Dr. Ben Shahar

Ben Shahar
Senior Lecturer
Room 525

Research interests

Dr. Shahar is a clinical psychologist, studying the outcome of psychotherapy and how people change during therapy, with a special focus on the role of emotion. His current research examines the effectiveness of and change processes in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) among people who suffer from social anxiety and among people who struggle with high levels of self-criticism.  

Recent publications

Diamond, G. M., & Shahar, B., Sabo, D. & Tsvieli, N. (in press). Attachment-based family therapy and emotion-focused therapy for unresolved anger: The role of emotional processing. Psychotherapy.

Shahar, B., Bar-Kalifa, E., & Alon, E. (2017). Emotion-focused therapy for social anxiety disorder: Results from a multiple-baseline study. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology85(3), 238.

Elliott, R., & Shahar, B. (2017). Emotion-focused therapy for social anxiety (EFT-SA). Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 1-19.

Doron, G., Szepsenwol, O. & Shahar, B. (2016). Letting it Linger: Exploring the Longitudinal Effects of Relationship-Related Obsessive-Compulsive Phenomena. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 11, 101-14.

Shahar, B., Bar-Kalifa, E., & Hen-Weissberg, A. (2015). Shame during social interactions predicts subsequent generalized anxiety symptoms: A daily-diary study.  Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 34, 827-837.

Fennig S., Brunstein Klomek A., Shahar B., Sarel Z., Hadas A. (2015). Inpatient treatment has no impact on the core thoughts and perceptions in adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Early Interventions in Psychiatry, doi:10.1111/eip.12234.

Shahar, B., Doron, G., & Szepsenwol, O. (2015). Childhood maltreatment, shame-proneness, and self-criticism in social anxiety disorder: A sequential mediational model. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 22, 570-579.

Shahar, B., Levit-Binnun, N., Szepsenwol, O., Zilca, S., Zamir, O., & Haim, N. (2015). A wait-list randomized controlled trial of loving-kindness meditation program for self-criticism. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 22, 346-356.


Shahar, B. (2014). Emotion-focused therapy for the treatment of social anxiety: An overview of the model and a case description. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 21, 536-547.

Shahar, B., Carlin, E, R., Engle, D., Hegde, J., Szepenwol, O., & Arkowitz, H. (2012). A pilot investigation of emotion-focused two-chair dialogue intervention for self-criticism. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 6, 496-507.

van Vugt, M. K. Hitchcock, P. Shahar, B. & Britton, W. (2012). The effects of MBCT on affective memory associations in depression:  Measuring recall dynamics in a randomized controlled trial. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 1-13.

Britton, W. B, & Shahar, B., Szepenwol, O., & Jacobs, J. W. (2012). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy improves emotion reactivity to social stress: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Behavior Therapy, 43, 365-380.

Shahar, B., & Herr. N. R. (2011). Depressive Symptoms Predict Rigid Experiential Avoidance in Response to Daily Negative Affect: A Daily-Diary Study. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 49, 676-681.

Shahar, B., Britton. W. B., Sbarra, D. A., Figueredo, A. J., & Bootzin, R. R. (2010). Mechanisms of change in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for depression: Preliminary evidence from a randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 3, 402-418.