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Dr. Dana Lassri

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Dana Lassri


Higher Education

2014-2017                   Postdoctoral Studies, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and
                                      Health Psychology, University College London (UCL) and the Anna
                                      Freud National Centre for Children and   Families, London. UK.
                                      Combined M.A. / Ph.D. track:

2008-2014                   Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

2006-2008                   M.A., (Manga cum laude), Clinical Psychology, Department of

                                     Psychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

2003-2006                   B.A., (Summa cum laude), Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Sociology,                                              Anthropology), Department of Behavioral Sciences, Ben-Gurion
                                      University of the Negev.


Awards and Excellence Scholarships

2014-2015              The Haruv Institute Postdoctoral fellowship, $38,000 for postdoctoral
                              studies abroad, $3,000 for travelling expenses.

Appointments at the Hebrew University

2020- present       Lecturer, School of Social Work, The Hebrew University


Additional Functions (Within the Past Five Years)


2-8/2020                  Adjunct Lecturer, the MA in School/Educational counseling program, The                                         Israel Academic College in Ramat Gan.

2/2020                     Scientific board member, Child maltreatment in context: The 3rd Haruv                                            international conference on child maltreatment, Jerusalem

2019-Present              Teaching and Research Associate, Seed Center, The Academic                                                             College of Tel Aviv-Yafo.

2017 - 2019               Teaching Associate, Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Education,
                                    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

2017-Present        Research Associate (honorary). Research Department of Clinical,                                                      Educational and Health Psychology, University College London (UCL). UK

2016-2020              Head of Research and Development Unit. Developing and implementing                                       psychological interventions for adolescents and their families. Headspace
                                 Israel (mental health services for youth, ENOSH).

2014- 2017                Research Associate, Post-doctorate fellow, the Anna Freud National
                                    Centre for Children and Families, London. UK.
                                    Hosts: Prof. Peter Fonagy, Prof. Mary Target, and Prof. Patrick Luyten.


Research Grants

2010-2014           The Israel Foundations Trustees (IFT)- The competition for Research                                                 Grants for Doctoral Students in the Social Sciences. A research grant                                               award given to Dana Lassri (Doctoral Grant 29). ($9,500).

2015                The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)                                              Expert Support with Therapeutic Foster Care Scoping Project grant. Co-PI
                          with Prof. Patrick Luyten as PI, and Prof. Peter Fonagy, Dr. Nick Midgley,
                          and Prof. Eia Asen as Co-PIs. £8,500 ($13,300).

2016           The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)                                           Expert Support with Therapeutic Foster Care Development Project grant. Co-PI                             with Prof. Peter Fonagy as PI, and Dr. Sheila Redfern, Prof. Patrick Luyten, and                             Dr. Nick Midgley as Co-PIs. £50,000 ($74,000).

2018                  The Haruv Institute research grant. The implications of statutory rape on                                       young adults’ intimate relationship and wellbeing. Co-PI with
                           Dr. Dafna Tener ($3,500)

2020                  The Haruv Institute research grant. The ability to face the covid-19
                           pandemic crisis: focusing on emotional and intimate wellbeing, risk and                                         resilience factors, and the potential role of childhood trauma. Co-PI with Dr.                                 Ateret Gewirtz-Meydan ($3,500).


List of Publications

Chapters in Collections

Shahar, G., & Lassri, D. (2011). Child neglect and the family. In M. Craft-Rosenberg & S. Pehler. (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Family Health. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Shahar, G., Lassri, D., & Luyten, P. (2014). Depression in chronic physical illness: A behavioral medicine approach. In D. I. Mostofsky, Wiley Blackwell handbooks of behavioral neuroscience. The handbook of behavioral medicine. (pp. 3–22). Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Contributed to Chapter Six: A Philosophy of Treatment, in Shahar, G. (2015) Erosion, Self-Made: The Psychopathology of Self-Criticism. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Lassri, D., & Shahar, G. (2012). Self-criticism mediates the link between childhood emotional maltreatment and young adults’ romantic relationships. Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, 31, 289-311.

Lassri, D., Soffer-Dudek, N., Lerman, S. F., Rudich, Z. & Shahar, G. (2013). Self-criticism confers vulnerability to psychopathology in the face of perceived stress related to missile attacks: Three longitudinal Studies. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 6, 221-234.

Soffer-Dudek, N., Lassri, D., Soffer-Dudek, N., & Shahar, G. (2015) Dissociative absorption: An empirically unique, clinically relevant, dissociative factor. Consciousness and Cognition, 36, 338-351.

Lassri, D., Luyten, P., Cohen, G., & Shahar, G. (2016). The effect of childhood emotional maltreatment on romantic relationships in young adulthood: A double mediation model involving self-criticism and attachment. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 8, 504-511.

Hertzmann, L., Target, M., Hewison, D., Casey, P., Fearon, P., & Lassri, D*. (2016). Mentalization-based therapy for parents in entrenched conflict: A random allocation feasibility study. Psychotherapy, 53, 388-401.

Target, M., Hertzmann, L., Midgley, N., Casey, P., & Lassri, D*. (2017). Parents' experience of child contact within entrenched conflict families following separation and divorce: A qualitative study. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 31, 218-246.

Hertzmann, L., Abse, S., Target, M., Glausius, K., Nyberg, V., & Lassri, D*. (2017). Mentalization-based therapy for parental conflict- Parenting Together; An intervention for parents in entrenched post-separation disputes. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 31, 195-217.

*Last author as a leading researcher

Lassri, D., Luyten, P., Fonagy, P., & Shahar, G. (2018). Undetected Scars? Self-criticism, attachment, and romantic relationships among otherwise well-functioning childhood sexual abuse survivors. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 10, 121-129.

Redfern, S., Wood, S., Lassri, D., Cirasola, A., West, G., Austerberry, C., Luyten, P., Fonagy, P. & Midgley, N. (2018). The Reflective Fostering Programme (RFP): background and development of the approach. Adoption & Fostering, 42, 234-248.

Lassri., D*., & Desatnik, A*. (2020). Losing and regaining reflective functioning in the times of Covid-19: Clinical risks and opportunities from a mentalizing approach. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(S1), S38-S40.

(*equal first authorship contribution).

Reuven-Krispin, H*., Lassri, D*., Luyten, P., & Shahar, G. (In Press)  2020). Consequences of Divorce-based Father-absence during Childhood to Young Adult Well-being and Romantic Relationships. Family Relations (*equal first authorship contribution).

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Prof. Yochay Nadan

Associate Professor
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Prof. Yochay Nadan

Associate Professor


Research Interests:

(1) children’s risk, maltreatment, well-being and protection in diverse contexts; (2) practice research (psycho social interventions in diverse reality, clinical training and supervision); (3) family therapy, narrative therapy; (4) the LGBTQ+ community (emerging adulthood and parenthood).


Current Research Projects:

Attachment and Relationship Networks in Large Families: A Context-Informed Study (with Dorit Roer-Strier and Heidi Keller)

The study aims to develop a context-informed grounded theoretical model to explain attachment and relationship networks in large families living in non-Western contexts. The target population are large families in two communities in Israel: the Ultra-Orthodox and the Bedouin from the unrecognized villages. The study utilizes a modified grounded theory methodology, the purpose of which is the systematic development of a theoretical model grounded in data. [ISF Grant number 2119/20]


Sexual Abuse in the LGBTQ+ Community (with Dafna Tener)

The study aims to give voice, describe, analyze and conceptualize the experiences, meanings and perceptions of gay, lesbian and bisexual adults and young-adults who experienced sexual abuse within the LGBTQ+ community. The study combines two qualitative methodologies: semi-structured in-depth interviews with adults and young-adults, and net-nography of social media public posts dealing with this topic. This, in order to understand the phenomenon of sexual abuse in the LGBTQ+ community from the perspective of those who experienced it.


Cultural Competence and Language Accessibility

This research group is interested in promoting studies related to language accessibility of different populations, for example, the practice of interpretation and intercultural mediation, the experience of the professional relationship in a translated conversation and organizational preparation for community interpretation. We aim to develop knowledge to inform policy and practice in order to improve services operating with diverse populations.


