Academic Staff


Prof. Asher Ben-Arieh

Dean of the School
Full Professor
Room 418

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Academic Profile: 

Ph.D. 1999, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Lecturer 2000, Senior Lecturer 2005, Associate Professor 2011..

Research Interests:

Indicators of children's well-being. The politics of social policy. Parliaments and social policy. Children's rights and the Sociology of childhood.

Abstracts of Current Research :

Most of my research focuses on (a) the nature of children’s well-being and the factors affecting it, (b) the methodology of social indicators, and (c) the use of indicators of children’s well-being in the process of making and implementing child and public policy. The theoretical approach guiding my work is based on three concepts: the power of information, childhood as a (sociological) stage in itself, and children’s rights.

As a part of a team of researchers at ClemsonUniversity, DukeUniversity, and the Universityof Chicago, I am examining the effects of Strong Communities, a multi-million-dollar initiative to prevent child maltreatment in Greenville County, South Carolina, by building and strengthening norms of mutual assistance and of collective responsibility for family support.  Building on the efforts of all sectors of society including young people themselves, Strong Communities is a complex initiative posing difficult challenges for ongoing assessment of children’s safety and well-being and for identification of the potent inputs in this process and in its replication elsewhere. This project will enhance and inform my work on the active role children can and should play both in the study of their own well-being and in the impact of those studies on policies.

 As the Israeli representative in the EU’s COST A/19 working group on child welfare, I am both learning from and contributing to the intergenerational perspective framing the COST’s work, particularly in relation to children’s role in advancing their own status. 

I also continue my research in the field of children’s well being indicators. In my research I continue to explore the theoretical conceptualization of children’s well being, to seek and develop new and appropriate indicators for children well being and to study the indicators role in the policy making process.

 Through the Global Monitoring Report (GMR) of UNESCO, The UNICEF report cards series and the Kids Count project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, I am studying the evolution of the nature and use of indicators of child well-being.  In this context, I have the rare opportunity to examine how my own scholarship has influenced the field.

Key words: Well-being, children’s rights, child policy, social indicators, childhood as a stage of itself.



Recent Publications:


Ben-Arieh, A., Kaufman, H.N., Andrews, B.A., George, R., Lee, B.J. & Aber, J.L. (2001) Measuring and Monitoring Children's Well Being Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Press.

Refereed articles:

Ben-Arieh, A. (2000). "The Politics of Social Welfare: MP's Attitudes and Activities in the 13th Israeli Knesset" Journal of Legislature Studies Vol.6 No.2 (pp. 1-18).

Ben-Arieh, A. (2000) "Beyond Welfare: Measuring and Monitoring the State of Children- New Trends and Domains" Social Indicators Research Vol. 52 No. 3 (pp. 235-257).

Haj-Yahia, M.M. & Ben-Arieh, A. (2000) "Incidence of Exposure to Violence in the Family of Origin Among Arab Adolescents and Its Sciodemographic Correlates: Child Abuse and Neglect Vol. 24. No. 10 (pp. 1299-1315).

Ben-Arieh, A. & Lee, B.J. (2000) "Poor children in Illinoisand Israel: Whom do the income maintenance program serve?" Social Security 58 (pp. 97-112) (Hebrew).

Ben-Arieh, A. & Danon, Y.L. (2001) “Epidemiological Trends of Pediatric Emergency Referrals in Israel” IMAJ 3 (pp. 231-232).

Ben-Arieh, A. (2001) “Members of the 13th Israeli Knesset and their influence on social policy: who influenced?” Society and Welfare 21/4  (pp.403-420) (Hebrew).

Ben-Arieh, A. & Ofir, A. (2002) “Time for (more) time-use studies: Studying the daily activities of children Childhood 9/2 (pp. 253-276).

Ben-Arieh, A. (2002) "Who is for Kids and Who is just Kidding? Members of The Israeli Knesset’s Activities on Children’s Issues Between 1990-2001"Social Policy and Society 1/4  (pp.335-347).

Ben-Arieh, A & Doron A. (2003) The Making of Social Policy in Israel: Perceived Influence of Members of the 13th Israeli Knesset”  The Review of Policy Studies  20/7 (pp. 309-327).

Ben-Arieh, A. & Boyer, Y. (2003) “The little citizen? Citizenship and childhood in Israel” Social Security 63  (pp. 236-270) (Hebrew).

Gal, J. & Ben-Arieh, A. (2003) ”Transfer payment and support for families with children in a comparative perspective” Social Security 63  (pp. 69-76) (Hebrew).

Ben-Arieh, A. (2004) “Who cares? Knesset members activities on children well being issues between 1990 – 2001” Society and Welfare  (pp. 383-399) (Hebrew).

Ben-Arieh, A & Boyer, Y. (2005) "Citizenship and childhood in Israel: the state of affairs" Childhood 12/1 (pp. 33-53).

Ben-Arieh, A. (2005) “Where are the children? Children's role in measuring and monitoring their well-being” Social Indicators 74/3 (pp. 573 – 596).

Khoury-Kassabri, M. Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Ben-Arieh, A. (accepted for publication) “Adolescents approach toward children rights: Comparison between Jewish and Palestinian children from Israel and the Palestinian Authority” Children and Youth Service Review .

Ben-Arieh, A (accepted for publication) Is the study of the “State of Our Children” changing? Revisiting after five years” Children and Youth Service Review.

Ben-Arieh, A., Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Haj-Yahia, M. M. (accepted for publication) “Generational, Ethnic, and National Differences in Attitudes toward the Rights of Children in Israel and Palestine” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.


Chapters and articles in books:

Ben-Arieh A. (2000) "Does the Knesset Matter? MK's influence on the making of Social Policy in Israel" in Ben-Arieh, A. & Gal, J. (Eds.) Into the Promised Land: Issues Facing the Welfare State (pp. 137-152). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Ben-Arieh, A. (2002) “Evaluating the outcomes of programs Vs. Monitoring Well Being: A Child Centerd Perspective” In Vecchiato, T., Maluccio,A.N. and Canali, C. (Eds.). Evaluation in Child and Family Services: Comparative Client and Program perspective  (pp.150-160) New-York: Aldine de Gruyter.

Ben-Arieh, A., Boyer, Y. & Gajst, I. (2004) “Children’s Welfare in Israel:Growing up in a multi-cultural society” in Jensen, A.M., Ben-Arieh, A., Conti, C., Kutsar, D., Phadraig, M.N. and Nielsen, H.M. (Ed.) Children’s Welfare in Ageing Europe V. I-II   Trondhiem: Norwegian Centre for Child Research.

Ben-Arieh, A. (2005) “Mesuring and Monitoring Children’s Well Being: The Role of Children” in Klöckner, C. and Paetzel, U. Kindheitsforschung und kommunale Praxis (Arbeitstitel): Praxisnahe Erkenntnisse aus der aktuellen Kindheitsforschung. Wiesbaden, Germany: VS-Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Ben-Arieh, A & Goerge, R (2006) “Measuring and Monitoring Children’s Well-Being: The policy process” in Ben-Arieh, A. & Goerge, R.(Ed.) Indicators of children's well being: understanding their role, usage and policy influence   Springer: Dordrecht, Netherlands.

Titler, J. & Ben-Arieh A. (2006) “So where should the research go? Some possible directions and their research implications” in Ben-Arieh, A. & Goerge, R.(Ed.) Indicators of children's well being: understanding their role, usage and policy influence   Springer: Dordrecht, Netherlands .


Academic editing:

Ben-Arieh, A. & Gal, J. (Eds.) (2000) Into the Promised Land: Issues Facing the Welfare State (470 pages) Westport, CT: Praeger.

Jensen, A.M., Ben-Arieh, A., Conti, C., Kutsar, D., Phadraig, M.N. & Nielsen, H.M. (Ed.) (2004) Children’s Welfare in Ageing Europe V. I-II   Trondhiem:Norwegian Centre for Child Research

Ben-Arieh, A. & Goerge, R. (Ed.) (2005) Indicators of children's well being: understanding their role, usage and policy influence   Springer: Dordrecht,Netherlands

Ben-Arieh, A., Zionit, Y.  & Binstok-Rivlin, Z. (ed.) (2000, 2001)  Children in Israel - An Annual Statistical Abstract (Hebrew) Center For Research and Public Education, National Council For The Child ; Jerusalem, also published in English as Ben-Arieh, A., Zionit, Y.  & Binstok-Rivlin, Z. (ed.) (2001) The State Of The Child In Israel - A Statistical Abstract  Center For Research and Public Education, National Council For The Child ; Jerusalem

Ben-Arieh, A., Zionit, Y.  & Krizak, G. (ed.) (2002, 2003)  Children in Israel - An Annual Statistical Abstract (Hebrew) Center For Research and Public Education, National Council For The Child; Jerusalem

Guest editor with Dr. John Gal Social Security 56 “The future of the welfare state”

Guest editor with Prof. Yossi Tamir Social Security 63 “Children, Childhood and Children rights”

Special guest editor with Prof. Ivar Frones (3 volumes) Social Indicators Research Journal” indicators of children well being


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Prof. Mimi Ajzenstadt

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Research Interests:

Criminology and foreign workers, Gender and social policy, Access to justice,   Gender, civil society and the welfare state, Qualitative research methods. 


Research Projects:

Incarcerated Motherhood

The socio-legal construction of foreign workers' involvement in crime.

