Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

  • Professor Geoff Beattie
    Professor Geoff Beattie
    Edge Hill University, UK
  • Professor Dennis McInerney
    Professor Dennis McInerney
    Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
  • Professor Dexter Da Silva
    Professor Dexter Da Silva
    Keisen University, Japan
  • Dr Monty P. Satiadarma
    Dr Monty P. Satiadarma
    Tarumanagara University, Indonesia
  • Dr Shahrokh (Sharo) Shafaie**
    Dr Shahrokh (Sharo) Shafaie**
    Southeast Missouri State University, USA
  • Dr Amy Szarkowski
    Dr Amy Szarkowski
    Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Professor Jiro Takai
    Professor Jiro Takai
    Nagoya University, Japan
  • Dr Deborah G. Wooldridge**
    Dr Deborah G. Wooldridge**
    Bowling Green State University, USA

* attached to more than one section
** journal editor

Professor Geoff Beattie
Edge Hill University, UK

Biography

Geoffrey Beattie is Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University, UK. Previously, he was Professor of Psychology at the University of Manchester, UK, as well as a Professorial Research Fellow at the university’s Sustainable Consumption Institute. In 2012 he was Visiting Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. He received his PhD from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK, and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has also been President of the Psychology Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the author of 20 books with various Chinese, Taiwanese, Brazilian, Italian, Finnish and German editions, and has published over 100 articles in academic journals, including Nature and Nature Climate Change. He was awarded the Spearman Medal by the BPS for “published psychological research of outstanding merit”, and the Mouton d’Or for the best paper in semiotics in 2010. In the past few years his research has been funded by the ESRC, the EU (through the FP7 framework), the British Academy, Tesco and Unilever. He has presented a number of television programmes on BBC1 (‘Life’s Too Short’; ‘Family SOS’), Channel 4 (‘Dump Your Mates in Four Days’) and UKTV (‘The Farm of Fussy Eaters’). He was also the resident on-screen psychologist for Big Brother for eleven series on Channel 4, specialising in body language and social behaviour. His latest book is entitled Rethinking Body Language. How Hand Movements Reveal Hidden Thoughts (Routledge, 2016). Marcel Danesi, Professor of Semiotics and Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada, has described the book as “an in-depth and thorough investigation into the many modalities of communication, emotion and cognition involved in body language. It is brilliant and a must read for anyone who is interested in the mind-body-culture nexus that makes humans unique.” Professor Beattie was featured as Routledge's Author of the Month to coincide with the publication of the book.

Professor Dennis McInerney
Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong

Biography

Dennis McInerney is Chair Professor of Educational Psychology and Co-Director of the Assessment Research Centre. Prior to this he was Research Professor and Associate Dean (Education Research) at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore having served for a period as Vice-Dean (Research and Methodology) within the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice. Previous to this Professor McInerney was Research Professor and Associate Director of the Self Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.

Professor McInerney has a BA from Macquarie University, a BEd and MEd from the University of New England, and a PhD from the University of Sydney. He is a registered psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society, and a member of both the Australian Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.

Professor McInerney has published over 200 research articles in refereed international journals, books and conferences. He edited two international research series, Research on Sociocultural Influences on Motivation and Learning (Vols 1-9) and International Advances in Self Research (Vols 1-3). He has received numerous research grants including seven Australian Research Council grants and two Hong Kong University Grants Committee grants. He was awarded the University of Western Sydney’s Senior Researcher Award and was the first Professor to receive a Personal Chair at the University of Western Sydney, Macarthur.

Professor McInerney has written a number of textbooks including Educational Psychology: Constructing Learning (Pearson 5th Edition, 2010) which is a bestselling educational psychology text in Australia; Developmental Psychology for Teachers (Allen & Unwin, 2006); Helping Kids Achieve Their Best: Understanding and Using Motivation in the Classroom (published by Allen & Unwin, 2000 and republished by Information Age Publishing, 2005), and Publishing Your Psychology Research (Sage and Allen & Unwin, 2001).

Professor Dexter Da Silva
Keisen University, Japan

Biography

Dr Dexter Da Silva is currently Professor of Educational Psychology at Keisen University in Tokyo. He has taught EFL at junior high school, language schools, and universities in Sydney, and for the past two decades has been living and teaching at the tertiary level in Japan. Professor Da Silva was educated at the University of Sydney (BA, Dip. Ed., MA), and the University of Western Sydney (PhD) He has presented and co-presented at conferences in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States, and written or co-written articles and book chapters on education-related topics, such as trust, student motivation, autonomy, and content-based language teaching. He is a past editor and current associate editor of On CUE Journal, regular reviewer for conferences and proceedings, and recent co-chair of the 2011 CUE Conference on Motivation.

