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Professional and Scientific Advisory Board

The Irlen organization is proud to have a professional and scientific advisory board comprised of medical doctors, professors, neuroscientists, ophthalmologists, and PhDs in the fields of education and psychology from around the world.

Adam Anderson, PhD – USA

  • Associate Professor, Cornell University
  • Director, Affect and Cognition Lab, Cornell University
  • Served on editorial boards of Psychological Science, the Journal of
    Experimental Psychology: General, Emotion, Cognitive Affective and
    Behavioral Neuroscience, and is on the founding editorial board of
    SCAN, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
  • Associate Editor for the journal Emotion
  • Awarded in 2009 the APA Early Career Award for Distinguished
    Scientific Contributions in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience
  • In 2010 received the Young Investigator Award by the Cognitive
    Neuroscience Society

Ricardo Guimarães, MD, PhD – Brazil

  • Board certified ophthalmologist
  • Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG),
  • Member of: the Brazilian Society of Ophthalmology, American
    Academy of Ophthalmology, and Refractive Surgery, International
    Society of Refractive Surgery
  • Director of: the International Club of Surgery and President of the
    Brazilian Society of Refractive Surgery
  • Medical Editor of Ocular Surgery News for Latin America, member of
    the Board of the Council of Health School, and Director of the Hospital
    de Olhos de Minas Gerais

Jeffrey David Lewine, PhD – USA

  • Professor of Translational Neuroscience, University of New Mexico
  • Director of Business Development at the Mind Research Network
  • Co-author of a textbook on Functional Brain Imaging, and author of
    more than 100 articles and book chapters
  • Has researched a wide range of clinical conditions including autism,
    ADHD, depression, dyslexia, epilepsy, schizophrenia, and traumatic
    brain injury

Bill Takeshita, OD, FAAO, FCOVD – USA

  • Chief of Optometric Services at the Center for the Partially Sighted
  • Director of Low Vision Services at the Braille Institute of America
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Fellow of the
    College of Optometrists in Vision Development
  • Adjunct Professor of the Southern California College of Optometry
    Doris Safra, Dr. med. Ophthalmologist FMH – Switzerland
  • Dr. Safra has a specialization in ophthalmology and is a specialist of
    strabology in Israel and Switzerland
  • Publishes articles in the physiological and pathological problems of
    ophthalmology, treatment of low vision in adults and children,
    objective measurements of accommodation, asthenopia, dyslexia, and
    explanations of illusionary movements
  • Created special tools for diagnosis and treatment of reading problems
    caused by ophthalmological problems
  • Contributing author and editor of the book entitled Interdisciplinary
    Textbook for Treatment of Learning and Reading Problems

Sharon Vaselenak, MD, B Med Sci, CCFP, FCFP – CANADA

  • Graduate of the University of Alberta (MD 1981) and the Queen’s
    University of Family Medicine Program (CCFP 1983)
  • In 2003, she was honored with her FCFP from the Canadian College of
    Family Practice in recognition of her years of service in the area of
    Family Medicine

Tony Attwood, PhD – Australia

  • Clinical psychologist specializing in autism spectrum disorders
  • Adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia
  • Started a diagnostic and treatment clinic for children and adults with
    Asperger’s Syndrome in Brisbane in 1992
  • Prolific author of scientific papers and books on Asperger’s Syndrome
  • His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals
    has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 20

Angela Fawcett, PhD. FBPsS, FIARLD, FRSA – UK

  • Leading international researcher on dyslexia and other developmental
  • Professor at Swansea University in the UK, and Chair and Director of
    the Centre for Child Research
  • Chartered Scientist; Vice President of the British Dyslexia Association
    (BDA); advisor to the DfES and Welsh assembly
  • Editor of Dyslexia, an International Journal of Research and Practice
  • Creator of screening and diagnostic tests for cognitive development
    and dyslexia.