Ngoization of Civil Spaces: Civil Society, Transformation of Welfare and Women's Organizations


Abstracts of Current Research :

 Incarcerated Motherhood: 

The project examines the way motherhood is perceived and experienced by incarcerated females and prison personnel. Based on interviews with mothers incarcerated in the Israeli female prison, the study attempts to understand both the social-structural factors influencing motherhood in prison and the methods in which female prisoners create their own identity as mothers.


The socio-legal construction of foreign workers' involvement in crime.

This study follows law enforcement agencies attitudes and practices towards documented, un-documented and asylum seekers in Israel. It analyzes various variables related to arrest data. Utilizing the narrative method, it analyzes court cases of foreign workers that appeared before the court in criminal offences and examines the public and official discourse relating to this group. The construction of the socio-legal reaction to foreign workers' involvement in crime is situated in the wider political economic regime of neo-liberalism and its logic.


Ngoization of Civil Spaces: Civil Society, Transformation of Welfare and Women's Organizations

This historical study traces the origin and emergence of women's organizations that provide welfare services and their evolvement over time. It focuses on the transformation in the social and political roles played by these NGOs in the creation of civil society. The project is grounded within wider processes such as: the transformation of social movements and community based organizations into formalized  NGOs and  the concomitant NGOization of civil society; erosion of the welfare state within the framework of neo-liberal regimes and ideologies.



Recent Publications:


Ajzenstadt, Mimi, Soffer, Michal and Steinberg Odeda (2010) In the Prison I Rest: Women Behind the Prison Walls. Tel-Aviv: Hakibutz Hameuhad, Kav Adom Series(Hebrew).

Edited Books

Ajzenstadt, Mimi and John Gal (eds.) (2010). Children, Families and Women in the welfare Mediterranean Countries. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Ajzenstadt, Mimi and John Gal (eds.) (2009). Access to Social Justice in Israel. Jerusalem: The Taub Centre for the Study of Social Policy in Israel (Hebrew).

Ajzenstadt, Mimi and Guy Mundlak (eds.) (2008) Empowerment on Trial.  Tel-Aviv: Tel-Aviv University, Nevo (Hebrew).


Book Chapters

 Ajzenstadt, Mimi (2010) "Children, Families and Women in the Israeli State: 1888-2008." In: Mimi Ajzenstadt and John Gal (eds.).Children, Families and Women in the welfare Mediterranean Countries. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. Pp. 143-163.

Ajzenstadt, Mimi (2010). "The Jewish Women's Equal Rights Association of Palestine and its Struggle to Establish the Role of 'Mother of the Family' in Pre-State Israel, 1919-1948." In:  Eyal Katvan, Margalit Shilo and Ruth Halperin-Kadari (eds.). One Law for Man and Woman: Women, Rights and Law in Mandatory Palestine. Ramt-Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press (Hebrew). Pp.57-85.   

Ajzenstadt, Mimi (2010) "Women in the Workforce in the Context of Neo-Liberalism: The Case of Israel." In: Shelley A.M. Gavigan and Dorothy E. Chunn. (Eds.) The Legal Tender of Gender: Law, Welfare and the Regulation of Women's Poverty. Oxford: Hart. Pp. 123-141.


Articles in Refereed Journals

Ajzenstadt, Mimi (2009) "Moral Panic and Neo-Liberalism: The Case of Single Mothers on Welfare in Israel.British Journal of Criminology. 49(1): 68-87.

Ajzenstadt, Mimi (2009) "Judicialization, Neo-Liberalism and Foreign Workers in Israel." International Review of Constitutionalism. 9(1): 107-133.

Ajzenstadt, Mimi and David Bar-Gal (2010) "The Birth of the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1953-1958)".Society and Welfare. 30(1): 9-27. (Hebrew).

Soffer, Michal and Mimi Ajzenstadt  (2010) "On Stigma and Otherness: Mirror Representations of HIV/AIDS and Heart Disease in the Israeli Press." Qualitative Health Research. 20 (8): 1033-1049.

Bar–Almog, Michal and Mimi Ajzenstadt (2010) "Women, Welfare and Civil Society Organizations: Creating an Alternative Women’s Welfare Sphere in Israel". Social Policy and Administration. 44(6):  673–688. 

Soffer, Michal and Mimi Ajzenstadt (2010) "The Multidimensionality of 'Pains of Imprisonment' among Incarcerated Women in Israel" Women and Health. 50(6):491-505.

Fried, Bell and Mimi Ajzenstadt (2011) "Pathological Women Gamblers: Gender-Related Aspects of Control." Sex Roles. 66:128-142.

Gal, John and Mimi Ajzenstadt (2013) "The Long Path from a Soup Kitchen to a Welfare State in Israel." Journal of Policy History.  25(2): 240-263.

Ajzenstadt, Mimi and Assaf Shapira (2012) "The Socio-Legal Construction of Otherness under a Neo-Liberal Regime: The Case of Foreign Workers in the Israeli Criminal Courts." British Journal of Criminology. 54(4): 685-704.

Statland-Vaintraub, Olga, Mona Khoury-Kassabri, Mimi Ajzenstadt and Shabi Amedi (2012) "Risk Factors for Involvement in Delinquency among Immigrants and Native-Born Israeli Girls." Children and Youth Services Review. 34:10: 2052–2060.

Ajzenstadt, Mimi and Mona Khoury-Kassabri (2013) "The Cultural Context of Juvenile Justice Policy in Israel." Journal of Social Policy. 14(1): 111-128.

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Prof. Shalhevet Attar-Schwartz

Full Professor
Room 518

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Academic Profile: 

Ph.D. 2006, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Lecturer 2008, Senior Lecturer 2012, Associate Professor 2016; Full Professor 2020

Research Interests:

Prof. Attar-Schwartz's research focuses on the well-being, adjustment, and resilience of children and youth in domestic and out-of-home care settings, including residential care settings and family foster care. She has published extensively on children’s safety, quality of life, and psychosocial and educational adjustment in residential care.  She is also interested in issues of social support of children in residential care by their nuclear and extended family, by their peers and by the residential care staff. Shalhevet is also an expert in intergenerational relationship in the family and its contribution to child and adolescent well-being. 

Shalhevet is especially interested in using multidimensional perspectives, taking into account multiple ecological spheres in children’s lives, such as their personal attributes, family characteristics, and social and organizational factors outside the parental home, to identify the stressors and protective factors involved in young people’s well-being. Her current projects focus on: kinship family foster care for children at risk, child-parent contact in residential care, stigmatization of children and youth in residential care, and intergenerational relationships in the family and child well-being.

Shalhevet is involved in several governmental and non-governmental committees and initiatives aiming to promote the well-being of children, in general, and children in care, In particular, in Israel. She is also currently the Chair of the Steering Committee for Knowledge Development, The Council for the Child in Care (Yeldaim Besikui).


Key words: Child well-being, residential care, family foster care, social support, intergenerational relationships. 


Selected Publications:

Chapters in Collections

Attar-Schwartz, S. (in press). Sibling Support: The Reports of Israeli Adolescents in Residential Care. In A. Buchanan and A. Rotkirch (Eds.). Brothers and sisters: global perspectives on the longest enduring relationship. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2017). Experiences of victimization by peers and staff in residential care for children at-risk in Israel from an ecological perspective. In: A. V. Rus, S.R. Parris, & E. Stativa (Eds.). Child Maltreatment in Residential Care: History, Research, and Current Practice, pp. 269-300. New York: Springer.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Buchanan, A. (2017). Grandparent-adolescent relationships. In: R.J.R. Levesque (Ed). Encyclopedia of adolescence (pp. 1-16). New-York: Springer.

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2016). Grandfather-adolescent relationships and adolescent well-being among Israeli Jewish and Arab youth. In: A. Buchanan, & A. Rotkirch (Eds.). Grandfathers: Global perspectives, pp. 267-284. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Buchanan, A. (2012). Grandparent-adolescent relationships. In: R.J.R. Levesque (Ed). Encyclopedia of adolescence (pp. 1213-1225). New-York: Springer.  

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Buchanan, A., & Flouri, E. (2011) Grandparent involvement and adolescent adjustment: Should grandparents have legal rights? In C. Lind, J. Bridgeman, & H. Keating, (Eds.). Transforming families, regulating responsibilities (pp. 191-212). London: Ashgate.

Bradshaw, J., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2010). Fertility and social policy. In: N. Takayama, & M. Werding (Eds.). Fertility and public policy: How to reverse the trend in declining birth rates (pp. 185-212). Cambridge, MA and London, UK: MIT-Press.  

Articles in Refereed Journals

Hoffnung-Assouline, A. H., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2020). Staff Social Support and Adolescent Adjustment Difficulties: The Moderating Role of Length of Stay in the Residential Care Setting. Children and Youth Services Review, 104761.

Attar-Schwartz, S., Filippelli, J., & Fallon, B. (2019). Does a Co-Resident Grandparent Matter? Characteristics of Maltreatment-Related Investigations Involving Lone-Parent Families. The British Journal of Social Work49(6), 1638-1657.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Huri, Y. (2019). Grandparental support and life satisfaction among adolescents in residential care. Children and Youth Services Review96, 70-78.

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2019). Parental availability of supprot and frequency of contact: The reports of youth in educational residential care. Children and Youth Services Review, 101, 317-328.

Fridman-Teutsch, A., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2019). Commitment to school and learning among youth in residential care: The role of mother and father support and parents’ divorce. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry89(2), 201-2011.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Buchanan (PI) (2018). Grandparenting and adolescents' well-being: Evidence from the UK and Israel. Special Issue: Grandparents. The Role of Grandparents in the 21st Century: Global Perspectives on Changing Roles and Consequences. Contemporary Social Science Open Journal, 13(2), 219-231.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Fridman-Teutsch, A.(2018). Father support and adjustment difficulties among youth in residential settings: The moderating role of victimization by peers and gender. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88, 701-712.

