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237 Contributors KATERINA ANTONOPOULOU, PH.D, is an assistant professor in learning and communication in the Department of Home Economics and Ecology of Harokopio University in Greece. She has teaching experience in the education of children and adolescents with special educational needs. She has recently published papers on parenting and sibling relationships in families with deaf and hard of hearing children. She is also interested in the study of the development of referential communication and social understanding in deaf and hard of hearing populations. RICARDO C. BEDIA, PH.D., is a professor in the Department of Personality, Assessment and Psychological Treatment, Instituto Universitario de Integración en la Comunidad (INICO), Universidad de Salamanca (Spain). MARIA CHARALAMBOUS is a Cyprus Sign Language (CSL) Interpreter, and a M.Ed. holder in special (inclusive) education. LIEKE DOORNKATE is a psychotherapist, EMDR practioner, and CBT-therapist. Since 1994 she has worked in outpatient mental health and is specialized in the treatment of deaf and hard of hearing clients and their family members. As she is fluent in Dutch Sign Language, treatment is provided to clients in their own language. Since 2010 she has treated deaf and hearing clients in private practice in Amsterdam. In an inspiring cooperation with Jeantine Janse, a Deaf CBT-therapist, she trains new professionals in the field of mental health and deafness. MELISSA DRAGANAC-HAWK is a first-generation American of Deaf immigrant Peruvian parents. She is the principal of early childhood education at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and an adjunct professor of American Sign Language at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a past president of the National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and a consultant to the Tri-State Latino Deaf Association. ara86542_15_contributors.indd 237 ara86542_15_contributors.indd 237 12/10/15 6:56 PM 12/10/15 6:56 PM Contributors 238 BENITO ESTRADA ARANDA, PH.D., has a Ph.D. and master's degree in systemic therapy from the Pontifical University of Salamanca (Spain) and a degree in psychology from the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi (Mexico). He is a full-time research professor at the Psychology School of the University Autonoma of San Luis Potosi. He is a member of the National System of Researchers (Systema Nacional de Investigadores) and has published numerous scientific articles in peer-reviewed international and national journals. He is also the author of several books and book chapters. He is currently involved in funded research and collaborative projects with academic leaders in Mexico and around the world. He was the president of the fifth World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness. JOHANNES FELLINGER, M.D., PH.D., is head of the Health Centre for the Deaf, Institute of Neurology of Senses and Language at the Hospital of St. John of God, Linz, Austria. He is also a consultant for neurology and psychiatry, neuropediatrics , and an assistant professor for psychiatry 2011 at the University of Vienna. He served the World Federation of the Deaf Expert on Mental Health 2009–2011, and coordinates health issues since 2013. He initiated health and mental health services for the Deaf in Austria (Linz 1991, Vienna 1999, Salzburg 1999, Graz 2007) Bratislava 2008 Lebenswelt Schenkenfelden (a unit for deaf people with multiple disabilities) 1999, a training program for deaf care workers in 1997, and early intervention programs for deaf children. Dr. Fellinger was president of the fifth European Society for Mental Health and Deafness (ESMHD) Congress in 2003, chair of the special interest group, “Public Health” of ESMHD and member of the executive committee . He is a lecturer at the Medical University Vienna, and has conducted numerous research projects on deafness, quality of life, mental health, deaf adults and pupils. ANA GARCÍA GARCÍA is a clinical psychologist and Spanish Sign Language interpreter. She was co-founder of the Spanish Society for Mental Health & Deafness , and council member of the European Society for Mental Health and Deafness (ESMHD) since 1995. Since 2001, she has been coordinator and clinical psychologist at the Mental Health Unit for the Deaf at the general hospital “Gregorio Marañón” in Madrid, Spain, and since 2010, co-chair of the Medical Issues Special Interest Group of the ESMHD. She has conducted numerous research projects and lectures on mental health and deafness. KIKA HADJIKAKOU, PH.D, is qualified teacher of the deaf, CSL interpreter, and PhD holder in deaf education, currently working as a special needs coordinator at the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. She is...


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