Editorial Team

General Editor

Cliff Smyth, PhD, 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. His Masters Thesis was on the 'Contribution of Feldenkrais Method to Mind-Body Medicine' and his dissertation was on 'The Lived Experience of the Feldenkrais Method.' He is faculty in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University (USA). He teaches mind-body skill groups at the University of California San Francisco, and somatics at San Francisco State University.


Hillel 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, PT, 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.

Thomas Kampe, PhD, Artist and Somatics Educator, Feldenkrais Practitioner. United Kingdom.

Thomas Kampe has worked as a performing artist, researcher and somatic educator across the globe. He works as Senior Lecturer for Movement/Acting at Bath Spa University, UK, where he co-directs the Creative Corporealities Research Group. Since 2015 he had directed a number of symposia on arts, creative, and somatic practice, and has contributed to ,and co-edited, a number jounals on those themes: including co-editing the  Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Vol. 9. (2017), and the Feldenkrais Research Journal volume 6.

Zoran 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.

Advisory Editors

Diane Hannemann, PhD, Feldenkrais Trainee (Baltimore). United States.

Diane is a biochemist-biophysicist with more than 25 years working at the intersection of science, policy and health education with previous positions in the private sector and government at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and US Department of State.  She is currently the director of academic initiatives at the Institute for Integrative Health in Baltimore, Maryland, leading a multidisciplinary research network that applies a systems approach to support the health and well-being of individuals and communities. 

Susan Hillier, PT, PhD, Feldenkrais Practitioner and Trainer. Australia.

Susan is Dean of Resarch and Research Education, 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.