Attar-Schwartz, S., Mishna, F., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2017) The role of classmates’ social support, peer victimization and gender in externalizing and internalizing behaviors among Canadian youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-12.

Mishna, F., Schwan, K. J., Birze, A., Van Wert, M., Lacombe-Duncan, A., McInroy, L., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2018). Gendered and Sexualized Bullying and Cyber Bullying: Spotlighting Girls and Making Boys Invisible. Youth & Society, 0044118X18757150.

Kosher, H., Attar-Schwartz, S., Casas, F., & Zeira, A., Monserratt, M.C. (2018). Out-of-Home Care for Children at-Risk in Israel and in Spain:  Current Lessons and Future Challenges. Psychosocial Intervention, 27(1), 12-21. 1

Pinchover, S., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2018). Is someone there for you? Social support of youth in educational residential care from family, peers, and staff. British Journal of Social Work, 48, 2195-2214.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (2017). Adolescents' closeness to paternal grandmothers in the face of parents' divorce. Children and Youth Services Review, 77, 118-126. 

Attar-Schwartz, S., Benbenishty, R., & Roziner, I. (2017). Change trajectories of aggressive behavior among children in long-term residential care. Child Abuse & Neglect, 65, 158-170. 

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2016). The moderating role of cultural affiliation in the link between emotional closeness to grandparents and adolescent adjustment difficulties and prosocial behavior. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86, 564-572.

Attar-Schwartz, S. & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2015) Indirect and verbal victimization by peers among youth at-risk in residential care. Child Abuse & Neglect, 42, 84-98. 

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2015). Emotional closeness to parents and grandparents: A moderated-mediation model predicting adolescent adjustment. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85, 495-503.

Pinchover, S., Attar-Schwartz, S., & Matattov-Sekeles, H. (S) (2015). Director's Leadership and burnout among residential child care workers: possible implications for practice. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 14(2), 1478-1840.

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2014). Experiences of sexual victimization by peers among adolescents in residential care settings. Social Service Review, 88, 594-629.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., Attar-Schwartz, S., & Zur, H. (2014). The likelihood of using corporal punishment by kindergarten teachers: the role of parent-teacher partnership, attitudes, and religiosity. Social Indicators Research, 7, 369-389.

Pinchover, S., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2014). Institutional social climate and adjustment difficulties of adolescents in residential care: The mediating role of victimization by peers. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 393-399.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Attar-Schwartz, S., & Zur, H. (2014). Understanding the mediating role of corporal punishment in the association between maternal stress, efficacy, co-parenting and children's adjustment difficulties among Arab mothers. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38, 1073-1082.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2014). Adolescents' reports of physical violence by peers in residential care settings: an ecological examination. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29, 659-682.

Attar-Schwartz, S.  (2013). Runway behavior among adolescents in residential care: the role of personal characteristics, victimization experiences while in care, social climate, and institutional factors. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 258-267.

Ben-Arieh, A., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2013). An ecological approach to children's rights and participation: Interrelationships and correlates of rights in different ecological systems. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 83, 94-106.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Ben-Arieh, A.  (2012). Political knowledge, attitudes and values among Palestinian and Jewish youth in Israel: The role of nationality, gender and religiosity. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 704-712.

Pinchover, S., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2012). Emotional and behavioral functioning of children and youth in welfare residential care settings: The contribution of personal characteristics, victimization experiences while in care, and the setting's social climate. Mifgash: Journal of Social-Educational Work, 20, 61-90. (Hebrew).

Zeira, A., Attar-Schwartz, S., & Benbenishty, R. (2012). Children and youth in out-of-home-placement in Israel: Issues and challenges. Mifgash: Journal of Social-Educational Work, 20, 9-16.

Attar-Schwartz, S., Ben-Arieh, A., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2011). The geography of child welfare in Israel: The role of nationality, religion, socio-economic factors, and social workers availability. British Journal of Social Work, 41, 1122-1139. 1

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2011). Maltreatment by staff in residential care facilities: The adolescents' perspectives. Social Service Review, 85, 635-664.

Griggs, J., Tan, J.P., Buchanan, A., Attar-Schwartz, S., & Flouri, E. (2010). ‘They’ve always been there for me’: Grandparental involvement and child well-being. Children and Society, 24, 200-214.

Tan, J.P., Buchanan, A., Flouri, E., Attar-Schwartz, S., & Griggs, J. (2010). Filling in the parenting gap? Grandparent involvement with UK adolescents. Journal of Family Issues, 31, 992-1015.

Flouri, E., Buchanan, A., Tan, J.P., Griggs, J., & Attar-Schwartz, S.  (2010). Adverse life events, area socio-economic disadvantage, and psychopathology and prosocial behavior in adolescence: The role of closeness to grandparents as a buffer against risk. Stress: The International Journal on Biology of Stress, 13(5), 402-412.

Ben-Yehuda, Y., Attar-Schwartz, S., Ziv, A., Jedwab, M., & Benbenishty, R. (2010). Child abuse and neglect: Reporting by health professionals and their need for training.  Israel Medical Association Journal- IMAJ, 12, 596-602.

Attar-Schwartz, S., Tan, J.P., Buchanan, A. (PI), Flouri, E. (CI), & Griggs, J. (C) (2009). Grandparenting and adolescent adjustment in two-parent biological, lone-parent, and step- families. Journal of Family Psychology, 23(1), 67-75.

Ben-Arieh, A., McDonnell, J., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2009). Safety and home-school relations as indicators of children well-being: Whose perspective counts? Social Indicators Research, 90, 339-349.

Attar-Schwartz, S., Tan, J.P., & Buchanan, A. (2009). Adolescents’ perspectives on relationships with grandparents: The contribution of adolescent, grandparent, and parent-grandparent relationship variables. Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 1057-1066.

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2009). School functioning of children in residential care: The contributions of multilevel correlates. Child Abuse & Neglect, 33, 429-440.

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2009). Peer sexual harassment victimization at school: The roles of student characteristics, cultural affiliation and school factors. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79, 407-420.

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2008). Emotional, behavioral and social problems among Israeli children in residential care: A multi-level analysis. Children and Youth Services Review, 30(2), 229-248.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2008). Student victimization by peers: Comparison between Bedouin and non-Bedouin Arab students in Israel. Journal of School Violence, 7(3), 3-23.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2008). Indirect versus verbal forms of victimization at school: The contribution of student, family, and school variables. Social Work Research, 32(3), 159-170.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2008). Student victimization by peers in Arab schools in Israel. Welfare and Society, 28(2-3), 203-223. (Hebrew).

Haj-Yahia, M., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2008). Attitudes of Palestinian preschool teachers from Israel toward reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect. Child and Family Social Work, 13, 378-390.

Attar, S., Benbenishty, R. (PI), & Haj-Yahia, M. (C) (2007). Shortform Assessment for Children (SAC): Empirical evaluation in Israel. Welfare and Society, 27(1), 79-101. (Hebrew).



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Prof. Avishai Benish

Head of B.S.W Program
Associate Professor
Room 510

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Dr. Avishai Benish


Academic Profile: 

LL.B., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2000; LL.M., Columbia University, New York, 2008; LL.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2009; Lecturer, 2010.

Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA, 2014-2015

Currently Visiting at New York University, New York, USA

Chairman, ESPAnet Israel, the Israeli national association of the European Network for Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet)


Research Interests:

Social rights take-up and advocacy

Regulation and welfare state governance

Administrative justice and accountability in privatized welfare services

Social law and socio-legal studies


Research Projects:

Special issue in Public Administration

Accountability and Hybridity: Understanding Mixed Accountability Regimes under the New Forms of Welfare Governance.

(Guest editor with Professor Paola Mattei, Oxford University)

We invite papers that advance the debate about accountability in welfare governance, focusing in particular on hybridity, changing modes and consequences of changing accountability regimes. Further details are available here.


Between Rights and Care: Integrating Social Rights Advocacy into Social Work Practice (Israel Science Foundation): This research project (with Professor Idit Weiss-Gal) seeks to examine and conceptualize the integration of rights-based advocacy into social workers’ practice by offering  a comprehensive and multifaceted empirical examination of how social workers under the reform engage in take-up practice; of their perceptions of the nature of take-up practice; and of whether and how they incorporate the rights discourse and its logic into their practice.


Social Rights Take-up (Israeli National Insurance Institute): This research project (with Professor John Gal, Professor Mimi Ajzenstadt & Dr. Roni Holler) explores the perceptions and practices of “take-up agents” in the public, private and non-profit sectors in the context of realizing the right to social security.



