- The Method
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- The Profession
Pat Buchanan, PhD (1996) is an associate professor at Des Moines University in Iowa, physical therapist, and athletic trainer. From a dynamic systems perspective on development across the lifespan, she uses biomechanical and observational methods to evaluate behavior and the effects of interventions targeting improved function, movement and awareness.
Dav Clark, MS, PhD cand. (2008) is a doctoral candidate at UC Berkeley, studying sensori-motor learning and conceptual change. He simultaneously maintains a small Feldenkrais® practice. His primary interest is connecting psychological science with the Feldenkrais Method® while keeping things fun with his background in dance and the circus arts.
Jane E. Clark, PhD is Professor of the Department of Kinesiology and the Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on understanding the development of movement control and coordination in infants and young children and those with movement difficulties, particularly those with Developmental Coordination Disorder.
Susan Dillon, MA (1998) has taught Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® classes in Cambridge, England since 1996. Diagnosed with relapsing/remitting MS in 1994, she decided to train as a Feldenkrais practitioner. She had previously experienced the Feldenkrais Method® and realized that its effect on the nervous system might be helpful for people with MS.
Catherine Kerr (BA, Amherst College, PhD the Johns Hopkins University) is an assistant professor in Family Medicine at Brown University and a member of the Contemplative Studies Initiative (for which she is Director of Translational Neuroscience). She investigates mind-body interaction, looking specifically at how meditative attentional training modulates brain rhythm dynamics in peri-rolandic cortex.
Wolf E. Mehling, MD, is Associate Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (OCIM), at UCSF. He is certified in Family Medicine (Germany and USA), Manual Medicine and Psychotherapy (Germany). He also studied a variety of mind-body approaches with international teachers and completed a clinical research fellowship at UCSF. He is principal investigator studying mind-body therapies for the prevention of chronic low back pain (NIH), and for developing a “Measure of Body Awareness” (NIH) for mind-body therapies. His major interest lies in conducting clinical trials of mind-body therapies enhancing interoceptive body awareness.
Dr. Michael Merzenich, PhD, Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Posit Science Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco
As co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science, Michael Merzenich heads the company’s global team. For more than three decades, Dr. Merzenich has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. In the late 1980s, Dr. Merzenich was on the team that invented the cochlear implant, now distributed by market leader Advanced Bionics. In 1996, Dr. Merzenich was the founding CEO of Scientific Learning Corporation (Nasdaq: SCIL), which markets and distributes software that applies principles of brain plasticity to assist children with language learning and reading.
Dr. Merzenich has published more than 150 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals (such as Science and Nature), received numerous awards and prizes (including the Ipsen Prize, Zülch Prize, Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and Purkinje Medal), and been granted nearly 100 patents for his work. He and his work have been highlighted in hundreds of books about the brain, learning, rehabilitation, and plasticity. Dr. Merzenich’s work is also often covered in the popular press, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Forbes, Discover, and Newsweek. He has appeared extensively on television, and his work has been featured on four PBS specials: “The Brain Fitness Program,” “Brain Fitness 2: Sight and Sound,” “The New Science of Learning,” and “Brain Fitness Frontiers.”
Dr. Merzenich earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Portland and his PhD at Johns Hopkins. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison before becoming a professor at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2007, he retired from his long career at UCSF as Francis A. Sooy Professor and Co-Director of the Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1999 and the Institute of Medicine in 2008.
Alva Noë, PhD is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is a member of the Center for New Media and the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. He is the author of Varieties of Presence (Harvard University Press, 2012), Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness (FSG, 2009); and Action In Perception (MIT, 2004). He is a philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, Germany, and is now at work on a new book about art and human nature. Alva Noë is a weekly contributor to National Public Radio’s science and culture blog 13.7, Culture and Cosmos.
Dwight Pargee, MS (1996) Has studied the movement sciences and martial arts for the last 28 years and holds degrees in exercise science and kinesiology. Dwight is an Assistant Trainer and enjoys mountain biking and fly-fishing his way through the Cascades with his dog Lulu; and cooking whimsical meals.
Carl Ginsburg, PhD (1977) intuited very early in his studies that Moshe Feldenkrais understood learning and the mind-body complex in more depth than any other teaching he had explored in his life. Carl has been writing about the Method since he began studying with Moshe, and today also directs professional training groups. Co-author with Lucia Schuette-Ginsburg, Dipl. Ped., of The Intelligence of Moving Bodies: A Somatic View of Life and its Consequences.
Larry Goldfarb, PhD, GCFT (1983), became fascinated by the Feldenkrais Method® before the Amherst training ended, and his fascination has continued since he earned a doctorate in kinesiology. Larry brings what he learned to demystifying the method in teacher trainings, public workshops, and individual lessons. He is committed to articulating the logic of Feldenkraisian pedagogy and developing its practice. Larry is the founder of http://www.mindinmotion-online.com.
Cliff Smyth, MS, (1991) completed his Feldenkrais® training in Melbourne, Australia. An Assistant Trainer, he has worked in programs in Australia, Switzerland the United States. In his private practice in San Francisco he specializes in working with people dealing with stress, back pain, repetitive strain injuries and chronic pain. He also works as a life coach and is currently completing his MS in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University.
Georg Striedter, PhD, is a Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. His research has always focused on how and why brains have changed in evolutionary time. In the last few years he has focused specifically on the developmental mechanisms underlying evolutionary changes in brain size. In 1998, Dr. Striedter received the C. J. Herrick Award for his contributions to comparative neuroanatomy; in 2005, he published a widely acclaimed book entitled Principles of Brain Evolution; and in 2009 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Dr. Striedter is also the editor-in-chief of the journal Brain, Behavior and Evolution.
Sonja H. Sutherland, MA (1997) is a Feldenkrais® practitioner with over 12 years of ongoing studies in Formative Psychology®. She maintains a private practice in Berkeley and teaches workshops and retreats in the US and Europe. Sonja holds a black belt in Aikido and a Masters in Dance.
Michael T. Turvey, (PhD, the Ohio State University), joined the University of Connecticut in 1967 (Professor Emeritus, 2008) and the Haskins Laboratories in 1970. He has published over 380 scientific articles and earned numerous awards. His research on perception and action and their inter-relation follows James Gibson and Nicholai Bernstein in emphasizing the search for general laws and principles.
Jill Whitall, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science in the School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore. Originally trained in developmental control and coordination, Dr. Whitall has spent the last 15 years primarily investigating a specific bilateral arm training protocol for stroke and simultaneously determining neural mechanisms underlying recovery.