Publications (Within the Past Five Years):

Edited Book

Roer-Strier, D. & Nadan, Y. (Eds.) (2020). Context-Informed Perspectives of Child Risk and Protection in Israel. Springer. ISBN: 978-3-030-44277-4

Chapters in Collections

Roer-Strier, D. & Nadan, Y. (2020). Introduction: The Israeli stage for context-informed perspective on child risk and protection. In D. Roer-Strier, & Y. Nadan (Eds.), Context-Informed Perspectives of Child Risk and Protection in Israel (pp. 1–12). Springer.

Nadan, Y. & Roer-Strier, D. (2020). A context-informed approach to the study of child risk and protection: Lessons learned and future directions. In D. Roer-Strier, & Y. Nadan (Eds.), Context-Informed Perspectives of Child Risk and Protection in Israel (pp. 317–331). Springer.

Gemara. N. & Nadan, Y. (2020). Corporal punishment in the Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel: Gaps between the perceptions of social workers and fathers. In T. Shackelford (Ed.). The SAGE Handbook of Domestic Violence (pp. 701–710). Sage.

Nadan, Y., Tener, D., Gemara, N., Rozenfeld-Tzafar, N., & Sharabani, M. (in print). Culture, religion and spirituality in understanding child maltreatment: Perceptions of parents and professionals in the Ultra-Orthodox community. In C. Katz & K. Maguire-Jack (Eds.) It Takes a Village: The Evolution of Neighborhoods and Implications for Child Maltreatment. Springer.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Nadan, Y. & Ganz, Z. (2018). The perspective of Ultra-Orthodox children in Israel on risk and protection: The intersection of culture, religion, gender and age. Childhood, 25(3), 325–339.

Nadan, Y., Roer-Strier. D., Gemara, N., Engdau-Vanda, S., & Tener, D. (2018). In the eyes of the beholder: Parental and professional value mismatch in child risk and protection in two communities in Israel. International Journal of Psychology, 53(S2), 23–33.

Spilsbury, J., Nadan, Y., Kaye-Tzadok, A., Korbin, J., Jespersen, B., & Allen, B. (2018). Caregivers’ perceptions and attitudes toward child maltreatment: A pilot case study in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Cleveland, USA. International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy, and Practice, 1(1), 19–40. 

Nadan, Y. & Korbin, J. (2018). Cultural context, intersectionality, and child Vulnerability. Childhood Vulnerability Journal, 1(1-3), 5–14.

Nadan, Y., Gemara, N., Keesing, R., Bamberger, E., Roer-Strier, D., & Korbin, J. (2019). “Spiritual Risk”: A parental perception of risk for children in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. British Journal of Social Work, 49(5), 1198–1215.

Nadan, Y. & Kaye Tzadok, A. (2019). The virtual arena: A call for a new domain of child subjective well-being. Child Indicators Research, 12(2), 461–477.

Nadan, Y. (2019). The ethnographic interview as a method in multicultural social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 55(2), 396–402.

Nadan, Y. (2020). Outsider witness groups as a means of professional growth in family therapy training: An exploratory qualitative study. Family Process, 59(2), 509–524.

Tsfati, M. & Nadan, Y. (2020). “The best period of my life”: The academy as a safe haven for Israeli trans students. Journal of Gender Studies, 29(3), 338–348. (Equal contribution)

Nadan, Y., Shachar, R., Cramer, D., Leshem, T., Levenbach, D., Rozen, R., Salton, N., Cramer, S. (2020). Behind the (virtual) mirror: Online live supervision in couple and family therapy. Family Process, 59, 997–1006.

Birger, L., Nadan, Y., & Ajzenstadt, M. (2020). Politicisation processes in everyday practice with refugees: The experiences of Israeli and German social workers. European Journal of Social Work, 23(6), 1019–1031.

Nadan, Y. & Roer-Strier, D. (2020). A context-informed perspective of child risk and protection: Deconstructing myths in the risk discourse. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 12, 464–477.

Tsfati, M., Nadan, Y., Biton, N., & Serdtse, Y. (2020). Fatherhood as a spatial-contextual phenomenon: Israeli gay fathers through surrogacy. Men and Masculinities. (Epub ahead of print)

Gemara, N. & Nadan, Y. (2020). “He who spareth the rod hateth his son”: Perceptions Regarding Corporal Punishment among Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Fathers in Israel. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. (Epub ahead of print)

Katz, C., Tener, D., Nadan, Y. & Roer-Strier, D. (2020). “What’s love got to do with it?” How children use the concept of love during forensic interviews following child abuse. Children and Youth Services Review. (Epub ahead of print)

Gemara, N., Nadan, Y., & Roer-Strier, D. (2020). Social workers’ constructions of child risk and protection in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Journal of Social Work. (Epub ahead of print)

Radis, B. & Nadan, Y. (2020). “Always thinking about safety:” African American lesbian mothers’ perceptions of risk and well-being. Family Process. (Epub ahead of print)

Gemara, N. & Nadan, Y. (2021). Law, value, and norm: The constitution of a culture-bound ethical dilemma in social work in the Ultra-Orthodox community. British Journal of Social Work. (Epub ahead of print) 10.1093/bjsw/bcab029  

Nadan, Y., Katz, C., Zion, T., & Wertheimer, A. (2021). High intensity parental dispute in the Jewish Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel: Perspectives of social workers and disaffiliated parents. Children and Youth Services Review, 120(105726), 1–7.

Nadan, Y. (2021). Parenting as a full time job: The experience of secular middle-class Jewish parents of transgender emerging adults in Israel. International Journal of Transgender Health. (Epub ahead of print)

Tsfati, M. & Nadan, Y. (2021). Queering the periphery and challenging the center: Transgender students in Israeli higher education. Gender, Place & Culture, 28(8), 566-587.

Katz, C., Nadan, Y., & Zion, T. (accepted). “Torn between two worlds”: Practitioners' perceptions of children in situations of high intensity parental dispute in the Jewish Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel. Child Indicators Research.

Birger, L. & Nadan, Y. (accepted). Social workers and refugee service users (re)constructing their relationships in a hostile political climate. Journal of Social Work.

Yona, L. & Nadan, Y. (2021). Mind the gap: Parental and professional perceptions of “risk” for children living in poverty. Child & Family Social Work. (Epub ahead of print)

Roer-Strier, D. & Nadan, Y. (accepted). Revisiting myths in the risk discourse in light of a context-informed perspective. Social Security: Israel Journal of Social Policy. (Hebrew)

Tsfati, M. & Nadan, Y. (accepted). Between vulnerability and resilience: Parents of transgender young adults. Family Process. (Equal contribution)

Nadan, Y., Tener, D., Gemara, N., Keesing, R., Katz, C. & Roer-Strier, D. (accepted). “All in all…it begins with love”: The meanings of parental love in the context of child risk and protection among Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents. Child & Family Social Work.




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Prof. Ruth Pat-Horenczyk

Full Professor
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Ruth Pat-Horenczyk, Ph.D., is a Full Professor at the School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University and completed her post-doctoral training at the University of California in San Diego.  Her current research topics focus on risk and protective factors for childhood PTSD, relational trauma, emotion regulation and posttraumatic growth and she co-edited the books:“Treating Traumatized Children: Risk, Resilience and Recovery” (2009), and “Helping Children Cope with Trauma: Individual, Family and Community Perspectives (2014). Ruth's current research project is on “Predicting effective adaptation to breast cancer to help women to BOUNCE back” with experts from the fields of oncology, computer modeling, psychology, and social medicine from Finland, Israel, Greece, Italy and Portugal.






in chronological order

January, 2019


Edited books


1.D. Brom, R. Pat-Horenczyk and J. Ford (Eds.) (2009). Treating Traumatized Children: Risk, Resilience and Recovery, Routledge.


R. Pat-Horenczyk, D. Brom & J. Vogel (Eds.) (2014).  Helping Children Cope with Trauma: Individual, Family and Community Perspectives. Routledge.