Refereed articles:

Avishai Benish, Dana Halevy and Shimon Spiro (2018) “Regulating social welfare services: Between compliance and learning,” International Journal of Social Welfare, 27(3), 226-235. [Link]

Avishai Benish, Dana Halevy and Shimon Spiro (2018) “A professional learning-based approach to: A case study of the Youth Protection Authority in Israel,” Society and Welfare, 38(1). (Hebrew)

Avishai Benish and Liron David (2018) “The right of access the administration in the welfare state: The (non-)take-up of social rights and the duty to make social rights accessible,” Law and Government, 19, 395-427 [Link]

Avishai Benish, Hanan Haber and Rotem Eliahou (2017) “The Regulatory Welfare State in Pension Markets: Mitigating High Charges for Low Income Savers in the United Kingdom and Israel,” Journal of Social Policy 46(2) 313-330 [Link] [SSRN]

Nissim Cohen, Avishai Benish, and Aya Shamriz-Ilouz (2016) “When the Clients Can Choose: Dilemmas of Street-Level Workers in Choice-Based Social Services,” Social Service Review 90 (4) 620-646. [Link] [SSRN]

Avishai Benish and Asa Maron (2016) “Infusing Public Law into Privatized Welfare: Lawyers, Economists and the Competing Logics of Administrative Reform,” Law and Society Review 50(4) 953-984. [Link] [SSRN]

Avishai Benish and Michal Kremer (2015) “Filling the Void: A Model for the Constitutional Right to Dignified Existence based on the German Constitutional Law,” Work, Society and Law 14 263-279. (Hebrew) [SSRN]

Avishai Benish (2014) “Outsourcing, Discretion, and Administrative Justice: Exploring the Acceptability of Privatized Decision Making," Law and Policy 36(2): 113-133. [Link] [SSRN] [JP]

Avishai Benish (2014) “The Public Accountability of Privatized Activation: The Case of Israel,” Social Policy and Administration 42(2): 262-277. [Link] [SSRN] [JP]

Avishai Benish and David Levi-Faur (2012) “New Forms of Administrative Law in Third Party Government,” Public Administration 90: 886-900. [Link] [SSRN] [JP]

Avishai Benish (2012) “New Public Management Reforms in Social Services: Lessons from 'Welfare-to-Work' Programs in a Comparative Perspective,” Social Security 90: 259- 290.  (Hebrew) [Link]

Avishai Benish (2012) “Social Services in the 21st Century: Trends and Challenges,” Social Security 90: 5-13.  (Hebrew) [Link]

Avishai Benish (2010) “Re-Bureaucratizing Welfare Administration,” Social Service Review 84: 77-101. [Link] [SSRN]

Avishai Benish and Roie Tsarfatie (2008) "When Labor Becomes a Commodity Again: A Critical Examination of Abnormally Low Bids in the Procurement of Employment Services" Tel Aviv University Journal of Law and Social Change 1: 93. (Hebrew)  [Link]

Avishai Benish (2008) “Contracting Out from The perspective of Public Law: Privatized 'Welfare to Work' Programs and the Limits of Oversight" Hebrew University Law Review (Mishpatim) 38: 283. (Hebrew) [SSRN]

Avishai Benish (2005) “Implementation of the 'Wisconsin Program' in Israel – Legal Aspects” Work, Society and Law 11: 121. (Hebrew)


Chapters and articles in books:

Avishai Benish (2018). The Privatization of Social Services in Israel. In: The Privatization of Israel (Paz-Fuchs, A., Mandelkern R. and Galnoor I., Eds.) (pp. 173-200). Palgrave Macmillan, New York. [Link] [SSRN]

Avishai Benish (2009) "Access to Justice in Welfare Services: The Case of the Administrative Tribunals in the 'Wisconsin Program," in John Gal and Mimi Ajzenstadt (Eds.) Access to social justice in Israel. Jerusalem: Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. (Hebrew) [Link]

Tzvi Inbar, Shlomo Guverman and Avishai Benish (2003) “Constitution-Making and Amending,” in: Procedures for Ratifying and Amending a Constitution and Methods of Designing an Additional Knesset Chamber. Jerusalem: Israel Democracy Institute. (Hebrew)



John Gal and Avishai Benish, editors (2018) For the Welfare State: Selected Essays by Abraham Doron Tel Aviv: Resling. (Hebrew) [Link]

Mordechai Kremnitzer, David Kretzmer and Avishai Benish (2002) The Basic Laws as a Constitutional Foundation. Jerusalem: Israel Democracy Institute. (Hebrew) [Link]


Academic editing:

Guest editor (with Paola Mattei), Public Administration, “Accountability and Hybridity: Understanding Mixed Accountability Regimes under the New Forms of Welfare Governance” [Call for Papers]

Editor (with David Levi-Faur and Oren Perez), Policy, Regulation & Governance eJournal [Link]

Editor, Social Welfare Law Section, Social Security Journal (Hebrew) [Link]



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maya bainishe

Prof. Maya Benish-Weisman

Associate Professor
Room 512

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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,

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itai berger

Dr. Itai Berger

Associate Professor

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Itai Berger



Higher Education

1985-1992                 M.D., (Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of  

                                  the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel).      

1992-1993                 Internship, Shaare-Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel  


1993-1998                 Residency in Pediatrics, Shaare-Z

edek Medical Center,

                                  Jerusalem, Israel


1998-1999                 Fellowship in Pediatric Neurology, Children’s National Medical

                                  Center, Washington DC, USA                        


1999-2003                 Fellowship in Pediatric Neurology, Shaare Zedek, Medical    

                                  Center, Jerusalem, Israel

Since 2003                Specialist in Pediatrics

Since 2008                Specialist in Pediatric Neurology and Child Development


Appointments at the Hebrew University

   2007                  Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of



   2014                   Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of   



2019                     Associate Professor (adjunct), School of Social Work and Social   

                             Welfare, The Hebrew University of  Jerusalem    


Additional Functions (at the Hebrew University within the Past Five Years)

University committee membership
2007-2018           Member, Ethics committee, School of Occupational Therapy 

                            Faculty of Medicine


2009-2018           Member, Academic committee, School of Occupational Therapy 

                            Faculty of Medicine                                   


2013-2018           Member, MD Thesis Committee (Vaadat Avodot Gmar)

                            Faculty of Medicine


2015                   Member, Steering Committee Israel Autism Center for Excellence     

                            (IACE), Faculty of Medicine                                


2015-2018       Member, Academic Committee, Autism Center, HUJI and Hadassah,    

                        Faculty of Medicine


2017               Member, Curriculum revision committee, School of Occupational    

                       Therapy, Faculty of Medicine

Centers Head

2012-2014       Head, the Neuro-Cognitive Center, Hadassah-Hebrew

                         University Medical Center


2014-2018        Head, Pediatric Neurology Unit and the Neuro-Cognitive Center,

                          Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center                      


2018-present     Head, Pediatric Neurology Service, Assuta Ashdod University Medical


National and international committees

2016-present   Member, The International Committee, The American Professional    

                        Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD)         

2012-present    Member, Behavioral Neurology Section, American Academy of                              Neurology                 

2010-2014        Member (Hadassah representative), The scientific council, IMA                              (Israel Medical Association)

2010-2016        Treasurer, The executive board of the ISPND (Israeli Society of  

                          Pediatric Neurology and Development)      

2015                 Member, Establishment Committee of The Israeli Society for ADHD,     

                         Israel Medical Association                                                   

2016-present    Co-Founder, Israel Forum of Neonatal Neurology (ISFNN)

                         Israel Medical Association

2016-present    Treasurer, The executive board of the Israeli ADHD Society (The                                 Israel Medical Association)              

2017                 Chairperson, Residency Accreditation Committee by the Scientific

                         Council, Israel Medical association (IMA) for: Adults day care Dept,

                         Women A Dept, and Adolescents B (Autism) Dept. Abarbanel Mental                          Health Center, Bat-Yam

2019                 Chairperson, Residency Accreditation Committee by the Scientific  

                         Council, Israel Medical association (IMA) for: Departments B, C, and                           D. Beer Yaakov-Ness Ziona Mental Health Center.

2020                 Chairperson, Residency Accreditation Committee by the Scientific  

                         Council, Israel Medical association (IMA) for: Pediatrics Dept,   

                         Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon


Research Grants (Within the Past Five Years)

2016                 Beyond Verbal, The Emotions Analytics Company. “Vocal Speech

                         Variability in ADHD Children Treated by Stimulants”. Berger I.

2017                  Inno-Sphere Ltd. “Non-invasive Brain Stimulation for Pediatric

                          ADHD”. Berger I.                                                   

2018                  HUJI International. “Cog-Fun treatment model for pediatric ADHD –

                          Continuing professional course development for foreign medical

                          professionals program”. Maeir A, Traub R, Berger I.

2018                  The Shalem fund support. “Growth and Development Course" - the

                           development and establishment of digitalized course for 2nd year

                           medical students, Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University. Berger I.

2018                   The National Institute for psychobiology in Israel. “Neural correlates

                            and everyday manifestation of emotion dysregulation in youth with

                           ADHD”. Nahum M, Berger I.

2019                    Israel Innovation authority. Inno-Sphere Ltd and Assuta-Ashdod

                            Medical Center. “Clinical Trial for pediatric ADHD treatment by

                            tDCS/tRNS technology”. Berger I, Hochberg O.

2019                     The National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel.

                              “Neural correlates and everyday manifestation of emotion

                              dysregulation in youth with ADHD”. Extended 12 months. Nahum

                              M, Berger I.                     



List of Publication (Within the Past Five Years)

Books & Edited Books

Berger I, Remington A, Leitner Y, Leviton A: Editors. Brain Development and the Attention Spectrum (Frontiers E-Book). Frontiers Research Topic. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2015. ISSN 1664-8714; ISBN 978-2-88919-533-6; DOI 10.3389/978-2-88919-533-6.

Berger I, Maeir A: Editors. ADHD – A transparent impairment, clinical, daily-life, and research aspects in diverse populations. Nova Science Publishers Inc. NewYork, 2014.


Chapters in Collections

Slobodin O, Berger I. In: ADHD – A transparent impairment, clinical, daily-life, and research aspects in diverse populations. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York. It takes a village to care for Attention-  Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Improving management collaboration between tertiary care centers and the community. pp: 1-15, 2014.

