Editorial Team

Coordinating Editor

Cliff Smyth portraitCliff Smyth, MS, Feldenkrais Practitioner and Assistant Trainer. USA.

Cliff has a background in education, community development, and the arts prior to his studies and work in Feldenkrais Method. He has practiced Feldenkrais Method since 1991. He served on the Board of the International Feldenkrais Federation for 12 years. He was a former President of the International Feldenkrais Federation, and was President when the Feldenkrais Research Journal was first developed.

In addition to Feldenkrais Method, Cliff is interested in other mind-body approaches to health, such as hypnosis, autosuggestion, autogenics, and meditation. He is interested in research methods, and particularly the potential of phenomenological and hermeneutic, as well as empirical, approaches to knowledge. He is currently studying for a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University.


Cornelia Berens portraitCornelia Berens, MA, Feldenkrais Practitioner. Germany.

Cornelia Berens resides in Giekau, 30km east of Kiel in Northern Germany, offers editorial services to publishing companies and private persons. Her focus lies at the intersections of social psychology, contemporary history and cultural studies.

Since 2002 the Feldenkrais Method has been a vitally important part of her daily life, consequently leading to a professional training program which she completed in Heidelberg (Educational Directors: Roger Russell and Ulla Schlaefke) in March 2010. She has a private practice as Feldenkrais practitioner, and as a side-effect of her dedication to the Feldenkrais Method also offers editorial services in the field of somatic learning. Since 2012 she is one of two editors of the Feldenkraisforum, which is the quarterly journal of the FVD Feldenkrais-Verband Deutschland e. V. (German Feldenkrais Guild), and since 2011 she is as well in charge as one of two spokespersons for the re-established Schleswig-Holstein chapter of the FVD.

From 1994 to 2007, Berens was on the staff of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, co-coordinated the International Network for Interdisciplinary Research about the Impact of Traumatic Experience on the Life of Individuals and Society (Trauma Research Net) and was the editor of its online-Newsletter. During these years she moderated many discussions and conferences. Previously she worked as a consultant and organizer for cultural affairs and has written art and theatre reviews for several journals and magazines.

She studied modern German literature, literature of the Romance languages, and art history at the RWTH Aachen University, completing her M.A. with honors in 1982.

Hillel Braude portraitHillel D. Braude, MD, PhD, Feldenkrais Practitioner. Israel.

Hillel Braude is a medical doctor, philosopher of medicine and medical ethicist. He completed his medical education and training at the University of Cape Town Medical School (1993) and his PhD at the University of Chicago (2006). He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuroethics with McGill University s Biomedical Ethics Unit and Religious Studies Faculty (2008-2011).

His book manuscript, Intuition in Medicine: A Philosophical Defense of Clinical Reasoning, has been published with The University of Chicago Press. His research focuses on tacit-knowing, affect and automatic elements of cognition in relation to research ethics, moral reasoning and religious experience. Dr. Braude is also a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. He combines his Neuroethics research with hands-on work in the Feldenkrais Method and Neurorehabilitation, and specializes in working with infants applying the Child Space Method developed by Chava Shelhav. As an editor of the International Feldenkrais Federation Research Journal he actively promotes research integrating somatics education, neuroscience and philosophy. In 2011 he moved to Jerusalem, where he lives with his wife and infant son.

Karol Connors portraitKarol Connors, PT. Australia, Feldenkrais Practitioner. Australia.

Karol worked in neurological rehabilitation as a physiotherapist and Feldenkrais practitioner for many years. She undertook a Masters degree by Research, investigating the Feldenkrais Method and balance, and also led an Australian-wide research project exploring the use of selected outcome measures by Feldenkrais practitioners.

She is currently the physiotherapy manager in a hospital caring for people with progressive neurological diseases and has a part time Feldenkrais practice. She enjoys escaping from the city of Melbourne on weekends to enjoy the Australian National Parks and beaches. Karol has had three articles on the Feldenkrais Method published in peer-reviewed journals. She is the Research Delegate for the Australian Feldenkrais Guild.

Dianne Hancock portraitDianne Hancock, BEd, MA, Feldenkrais Practitioner. United Kingdom.

Dianne Hancock trained at Central School of Speech and Drama, London and has worked extensively as a theatre practitioner before undertaking her Feldenkrais teacher training with Garet Newell in Sussex England from 2006-2010. In addition to writing and directing for theatre, she is editor of "F.I." The Journal of the Feldenkrais Guild UK and a regular contributor on articles and papers on The Feldenkrais Method and Performance.

Dianne is currently Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice at University Centre, Doncaster. She teaches The Feldenkrais Method to undergraduate theatre and dance students at UCD, dance students at University of Lincoln and puppetry students from CSSD and London School of Puppetry. Dianne is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate study in The Feldenkrais Method and Creativity.

Zoran Kovich portraitZoran Kovich, MSc (Cog. Sci.), BA (Soc. Sci.), BA (Performing Arts). Feldenkrais Practitioner and Trainer. Australia.

Zoran has a passion for teaching and learning. Formerly a martial arts instructor and professional dancer, he completed a Feldenkrais training in 1991 and then an MSc in cognitive science in 1995, focusing his studies on the relationship between movement, perception, and thought.

From 1990 to 2009 he lectured in university performing arts programs extensively drawing on Feldenkrais/Somatic Education pedagogy and content. Zoran commenced working in Feldenkrais trainings in 2000 and became an Assistant Trainer in 2004, and is currently a Trainer Candidate. He facilitates a number of ongoing post-graduate programs for Feldenkrais teachers, and maintains a practice in Sydney.

Aarti Rana portraitAarti Rana, BA., Feldenkrais Practitioner. Canada.

Aarti was first introduced to the Feldenkrais Method after experiencing a serious spinal injury as a teenager. She became fascinated by Moshe Feldenkrais's work after a series of ATM classes, when she observed that her mobility continued to improve even after she stopped taking classes. This sparked her interest in the pedagogical framework proposed by Feldenkrais and the presence of the body in any learning process.

Previously, Aarti was among the founding staff of Quest University Canada's first independent, secular, liberal arts and sciences university which opened in 2007. As the university's Learning Commons Coordinator, Aarti worked with students, faculty, and staff to design and run its first Learning Centre. Currently, in addition to teaching the Feldenkrais method, Aarti is pursuing part-time studies in Human Biology at the University of Toronto. She is also a part-time research assistant on a project to integrate social sciences into medical education in several universities across Ontario.

Advisory Editors

Pat Buchanan portraitPat Buchanan, PhD, ATC, PT, Feldenkrais Practitioner. USA.

Pat has taught athletic training, physical therapy, and movement science at several universities and practiced in various settings. Pat studied with developmental psychologist Esther Thelen and chairs the FEFNA Esther Thelen Research Committee. She advocates for and conducts research and scholarship relevant to the Feldenkrais Method.

Susan Hillier, PT, PhD, Feldenkrais Practitioner and Assistant Trainer/Trainer Candidate. Australia.

Susan is Associate Head of School: Research, School of Health Science, University of South Australia. Susan is a former President of the Australian Feldenkrais Guild, and conducted and published a number of research projects into aspects of Feldenkrais Method.

Roger Russell, MA, PT. Feldenkrais Practitioner and Trainer. Germany.

Roger is a member of the Esther Thelen Research Fund, FEFNA, and has actively promoted the dialogue about science and research in North America and Germany through the Feldenkrais and science symposia at the recent Feldenkrais Conferences in Seattle and San Francisco.