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Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc, born and educated in Denmark is professor of pediatrics, child health and human development, Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel and Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky United States and professor of public health at the Center for Healthy Development, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, United States, the medical director of the Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, the founder and director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel. Numerous publications in the field of pediatrics, child health and human development, rehabilitation, intellectual disability, disability, health, welfare, abuse, advocacy, quality of life and prevention.

Motto in life

"Keep trying and never give up.........if your idea is right you will make and realize it in the end"

Research interests

Child health and human development, pediatrics, disability, intellectual disability, holistic health and medicine, public health, quality of life and global health issues

Awards and honors

Received the Peter Sabroe Child Award for outstanding work on behalf of Danish Children in 1985 and the International LEGO-Prize (“The Children’s  Nobel Prize”) for an extraordinary contribution towards improvement  in child welfare and well-being in 1987

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in Israel was established in 1998 as a virtual research institute under the auspicies of the Medical Director, Ministry of Social Affairs in order to function as the research arm for the Office of the Medical Director. In 1998 the National Council for Child Health and Pediatrics, Ministry of Health and in 1999 the Director General and Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Health endorsed the establishment of the NICHD.

Curriculum vitae of Joav Merrick

Can be supplied upon request to email below.

Books published by Joav Merrick

More than two hundred books published (children’s books, textbooks, yearbooks, edited books) on a wide variety of topics, like “Children and the Emergency Room”, “Incest”, “Child Abuse”, “Child Sexual Abuse”, “Children in Alcohol- and Drug-abusing families”, Children at risk”, “Childhood” and “Child Development”, “Suicidal behavior in adolescence”, “The Scandinavian Textbook on Social and Community Pediatrics”,  “The Scandinavian Textbook on  Child Abuse and Neglect”, “Principles of Holistic Medicine”, “Neurodevelopmental disabilities” and the international textbook "Medical care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan".

A full list can be supplied upon request to email below.

Editor-in-chief of the following journals

International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health


Journal of Pain Management

Consulting Editor and Brief Research Report Editor

Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities

Editorial Board Member

Editorial board member of several international peer-reviewed journals.