Berger I. In: ADHD – A transparent impairment, clinical, daily-life, and research aspects in diverse populations. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder among children with chronic diseases. pp: 133-151, 2014.

Ofek-Shlomai N, Berger I. In: Caring for the Newborn: A Comprehensive Guide for the Clinician. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York. Newborn Neurology. Pp: 207-228, 2014.

Ofek-Shlomai N, Berger I. In: Child Health and Human Development Yearbook 2016. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York. Neonatal Neurology.pp: 25-46, 2016.

Original Articles in Scientific Journals

Maeir A, Fisher O, Traub Bar-Ilan R, Boas N, Berger I, Landau YE. Effectiveness of Cognitive Functional (Cog-Fun) occupational therapy intervention for young children with ADHD: a controlled study. Am J Occup Ther. 68(3):260-267, 2014.

Berger I, Cassuto H. The effect of environmental distractors incorporation into a CPT on sustained attention and ADHD diagnosis among adolescents. J Neurosci Methods. 222:62-68, 2014.

Shany E, Meledin I, Gilat S, Yogev H, Golan A, Berger I. In and Ex utero maturation of premature infants electroencephalographic indices. Clin Neurophysiol. 125:270–276, 2014.

Wilschanski M, Abbassi M, Blanco E, Lindberg I, Yourshaw M, Zangen D, Berger I, Shteyer I, Pappo O, Martín MG, Elpeleg O. A Novel Familial Mutation in the PCSK1 Gene That Alters the Oxyanion Hole Residue of Proprotein Convertase 1/3 and Impairs Its Enzymatic Activity PLoS One. 2014 Oct 1;9(10):e108878.

Dubnov-Raz G, Khoury Z, Wright I, Raz R, Berger I. The effect of alpha-linolenic acid supplementation on ADHD symptoms in children: a randomized controlled double-blind study. Front Hum Neurosci. Oct 7;8:780, 2014.pages:1-6.

Grossman ES, Hoffman YS, Berger I, Zivotofsky AZ. Beating their chests: University students with ADHD demonstrate greater attentional abilities on an inattentional blindness paradigm. Neuropsychology. 2015 Nov;29(6):882-887.

Zach S, Inglis V, Fox O, Berger I, Stahl A. The effect of physical activity on spatial perception and attention in early childhood. Cogn Dev. 36:31-39, 2015. 

Shany E, Berger I, Karplus M, Gilat S, Benzaquen O, Yogev H, Shalev R. Do prenatal corticosteroids affect brain maturation? An Electroencephalography study. Clin EEG Neurosci. 2017 Mar;48(2):79-87.   

Hahn-Markowitz J, Berger I, Manor I, Maeir A. Impact of the Cognitive-Functional (Cog-Fun) intervention on executive functions and participation among children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: a     randomized controlled trial. Am J Occup Ther.                                               Sep/Oct 2017;71(5):7105220010p1-7105220010p9.  

Amichai T, Eylon S, Dor-Haim H, Berger I, Katz-Leurer M. Cardiac autonomic system response to submaximal test in children with cerebral       palsy. Pediatr Phys Ther. 29(2):125-128, 2017.

Berger I, Slobodin O, Cassuto H. Usefulness and validity of  continuous performance tests in the diagnosis of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity       Disorder children. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 32(1): 81-93, 2017.

Cohen-Israel M, Berger I, Martonovich EY, Klinger G, Stahl B, Linder N. Short- and long-term complications of in utero exposure to lamotrigine. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 84(1): 189-194, 2018.

Cohen-Cymberknoh M, Tanny T, Breuer O, Blau H, Kadosh D, Mussaffi H, Gartner S, Salinas A, Bentur L, Nir V, Gur M, Reiter J, Shoseyov D, Kerem E, Berger I. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms in patients with cystic fibrosis. J of Cystic Fibrosis. 17(2): 281-285, 2018.

Hahn-Markowitz J, Berger I, Manor I, Maeir A. Cognitive-Functional (Cog-Fun) dyadic intervention for children with ADHD and their parents: impact on parenting self-efficacy. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 38(4):444-456, 2018.

Harel T, Quek DQY, Wong BH, Cazenave-Gassiot A, Wenk MR, Fan H, Berger I, Shmueli D, Shaag A, Silver DL, Elpeleg O, Edvardson S. Homozygous mutation in MFSD2A, encoding a lysolipid transporter for docosahexanoic acid, is associated with microcephaly and hypomyelination. Neurogenetics. 19(4):227-235, 2018.

Slobodin O, Cassuto H, Berger I. Age-related changes in distractibility: Developmental trajectory of sustained attention in ADHD. J Atten Disord. 2018 Dec;22(14):1333-1343.

Amichai T, Eylon S, Berger I, Katz-Leurer M. The impact of breathing rate on the cardiac autonomic dynamics among children with cerebral palsy compared to typically developed controls. Developmental       Neurorehabilitation. 2019 Feb;22(2):98-103.

Goffer A, Cohen M, Berger I, Maeir A. Beyond academic outcomes: Occupational profile and quality of life among college students with and without ADHD. Br J Occup Therapy. 2019, Vol. 82(3) 170–178.

Kalig-Amir M, Berger I, Rigbi A, Bar-Shalita T. An exploratory study of parent-child association in sensory modulation disorder involving ADHD-related symptoms. Pediatric Research. 86(2):221-226, 2019.

Hahn-Markowitz J, Berger I, Manor I, Maeir A. Efficacy of Cognitive-Functional (Cog-Fun) occupational therapy intervention among children with ADHD: An RCT. J Atten Disord. 2020 Mar;24(5):655-666.

Peled J, Cassuto H, Berger I. Processing speed as a marker to stimulant effect in clinical sample of children with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. Nordic Journal of Psychiatry. 74(3):163-167, 2020.

Slobodin O, Blankers M, Kapitány-Fövény M, Kaye S, Berger I, Johnson B, Demetrovics Z, van der Brink W, van de Glind G. Differential diagnosis inpatients with substance use disorder and/or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder using CP. European Addiction Research. 26:151-161, 2020.

Choshen-Hillel S, Ishqer A, Mahameed F, Reiter J, Gozal D, Gileles-Hillel A, Berger I. Acute and chronic sleep deprivation in residents – cognition and stress biomarkers. Medical Education – accepted for publication.

 Berger I, Dakwar-Kawar O, Grossman ES, Nahum M, Cohen Kadosh R. Scaffolding the Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Brain Using Transcranial Direct Current and Random Noise Stimulation: a Randomized Controlled Trial. Clinical Neurophysiology; 132:699-707, 2021.

 Gillentine MA, Wang T, ……Berger I,………….Eichler EE (97 authors). Rare deleterious mutations of HNRNP genes result in shared neurodevelopmental disorders. Genome Medicine; 13(1):63, 2021. doi: 10.1186/s13073-021-00870-6.

 Damari E, Farfel A. Berger I, Ron R, Yeshayahu Y. Pediatric residents' perception of medical education, general wellness and patient care following the shortening of shifts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Israel Medical Association Journal; 23:214-218, 2021.

 Lavi E, Maree A, Eisenstein EM, Wexler I, Berger I#, Berkun Y#. (#Equal contribution). Increased prevalence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder symptomatology in patients with Familial Mediterranean Fever. Modern Rheumatology – accepted for publication.
Editorials and reviews

Ofek-Shlomai N, Berger I. Inflammatory injury to the neonatal brain - what can we do? Front Pediatr. Apr 9;2:30, 2014.

Haimov-Kochman R, Berger I. Cognitive functions of regularly cycling women may differ throughout the month, depending on sex hormone status; A possible explanation to conflicting results of studies of ADHD in females.  Front Hum Neurosci. Apr 1; 8:191, 2014.

Berger I, Remington A, Leitner Y, Leviton A. Brain Development and the attention spectrum (Editorial). Front Hum Neurosci. Feb 5;9:23, 2015.pages: 1-2.

Ofek-Shlomai N, Berger I. Neonatal neurology. Int J Child Health Hum Dev. 9(1):23-38, 2016. (Open Access).


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Dr. Maayan Davidov

Prof. Maayan Davidov

Vice Dean for Research
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Research Interests:

Parent-child relationships and children's socio-emotional development;

The early development of concern for others;

Different aspects of parenting and their consequences for children's socialization and well-being;

Cultural context as a moderator of the linkages between parenting practices and child outcomes;


Research Projects:

The development of empathy during infancy

Experimental examination of empathy in infancy

The effects of parental control on children's prosocial development in religious and secular families

Validating a new questionnaire assessing five domains of parental socialization


 Abstracts of Current Research:

The development of empathy during infancy: This is a longitudinal study (BSF funded, in collaboration with Carolyn Zahn-Waxler & Ronit Roth-Hanania) which followed infants from age 3-months to 18-month and systematically examined their responses to others’ distress. Additional variables were also assessed, including infants’ responses to others’ positive emotions, their prosocial behaviors, infant temperament, and parent-child interactions. A follow-up at age 36-months is also being conducted.

Experimental examination of empathy in infancy: This project (ISF funded) utilizes new experimental methodologies to study young infants’ empathic understanding and concern for distressed others. It includes a set of experiments with 3- and 6-months-old infants, using eye-tracking tasks as well as behavioral tasks.

Control and prosocial development in religious and secular families: This study examined secular and religious parents' use of authoritarian and psychological control methods when disciplining their school-aged children, and children's prosocial and antisocial behavior. Children's construal of these parental behaviors was also assessed.

