Board Members

Last Updated on August 8, 2022 by EDA-admin

Board members in alphabetic order

Ruth Falzon is a University of Malta Associate Professor and a founding member of the Department of Counselling at the Faculty for Social Wellbeing. Her areas of expertise include personal and social Development and specific learning difficulties. She coordinates PSD methodology and counselling research study units at the University of Malta. Her research interests are PSD, counselling in schools, specific learning difficulties and autoethnography as related to well‐being. Dr Falzon is an executive council member of the International Association for Counselling, a Board Director and currently treasurer of the European Dyslexia Association and a Council Member of the International Society for Policy Research & Evaluation in School‐Based Counseling (ISPRESC). On a local level, she is on the Executive Council of the Malta Association for the Counselling Profession and the Malta Dyslexia Association. Department of Counselling, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta

Sue graduated in Language Studies and is a qualified SpLD specialist teacher/assessor.  She has 35 years of experience in dyslexia in Primary, Secondary and FE/HE sectors.  She is also a DSA Needs Assessor, and a BDA Professional Member and has an APC (Assessment Practising Certificate) to diagnose dyslexia.  She is a member of BDA Assistive Technology Committee and the BDA Music Committee and various other committees and boards representing for the BDA.  In 2015 she received the MBE for her services towards helping people with dyslexia.

Bengt-Erik has worked a lot with adult students in different topics like hardware and software. He also worked for some years to help newly arrived people in Sweden. He worked as a software developer when he was headhunted to Dyslexiförbundet 2007. He was elected as chairman/President and that is what he works with at the moment.

Giannis is a lecturer and fellow researcher at National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. His research interest is in the field of the numerical cognition: investigating the cognitive functions (specific and general) that mathematical strengths and weaknesses (often called dyscalculia) may reside, and developing differentiated instructions in mathematics for students 8-18 years old.  He is a member and coordinator of the Academical Committee of the European Dyslexia Association.

Vincent Lochmann was  born in 1961. He has a MSC on Professional training. After being journalist for a radio in Paris, he is now a consultant on inclusion, professional training, and medias. He has been the President of the French Fédération Française des dys(FFDys) for 6 years (2009-2015). He was nominated by the FFDys to the board of EDA. He is the father of three young adults and among them a 31 years old young man with oral language impairment (dysphasia) and dyslexia. He is the author and co-author of two books about employment of people with specific learning disabilities. He is Vice President of EDA in charge of relation with institutions. My preferred motto is the one of the European Union: United in diversity !

Luisa Lopez, MD-PhD, with a residency in Clinical Neurophysiology and a PhD in Neuropsychopathology of Developmental Learning Processes.

Medical Doctor at the Neuropsychiatric out-patient ward, Rehabilitation Center “Villa Immacolata”, San Martino al Cimino (VT).

Consultant for the Mariani Foundation in Milano since 2000 and scientific coordinator for Neuroscience and Music.

She has been awarded a Mariani Foundation grant, as second clinical research group coordinator for a randomized control study “Rhythm and music to rehabilitate reading disorders (ReMus)”

She has been awarded a grant as Partner for Casa di Cura  “Villa Immacolata” in the Project “Libri che divertono, che crescono, che curano: i servizi sanitari promuovono la lettura in famiglia” promoted by Associazione Culturale Pediatri (ACP) – Coordinator of the Developmental Disorders Area (CEPELL “Leggimi 0-6 2019”)

Teacher in various courses in Italian universities and Conservatories.

Scientific Director od the School of Music Therapy “Oltre” in Rome

Member of the National Board of “Nati per la Musica”

Honorary member of “Associazione Italiana Musicoterapisti”

Member of the Italian Dyslexia Association

Mercedes was born in 1967. Always interested in anything having to do with Arts and Culture, she graduated in Literature and Art History and has a master’s in business administration. She’s always been in the publishing business, since 1988 when she founded a Graphic Art Publishing Company. Some years later, being an only child, she joined the family business, Ediciones Mayo, a leading Spanish Medical publishing company. She has three daughters, who are now young adults, two of them were diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and ADHD. As soon as she received her daughters’ diagnosis, she started educating herself on Learning Disorders in order to help them. She approached the Catalan Dyslexia Association for help and some years later she started helping them and became a member of the Board. She is Secretary of EDA.

Her husband and herself had never had problems in school, so it was difficult for her to understand why her daughters’ were struggling so much until the neurologist who diagnosed her smaller daughter told her a phrase that made Mercedes understand: “No children wants to fail”. This means that, when they fail, there has to be a reason for it… and it is our duty to look for it …

Florentine is also an Academic Researcher on Dyslexia

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Cristiano Termine is Associate Professor, Speciality: Child Neuropsychiatry. Department of Medicine and Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy. In 2001 Master in Developmental Neuropsychology and Learning Psychopathology. From June 2005 to October 2009 Member of National Technical-Scientific Committee of the Italian Dyslexia Association. Member of Committee of 1st National Consensus Conference of Specific Learning Disorder (January 2007). Member of the Technical Committee of the Consensus Conference of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità “Specific learning disorders” celebrated in Rome on 6-7 December 2010. Member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Dyslexia Association (October 2009- 2103). Member of the Board of Directors of the European Dyslexia Association – from 01-09-2014 today. Author of about 250 publications, 86 of them in ISI journals and indexed in Scopus (H-index 26, May 2020). Author of books and book chapters. 

Other members

Peter Häggstrand has been with the EDA since 2013 when he was headhunted after working with the conference web site that year.

He lives in the country side south of Växjö, Sweden with his wife and a lot of animals.

He has been working as a salesman, information officer, ICT pedagogue and is currently managing education environment systems at the Linnaeus University. He has also been a part of several online projects with the EU.

As a development pedagogue he is also involved in different development projects at the university aimed at improving the digital knowledge and didactics.