “Mjedenica“, Sarajevo for more than 10 years. Currently he is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Educational Sciences. His research interests are in the field of child development and developmental disabilities, in particular intellectual disability. He implemented many projects regarding the development of executive functions in preschool and school children with and without developmental disabilities. He writes and publishes research in the area of executive functions, child development, intellectual and developmental disabilities. Presently, he serves as the Head of Department of Education and Rehabilitation at the Faculty of Educational Sciences.
Hanna A. Alonim, Ph.D – Member of Editorial Board
Head of The Mifne Center & Head of Therapists training School, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Dr. Hanna A. Alonim is an expert and researcher on the autism spectrum in infancy, graduated in Mental Health at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. Alonim is the founder and Head of the Mifne Center for Treatment, Training, and Research, since 1987. The Mifne Center specializes in the treatment of infants diagnosed on the autism spectrum from all over Israel and the world. The treatment program encompasses the entire nuclear family. She is the Head of the Therapists Training School for Autism in Infancy at Bar Ilan University in TLV. Dr. Alonim has developed the ESPASI screening scale for the detection of ASD in the first year of life, and established the first unit for the detection of autism in infants at the TLV Sourasky Medical Center. She is a member of the Helsinki Research Committee at the Ziv Medical Center, Israel, and a member of the ICF Core Set committee for ASD, Stockholm, 2016.
Edward Chan, M.Sc., D.Phil. – Member of Editorial Board
Principal Consultant Psychologist & Chief Editor of the International Journal of Psychotherapy, Counseling & Psychiatry: Theory, Research & Clinical Practice, International Psychology Centre, 11-1 Wisma Laxton, Jalan Desa, Kuala Lumpur 58100, Malaysia.
Dr. Edward Chan is Chief Editor of of the International Journal of Psychotherapy, Counseling & Psychiatry: Theory, Research & Clinical Practice and the principal consultant psychologist of the International Psychology Centre. He is a graduate with Hons in Psychology and Philosophy of Middlesex University (1989) and he later obtained his M.Sc. (1991) from Lancaster University. He obtained his D.Phil degree in Psychology from the Intercultural Open University in 1995 after having spent 1991-1994 at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford and the Institute of Educational Technology, Open University doing his doctoral research. He works as the principal consultant psychologist of the International Psychology Centre since 2009. He is the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Psychotherapy, Counseling & Psychiatry: Theory, Research & Clinical Practice. Dr. Chan is also the principal psycho-nutritional therapist at WellLab (MalaysiaLaboratory.com), Centre for Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory Testing. His research and clinical practice interest are schema therapy, voice dialogue, emotional focused therapy and psychonutritional diagnostic laboratory testing and therapy for autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) with genetic, neurotransmitters, hormonal, gut health and biochemical aspects of ASD. He is an active member of the World Council for Psychotherapy, the International Society for Psychotherapy, Counseling & Psychiatry; Theory, Research & Clinical Practice, the Malaysian Association for Psychotherapy and the Malaysian Society for Complementary Medicine. He is a member of Advisory Board of many international journals and takes a part in multiple international projects. Dr. Chan was a chair person and an invited keynote speaker of many international conferences and seminars. He has multiple articles published in international journals and several handbooks and manuals.
Assoc. Prof. Agnieszka Żyta, PhD – Member of Editorial Board
Chair of Special Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
Dr hab. Agnieszka Żyta, prof. UWM is an Associated professor (PhD and habilitation) in University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland), a special pedagogue (education and rehabilitation of people with intellectual disability and typhlopedagogy – eduaction of people with visual impariments,). She works in the Faculty of Social Sciences in the Chair of Special Education and is a director of postgraduate studies of education and rehabilitation of people with intellectual disability in UWM, Olsztyn.
She is a member of Editorial Board of publishing series “Special Pedagogy – Conception and the Reality” (published by University in Szczecin) and a member of Scientific Committee of “International Journal of Lifelong Education and Leadership”. Her research interests are psychosocial situation of family members of people with disabilities (siblings, parents, grandparents); social support for families of people with disabilities; self-determination and autonomy of adults with intellectual disabilities, violence against people with intellectual disabilities, intimate relationships and parenthood of people with intellectual disabilities, inclusion of children with special needs.
She is an author and co-author of 4 books, scientific editor of 3 books and author and co-author about 100 scientific papers in journals and chapters in books (domestic and international). Prof. Agnieszka Żyta is a member of International Association of Special Education, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Polish Educational Research Association and Polish Association of Special Educators.
Rea Fulgosi Masnjak, psychologist, PhD, full professor tenure – Member of Editorial board
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Inclusive Education and Rehabilitation, Zagreb, Croatia.