Validating a new questionnaire assessing five domains of parental socialization (in collaboration with Joan Grusec): The questionnaire was constructed based on the domains of socialization theoretical framework proposed by Grusec & Davidov (2010). It is being used in projects examining specific links between different aspects (domains) of parenting and different aspects of children’s and adolescents’ competence.


Select Publications:

Grusec, J. E., Davidov, M., & Lundell, L. (2002). Prosocial and Helping Behavior. In P. K. Smith & C. H. Hart (Eds.),Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development (pp. 457-474). Oxford: Blackwell.

Davidov, M. & Grusec, J. E. (2006). Untangling the links of parental responsiveness to distress and warmth to child outcomes. Child Development, 77, 44-58.

Davidov, M. & Grusec, J. E. (2006). Multiple pathways to compliance: Mothers' willingness to cooperate and knowledge of their children's reactions to discipline. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 705-708. 

Grusec, J. E. & Davidov, M. (2007). Socialization in the family: The roles of parents. In J. E. Grusec & P. D. Hastings (Eds.) Handbook of Socialization. New York: GuilfordPress.

Knafo, A., Zahn-Waxler, C., Davidov, M., Van Hulle, C., Robinson, J. L. & Rhee, S. H. (2009). Empathy in early childhood: Genetic, environmental, and affective contributions. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1167, 103-114.

Grusec, J. E. & Davidov, M. (2010). Integrating different perspectives on socialization theory and research: A domain-specific approach. Child Development, 81, 687-709.          

Roth-Hanania, R., Davidov, M., Zahn-Waxler, C. (2011). Empathy development from 8-16 months: Early signs of concern for others. Infant Behavior and Development, 34, 447-458.

Davidov, M., Zahn-Waxler, C., Roth-Hanania, R., & Knafo, A. (2013). Concern for others in the first year of life: Theory, evidence, and future directions. Child Development Perspectives, 7, 126-131.

Davidov, M., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2013). Recollections of Harsh Discipline in Childhood and Depressive Feelings in Adulthood: The Roles of Culture and Gender. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 1007-1014.

Davidov, M. (2013). The socialization of self-regulation from a domains perspective. In G. Seebass, M. Schmitz, & P. M. Gollwitzer (Eds). Acting intentionally and its limits: Individuals, groups, institutions (pp. 223-244). Berlin: De Gruyter Publishers.

Schonherz, Y., Davidov, M., Knafo, A. , Zilkha, H., Shoval, G., Zalsman, G., Frisch, A., Weizman, A., & Doron Gothelf, D. (2014). Shyness discriminates between children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and Williams syndrome and predicts emergence of psychosis in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 6(1), 3.

Knafo-Noam A., Uzefovsky F., Israel S., Davidov M., & Zahn-waxler, C. (2015) The Prosocial Personality and its Facets: Genetic and Environmental Architecture of Mother-reported Behavior of 7-year old Twins. Fronties in Psychology, 6, 112.

Davidov, M., Knafo-Noam, A., Serbin, L. A., & Moss, E. (2015). The Influential Child: How children affect their environment and influence their own risk and resilience.  Development and Psychopathology,27, 947-951. 

Grusec, J. E.  & Davidov, M. (2015). Analyzing socialization from a domain-specific perspective. To appear in J. E. Grusec & P. D. Hastings (Eds.) Handbook of Socialization: Theory and Research (2nd ed.) (pp. 158-181). New York: Guilford Press.

Davidov, M., & Atzaba-Poria, N. (2016). Maternal discipline and children's adjustment: The role of the cultural and situational context. Social Development, 25, 99-119.

Davidov, M., Vaish, A. Knafo-Noam, A., & Hastings, P. D. (2016). The motivational foundations of prosocial behavior from a developmental perspective: Evolutionary roots and key psychological mechanisms. Child Development, 87, 1655-1667.

Davidov, M. (in press). Empathy. In M.H. Bornstein, M.E. Arterberry, K.L. Fingerman, & J.E. Lansford (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Avinun, R., Davidov, M., Mankuta, D. & Knafo-Noam, A. (in press). Predicting the use of corporal punishment: Child aggression, parent religiosity, and the BDNF gene. Aggressive Behavior.


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rana eseed

Dr. Rana Eseed

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Rana Eseed



Higher Education

2018-2019 Postdoctoral Studies (Department of Welfare and Social Policy, University of Bath, England).

2012-2018 Ph.D., (Social work and social welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel(

2008-2011 M.A., (Social work and social welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel(

2004-2007 B.A., (Social work and social welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel(


Awards and Excellence Scholarships (Within the Past Five Years)

2019-2012 MA`OF Fellowship, est. by the Kahanoff Foundation for outstanding Arab researchers.

2018 Council of Higher Education Fellowship Program for Outstanding Postdoctoral Researchers from the Arab Society.

2018 British Friends of the Hebrew University, fellowship for postdoctoral researchers.

2017-2018 Center for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity, scholarship for PhD candidates, Hebrew University.

2014- 2017 Hoffman PhD Leadership and Responsibility Fellowship Program, scholarship for Ph.D. candidates, Hebrew University.


Appointments at the Hebrew University

2019 Lecturer, Social work and social welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


Additional Functions

2012  Present Executive member, ESPAnet Israel, the Forum for Social Policy Research in Israel.


Research Grants

2019 The Ralph Goldman Center for Judaism, Social Welfare and Ethics, The role of religion among Palestinian social workers in Israel, 30,000 NIS.


List of Publication


Books & Edited Books

Eseed, R. (PI) & Jawad, R. (PI) (In press). Social Policy and the Islamic World in Comparative Perspective: Taking Stock, Moving Forward


Journal Articles

Eseed, R. (2017). When the state fails to provide services: The case of the Islamic Movement in Israel. Journal of Social Policy, 47, 565-582. doi:10.1017/S0047279417000757.

Eseed, R.,(PI) & Khoury-Kassabri, M(PI). (2017). Alcohol use among Arab Muslim adolescents: A mediation-moderation model of family, peer and community factors. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88, 88-98. doi: 10.1037/ort0000263.

Eseed, R. (2016). Parent’s choices of child daycare in the Palestinian society in Israel. Bitachon Soziali, 99, 35-61. (Hebrew).

Massarwi, A. A. (PI), Eseed, R.,(CI) & Khoury-Kassabri, M.(CI( (

Eseed, R. (PI) (2019). Social service provision by minority religious organizations: A case study of the Islamic Movement in Kafr Qassim. Journal of Social Policy, 49, 507-524. doi:10.1017/S004727941900062X

Eseed, R. (2019). The Islamic movement in Israel: Development and key features. Journal of Welfare and Society,4 ,609-633. (Hebrew(.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., Zadok, I., Eseed, R. & Vazsonyi, A. (2020). Individual and familial factors as mediators and moderators of young children’s aggressive behavior. Children and Youth Service Review.

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Jhon Gal

Prof. John Gal

Full Professor
Room 519

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Research Interests:

Social policy and social protection in Israel; Comparative analysis of welfare states; Social work and policy practice.


Research Projects:

Mediterranean Welfare States

Social and Economic Rights in Israel (FP7)

Social Work and Policy Practice (with Prof. Idit Weiss-Gal)

Religion and Social Policy

Policy Transfers in Israeli Social Welfare


Abstracts of Current Research :

Mediterranean Welfare States: This study seeks to identify commonalities and differences between welfare states in the Mediterranean region.  The goal of the study is to ascertain whether the "olive oil welfare states" have specific features that distinguish between them and other welfare states and if these features can contribute to our understanding of social policy formulation and impacts in these nations.

Social and Economic Rights in Israel (FP7):  As part of a greater study on issues of citizenship  in the European Union, this study will seek to examine the social and economic rights of labor migrants in Israel and to examine issues of gender and ethnicity in Israeli society.

Social Work and Policy Practice:  While involvement in social change is a professed goal of social work, relatively little is known on the ways in which social workers actually engage in policy-practice intended to change social policy on different levels.  The goal of this cross-national  project is to investigate the various forms of engagement of social workers in policy practice and to formulate an explanatory  model for this type of practice.

Religion and Social Policy:  Is Israel a Jewish welfare state?  This project will seek to examine the impact of religion and religious belief on the Israeli welfare state in an historical perspective.  It will seek to establish the degree to which religion and nationalism have played a role in the formulation of the Israeli welfare state.

Policy Transfers in Israeli Social Welfare:  The goal of this study is to examine the impact of policy transfers in various fields of social welfare, social policy and social work in Israel.  The study will include an analysis of the role of German social workers on the establishment of social work in Israel and a number of other cases in which policy transfers apparently occurred.



Recent Publications:


Aviram, U., Gal, J. and Katan, Y. (eds.), (2007).  Formulating social policy in Israel: Trends and issues.   Jerusalem: Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. (Hebrew). 359 pgs.

Gal, J. and Ajzenstadt, M. (eds.) (2009). Access to social justice in Israel.  Jerusalem: Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. (Hebrew)

Ajzenstadt, M. and Gal, J. [eds.] [2010]. Children, families and gender in Mediterranean welfare states.  Dordrecht: Springer.

Weiss-Gal, I. & Gal, J. (2011).  Policy-practice in social work.  Jerusalem: Magnes. (Hebrew)

Gal, J. and Weiss-Gal, I. (eds.). (2013). Social workers affecting social policy: Policy practice in an international perspective. Bristol: Policy Press.

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals:

Ben-Arieh, A., Gal J., Nepomnyaschy, L., & Garfinkel, I. (2007). Child and family outcomes in New York and Tel Aviv: Using social indicators in a city level comparative analysis. Social Indicators Research, 80: 223-248.

Gal, J. (2007). The puzzling warfare-welfare nexus. War and Society, 26:99-117.

Weiss, I, & Gal, J. (2007). Social workers' attitudes towards social welfare policy. International Journal of Social Welfare, 16:349-357.

Weiss, I, & Gal, J. (2007).  Poverty in the eyes of the beholder: Social workers compared to other middle class professionals. British Journal of Social Work, 37:893-908.

Koreh, M., Gal, J. & Cohen, R. (2007). A cross-national comparative perspective on social assistance in Israel.  Social Security, 74: 43-69. (Hebrew)

Ajzenstadt, M., Gal, J. & Shapira, A. (2007) Towards evidence-based policy: A systematic review of programs dealing with unemployment. Israeli Sociology, 9(1): 41-70. (Hebrew).

Weiss, I, & Gal, J. (2008).  Social welfare policy: Preferences of Arab and Jewish social workers in Israel. Families in Society, 89: 129-138.

Weiss-Gal, I., & Gal, J. (2008). Social workers and policy practice:  The role of social and professional values. Journal of Social Service Research, 34:4, 15-29.

Avrami, S., Gal, J., & Weiss-Gal, I. (2008).  Knesset committees as a venue for social worker' policy practice activity.  Welfare and Society, 25:1, 103-122.  (Hebrew).

Gal, J. (2008).  Immigration and the categorical welfare state in Israel.  Social Service Review, 82:4, 639-661.

Weiss-Gal, I and Gal, J.  (2009). Realizing rights in social work. Social Service Review, 83:2,267-292.

Gal, J. & Bargal, D. (2009). Labor welfare in Israel. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 24, 185-204 (Also published in P.A. Kurzman & R. Paul Maiden (eds), Union Contributions to Labor Welfare Policy and Practice. London: Routledge).

Malul, M., Gal, J. & Greenstein, M. (2009).  A Universal Basic Income: Income and practice in the Israeli case.  Basic Income Studies, 4:1 article 4.

Katan, Y., Gal, J. & Weiss-Gal, I. (2009). The role of the local in dealing with poverty. Welfare and Society, 29:2-3, 283-310.(Hebrew)

Weiss-Gal, I., Gal, J.   &  Avrami, S. (2009).Policy-practice in action:  Social workers and parliamentary committees. Social Security, 81. (Hebrew)

Gal, J.  & Weiss-Gal, I.  (2011).  Social policy formulation and the role of professionals: The involvement of social workers in parliamentary committees in Israel. Health and Social Care in the Community, 19:2, 158-167. (Also published as Weiss-Gal, I.,  Gal, J. & Avrami, S. (2009).Policy-practice in action:  Social workers and parliamentary committees. Social Security, 81, 39-74. (Hebrew)

Gal, J. (2010).  Is there an extended family of Mediterranean welfare states? Journal of European Social Policy, 20:4, 283-300.

Bar-Nir, D. & Gal, J. (2011). Who has the power? The role of NPOs in local authorities.  Voluntas, 22:1.

Holler, R. & Gal, J. (2011).  Subsidizing early childhood: Israel in a cross-national comparative perspective.  Social Security, 87, 37-64. (Hebrew)

Gal, J. & Ajzenstadt, M. (2013).  The long path from a soup kitchen to a welfare state in Israel.  Journal of Policy History, 25, 240-263.

Gal, J. & Holler, R. (In Press). The development of social policy research in Israel.  Israel Affairs.

Weiss-Gal, I. & Gal, J. (In Press).  Social workers as policy actors.  Journal of Social Policy.

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Dr. Itay Greenspan

Dr. Itay Greenspan

Senior Lecturer
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A nonprofit scholar with background in the fields of geography and environmental studies. My research focuses on three bodies of knowledge: 1) the social bases of organized environmentalism, 2) identity work in nonprofit and philanthropic studies, and 3) the role of volunteering and voluntary associations in the welfare state, with special focus on immigrants.


1) Individual and institutional bases of organized environmentalism. In this track, I seek to expand theoretical and empirical understanding of the individual- and institutional-bases of actors in environmental organizations, and the environmental behaviors of individuals in society. I developed and used the concepts of environmental philanthropy and environmental volunteering to depict active support to environmental causes.

Recent projects:

Intergenerational transmission of environmental behavior. This study examines how environmental behaviors and attitudes are transmitted across generations within the family. Our goal is to measure the relationship between cultural and economic influences in three countries (Israel, USA, South Korea) and the intergenerational transmission of environmental behavior within the family.

The role of youth movements in the development of environmental activism. This study is more historic interpretive in nature, and examines how the American Zionist youth movement Young Judaea has influenced values, beliefs, funding networks and attitudes of its alumni who migrated to Israel to take leadership roles in the development of the Israeli environmental movement.


2) Identity work in nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. The alignment of personal identity with organizational mission may serve a critical role in effectively addressing the challenge of citizen participation in civil society. In this track, I aim to better understand the role of identity in nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, including how philanthropic identities are aligned with other identities.

Recent projects:

Participatory philanthropy. Exploration of the motivations and the construction of multiple identities of participants in the charity sports events, depicting the blurring boundaries between donors and fundraisers in nonprofit organizations.

Volunteering by people with disability: we evaluate the role, impact, and identity construction of youth with disabilities who engage in volunteer work and service learning initiatives in Israel.


3) The role of volunteering and nonprofits in the welfare of immigrants and migrant workers. Various organizational mechanisms and services can facilitate improved social, cultural and economic integration of immigrants into their host societies. I study how volunteering, community-based organizations, and social enterprises facilitate the welfare and integration of immigrants into the social fabric of host societies.

Recent projects:

Immigrant volunteering in Germany: In light of the significant refugee and immigrant influx into Europe, we continue our exploration of immigrant volunteering, and study patterns and motivations of immigrant volunteering in Germany.

Voluntary associations of Filipino migrant workers in Israel: We survey community-based organizations of the Filipino migrant community in Israel to understand their provision of social and welfare services to its members, and the advocacy efforts to change policies related to their working conditions. We develop theoretical typology of migrant worker associations.



List of recent publications:

Articles in refereed journals (last 5 years)

McDougle, L. M., Greenspan, I., & Handy, F. (2011). Generation green:  Understanding the motivations and mechanisms influencing young adults’ environmental volunteering. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 16(4), 325-341.

Sinha, J., Greenspan, I., & Handy, F. (2011). Volunteering and civic participation among immigrant members of ethnic congregations: Complementary not competitive. Journal of Civil Society, 7(1), 23-40.

Greenspan, I., Sinha, J., & Handy, F. (2011). The road to volunteering is paved with good intentions: Is volunteering in congregations a response to altruism, social influence or instrumental benefits? International Journal of Volunteer Administration, 29(2), 1-17.

Greenspan, I., Handy, F., & Katz-Gerro, T. (2012). Environmental philanthropy: Is it similar to other types of environmental behavior? Organization & Environment, 25(2), 111-130.

Tal, A., Leon-Zchout, S., Greenspan, I., Oshri, L., & Akov, S. (2013). Israel’s environmental movement: Strategic challenges. Environmental Politics, 22(5), 779-791.

Greenspan, I. (2014). How can Bourdieu’s theory of capital benefit the understanding of advocacy NGOs? Theoretical framework and empirical illustration. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 43, 99-120.

Katz-Gerro, T., Greenspan, I., Handy, F., Lee, H.-Y., & Frey, A. (2015). Environmental philanthropy and environmental behavior in five countries:
Is there convergence among youth? Voluntas, 26(4), 1485-1509.

McDougle, L. M., Handy, F., Katz-Gerro, T., Greenspan, I., & Lee, H-Y. (2015). Factors predicting proclivity and intensity to volunteer for the environment in the US and South Korea. Journal of Environmental Planning & Management, 58(5), 837-854.

Greenspan I. (2015). From state orientation to civil society and partnership orientations: An outlook on development and change in the Israeli environmental movement. Bitahon Sotziali, 98, 157-193 (in Hebrew).

Walk, M., Greenspan, I., Crossley, H. & Handy, F. (2015). Skills-training programs in supported social enterprises: A social return on investment analysis. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 26(2), 129-144.

Walk, M., Greenspan, I., Crossley, H. & Handy, F. (2015). Mind the gap: Expectations versus experiences of clients utilizing job-training services in a social enterprise. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics86(2), 221-244.

Katz-Gerro, T., Greenspan, I., Handy, F. & Lee, H.-Y. (forthcoming). Personal value types and environmental behaviors in four countries: Biospheric, universalism, benevolence, and conformity revisited. Environmental Values.

Ramarajan, L., Berger, I. & Greenspan, I. (forthcoming). Multiple identity configurations: The benefits of focused enhancement for prosocial behavior. Organization Science


Work in Progress / under review

“Participatory philanthropy: A nonprofit-centered conceptual framework of charity sports events.” w/ Berger, I.

“Do social work students have the skills to perform their role as client intermediaries?” w/ Zanbar, L., Yitzhaky, H.

“The environmental movement on the move: Diversification and institutionalization processes in the Israeli environmental movement.”

“Partnership ambiguity: Conceptualizing cross-sector partnerships across borders.” w/ Halevy, D.

“Green social workers: Environmental concerns, attitudes, and behaviors of social work students in Israel.” w/ McDougle, L. & Handy, F.

