Mehdi Khalili is head of the psychology department at Pasteurno Hospital in Iran. He has a MSc in Clinical Psychology and certificates in child cognitive therapy, transactional analysis, learning disability, marriage preparation, couple therapy, clinical hypnosis, grief therapy and inpatient group therapy. He has been working in various hospitals and clinics since 2000 and previously worked for more than six years in The Netherlands.
Founder & CEO
Cultural advocate For more than 20 years, Ms. Monfared has dedicated herself to her passion of sharing her rich Iranian culture with the West. Her vision is now “a more peaceful and healthy environment for all.” Founding Senses Cultural is the realization of that vision. Cultural marketer In 1997, she started a website featuring bilingual books for children, in English translation from the original Persian. This effort grew into the company TM4, which promoted Iranian language and culture to Iranian-Americans and published greeting cards that showcased the artwork of expatriate Iranian artists. In 2003, TM4 was honored to receive a letter from the director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, expressing his appreciation and support for its work of introducing Iranian art to the U.S. Senses Magazine, Publisher and CEO Senses Magazine began as a project of TM4, conceived as an art and luxury lifestyle publication that would share the creations of great minds and big hearts. Senses coupled art and fashion content with social conscience, in an opulent print format. Five issues were published from 2006–2008. Senses Magazine published articles about international nonprofit Project Hope’s health work in the Dominican Republic, and provided subscribers an opportunity to donate through subscription cards. Another issue told the story of how AIDS orphans in Tumaini, Kenya started a blog to tell their own stories to the world. Senses also promoted the ground-breaking Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, to which Ms. Monfared attracted significant financial support for research and translation into Arabic. This six-volume interdisciplinary reference work was published in 2003 and is online with supplementary content at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) website. Senses began its series of cultural exchanges by partnering with the London Middle East Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies (LMEI/SOAS) to present an event with writer Reza Aslan in May 2011. Dr. Aslan spoke about his most recent book, “Tablet and Pen,” a collection of powerful Middle Eastern literature, little-known in the English-speaking world. Cultural advisor From 2005 to 2010, Ms. Monfared worked with the University California, Davis to promote its Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies Program (ME/SA). She served on ME/SA’s advisory board as it became first a minor, then a major area of study. She collaborated on bringing presentations by the Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Shirin Ebadi and writer Dr. Reza Aslan to UCDavis. In addition, she was instrumental in funding an Iranian Speaker Series in 2009, and in securing core funding to establish Arab studies in ME/SA in 2010. She cultivated an expanding relationship between UC Davis and the United Arab Emirates, laying the groundwork for a future environmental studies center in Dubai. Senses Cultural Projects In June 2012, Senses Cultural produced the exhibit “HeART of Iran,” a display featuring the creative works of almost 50 Iranian and Iranian-American artists. Produced at the invitation of a state senator, HeART of Iran hung in the Governor’s Hallway at the California State Capitol. Currently, Senses Cultural is promoting the non-profit organization BYkids and conducting an international fundraising campaign for BYkids’ next project in Afghanistan. Founded by Pulitzer-nominated journalist and filmmaker Holly Carter, BYkids provides children around the world with training and video cameras to make short documentaries about their lives. BYkids is a global movement that uses storytelling through film to inform, engage and inspire action. Senses is proud to be helping BYkids raise awareness of critical human issues and promote global understanding and social engagement. Senses Cultural sponsored a festival of BYkids films at the University of London in November 2012, in partnership with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus. In October 2012, Senses brought Ms. Carter and two films to enthusiastic audiences at both a private screening and a packed house at the nonprofit International House in Davis, California. Individuals and institutions that value giving voice to underrepresented cultures are invited to contact Senses Cultural. Together we will produce and support projects that create cross-cultural understanding and tolerance. To learn more about Tahereh Mondared, please download a pdf version of her biography and recent ventures.
PROFESSOR RANDI HAGERMAN, MD
Advisory Board member
Dr. Hagerman is medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute and director of the Fragile X Research and Treatment Center. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders and is an internationally respected leader in fragile X research including fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition that is the leading cause of inherited intellectual disability and the leading single-gene cause of autism.
Dr. Hagerman, her husband, Dr. Paul Hagerman, and their research team are the discoverers of Fragile X-associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS), a late-onset neurodegenerative disorder. Randi Hagerman conducts clinical research on individuals with fragile X-associated disorders, including children and adults with fragile X syndrome, adult males with FXTAS, and women with fragile-X related conditions, such as fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency (FXPOI).
Dr. Hagerman also conducts research that bridges the association between autism and fragile X syndrome. Her main area of research is on targeted treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders, including fragile X syndrome, autism, premutation disorders and Angelman syndrome.
Dr. Hagerman has written more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and numerous book chapters on neurodevelopmental disorders, and has written several books on fragile X. They include a 3rd Edition of Fragile X Syndrome: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Research which was published in 2002 by Johns Hopkins University Press, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment, published by Oxford University Press in 1999.
She serves on the editorial boards of the publications Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Molecular Autism, and has worked to establish fragile X clinical programs and research programs throughout the world.
The National Fragile X Association in 2004 honored Randi and Paul Hagerman for their work on FXTAS, by establishing the Hagerman Award. It honored Randi Hagerman in 2008 with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Co-Director for English Services
Robert Miller has over four decades experience working with families of children with a wide variety of disabilities throughout the world. From 1999 through 2013 he served as Executive Director of the National Fragile X Foundation in the United States. Robert advises the Senses Cultural Academy of Health on matters related to serving families who have children with special needs and will help organize and coordinate the responses to the questions from families. Robert has a Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education – Services for Families from San Francisco State University.