Book chapters


Ancoli-Israel, S., Pat-Horenczyk, R. & Martin, J. (1998).  Sleep disorders.  In: A. S. Bellack & M. Hersen (Editors-in-chief), and B. Edelstein (Vol. Ed.), Comprehensive Clinical Psychology: Vol. 7. Clinical Geropsychology (pp.307-326).  New York: Elsevier Science.


Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2005). Post-traumatic distress in Israeli adolescents exposed to ongoing terror: Findings from a school-based screening project in the Jerusalem Area. In: Y. Daniely, D. Brom & J Sills (Eds). The Trauma of Terrorism: Sharing Knowledge and Shared Care, An International Handbook (pp. 335-347). Haworth Press. Co-published as a paper in Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 9, (No. 3/4), 335-247.


Pat-Horenczyk, R., & Doppelt, O. (2005). Screening posttraumatic distress among Israeli adolescents exposed to ongoing terrorism. In: E. Somer and A. Bleich (Eds). Mental health in terror's shadow: The Israeli experience (pp. 55-76). Ramot, Tel-Aviv University Press (in Hebrew).


Rachamin, L., Gilboa-Shechtman, E., Ben-Moshe, R., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Galili-Weistub, E., Benharash, F. & Apter A. (2005). Guidelines for early interventions for acute trauma in children and adolescents. In: E. Zomer and A. Bleich (Eds).  Early interventions after disasters and terrorism: The Israeli experience, Ramot, Tel-Aviv University Press, pp.303-333. (in Hebrew).


Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2006). Terror in Jerusalem: Coping with “Emergency Routine” in Daily Life for adolescents, adults and helpers. In: J. Kuriansky (Ed). Terror in the Promised Land:  Inside the Anguish of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (pp. 67-74). Westport, Connecticut:  Praeger Press.


Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2008). Entry on: Child Development. Reyes, G., Elhai, J. D., & Ford, J. D. (Eds). The Encyclopedia of psychological trauma (pp. 112-119).  New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.‏


Pat-Horenczyk R., Rabinowitz, R., Rice, A., & Tucker-Levin, A., (2009). The search for risk and protective factors in childhood PTSD: From variables to processes. In: D. Brom, R. Pat-Horenczyk and J. Ford (Eds.) Treating Traumatized Children: Risk, Resilience and Recovery (pp. 51-71). London: Routledge


Pat-Horenczyk R., Ford, J., & Brom, D., (2009).  Toward a developing science and practice of childhood traumatic stress: In: D. Brom, R. Pat-Horenczyk and J. Ford (Eds.). Treating Traumatized Children: Risk, Resilience and Recovery (pp. 269-276). London: Routledge.


Pat-Horenczyk, R.  Khodabakhsh, A., van Heemstra, J., & Brom, D. (2011). Youth, Violence and Immigration: The Trauma Perspective. In: G.M. Ruggiero, S. Sassaroli, Y. Latzer, & S. Suchday (Eds). Perspectives on immigration and terrorism (pp 42-50). NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division.


Pat-Horenczyk, R.,PI Brom, D., Baum. N., Benbenishty, R., Schiff, M. & Astor, R. A. (2011). A city-wide school-based model for addressing the needs of children exposed to terrorism and war. In: V. Ardino (Ed.) Post-traumatic syndromes in children and adolescent (pp. 243-254).New York, NY: Wiley/Blackwell Press.


Brom, D. & Pat-Horenczyk, R., (2012). Ethical considerations in the treatment of post-traumatic distress. Chapter in:  E. Vermetten, R.J. Kleber, O. van der Hart.Handbook of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (pp. 737-752). Utrecht: De Tijdstroom (in Dutch).


Benbenishty, R., Astor, R.A., Meyer-Reynolds, Pat-Horenczyk, R., Brom, D.,Baum, N., & Schiff, M., & De Pedro, K. (2012) The influence of the Second Lebanon-Israeli War on Israeli students in urban school settings: Findings from the Nahariya District-wide screening process. In Gallagher, K.S., Goodyear, R., Brewer, D., & Rueda, R. (Eds.) Urban education: A model for leadership and policy (pp. 218-240). New York, NY: Routledge.


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Yeh, V., Cohen, S. & Schramm, S. (2014). The impact of exposure to violence on aggression in children and adolescents: What can be learned from the trauma and resilience perspective. In: R. Pat-Horenczyk, D. Brom, & J. Vogel (Eds.) Helping Children Cope with Trauma: Individual, Family and Community Perspectives (pp. 41-65). Routledge.


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Brom, D., Lerner, N., & Levav, I. (2014). Traumatized childhood: Growing up under the shadow of a conflict. Urban Suffering Studies Center. ISSN 2282-5754

Pat-Horenczyk, R., Ba-Gad, D., Yung, L., Schramm-Yavin, S. & Brom, D. (2014). Parents Place" in Sderot: Putting the Parents in Focus. In: Early Childhood Matters,122, pp, 14-18 (Issue on: Responsive parenting: a strategy to prevent violence).


Brom, D., Baum, N.L., Pat-Horenczyk , R. (2015). Systems of care for traumatized children: The example of a School-based Intervention model. In: M. Safir, H. Wallach & A.  Rizzo (Eds). Future directions in post-traumatic stress disorders: Prevention diagnosis and treatment (pp. 155-170). New York: Springer.


Schek, E.J., Mantovani, F., Olivia Realdon, O., Dias, J., Ana Paiva, A., Schramm-Yavin, S. & Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2017). Positive Technologies for Promoting Emotion Regulation Abilities in Adolescents. In: Giokas K., Bokor L., Hopfgartner F. (eds)eHealth 360°. Springer International Publishing, pp.69-174. DOI: 10.007/978-3-319-49655-9_23.


Siegel, A., Brickman, S., Goldberg, Z. & Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2019, in press). Preventing Future Terrorism: Intervening on Youth Radicalization. In C.W Hoven, L.V. Amsel & S. Tyano, (Eds) Disasters and their Impact on Children’s Mental Health: An International Perspective. Springer Publishing.


Brickman, S, Fox, M. & Pat-Horenczyk, R. (forthcoming). Trauma and regulation deficits in early childhood. In Greenbaum, C. W., Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Hamilton, C. (Eds.) (forthcoming). Handbook of Political Violence and Children: Psychosocial Effects, Intervention, and Prevention Policy.  Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.


Papers in refereed Journals


Pat-Horenczyk, R. (1988). Attitudes of psychotherapists toward diagnosis and therapy of depression in old age.  Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, 25, 24-37.


Ancoli-Israel, S., Klauber, M, R., Jones, D. W., Kripke, D. F., Martin, J., Mason, W., Pat-Horenczyk, R., & Fell, R. (1997).  Variations in circadian rhythms of activity sleep and light exposure related to severity of dementia in nursing home patients. Sleep, 20, 18-23.


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Hacohen D., Herer, P., & Lavie, P. (1998). The effect of zopiclone on withdrawal from long term benzodiazepine hypnotics.  Psychopharmacology, 140, 450-457.


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Klauber, M.R., Schochat, T., &  Ancoli-Israel, S.  (1998). Hourly profiles of sleep and wakefulness in severely versus mild-moderately demented nursing home patients. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 10 (4), 308-315.


Pat-Horenczyk R. (1998). Changes in attitudes toward insomnia following cognitive intervention as part of a withdrawal treatment from hypnotics.  Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 26, 271-283.


Stein, D., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Blank, S., Dagan, Y., Barak, Y., & Gumpel, T. (2002).  Sleep disturbances in adolescents diagnosed as having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 35, 268-275.


Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2003). Book review of E. Bachar (2001), The fear of occupying space: The Self-psychology and the treatment of Anorexia and Bulimia. Jerusalem: Magnes, Hebrew University Press.  Megamot, 42 (2), 329-333. (in Hebrew).


Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2004). Post-traumatic distress in Israeli adolescents exposed to ongoing terror: Findings from a school-based screening project in the Jerusalem Area. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 9, (No. 3/4), 335-247. Co-published simultaneously as a chapter in: In: Y. Daniely, D. Brom & J Sills (Eds). (2005). The Trauma of Terrorism: Sharing Knowledge and Shared Care, An International Handbook. Haworth Press, pp. 335-347.


Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2004). Tomorrow it could be me: Terror in Jerusalem. Panim, A Quatrterly for Society, Culture and Education, 28, 79-85. (in Hebrew).


Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2004). On the Second Bi- National conference on treating traumatized children. Psycho-actualia: A Quatrterly of the Israeli Psychological Association, July, 14-17 (in Hebrew).


Wang, Y., Nomura, Y., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Doppelt, O., Abramovitz, R., Brom, D. & Chemtob, M.C. (2006). Direct terrorism exposure, TV exposure to terrorism, and exposure to non-terrorism trauma and their differential associations with emotional and behavioral problems in young children. Annals of New York Academy of Sciences, 1094, 363-368.


Pat-Horenczyk R., Schiff M. & Doppelt O.  (2006). Maintaining Routine despite Ongoing Exposure to Terrorism: A Healthy Strategy for Adolescents? Journal of Adolescent Health, 39 (2), 199-205.


Berger, R. Pat-Horenczyk, R. & Gelkopf, M. A (2007) School-based intervention for the prevention and treatment of elementary students' terror-related distress in Israel: A randomized control trial. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20 (4), 541-551.


Pat-Horenczyk, R., & Brom, D. (2007). The multiple faces of post traumatic growth. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 56 (3), 379-385.


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Abramovitz, R., Peled, O., Brom, D, Daie, A. & Chemtob, C.M. (2007). Adolescent Exposure to Recurrent Terrorism in Israel: Posttraumatic Distress and Functional Impairment American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 77 (1),76-85.


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Peled, O., Miron, T., Villa, Y., Brom, D. & Chemtob, C.M. (2007) Risk-Taking Behaviors among Israeli Adolescents Exposed to Recurrent Terrorism, American Journal of Psychiatry, 164 (1), 66-72.


Pat-Horenczyk, R & Gill, R., (2009). Review of  the International Conference on Trauma in Early Childhood. Psychoactualia, October, 25-29. (in Hebrew).


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Qasrawi, R., Lesack, R., Haj-Yahia, M. M., Peled, O., Shaheen, M., Berger, R., Brom, D., Garber, R. & Abdeen, Z. (2009). Posttraumatic Symptoms, functional impairment and coping among adolescents on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A cross-cultural approach. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 58 (4), 688-708.

40.Schiff, M., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Benbenishty, R., Brom, D., Baum, N., & Astor, R.A. (2010). Do adolescents know when they need help in the aftermath of war? Journal of Traumatic Stress, 23(5), 657-660.


Schiff, M., Pat-Horenczyk, R. & Peled, O. (2010). The Role of Social Support for Israeli Adolescents Continually Exposed to Terrorism: Protective or Compensatory Factors? Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 3 (2), 95-108.


Chemtob, C., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Madan, A., Pitman, S.R., Wang, Y., Doppelt, O., Dugan Burns, K., Abramovitz, R. & Brom, D. (2011).Israeli adolescents with ongoing exposure to terrorism: Suicidal ideation, posttraumatic stress disorder, and functional impairment Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24(6), 756–759.


Brom, D., Pat-Horenczyk, R. & Baum, N.L. (2011). The influence of war and terrorism on posttraumatic distress among Israeli children. International Psychiatry, 8 (4), 81-83


Hobfoll, S. E., Canetti, D., Hall, B. J., Brom, D., Palmieri, P. A., Johnson, R. J., Pat-Horenczyk, R., & Galea, S. (2011). Are community studies of psychological trauma’s impact accurate?  A study among Jews and Palestinians. Psychological Assessment, 23(3), 599-605.


Bonanno, G.A., & Pat-Horenczyk, R. & J. Noll. (2011). Coping Flexibility and Potential Trauma: The Perceived ability to cope with trauma (PACT) Scale.Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, practice and policy, 3(2), 117-129.


Schiff, M., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Benbenishty, R., Brom, D., Baum, N., & Astor, R.A. (2012). High school students’ posttraumatic symptoms, substance abuse and involvement in violence in the aftermath of war. Social Science & Medicine, 75,1321-1328.


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Achituv, M., Kagan-Rubenstein, A., Khodabakhsh, A., Brom, D. & Chemtob, C.M. (2012). Growing up under fire: Building resilience in young children and parents exposed to ongoing missile attacks. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 5(4), 303-314.


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Peled, O., Achituv, M., Brom, D. Rozenblatt, O., Faierman, Z., Kaplansky, N., Yossef, D., Lahad, M. & Chemtob, C.M. (2012). Can there be a "rosy" future for the "Color Red" children? A program for building resilience for toddlers exposed to ongoing terrorism in Sderot. Society and Social Welfare, 32 (2), 237-259. (In Hebrew).


Hamama-Raz, Y., Perry, S., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Bar-Levav, R., Stemmer, S. (2012). Factors affecting participation in group intervention in patients after adjuvant treatment for early-study breast cancer. Acta Oncologica, 51, 208-214.


Burton, C., Yan, O.H., Bonanno, G.A., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Chan, S.E. & Ho, S. (2012). Coping flexibility and complicated grief: A comparison of American and Chinese samples. Depression and Anxiety, 29(1), 16-22.


Baum, N.L, Brom, D., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Rahabi, S., Wardi, J., & Weltmann, A. (2013). Transitioning from the battlefield to home: An innovative program for soldiers. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22(6), 644-659. (DOI:10.080/10926771.2013.805174).


Baum, N.L, Lopes Cardozo, B., Pat-Horenzcyk, R., Ziv, Y., Blanton, C., Reza, A., Weltman, A. Brom, D. (2013). Training teachers to build resilience in children in the aftermath of war: A cluster randomized trial. Child and Youth Care Forum, 42, 339-350. (DOI: 10.007/s10566-013-9202-5).


Kletter, H., Rialon, R. A., Laor, N., Brom, D., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Shaheen, M., Hamiel., D., Chemtob, C.,Weems, C. F., Feinstein, C., Lieberman, A., Reicherter, D., Song, S., & Carrion, V.G. (2013). Helping children exposed to war and violence: Perspectives from an international work group on interventions for youth and families. Child & Youth Care Forum, 42, 371-388. (DOI: 10.007/s10566-013-9203-4).


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Ziv, Y., Asulin-Peretz, L., Achituv, M., Cohen, S. & Brom, D. (2013).  Relational trauma in times of political violence: Continuous traumatic stress vs. past trauma.  Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 19(2),125-137. Special issue the nature, effects, and clinical responses to chronic exposure to conflict, violence, and war. (DOI:10.037/a0032488).


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Kenan, A.M., Achituv, M. & Bachar, E. (2014).  Protective factors based model for screening for posttraumatic distress in adolescents. Child and Youth Care Forum, 43(3), 339-351. (DOI: 10.007/s10566-013-9241-y).


Cohen, E., Pat-Horenczyk, R., & Haar-Shamir, D. (2014). Making room for play:  An innovative intervention for toddlers and families under rocket fire.  Clinical Social Work Journal, 42 (4), 336-345.‏ (DOI: 10.007/s10615-013-0439-0).


Schiff, M., and Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2014).  Perceived need for psychosocial services in the context of political violence: Psychological distress among Israeli mothers with young children.  Clinical Social Work Journal, 42, 346-356.(DOI:10.007/s10615-013-0471-0).


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Sim Wei Shi, C., Schramm-Yavin, S., Bar-Halpern, M. & Tan, Li Jen (2015). BEAR - Building Emotion and Affect Regulation (BEAR): Preliminary evidence from an open trial in children's residential group homes in Singapore.Child & Youth Care Forum, 44, 175–190. (DOI:10.007/s10566-014-9276-8).


