Position: Professor Emeritus
Phone: (403) 220-2985
Disability Studies, Community Rehabilitation, Community Service Systems, Mental Health Service Systems, Entrepreneurship and Disabled Person, Employment and Disability, Human Rights, System and Organizational Change and Transformation, International Affairs: Middle East and Russia, Trauma Response, Aging and Disability
Dr. Aldred H. Neufeldt currently is Professor Emeritus in the Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies Program, University of Calgary, having recently retired from full-time status. He has a breadth of experience in Canada and internationally. Following completion of his doctorate at the University of Hawaii he became involved in Saskatchewan's pioneering work in developing community mental health service and phasing down larger provincial hospitals, holding positions such as Provincial Psychologist and Director of Psychiatric Research. At the same time he had a Faculty appointment with the University of Saskatchewan. In 1972 he joined the National Institute on Mental Retardation (later the Roeher Institute), subsequently becoming its Director. This Institute has become Canada's foremost human service policy research centre. During that time he had an appointment with York University. He joined the University of Calgary in 1988 in the Department of Educational Psychology, and as part of the Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies has filled various roles including that of Director.
Internationally, he has worked most intensively in the Caribbean, Middle East and Russia, though other projects have taken him to all world regions involving more than 40 countries. He has published more than 140 articles, books and monographs on a range of topics based on research related to disability including topics related to rights, employment issues (e.g. self-employment models based on data gathered from 41 countries) and others. The most recent was a decade long series of projects in Russia the intent of which is to help transform their mental health services system. On a voluntary basis, Aldred is Past-President of the Global Applied Disability Network on Employment and Training (GLADNET), a world-wide web supported organization whose mission in conjunction with the International Labour Organization (ILO) is to promote the inclusion of disabled people as part of the labour force globally. A variety of research and information dissemination projects are underway through GLADNET, with a global reach through its Internet site.