Prof. dr. sc. Rea Fulgosi Masnjak was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1960. She is head and a lecturer at the postgraduate doctoral study Prevention Science and Disability Study at the Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb. She graduated psychology at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology (1983), where she later obtained her M.Sc. (1989) and PhD (1994) in psychology. She is co-author of the joint graduate course Leisure and Recreation in Rehabilitation, with College of Health and Human Services, Indiana State University. She also teaches at the graduate and undergraduate studies of educational rehabilitation at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Education, University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Her research interests are psychological aspects of special needs and disability, but she also published in the fields of special education, early intervention, quality of life, mental health and intellectual disabilities, autism, well being, sensory integration. She published in domestic and international journals, she is author of several handbooks and manuals, actively participated with 70 presentations at scientific conferences. She participated in 20 domestic and international scientific projects. She was vice-president of the 6th European Mental Health Congress in Intellectual Disabilities and chairman of the 8th Scientific Conference Board at the Education and Rehabilitation Faculty Conference and was actively involved in organization and preparation of a number of other scientific and professional conferences, where she held a series of invited lectures. She is mother of three and a grandmother.
Dmitry Butko, MD, Professor – Member of editorial board
Department of Medical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Federal State Budgetary Institution of Higher Education “Saint-Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University”, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Professor Butko D.Y. was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia in 1966 and has been working at healthcare sphere more than 34 years. 26 of them he dedicated to neuropathology and developing new effective methods of rehabilitation and cure of pain syndromes. At the moment he is a Head of Department of medical rehabilitation and sports medicine at Federal State Budgetary Institution of Higher Education “Saint-Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University” of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation. Graduated S.M. Kirov Military Medical Academy with honors in 1989 (retraining course for doctors in neurology). In 2002 got the science rank MD, and has been the professor at the Department since 2005. In the name of Butko D.Y. 4 patents for inventions and 28 innovation proposals are registered, more than 150 scientific works on current issues of medicine, including monographs, reference books, manuals, and tutorials are published. His works and rehabilitation studies under the influence of alternating accelerations formed the basis of a new scientific direction of medicine, which is awarded and quoted in Russian and foreign scientific journals. Doctor Butko D.Y. is on the scientific and editorial board of journals “Nerves” and “Herald of Integrative Medicine”; member of the Expert Board of the State Duma Committee of PE, sports, tourism and youth; member of Healthcare Committee of Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Members States of the Union of Independent States.
Yasir Ahmed Syed, Ph.D. – Member of Editorial board
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute and School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, UK
Dr. Yasir Ahmed Syed is group leader at Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute, Cardiff University. Dr. Syed did his PhD from MaxPlanck Institute of Experimental Medicine, Germany and postdoctoral research at Welcome Trust-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, Cambridge UK. Main research focus of his group is to model neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases using human stem models. Complementary research project focuses on mechanisms of CNS regeneration with a particular focus on remyelination, an adult stem cell-mediated process in which new myelin sheaths are restored to demyelinated axons. He has number of publications and patent to his credit, where he has identified extrinsic (environmental) and intrinsic (transcriptional) factors that regulate the glial differentiation during development and disease. He is active member of number of professional societies and has reviewer assignments for several high impact journals and granting bodies (public and charities).
Dragana Protic, MD, PhD – Member of Editorial Board
Institute of Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
Assist. Prof. Dr. Dragana Protic was born in Sombor, Serbia in 1978. She was graduated of the School of Medicine in Belgrade (2004), where she later obtained her Postgraduate Academic Program in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapy (2007). She obtained PhD degrees (program in Molecular Medicine) and specialization in Clinical Pharmacology in 2013 on the School of Medicine in Belgrade. She works as Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the School of Medicine in Belgrade. The fruitful collaboration between US experts in the autism and Fragile X fields and Serbian researchers and physicians exists thanks to the efforts of Dr. Dragana Protic and her supervisors, Assist. Prof. Dejan Budimirovic, MD who is employed at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Dr. Randi Hagerman (medical director of MIND Institute, UC Davis). Several times, she had educational visits at the Kennedy Krieger Institute the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Protic has completed the UC Davis MIND Institute’s International Training Program in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ITPND) in 2018. She introduced lecture regarding to fragile X in PhD curricula ‘Medical Pharmacology’ at the School of Medicine University of Belgrade. She is a president of Fragile X Society-Balkans in Serbia. As a basic and clinical pharmacologist, her research interest is drug developing in fragile X field. In addition, she also published articles in other pharmacological fields. Dr. Protic is author or coauthor of more than 50 articles, book chapters, and meeting abstracts published in domestic and international journals.