Pat-Horenczyk. R., Cohen S., Ziv, Y., Achituv, M., Asulin-Peretz, L., Blanchard, T., Schiff, M. & Brom, D. (2015). Emotion regulation in mothers and young children faced with trauma. Infant Mental Health Journal, 36(2), 1-12. Article first published online: 30 APR 2015. DOI: 10.002/imhj.21515


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Perry, S., Hamama-Raz, Y., Ziv, Y., Schramm-Yavin, S., Stemmer, S.M. (2015). Posttraumatic Growth in Breast Cancer Survivors: Constructive and Illusory Processes. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28, 214-222. DOI: 10.002/jts.22014.


Hamama-Raz, Y., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Perry, S., Ziv, Y., Bar-Levav, R., & Stemmer, S. M. (2016). The Effectiveness of Group Intervention on Enhancing Cognitive Emotion Regulation Strategies in Breast Cancer Patients: A 2-Year Follow-up. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 15(2), 175-182.‏ DOI: 10.177/1534735415607318.


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Achituv, M., Asulin-Peretz, L., Kaminer, H., Kaplanski, N., & Rozenblatt, O. & Brom, D. (2016). Mothers and young children under fire: Comparing exposure to ongoing terror with exposure to time-limited war.Megamot 50(2), 29-54 (in Hebrew).


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Saltzman, L. Y., Hamama-Raz, Y., Perry, S.., Ziv, Y., Ginat-Frolich, R., & Stemmer, S. M. (2016). Stability and Transitions in Posttraumatic Growth Trajectories among Cancer Survivors: LCA and LTA Analyses. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, practice and policy, 8(5), 541-5419. DOI:  10.037/tra0000094.


Pat‐Horenczyk, R., Cohen, S., Ziv, Y., Achituv, M., Brickman, S., Blanchard, T., & Brom, D. (2017). Stability and Change in Posttraumatic Distress: A 7‐Year Follow‐Up Study of Mothers and Young Children Exposed to Cumulative Trauma. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 30(2), 115-124.‏ DOI 10.002/jts.


Saltzman, L.Y., Solomyak, L., & Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2017). Addressing the Needs of Children and Youth in the Context of War and Terrorism: The Technological Frontier, Current Psychiatry Reports, 19(6), 30. DOI: 10.007/s11920-017-0786-6.


Schiff, M., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Ziv, Y., & Brom, D. (2017). Multiple Traumas, Maternal Depression, Mother–Child Relationship, Social Support, and Young Children’s Behavioral Problems. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-23. DOI: 10.177/0886260517725738.


Baum, N. L., Stokar, Y. N., Ginat-Frolich, R., Ziv, Y., Abu-Jufar, I., Cardozo, B. L., Pat-Horenczyk, R. & Brom, D. (2018). Building Resilience Intervention (BRI) with teachers in Bedouin communities: From evidence informed to evidence based. Children and Youth Services Review, 87 (1), pp. 186-191.


Saltzman, L. Y., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Lombe, M., Weltman, A., Ziv, Y., McNamara, T., Takeuchi, D., Brom, D. (2018). Post-Combat Adaptation: Improving Social Support and Reaching Constructive Growth Journal for Anxiety Stress and Coping, 31(4), 418-430, DOI: 10.080/10615806.2018.454740


Weltman, A., Kessker, Y., Rechavi, S., Ziv, Y., Wardi, J., Pat-Horenczyk, R. & Brom, D. (2018). Peace of Mind: Building resilience and posttraumatic growth in the aftermath of combat. Harefua, 175(7), 415-418. (in Hebrew).


Hamama-Raz, Y., & Pat-Horenczyk, R., Roziner, I, Perry S. Stemmer, S.  (2019, in press). Can Posttraumatic Growth after Breast Cancer Promote Positive Coping? A Cross-Lagged Study.  Psycho-Oncology.


Yochman, A. & Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2019, in press). Exposure to trauma and Sensory Regulation in children. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma.



Other publications:


Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2018). Trauma and resilience after exposure to cumulative trauma: Guidelines for early interventions. Conference reader on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Unaccompanied Minor Refugees. Hannover, Germany.


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Prof. Miriam Schiff

Full Professor
Room 524

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Miriam Schiff, (PhD. MSW, MA) is a Professor and Zena Harman Chair in Social Work at the school. She is also the chair of “social work in health care research group”, a joint partnership between the school and Hadassah Hebrew university medical center. Miriam is a social worker, a licensed school psychologist and a licensed family therapist.


Research interests


Dr. Schiff research addresses the consequences of childhood and current (acts of political violence) man-made trauma on adolescents and adults. The consequences include: psychological distress, physical health problems, substance use, and violence toward in- and out-group. The studies she conducts in this area in collaboration with Israeli and international colleagues are based on several theoretical frameworks: Conservation of Resources (COR), theories of emotion regulation, and Parental Acception-Rejection Theory (PART). In the past three years, she has expanded her research to two additional fields: parental traumatic grief and bereavement, and social work in health care. The research in these two topics is supported by leading theories in these fields (the bio-psycho-social model in the field of health care and the two-track model in the field of bereavement), but are conducted through the paradigm of translational research from academia to the field of social work, and from practice wisdom to theories and research. This paradigm includes strong collaboration with practitioners as well as mentoring advanced research students (at the MA and PhD levels) who also have senior positions in the field of social work. Below, are brief describion of Dr. Schiff recent work in each of her research areas.


Consequences of childhood and current (acts of political violence) man-made trauma on adolescents and adults.

Two major research studies in this area since my last promotion were: (i) Consequences of children’s exposure to intimate partner violence. Together with Dr. Jake Najman and his research center at the University of Queensland, Australia, School of Public Health, she examined whether adolescents’ exposure to parental intimate partner violence is associated with their psychological distress and substance use in young adulthood, using a large-scale and longitudinal birth cohort study (the Mater/University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy, MUSP). Currently Dr. Schiff continues this line of research including long-term consequences of child Adverse Child Events (ACE’s) on physical and mental health of young adults together with Dr. Melissa Jonson-Reid and Dr. Patricia Kohl from the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University St. Louis, and Dr. Jes Helton from Saint Louis University School of Social Work. (ii) Through the research group at the school on trauma and resilience, headed by Prof. Pat-Horenczyk, of which Dr. Schiff is a member, she and the group conducted a pilot study on risk and protective factors for hate-based violence among Jewish and Arab adolescents based on previous research studies they conducted in this area.


Parental traumatic grief and bereavement

In the past three years, Sr. Schiff established a productive collaboration with the Ministry of Defense, Department of Families and Commemoration. In this context, she implemented research studies on coping with loss of a child during his or her service in the Israeli Defence Forces, and the potential contribution of the social worker who is in contact with the parents from the first day of the loss to the healing process. A pilot qualitative study followed by a large-scale quantitative study on 164 parents (90 of them couples) revealed that many parents displayed personal growth. Formal educational level is associated with better coping. Grief reactions at 5-8 years after their child’s death are greater than at longer passages of time. The strongest predictor for adaptive coping (e.g., lower level of complicated grief symptoms, personal growth and positive daily functioning) was parental decision to continue living, a new concept we discover in this study. Positive therapeutic relationships with their social worker were a significant predictor for parental personal growth out of grief. Several interaction effects with the passage of time were found. Dyadic analyses suggest similarities and some differences in the contributing factors for coping with loss among mothers and fathers. These findings were disseminated to bereaved parents, as well as to practitioners, students, and researchers, in a conference with the Israeli Ministry of Defense (March 14, 2018).



Social work in health care

Using the translational research paradigm, Dr. Schiff research work in the area of healthcare is conducted in full collaboration with the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Department of Social Work, through the social work school research group that she chairs. Thus far, they have completed a study, together with research students’ seminar, on the characteristics of social workers’ psychosocial interventions during acts of political violence (e.g., the “stabbing intifada”), and the associations between hospital length of stay, Acute Stress Reaction (ASR), and the characteristics of the implemented psychosocial interventions.


Another project that was funded through the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research (NIHP) Study aims to: (1) describe the implementation and outcome of the discharge plan (re-hospitalizations, satisfaction) from the point of the patient and family; (2) examine potential gaps between discharge plan and its implementation by residential area and personal and system variables; (3) compare the process and outcomes of implementation of the discharge plan, with Auslander, Soskolne et al. (2003) findings.


Study sample includes 1080 65+ patients who were hospitalized in the internal, geriatric, surgical and orthopedic departments & seen by a social worker during hospitalization. The study will be conducted in six hospitals: Hadassah, Sheba, Soroka and Rambam (200 each), and Barzilai and Meir (140 each). Data collection will begin soon.


Besides its scientific merit, this study seeks to raise policy-makers’ awareness of the shortage of institutional care for elderly patients’ post-discharge from general hospitals, especially in Jerusalem and the south. Many elders cannot receive their prescribed help in the area, or at all.



Schiff’s Recent publications


Schiff, M. & Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2014). Perceived need for psychosocial services in the context of political violence: Psychological distress among Israeli mothers with young children. Clinical Social Work Journal, 42(4), 346-356.


Schiff, M. & Fang, L. (2014). Adolescent substance-use in Israel: The roles of exposure to political traumas and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28(2), 453–463. doi=10.1037/a0035603.


Schiff, M., Plotnikova, M., Dingle, K., Williams, G. M., Najman, J., & Clavarino, A. (2014). Does adolescent's exposure to parental intimate partner conflict and violence predict psychological distress and substance use in young adulthood? A longitudinal study. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38(12), 1945-1954. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.07.001.


David, P.  & Schiff, M. (2015). Learning from bottom-up dissemination: Importing an evidence-based trauma intervention for infants and young children to Israel. Evaluation and Program Planning, 53, 18-24. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.07.012.


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Cohen, S., Ziv, Y.,  Achituv, M., Asulin-Peretz, L., Blanchard, T. R.,  Schiff, M.  & Brom, D.  (2015). Emotion regulation in mothers and young children faced with trauma. Infant Mental Health Journal, 36(3), 337-348. doi:10.1002/imhj.21515.


Schiff, M., Nacasch, N., Levit, S., Katz, N., & Foa, E. (2015). Prolonged exposure for treating PTSD among female methadone patients who were survivors of sexual abuse in Israel. Social Work in Health Care, 54, 687-707. doi:10.1080/00981389.2015.1058311.


Fang, L., Schiff, M., & Benbenishty, R. (2016). Political violence exposure, adolescent school violence, and drug use: The mediating role of school support and posttraumatic stress. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86(6), 662-670. doi:10.1037/ort0000178.


Schiff, M. & Fang, L. (2016). Adolescents' exposure to disasters and substance use (A review paper). Current Psychiatry Reports, 18(57), 2-6. doi:10.1007/s11920-016-0693-2.


Zemach, M., Schiff, M., Feldman, C., & Sabah, C. (2016). Treatment for children at risk: Out-of-home versus community placement. Society & Welfare: Quarterly for Social Work, 36(3-4), 331-361. (Hebrew)


David, P.  & Schiff, M. (2017). Self-efficacy as a mediator in bottom-up dissemination of a research-supported intervention for young, traumatized children and their families. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 14(2), 53-69. doi:10.1080/23761407.2017.1298072.


Schiff, M. & Roll, A. (2017). Depression, quality of life and smoking in late adulthood. []EC Psychology and Psychiatry, 4(5), 206-215.


David, P. & Schiff, M. (2018). Initial clinician reports of the bottom-up dissemination of an evidence-based intervention for early childhood trauma. Child and Youth Care Forum, 41(1), 115-132. doi:


Schiff, M., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Ziv, Y., & Brom, D. (in press). Multiple traumas, maternal depression, mother–child relationship, social support, and young children’s behavioral problems. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 0(0), 0886260517725738. doi:10.1177/0886260517725738.


Sakat, E. & Schiff, M. (in press). Religiosity: Protective or risk factor for posttraumatic distress among adolescents who were exposed to different types of acts of political violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 0(0), 0886260518780775. doi:10.1177/0886260518780775.


Schiff, M., Dekel, R., Gilbar, O., & Benbenishty, R. (2018). Helping the helpers: Post-traumatic distress and need for help among Israeli social workers in foster care agencies following armed conflict. Child & Family Social Work, 23(3), 466-474. doi:10.1111/cfs.12438


Gilbar, O., Benbenishty, R., Schiff, M., & Dekel, R. (2018). Foster parents exposed to political violence: The role of social support in addressing emotional and functional difficulties. Children and Youth Services Review, 85, 211-218.; 1.38


Elkins, Y.A., Schiff, M., Aharoni. E., Parnas-Golderberger, S., & Weisler-Mamou, I. (in press). Living with grief and considering life: The experience of bereaved parents who lost their child during military service. Megamot. (Hebrew).


Schiff, M., Lesser, L., Levine, T., Savo, Y., Dashti, T., & Rosenne, H. (in press). Hospital social worker interventions with survivors of acts of political violence in Israel. The Journal of Social Work.


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Zamir, O., Yochman, A., Schiff, M., Brickman, S., Lerner, M., & Brom, D. (2019). Long-term impact of maternal posttraumatic symptoms on children’s regulatory functioning: A 4-year follow-up study. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Http://

Pat-Horenczyk, R. & Schiff, M. (2019). Continuous traumatic stress and the life cycle: Exposure to repeated political violence in Israel Current Psychiatry Reports, 21(8), 71-80, 3.82 41/146.


Pat-Horenczyk, R., Zamir, O., Yochman, A., Schiff, M., Brickman, S., Lerner, M., & Brom, D. (2019). Long-term impact of maternal posttraumatic symptoms on children’s regulatory functioning: A 4-year follow-up study. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication.


Segev, D. & Schiff, M. (in press). Integrating Israeli Defense Force (IDF) veterans with disabilities into the workforce: Characteristics and predictors. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research.


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Ben Shahar

Dr. Ben Shahar

Senior Lecturer
Room 525

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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.




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Shapira Berman

Dr. Ofrit Shapira Berman

Senior Lecturer of the Practice
Room 509 A

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Research Interests:

Trauma, sexual trauma and childhood abuse* professionals compassion fatigue* long-term sequels of childhood abuse (particularly personality disorders, and object relations prior to,  and as a result of the traumatic childhood)



Recent Publications:

שפירא-ברמן, ע., ורבין, ק. (2002). אסרטיביות כמשאב של נשים בדרך למימוש נישואין שוויוניים והוגנים. חברה ורווחה. כ"ב (4), 503-518.

שפירא-ברמן, ע. (2003). הסוד ועונשו – עיגון זכויותיהם של קורבנות פשעי מין בחוק. חברה ורווחה

Shapira-Berman, O. (2004). Why do married mothers Choose to do all house tasks? Re-examining feminist agenda and its implications for therapy. Jr. of Feminist Family Therapy. Accepted for publication.


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anat talmon

Dr. Anat Talmon

Senior Lecturer
Room 510

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Talmon Anat



Research Interests:

Self and body representations and their biopsychosocial implications

Early stressful life experiences

Physical and mental health manifestations


Higher Education

2018-2021                   Postdoctoral Studies (Psychology, Stanford, USA)

2015-2018                   Ph.D., direct route PhD program (Social Work, Tel-Aviv University, Israel)

2011-2014                   B.S.W., (Social Work, Tel-Aviv University, Israel (summa cum laude))

2008-2010                   B.S.C., (Animal Science, The Hebrew University, Israel)


Awards and Excellence Scholarships (Within the Past Five Years)


2018-2019                   The Haruv Institute Postdoctoral fellowship

2019-2021                   Postdoctoral Scholarship, The Israel Science Foundation (grant No.82/19)


Appointments at the Hebrew University

2021                            Senior Lecturer, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


List of Publication (Within the Past Five Years)

Journal Articles

Talmon, A., & Ginzburg, K. (2016). The nullifying experience of self-objectification: the development and psychometric evaluation of the Self-Objectification Scale. Child Abuse & Neglect, 60, 46-57.