Professor Dexter Da Silva is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. He is Chair of the Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Dr Monty P. Satiadarma
Tarumanagara University, Indonesia

Biography

Dr Satiadarma is a clinical psychologist who has been teaching psychology at Tarumanagara University since 1994. He was one of the founders of the Department of Psychology at Tarumanagara, as well as the Dean of Psychology, Vice Rector and Rector of the university. He graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Indonesia, art therapy from Emporia State, Kansas, family counselling from Notre Dame de Namur, California, and clinical hypnotherapy from Irvine, California. He has nationally published a number of books with a particular interest in educational psychology, and in music and art therapy – methods with which he treated survivors of the Indonesian tsunami on behalf of the International Red Cross and the United Nations. He is a board member and area chair of the International Council of Psychology, and a founder and board member of the Asian Psychology Association.

Dr Shahrokh (Sharo) Shafaie**
Southeast Missouri State University, USA

Biography

Dr Sharo Shafaie is a professor of Child Development at the Southeast Missouri State University, in the College of Health & Human Services. He has a doctoral degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and holds a BS degree in Guidance & Counseling. He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in several areas including Education, Psychology, Human Development, Human Services, and Child Development, Family Studies programs.

Dr Shafaie has received and managed substantial number of grants to fund research projects as well as several educational and clinical outreach projects to offer intervention services for teachers and families of young children with special needs and developmental delays in the Southeast Missouri region. Currently, he serves as the Administrative Coordinator of the Child Development Associate Certificate (CDA) and Workshop On Wheels training (WOW) programs. The program covers 23 counties at the Southeast Missouri region and is designed to offer educational technical assistance and professional development training to early childhood educators to improve quality of the curriculum in their classrooms.

Moreover, Dr Shafaie is a licensed board certified psychotherapist and serves as a mental health consultant to parents, teachers, and mental health agencies. His primary research interests have been in the area of early social interaction, parenting issues and topics related to cognitive and psychosocial development of children, and he has presented his research findings in many national and international conferences. Dr. Shafaie’s recent research interests are in the areas fatherhood, “at-risk” children and families, and contributions of parent-child relationship in the child’s development, mental health, and educational achievements. He has been a referee for numerous national and international conferences and as has served on the editorial board of several professional journals.

**Dr Shahrokh Shafaie is one of the editors of the IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences.

Dr Amy Szarkowski
Harvard Medical School, USA

Biography

Amy Szarkowski, PhD, is a Psychologist in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Clinically, she specializes in conducting psychological assessment with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and providing counseling services to families impacted by hearing loss. Areas of research interest include social-emotional functioning and quality of life issues in deaf and hard of hearing children (including those with complex medical conditions), combined autism and hearing loss, and disability rights issues.

Professor Jiro Takai
Nagoya University, Japan

Biography

Jiro Takai is Professor of social psychology at Nagoya University, and received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has served in the executive committees of the Japan Society for Social Psychology, the Japan Group Dynamics Society, the Japan Intercultural Education Society, the Communication Association of Japan, and the Japan-US Communication Association (affiliate of National Communication Association). Although he was born in Japan, he spent 15 years as a youth growing up in Canada, and has also spent two years living in the United States. Because of his background, he has an interest in cross-cultural matters, particularly in the context of interpersonal communication, as well as research interests in interpersonal competence, self-presentation and Multi-faceted self concept.

Dr Deborah G. Wooldridge**
Bowling Green State University, USA

Biography

Deborah Wooldridge is a Professor and School Director at Bowling Green State University with her area of practice in human development and family studies. Prior to coming to Ohio, she served as the Founding Dean of the College of Family Sciences at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. Deborah was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Bahrain and has done consulting with Ministries of Education and Ministries of Labor and Social Affairs in Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

She has a PhD from Texas Woman’s University and a BS and MS from the University of Oklahoma. During her career in higher education she has published, secured international, federal and state funding for research and community partnership projects. She has been a referee for numerous national and international conferences and as has served on the editorial board of several professional journals in the fields of Education and Social Sciences. Her interdisciplinary research interests include cultural and social issues of the family, early childhood development and creativity, and fatherhood.

**Dr Deborah G. Wooldridge is one of the editors of the IAFOR Journal of Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences.