Prof. Dorit Roer-Strier

Full Professor
Room 213

Academic Profile: 

Ph.D. 1992, Univ. of North Carolina; Teaching Fellow 1994; Lect. 1996, Sen. Lecturer 2001. Associate Professor 2008.


Research Interests:

Cross cultural studies, families in cultural change, "ethnic-sensitive" interventions and training, qualitative research


Research Projects:

Role changes following ןmmigration ( with Dr. Jenny Kurman, Haifa University and Dr. Rena Shimony, Kalgay University, Canada)

Effects of house demolition on children and families ( with Dr. Nadera Shalhoub- Kevorkian, Hebrew University and Proessor Hiedi Keller, University of Osnabrück,Germany)

Cross-cultural and cross-generational dilemmas in families of Ba'alot Tshuva: International study (with Prof. R. Sands, Universityof Pennsylvania).


Abstracts of Current Research :

Role changes following immigration:The rsearch group investigates in 7  studies the different types of role chages of parents children and youth and grandparents in various immigrant groups in Israel ( e.g. Grandparents, youth and parents from Former Soviet Union, youth from Etiopia, youth from Lebanon ec) The studies use qualitative and quantitative method to asses the experience of role changes and their effect on individuals and families.

Effects of house demolition on children and families:Research group investigates in 5 separates studies the effects o house demolitions on Jewish and Palestinian sfamilies ( Gush Katif, east Jerusalem, Bedouin Vilages, secondLebanon war.. The goals of this project are:

1)      Documentation of the voices of victim/survivors thus exposing the various meanings that participants attribute to the experience;

2)      Exploration of the agency and coping strategies of adults and children

3)      Piloting of innovative, developmental and gender-sensitive platforms for survivors of the attack against the home to voice out their personal experiences and be heard;

4)      Development of a research methodology that combines therapeutic intervention and empowerment of participants;

5)      Raising awareness among researchers, professionals, policymakers, and the general public about the legal, social, and psychological aspects of the attack against the home, on families;

6)      Capacity building for promising graduate students

Cross-cultural and cross-generational dilemmas in families of "Ba'lot Tshuva":This study examines coping strategies of parents whose children have become orthodox religious. groups studied ( Israel, USA, South Africa,South America, Nederlands).



Recent Publications:

Frankel, D. G., & Roer-Bornstein, D. (1982). Traditional and modern contributions to changing infant-rearing ideologies of two ethnic communities. Monograph of the Society for Research in Child Development. 47 (4):1-53.

Roer-Strier, D. (1996).  Coping strategies of immigrant parents: Directions for family therapy.  Family Process. 35: 363-376.

Roer-Strier, D. (1996).   Ecological study of child-care quality: A call for attention to the cultural context. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 4 (2): 77-88.

Roer-Strier, D. (1996).  In the mind of the beholder: Evaluation of coping styles of immigrant parents.  International Migration. 35 (2): 271-286.

Roer-Strier, D. (1996).  Coping of immigrant parents: Implications for prevention and intervention.  Society and Welfare. 16 (4): 467-481. (Hebrew)

Roer-Strier, D., & Rivlis, M. (1998). Timetable of psychological and behavioral autonomy: Expectations among parents fromIsrael and Former Soviet Union. International Journal of Psychology. 33 (2): 123-135.

 Roer-Strier, D., & Haj-Yahia, M. (1998). Arab students of social work in Israel: Adjustment difficulties and coping strategies.Social Work Education. 7(4): 449-467. 0.647;12/27;4.

Roer-Strier, D. (1998). Coping with cultural transitions: Minority parents and children in Israel. European  Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 6 (2): 71-87.

Roer-Strier,D., & Olshtain-Mann, O. (1999). To see and not be seen: Latin American illegal foreign workers in Jerusalem.International Migration. 37(2):413-434.

Roer-Strier, D. (1999). Childcare quality in cultural context.  Society and Welfare. 19(1):53-65. (Hebrew)

Haj-Yahia, M., & Roer-Strier, D. (1999). Dilemmas of supervising Arab social work students. Clinical Supervisor. 18 (2):17-37.

Sands, R., & Roer-Strier, D. (2000). Ba’alot teshuvah daughters and their mothers: A view from South Africa. Contemporary Jewry.21:55-77.

Roer-Strier, D., & Rosenthal, M. K. (2001). Socialization in changing cultural contexts: A search for images of an “adaptive adult”. Social Work. 46 (3):215-228.

Rosenthal, M. K., & Roer-Strier, D. (2001), Cultural differences in mothers’ developmental goals and ethno theories.International Journal of Psychology. 36(1):20-31.

Roer-Strier, D. (2001), Reducing risk for children in changing cultural contexts: Recommendations for training and intervention. Child Abuse and Neglect. 25: 231-248.

Roer-Strier,D. & Sands, R. (2001), The impact of religious intensification on intergenerational family relations: A South African example. Journal of Marriage and the Family. 63(3): 868-880.

Roer-Strier, D. (2002). University students with learning disabilities advocating for change. Disability and Rehabilitation. 24 (17): 914-924.

