SHALVA undertakes to provide the most up-to-date and productive therapies available under the guidance of an International Scientific Committee, comprised of outstanding professionals who stand at the forefront of disability awareness.
MALKA MARGALIT, PhD - Chairman
After receiving her PhD from London University, Prof. Malka Margalit served as both the Head of the Constantiner School of Education in Tel Aviv University and Chairman of the Israeli council of Psychologists. She is a senior educational and rehabilitation-psychologist and educator. Prof. Margalit is the former Director of the Shnearson Psycho-Educational Center and a representative of the Israeli Psychologists' Organization for the National Health committee. At present, Prof. Margalit is the Vice President for International Development of International Academy of Research in Learning Disabilities and on the Coordinating Committee of the International Society on Early Intervention. She has written three books, published more than 100 articles in international journals and made contributions to many professional volumes.
She was the Vice Chairperson of the International Association of Special Education, Chairperson of the Committee on Disability and Rehabilitation in the International Council of Psychologists, and the Chairperson of the Research Committee of the Shalem Foundation. She was also the Chairperson of the National Committee that was nominated by the Israeli Minister of Education to examine the implementation of the Israeli Special Education Law (Margalit Committee) and was awarded the Enoch Prize in 1986. The emphasis of Prof. Margalit's work examines resilience, loneliness, and the impact of hope among children with developmental challenges, as well as their families.
ARIE RIMMERMAN, PhD
Arie Rimmerman is Richard Crossman Professor of Social Welfare and Social Planning and founder Dean of Social Welfare and Health Sciences and head of school of social work at University of Haifa, Israel. He is also a distinguished Professor at the Newhouse School of Public Communication, Syracuse University. He is an internationally well-known researcher on the topics of social work and disability. His forthcoming book on Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities by Cambridge University Press provides international policy and legal perspective on the matter. Aside from his scientific contributions, he has served as an advisor to Ministers of Labor and Welfare in Israel and public committees on disabilities in Israel, Europe and the US. He is the recipient of the Lehman Award (1987), the William Trump Award (1998), the 1999 International Award of the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR) and the 2006 Burton Blatt Leadership Award.
MICHAEL GURALNICK, PhD
Prof. Michael Guralnick is Director of the Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) and Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics at the University of Washington. Comprised of a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and a Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities Research Center, the CHDD is one of the largest interdisciplinary research and training centers in the United States, addressing issues directly related to developmental disabilities.
Dr. Guralnick received the 1994 Distinguished Research Award from The Arc in the United States. He is a past president of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Early Childhood, and the Academy on Mental Retardation. Prof. Guralnick is a former Chair of the Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities Research Center. He is currently the Chair of the International Society on Early Intervention and the editor of the journal Infants & Young Children.
Prof. Semmel maintains professional relationships with the following organizations: American Association on Mental Deficiency; American Academy on Mental Retardation; American Psychological Association; American Psychological Society; Institute for Neuropsychology; New England Medical Center; First National CEC Research Award; and The Center for Innovation in Teaching the Handicapped. Prof. Semmel has published more than 200 articles, chapters and books. He's lectured in over 50 universities and presented at scores of professional meetings and conferences. He has been a consultant to many school systems, international agencies and governmental departments.
Prof. Burack's primary area of research is the study of attention and cognition among persons with developmental disabilities including autism and Down syndrome.