Research Event Speakers

Hillel Braude, MD, PhD

is a Integrative Medicine Doctor, Feldenkrais Practitioner and Neuro-Ethicist. Hillel is the Founder-Director of SomaticWell, an Integrative Medicine Clinic providing specialized treatments for infants and children with autism, and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Hillel has published extensively in the field of Neuroethics, Somatics and Philosophy of Medicine. He is the author of Intuition in Medicine: A Philosophical Defense of Clinical Reasoning (The University of Chicago Press, 2012). He is member of the Research Group Steering Committee.

Diane Hannemann, PhD

is an integrative health strategist and biochemist with more than 20 years of experience translating science to inform federal policy, innovative research programs, partnerships, and communications to improve health. Fascinated by molecules as the communicators of life, she received her PhD in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University. Earlier this year, she completed the Feldenkrais Training Program of Baltimore in the US.

Susan Hillier, PhD

Professor Susan Hillier is Dean: Research at the University of South Australia. She is also a Feldenkrais Practitioner (Melbourne 1991) and Trainer. Her personal practice, teaching and research have a broad focus on the neuroscience of sensing and moving – in particular for people who have sustained an injury or illness that impacts their function in daily life.

Roger Russell, MA, PT

is a Feldenkrais Trainer in Heidelberg, Germany, and part of the Research Group Steering Committee. He had the luck to participate in the San Francisco and Amherst trainings with Moshe Feldenkrais between 1975 and 1981. Roger was a coordinator in the FEFNA conferences Movement and the Development of Sense of Self (2004) and Embodying Neuroscience (2012). He has presented in conferences in Paris, Oxford, Berlin and Heidelberg.

Cliff Smyth, PhD

Cliff has been practicing Feldenkrais Method for 30 years. As a member of the IFF Board and more recently the Research Group Steering Committee, he was involved in starting the IFF’s research lists, the Feldenkrais Research Journal, and the current research network initiatives. He is a Faculty Member in the Department of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University. He is the editor of the Feldenkrais Research Journal.

Jim Stephens PhD, PT, CFP

Jim Stephens finished his PhD in Neuroscience and a clinical degree in Physical Therapy before becoming a Feldenkrais practitioner, completing the Toronto training in 1987. He has worked in clinical practice using both Feldenkrais method and physical therapy and continues to do a small clinical practice. He has published a number of peer reviewed papers on Feldenkrais Method including case studies.

Beatrix Vereijken, PhD MSc in Experimental Psychology (1987), PhD in Human Movement Science

Since 1997 she has been professor in at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology in Trondheim. Her PhD dissertation is a classic, and is cited in many kinesiology and movement science textbooks. Her scientific output consists of more than 300 international publications and presentations since 1994.