May 29, 2012 | post a comment
In alphabetical order, these are the SPOON board members, staff members and advisors presenting at the conference on Tuesday:
Dr. Slava Dovbyna, Dr. Tanya Morozov
Dr. Johnson’s longtime colleagues, Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Slava Dovbnya, and Clinical Psychologist Dr, Tanya Morozov are joining him today from Russia. Dr. Dovbnya and Dr. Morozova co-founded The St. Petersburg Early Intervention Institute in 1988 – one of Russia’s first and only centers for treating young children with developmental delays and disabilities. They have devoted much of their career to preventing institutionalization of children, as well as training caregivers who work in children’s homes and/or foster care to meet the unique needs of these children– most recently in the Nihzny Novgorod region.
Dr. Mary Hearst
Occupational Therapist and Epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota and St Katherine’s University. Mary is part of the SPOON medical team. She was deeply involved with Dr. Himes in the analysis of the Meirim project data. Dr. Hearst has worked in Albanian Orphanages, with a focus on feeding practices.
Dr. John Himes
Professor of Epidemiology the University of Minnesota. Dr. Himes is a member of SPOON’s Executive Board and has been involved with this project from the beginning. John served for the past 15 years as a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Nutrition at the World Health Organization, and is an internationally renowned expert on growth and nutrition of children.
Dr. Dana Johnson
Professor of Neonatology at the University of Minnesota, and member of SPOON’s executive board. He is recognized globally as a pioneer in the health and development of children without parental care. He has worked intimately in institutions in Russia, Romania, China, and beyond – and has been a part of this project from the beginning.
Kate Nelson Ward
Certified health education specialist and is on staff with SPOON as a training specialist and curriculum designer. Kate has a deep affection for Kazakhstan, having lived in Karaganda in 2005 and 2006. Recently, Kate began working with orphans and caregivers in China.