Prof. Maya Benish-Weisman

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Associate Professor
Room 512

Maya Benish-Weisman


Higher Education

2008 – 2010 Postdoctoral Studies (The Psychology Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

2008 – 2010 Postdoctoral Studies (Harris Early Child Development Training Center, Israel)

2007 – 2008 Postdoctoral Studies (Department of Psychology, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York)

2002-2007 Ph.D., (Direct Track), Psychology Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

2000-2002 M.A., (in Clinical Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Magna Cum Laude(

1997-2000 B.A., (Psychology and Hebrew Literature (double major), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Magna Cum Laude(


Appointments at the Hebrew University

2020 current Senior Lecturer, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare ,The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)


Additional Functions (Within the Past Five Years)

2016 – 2020 Senior Lecturer, The Head of Educational Counseling Program,

(Department of Counseling and Human Development, The University of Haifa)

2018 – 2019 Visiting Scholar, (Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA)

2014 – 2015 Visiting Scholar, (Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, USA)

2010 – 2016 Lecturer, (Department of Counseling and Human Development, The University of Haifa)


Editorial Positions

2020 current Counseling editor – European Journal of Personality

2020 Current Counseling editor – Developmental Psychology

2016 – 2020 Editorial board member of the Emerging Adulthood


Research Grants (Within the Past Five Years)

2019 - 2022 ISF (Israel Science Foundation), “Socialization of Values in the Classroom: The Effect of Teachers’ Autonomy Support on Students’ Value Internalization and Behavior ” (with Moti Benita): 800,000 NIS.

2019 - 2022 BSF (The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation), “Mom, that`s not how things work here: Parent-youth acculturation discrepancies and their effects on family functioning and adjustment among immigrant families in the US and Israel ”(with Seth Schwartz), $300,000.

2017-2019 The National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel, Perceptual sensitivity as the missing link in the relations between gene-environment interactions and anxiety (with Bat-Sheva Hadad), $50,000.


List of Publication (Within the Past Five Years)

McDonald, K. L., Benish-Weisman, M., O’Brien, C. T., & Ungvary, S. (2015). The social values of aggressive-prosocial youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 2245-2256.

Benish-Weisman, M., Kerem, E., Knafo-Noam, A., & Belsky, J. (2015). The Moderating Role of Genetics: The Effect of Length of Hospitalization on Children’s Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6, 1-7.

Hasenfratz, L., Benish-Weisman, M., Steinberg, T., & Knafo, A. (2015). Temperament and peer problems from early to middle childhood: Gene-environment correlations with negative emotionality and sociability. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 1089-1109.

Benish- Weisman, M., Daniel, E., Schiefer, D. Möllering, A. & Knafo- Noam, A., (2015). Multiple social identifications and adolescents’ self-esteem. Journal of Adolescence,44, 21-31.

Benish-Weisman, M. (2015). The interplay between values and aggression: Longitudinal study. Developmental Psychology, 51, 677-687.

Benish-Weisman, M., & McDonald., K. (2015). Private self-consciousness and gender moderate how adolescents' values relate to aggression. Social Development, 26, 766-781.

Benish-Weisman, M., (2016). Ethnic identity and aggression in adolescence: A longitudinal study. Journal of Adolescence, 47, 131-134.

Ungvary, S., McDonald, K. L. & Benish-Weisman, M. (2018). Identifying and distinguishing value profiles in American and Israeli adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 28, 294-309

Sher-Censor, E., Benish-Weisman, M., Gal, L., & Karni S. (2018). The associations between national identity and adjustment: What can we learn from autobiographical narratives? International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 67, 12-24.

Daniel, E., Benish-Weisman, M. (2019). Value development during adolescence: Dimension of change and stability. Journal of Personality, 87(3), 620-632.

Hadar, L., & Benish‐Weisman, M. (2019). Teachers’ agency: Do their values make a difference? British Educational Research Journal,‏ 45(1), 137-160.

Benish-Weisman, M., Daniel, D., Sneddon, J., & Lee, J. (2019). The relations between values and prosocial behavior among children: The moderating role of age. Personality and Individual Differences, 141, 241–247.

Shtapura-Ifrahs, M., & Benish-Weisman, M. (2019). Seeking the help of school counselors: Cross-cultural differences in mothers’ knowledge, attitudes, and help-seeking behavior. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 69, 110-119.‏

Benita, M., Benish-Weisman, M., Matos, L., & Torres, C. (2019). Integrative and suppressive emotion regulation differentially predict well-being through basic need satisfaction and frustration: A test of three countries. Motivation and Emotion, 44(1), 67-81.

Benish‐Weisman, M. (2019). What can we learn about aggression from what adolescents consider important in life? The contribution of values theory to aggression research. Child Development Perspectives. 13(4), 260-266.

Levin, L., Benish-Weisman, M., & Savaya, R., (2020). Value profiles and perceived job performance of social workers in Israel. The British Journal of Social Work. 50(2), 348-368.

Benish‐Weisman, M., Daniel, E., & McDonald, K. L. (2020). Values and adolescent self‐esteem: The role of value content and congruence with classmates. European Journal of Social Psychology. 50(1), 207-223. 3 citations.

Crocetti, E., Benish-Weisman, M. & McDonald, K. L. (2020). Validation of the Arabic and Hebrew versions of the Utrecht-Management of Identity Commitments Scale (U-MICS). Journal of Adolescence, 79, 11-15.

Daniel, E., Benish-Weisman, M., Sneddon, J., & Lee, J. (in press). Value profiles during middle childhood: Developmental processes and social behavior. Child Development.

Schwartz, S. J., Walsh, S. D., Ward, C., Tartakovsky, E., Weisskirch, R. S., Vedder, P., …Benish-Weisman, M.... and the psychology of migration working group (in press). The role of psychologists in international migration research: Complementing other expertise and an interdisciplinary way forward. Migration Studies

Rubel – Lifschitz, T., Benish-Weisman, M., Torres, C., & McDonald, K. (in press). The revealing effect of power: Popularity moderates the associations of personal values with aggression in adolescence. Journal of Personality.

Daniel, E., Bardi, A., Fischer, R., Benish-Weisman, M., & Lee J. A., (in press). Changes in Personal Values in Pandemic Times. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Benish-Weisman, M., Oreg, S., & Berson, Y. (in press). The contribution of peer values to children’s values and behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Lavy, S., & Benish-Weisman, M. (2021). Character strengths as “values in action”: Linking character strengths with values theory–an exploratory study of the case of gratitude and self-transcendence. Frontiers in Psychology12,