Roer-Strier, D., Weil, S. & Adan, H. (2003). The “unique” and the “unifying”: The religious and secular encounter at “Keshet“ School. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 11(1): 105-125.

Roer-Strier, D. (2003). Empowerment of students with learning disabilities. Society and Welfare23: 445-474.( Hebrew)

Sands, R. G., & Roer-Strier, D. (2004). Divided families: Impact of religious difference and geographic distance on intergenerational family continuity.  Family Relations. 53(1): 102-110.

Roer-Strier, D. & Mansbach-Kleinfeld, I. (2004). Early childhood interventions in culturally diverse societies: Three metaphors in the making. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 12 (1):29-42.

Roer-Strier, D. & Sands, R. (2004). Families challenged by religious change: A cross-cultural comparison of mothers’ images of their daughters. Families in Society. 85 (4): 485-495.

Sands, R. G., & Roer-Strier, D. (2004).  The contexts of religious intensification among 
American-Israeli women who have become Orthodox.  Social Welfare Forum. 37: 63-84.

 Roer-Strier, D. & Strier,R. ( 2005). Fatherhood and immigration: Perceptions of Israeli iImmigrant fathers from Ethiopia and the Former Soviet Union. Families in Society.  86 (1), 121-134.

Roer- Strier, D. Strier, R, Este, D., Shimoni, R.C, & Clark, DT (2005). Fatherhood and immigration: Challenging the deficit theory. Journal of Child and Family Social Work   10: 315-329.


Roer-Strier, D. (2005). Human behavior education for social workers in multicultural societies. Social Work Education. 24: 311-326.

Roer-Strier, D. & Sands, R. (2006). Using data triangulation of mother and daughter interviews to enhance research about families. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice . 5(2): 237–260.


Roer-Strier, D.  & Ben Ezra, D. (2006). Intermarriages between Western women and Palestinian men: Multidirectional adaptation processes. Journal of Marriage and the Family. 68 ( 1): 41-55.



 Roer-Strier, D. , & Rosenthal, M. K.  (2006). What sort of an adult would you like your child to be?” - Mothers’ developmental goals in different cultural communities in Israel. International Journal of Behavioral Development. 30( 6): 517-528.

Roer-Strier, D.  & Strier, R. (2006).  Fatherhood and immigration: From the deficit theory to generative theory of fatherhood.  Society and Welfare. 4: 403-429.( Hebrew)


Sands, R.G. , Bourjolly, J.  & Roer-Strier,D.  (2007). Crossing barriers:  Interviewing across cultures. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice.6(3) 353-372.


Roer-Strier, D. & Haberman- Friedman, A  (2009).Cultural sensitive family therapy with same sex partners: Three metaphors.Society and Welfare,                   ( Hebrew)

Roer-Strier, D.  & Ben  Ezra, D(2009).Socializing children under fire: Western women and Palestinian men.Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Roer-Strier, D. & Kurman, J  (in press).Combining qualitative and quantitative methods to study immigrant youth: The case of children's dominance and perceived parental acculturative strategies. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology.(34 ms pages) Monographs and Research Reports

.  Edited Books


E. Leshem, & D. Roer-Strier (Eds.) (2003).  Cultural Diversity: A Challenge to Human   Services. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 370 pages. Magnes Press, Jerusalem, Israel. ( Hebrew)



Roer-Strier, D. (1999). Parents and children in different cultural groups in Israel: A multivariable arena. In C. Rabin (Ed.), Being Different in Israel: Ethnicity, Gender and Therapy. (pp.49-65). Ramot Tel-Aviv (Hebrew).


Roer-Strier, D. (2000). Socializing immigrant children: Coping with cultural differences at school and at home. In New Vistas in Education and Society Series. Special Issue on Education, Multiculturalism, Identity and Language Development. (pp.115-142). The NCJW Institute for Innovation in Education. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Magnes Press,Jerusalem, Israel


Roer-Strier, D., & Rosenthal, M. K. (2001). Cultural transition: Effects on parenting and socialization. In M. Lisak & E. Leshem (Eds), From Russia to Israel: Cultural transition and identity, Tel Aviv: HaKibbutz HaMeuhad, Kav Adom (Hebrew).


Roer-Strier, D., & Rosenthal, M. K. (2003). Goals for human development: Images of an “adaptive   adult” in multicultural societies. In E. Leshem and D. Roer-Strier (Eds.), Cultural Diversity: A Challenge to Human Services.  The HebrewUniversity of Jerusalem, Magnes Press, Jerusalem, Israel


Roer-Strier, D& Strier, R. (2006).  The Role of Home and School in the Socialization of Immigrant Children in Israel:  Fathers’ Views. In R. Kirova, A. and   Adams ,L. (Eds), Children in Transition: Effects of Global Migration on the Young.Mahwah, NJ,  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates


Roer-Strier, D. (2007). Reducing risk for children in changing cultural contexts. In : Family and knowledge (Vol.3). Ministry of Education, Israel      


Dorit Roer-Strier's site at the Research and Development Authority