Talmon, A., & Ginzburg, K. (2017). Between childhood maltreatment and shame: The role of self-objectification and disrupted body boundaries. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 41(3), 325-337.

Christie, H., Talmon, A., Schäfer, S.K., Haan, A.D., Vang, M.L., Haag, K., Gilbar, O., Alisic, E., & Brown, E. (2017). The transition into parenthood following childhood maltreatment: A review of the literature on new parents’ experiences. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 8, 1-15.

Talmon, A., & Ginzburg, K. (2018). 'Body self' in the shadow of childhood sexual abuse: The long term implications of sexual abuse on male and female adult survivors. Child Abuse & Neglect, 76, 416-425.

Talmon, A., & Ginzburg, K. (2018). “Who does this body belong to?” The development and psychometric evaluation of the Body Experience during Pregnancy Scale. Body Image, 26, 19-28.

Talmon, A., & Ginzburg, K. (2018). The differential role of narcissism in the relations between childhood sexual abuse, dissociation, and self-harm. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-20.

Talmon, A., & Ginzburg, K. (2018). Chased by the past: The relation between childhood maltreatment and fear of childbirth. Sex Roles, 81(3-4), 223-234.

Lahav, Y., Talmon, A., Ginzburg, K., & Spiegel, D. (2019). Reenacting past Abuse – identification with the aggressor and sexual revictimization. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 20(4), 378-391.

Talmon, A., Horovitz, M., Shabat, N., Shechter Haramati, O., & Ginzburg, K. (2019). “Neglected moms” - the implications of emotional neglect in childhood for the transition to motherhood. Child Abuse & Neglect, 88, 445-454.

Talmon, A., & Ginzburg, K. (2019). The intricate role of dissociation in the relations between childhood maltreatment, self-objectification and narcissism. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 11(8), 909-918.

Lahav, Y., Talmon, A., & Ginzburg, K. (2019). Knowing the abuser inside and out: The development and psychometric evaluation of the Identification with the Aggressor Scale. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-24.

Lahav, Y., Allende, S., Talmon, A., Ginzburg, K., & Spiegel, D. (2020). Identification with the Aggressor and Inward and Outward Aggression in Abuse Survivors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-24.

Talmon, A., Finzi-Dottan, R., & Ginzburg, K. (2020). “I will love you (me) forever” – A longitudinal study of narcissism, body experience, and emotional adjustment during the transition to motherhood. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 1-12.

Talmon, A. & Shaham-Salomon, N., & Ginzburg, K. (2020). Differentiation of the self and the body and adjustment to motherhood: A latent class analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 276, 287-296.

Bertele, N., Talmon, A., & Gross, J. J. (2020). Childhood maltreatment and narcissism: The mediating role of dissociation. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-23.

Talmon, A., & Widom, C. S. (2021). Childhood maltreatment and eating disorders: a prospective investigation. Child Maltreatment, 1-12.

Talmon, A., Dixon, M. L., Goldin, P. R., Heimberg, R. G., & Gross, J. J. (2021). Neurocognitive heterogeneity in social anxiety disorder: the role of self-referential processing and childhood maltreatment. Clinical Psychological Science, 1-14.

Talmon, A., Uysal, A., & Gross, J. J. (2021). Childhood maltreatment and adult sexuality: A 10-year longitudinal study. Archive of Sexual Behavior. (In Press)

Katz, C., Tsur, N., Talmon, A., & Nicollet, R. (2021). Beyond fight, flight and freeze: towards a conceptualization of responses to child sexual abuse based on retrospective reports of adults survivors. Child Abuse & Neglect, 112, 104905.

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Dr. Dafna Tener

Senior Lecturer
Room 532

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Research Interests:

Interfamilial child sexual abuse; statutory victimization; online sexual abuse; adult disclosure of childhood sexual abuse; the work of medical clowns with sexually abused children; child maltreatment

Research projects:

Between me and them: forgiving incest?! Qualitative study on women who experienced incest in childhood.

The use of medical clowns as a buffer for psychological distress during anogenital examination of sexually abused children – A preliminary study

A Qualitative Study of Youth Experiences with Statutory Victimization Relationships.

Offenders Who Use Online Communications to Commit Sex Crimes against Minors.

Experiences at the mother units (center for the treatment of at -risk mothers and children) : Perceptions of mothers and professionals.

Child sexual abuse therapy centers in Israel: reviewing data on abuse characteristics, type of symptoms presented, and treatment outcomes 


Abstracts of Current Research:

Experiences at the mother unit:

The Mothers’ Unit is a rehabilitation and treatment program for mothers at risk and their young children, which includes joint residence of mothers and children in the Unit. The program was created to provide an alternative to removing the children from home because of abuse or neglect. The qualitative study aims to construct a grounded theoretical model for conceptualizing and reflecting the points of view of both mothers involved in the program and professionals working with them in the Unit. The study will include semi-structured qualitative interviews (n=32). Participants are interviewed in four content areas: (1) the narrative of arriving at the mothers’ unit; (2) the meaning and construction of their stay in the unit; (3) perceived short- and long-term consequences of their stay in the unit, including advantages and disadvantages; (4) the effect of the program on the women’s perceptions of parenting and their relationships with their children. The data is analyzed with the aim of creating a grounded theoretical model describing and explaining the essence of experiences at the Mothers Unit. The study aims to enrich the limited body of research on working with mothers at risk and their children out of their homes, and to enhance professionals’ understanding of their experiences to encourage suitable treatmentt.

Child sexual abuse therapy centers in Israel:

Treatment centers for children victims of sexual abuse in Israel began operating in 2007 as a joint project of the  Rashi Foundation, the National Insurance Institute of Israel and the Ministry of Social Affairs and social services, aimed to provide free of charge services to victims and their parents. The current study is based on computerized reporting by therapists working in the center with the aim of analyzing  the characteristic of the sexual abuse experienced by the children , symptoms presented, therapy goals and treatment outcomes as perceived by therapists.


Publication list                                     

  1. PhD Dissertation

            Tener, D. Between me and them: Forgiving incest?! March, 2010, 277 pages,                                Hebrew, University of Haifa, supervised by Zvi Eisikovits &  Rachel Lev Wiesel

  1. Book Chapters

Tener, D., & Eisikovits, Z. (In preparation). Between me and them: Forgiving incest?! In A Weizman-Zrihan & Z Eisikovits (Eds.), Forgiveness consider and re-consider: Study in interpersonal transgress.

  1. Articles in Refereed Journals


Tener, D., Lev-Wiesel, R., Lang-Franco, N., & Ofir, S. (2010). Laughing through this pain: Medical clowning during examination of sexually abused children: An innovative approach. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 19(2), 128-140.

Tener, D., Lev-Wiesel, R., Lang-Franco, N., & Ofir, S. (2012). The use of  medical clowns as a buffer for psychological distress during anogenital examination of sexually abused children. Journal of loss & Trauma17(1), 12-22.

Tener, D., & Murphy, S. B. (2014). Adult Disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse A Literature Review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 1524838014537906.

Tener, D., Walsh, W., Jones, L. & Kelly Kinnish (In publication). “It all Depends on the Guy and the Girl":  A Qualitative Study of Youth Experiences with Statutory Victimization Relationships. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. Estimated Publication date - 05 Nov 2014 (Online) 

 Tener, D., Wolak, J., & Finkelhor, D. (in publication). A typology of Offenders Who Use Online Communications to Commit Sex Crimes against Minors. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.           

Submitted Publications

Tener, D., & Eisikovits, Z. (submitted for publication). Torn: Forgiveness amid social expectations among women who have experienced incest.

Papers in preparation

Eisikovits, Z, Tener, D., & Lev-Wiesel, R. (in preparation). "He is always   there": Women who have experienced incest and their relationship with the abuser in adulthood.

Tener, D, Ofir, S, Lang-Franco, N., & Lev-Wiesel, R. (in preparation). Seriously clowning: Medical clowning intervention during invasive examinations in children in hospital

Ofir, S, Tener, D, Lang-Franco, N., & Lev-Wiesel, R. (in preparation). The therapy beneath the fun: Medical clowning intervention during invasive procedures in children in hospital

Tener, D.,& Eisikovits, Z. (in preparation). Protecting the incest secret: Guardians and techniques.

Tener, D. (in preparation). Experiences in the Mothers Unit: Perceptions of mothers and professionals. 

Tener, D. (in preparation). Reviewing results in child sexual abuse therapy centers in Israel: The relationship between abuse characteristics type of symptoms presented, and treatment outcomes.


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Prof. Orya Tishbi

Associate Professor of the Practice
Room 211

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Academic Profile: 

Dr. Tishby is a clinical lecturer, and a member of the research group: Mental health and Welfare of Children and Adolescents.

Rutgers Univ., New Jersey, U.S.A. - Psy.D. 1991,Hebrew University - Visiting Lecturer – 1996- 1998; 1999-2002,Hebrew University – Clinical Lecturer- 2002, Senior Lecturer of the Practice 2011.



Research Interests:

Psychotherapy process research (process and its relation to outcome)  particular focus on:

The therapeutic relationship; psychotherapy with adolescents; 

The motherhood experience;  supervision and training



Research Projects:

 Current research projects:

2007-2010 - Israel Science Foundation Research grant – principal investigator, together  with  Prof.  Hadas Wiseman, Haifa University: The client  therapist "dance": Interplay of client and  therapist interpersonal patterns, working alliance and therapy outcome.

2008-2010 -  Israel Joint Distribution Committer research Grant  (Warburg  Grant), jointly with Dr. Ofrit Berman-Shapira, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social  Welfare, Hebrew University. A longitudinal study of the  subjective experience of  first-time mothers.

2009 - Collaborating in a study on the outcome of  day  treatment for eating disorders. Principal investigators: Uri Pinus, Adolescent day treatment unit, Hadassah Hospital, and Prof. Gail Auslander,  Paul  Baerwald School of Social Work and  Social Welfare. (Funded by the Milton Rosenbaum Grant).

  2005-2007- Israel Joint Distribution Committee research grant  (Warburg) :   Changes in interpersonal conflicts of adolescents in psychodynamic therapy.  (currently in final stages of data analysis). With doctoral student Dana Atzil.



Abstracts of Current Research :

Help seeking among Israeli adolescents- This study attempts to examine the factors that are involved in seeking professional and non-professional help for emotional distress, among Israeli adolescents. The study will include adolescents from both secular and religious schools, from upper- middle class and low socio-economic background.

Changes in interpersonal conflicts among adolescents in psychotherapy- This study  looks at interpersonal conflicts that adolescents present in psychotherapy. The focus of the study is the relationship with each parent, and with the therapist. The study compares interpersonal conflicts of adolescents whose parents are divorced, vs. those whose parents are not divorced. In addition- it tracks changes in these conflicts throughout therapy.

Parental representations among adolescents leaving foster care- This project is included as part of a larger project which assessed readiness for independent living among adolescents leaving foster care. The study analyzes parental descriptions of biological parents and foster parents along several factors, and will examine the relationship between these factors and readiness for independent living. 

Aspects of the supervisory relationship-  This study examines conflictual aspects of the supervisory relationship in the 2nd and 3rd years of social work field practice. The aim is to characterize the supervisory relationship in these two levels of training, and to identify the type of interpersonal conflicts that occur in supervision.



Recent Publications:




Shtokman, D.,  & Tishby, O. (Alphabetical). (2004). (In Hebrew). Is this the son I prayed for ? a   reunion between father and his adolescent son. Sichot- Israel Journal of Psychotherapy, 18(2), 164- 173.

Tishby, O., Assa, T. & Shefler, G. (2006). Patient progress in two  cases of  Time Limited Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy Research, 16(1),  80-90. 

Tishby, O. Raichick, I., & Shefler, G(2007). Changes in interpersonal conflicts among adolescents in psychodynamic therapy. Psychotherapy Research, 17(3),297-304.

Dayan-Farchi, Y. & Tishby, O (2009). Changes in mothers' subjective experience of   their relationship with their eldest child, following the birth of the second child.  Society and Welfare  (Hevra Verevacha), v. 29 (2-3),       311-338 (Hebrew).


 Haj-Yahia, M.M, Tishby, O., & de Zoysa, P. (2009). Post-Traumatic stress disorder   among Sri- Lankan university students as a consequence of their exposure to family violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24, 2039-2056.  

  Tishby, O., &  Vered, M . (2010). Countertransference in the treatment of adolescents and its  manifestation in the patient-therapist relationship. Accepted for publication in Psychotherapy Research.

Orya Tishby's site at the Research and Development Authority


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אסנת זמיר

Dr. Osnat Zamir

Room 531

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Gewirtz, A. H., DeGarmo, D. S., & Zamir, O. (2017). After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools: One-year outcomes of an evidence-based parenting program for military families. Prevention Science. 1-11.

Zhang, N., Rudi, J., Zamir, O., & Gewirtz, A. (2017). Parent engagement in online mindfulness exercises within a parent training program for post-deployed military families. Mindfulness, 1-12.

Zamir, O.,  & Gewirtz, A. H., & Zhang, N. (2017). The interdependent associations of mindfulness and marital quality among military couples. Journal of Family Relations.

Gewirtz, A.H., DeGarmo, D., & Zamir, O. (2017). Testing a military family stress model. Family Process. 10.1111/famp.12282


Tangir, G., Dekel, R., Lavi, T., Gewirtz, A. H., Zamir, O. (2017). Children's adjustment in a climate of political violence: Comparing mother and child reports. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-10.


Zamir, O., Gewirtz, A. H., Labella, M., DeGarmo, D. S., & Snyder, J. J. (2017). Experiential avoidance, communication, and marital quality in intimate relationships of military couples. Journal of Family Issues.

Tangir, G., Dekel, R., Lavi, T., Gewirtz, A. H., Zamir, O. (2016). The contribution of maternal dimensions and community type to children's adjustment in a continuous security threat. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Resech, Practice and Policy, 9, 122-129.

Snyder, J. J., Gewirtz, A. H., Schrepfermana, L. P., Girda, S. R., Quattlebauma, J., Pauldinea, M. R., Elisha, K., Zamir, O., & Hayesa, H. (2016).  Parent–child relationship quality and family transmission of parent posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and child externalizing and internalizing symptoms following fathers' exposure to combat trauma. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 947-969

Gewirtz, A. H., DeGarmo, D. S., & Zamir, O. (2016). Effects of a military parenting program on parental distress and suicidal ideation: After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools. Journal of Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 46, 23-31

Zamir, O., & Lavee, Y. (2016). Emotional regulation and revictimization in women’s intimate relationships. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31, 147–162.  doi: 10.1177/0886260514555125

Davis, L., Hanson, S., Zamir, O., Gewirtz, A. H., & DeGarmo, D. S. (2015). Associations of contextual risk and protective factors with fathers’ parenting practices in the post-deployment environment. Psychological Services, 12, 250-260. doi: 10.1037/ser0000038

Zamir, O., & Lavee, Y. (2015). Emotional awareness and breaking the cycle of revictimization. Journal of Family Violence, 30, 675-684. doi:10.1007/s10896-015-9711-0

Gewirtz, A. H., & Zamir, O. (2014). The impact of parental deployment to war on children: The crucial role of parenting. In J. Benson (Ed.), Advances in child development and behavior (Vol. 46, pp. 89–112). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Press

Zamir, O., & Lavee, Y. (2014). Psychological mindedness as a protective factor against revictimization in intimate relationships. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 70, 849-859. doi:10.1002/jclp.22061

Melamed, Y., Zamir, O.,  Doron, A., Gelbard, Y., & Bleich .A. (2008). Decision making concerning guardianship: Who is the person that no longer has the capacity to make decisions regarding personal matters? Harefua, 147, 53-70. (Hebrew)



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