“Client volunteering in organizations serving clients with psychiatric disabilities.” w/ Meinhard, A.


Chapters in Book Collections

Katz, H. & Greenspan, I. (2015). Giving in Israel: From old religious traditions to an emerging culture of philanthropy. In: P. Wiepking & F. Handy (eds.), The Palgrave handbook of global philanthropy (pp. 316-337). Palgrave Macmillan.

** book is winner of the 2016 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action**

Walk, M., Greenspan, I. Crossley, H. & Handy, F. (2014) Canadian immigrants and their access to services: A case study of a social purpose enterprise. In: J. Quarter, S. Ryan & A. Chan (eds.). Social purpose enterprises: Case studies for social change (pp. 162-187). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Meinhard, A.G., Handy, F., & Greenspan, I. (2010). Corporate participation in the social economy: Employer-supported volunteering programs. In J. Quarter, L. Mook, & S. Ryan (Eds.), Researching the social economy: A Canadian perspective (pp. 245-266). Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

Greenspan, I. (2005). Palestinian and Israeli environmental narratives: Reflections on the 2002 Johannesburg Earth Summit. In S. Schoenfeld (Ed.), Palestinian and Israeli environmental narratives (pp. 75-92). Proceedings of a conference held in association with the Middle East Environmental Futures (MEEF) Project. Toronto, ON: York University, Centre for International and Security Studies.


Other Manuscripts

Cohen-Blankshtain, G., Greenspan, I., Naali-Yosef, H. & Geva, Y. (2015). Public participation in environmental decision-making: International perspectives. Tel Aviv: The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) (Hebrew)

מעורבות הציבור בקידום נושאים סביבתיים: סקירה ותובנות מפרספקטיבה בינלאומית. קישור

Greenspan, I. (2014). Environmental philanthropy: The relationship between philanthropic foundations and environmental NGOs in Israel. Jerusalem: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel [in Heb.]

פילנתרופיה סביבתית: יחסי הגומלין בין קרנות פילנתרופיות לארגוני הסביבה בישראל. קישור

Tal. A., Leon-Zchout, S., Frankel-Oshri, L., Greenspan, I., & Akov, S. (2011). Israel’s environmental movement: Trends, needs, and potential. Submitted to the JMG Foundation. Ben Gurion University. Beer Sheva, Israel (Heb. & Eng).

התנועה הסביבתית בישראל: מגמות, צרכים ופוטנציאל. קישור

Greenspan, I. (2005). Review of the book The Israeli third sector: Between welfare state and civil society, by B. Gidron, M. Bar, & H. Katz. Voluntas, 16(3), 312-314.


Ph.D. Dissertation: Israeli Environmental NGOs and Philanthropic Foundations: Donor Dependence, Organizational Characteristics, and Selection Mechanism. (University of Pennsylvania.)



"החרדים יודעים לעשות מחאה" הארץ. 4.3.2014.

Editor (with Prof. Stuart Schoenfeld) of the news blog: Environment and Climate in the Middle East


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Prof. Muhammad Haj-Yahia

Full Professor
Room 504

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Research Interests:

Wife abuse and battering; exposure of children, youth, and young adults to violence in their families of origin; exposure of children and youth to community violence; exposure of children and their parents to political violence;  mental health consequences of child maltreatment; school violence; the socio-cultural and socio-political context of violence against women.


Research Projects:

 Research Projects:


1.      Mental HealthImplications of Exposure to violence: I am currently involved in several research projects on the mental health implications of the exposure of people to different patterns of violence, such as: The cumulative exposure of young adults to family violence during the life-span (i.e., during childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood); the exposure of youth to community violence; and the exposure of children and youth and their parents to political violence. I have also examined in some of these studies resilience and protective factors, as buffering and mitigating factors, of the mental health implications of these exposures.

2..Wife Abuse and Battering in Arab Societies: I have been conducting research on different dimensions of the problem of wife abuse and battering in the Arab society (mainly in Israel and the Palestinian National Authority), with special interest in the rates, characteristics, correlates and risk factors, and mental health consequences of the problem as well as battered women’s coping strategies and use of different patterns of help-seeking.   Furthermore, I conducted research on the socio-cultural and socio-political context of violence against women.

3.  Beliefs about Wife Abuse and Battering: I have conducted several studies about beliefs about wife beating, and in recent years am in the process of carrying-out several other research projects on this topic (e.g., justifying wife abuse, willingness to help abused women, etc.) among health and mental health practitioners, among students of the health and mental health professions, as well as among the general public, in several countries. These studies focus on examining to what extent an integrative theory (composed of patriarchal theory, social learning theory, intra-psychic processes, and more) explain people’s beliefs about wife abuse and battering, and their attitudes toward abused women and abusive husbands.

4.      School Violence: I am interested in examining children and youth violence in school, using the social learning theory and the stressful life events perspective. I just completed conducting a study about the exposure of pupils of elementary and secondary schools (as victims as well as perpetrators) and the relationship of this exposure to their exposure to family violence, community violence, and political violence. I also examined in this study the mental health implications of the exposure to these different patterns of violence.


Abstracts of Current Research :

Selected list of Current Research Abstracts:

Wife abuse and battering in the Arab society: Over the past two decades, family violence in general, and wife battering in particular, have become a major concern throughout the world. However, different factors (e.g., socio-cultural, economic, religious, and political circumstances) have precluded comprehensive investigation of this problem in the Arab societies. An Instrument Package was constructed in order to measure the following: (1) the prevalence of various incidents and manifestations of abuse and battering of Arab women in Israel; (2) psychological effects of wife abuse and battering (i.e., stress, low self esteem, depression, anxiety); and (3) strategies used by Arab battered women to cope with violence. About 2102 Arab women participated in the study. It is anticipated that the results of the study will have implications for development of theories for studying wife beating in different Arab communities, for prevention of and intervention in cases of wife abuse and battering, and for setting policies related to wife abuse and battering in the Arab societies.

Implications of witnessing and experiencing family violence among adolescents  and young adults:Despite noteworthy developments in research on the implications of witnessing and experiencing family violence in Western societies, there is a serious dearth of studies on this topic in Arab societies. Two recent studies conducted by this researcher examined the extent to which witnessing and experiencing different patterns of family violence in childhood, adolescencce and young adulthood predict manifestations of sibling violence, hopelessness, and low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, PTSD, hostility and other mental health consequences, among Arab adolescents and young adults. It is hoped that the findings will provide a basis for developing theories for studying the topic in different Arab communities, strategies for prevention and intervention in family violence, and policies for working with abusive families.


Consequences of exposure to community violence: A comparative study among Israeli, Palestinian and American youth (in full collaboration with Dr. Neil Gutermat, at ColumbiaUniversitySchoolof Social Work):Extensive research has been conducted during the last three decades on youth exposure to community violence. However, there is a serious lack of research on the socio-cultural context of this problem. A cross cultural and cross-national study is being carried out among Palestinian, Israeli and American youth, using a self-administered instrument, assessing the extent of their exposure to different types of community violence, the psychological consequences of this exposure, receiving support from family and teachers (as factors that might buffer or intensify the consequences), and youth help-seeking behavior as a result of their exposure to community violence.


Recent Publications:

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2000). The incidence of wife abuse and battering and some sociodemographic correlates as revealed in two national surveys in Palestinian society. Journal of Family Violence, 15(4), 347-374. 

 Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2000). Patterns of violence against engaged Arab women from Israel and some of their psychological implications. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 24(3), 209-219.

Haj-Yahia, M.M(2000). Child maltreatment: The approach of Arab social workers in Israel. International Social Work, 43(2), 149-161. (.103; 25/30).

 Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2000). Implications of wife abuse and beating for self-esteem, depression, and anxiety as revealed by the Second Palestinian National Survey on Violence against Women. Journal of Family Issues, 21(4), 435-463.

Eldar-Avidan, D. (S, PI), & Haj-Yahia, M.M. (C) (2000). The experience of formerly battered women with divorce: A qualitative descriptive study. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 32(3/4), 19-40.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(C), Bargal, D. (PI), & Guterman, N.B. (PI) (2000). Perception of job satisfaction, service effectiveness and burnout among Arab social workers in Israel. International Journal of Social Welfare, 9(3), 201-210. 

 Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2000). Wife abuse and battering in the sociocultural context of Arab Society. Family Process, 39(2),237-255.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2000). Wife abuse in the Palestinian Authority. New Global Development: Journal of International and Comparative Social Welfare, 16, 59-73.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(PI), & Ben-Arieh, A. (C) (2000). The incidence of Arab adolescents’ exposure to violence in their families of origin and its sociodemographic correlates. Child Abuse & Neglect, 24(10), 1299-1315.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2001). The incidence of witnessing interparental violence and some of its psychological consequences among Arab adolescents. Child Abuse & Neglect, 25(7), 885-907.

 Haj-Yahia, M.M.(PI), & Tamish, S. (C) (2001). The rates of child sexual abuse and its psychological consequences as revealed by a study among Palestinian university students. Child Abuse & Neglect, 25(10), 1303-1327

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(C), & Eldar-Avidan, D. (S, PI) (2001). Formerly battered women: A qualitative study of their experiences in making a decision to divorce and carrying it out. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 36(1/2), 37-65(NR ).

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2002). Attitudes of Arab women toward different patterns of coping with wife abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 17(7), 721-745.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(PI), Musleh, K. (C), & Haj-Yahia, Y.M. (C) (2002). The incidence of adolescent maltreatment in Arab society and some of its psychological consequences. Journal of Family Issues, 23(8), 1032-1064.

Astor, R.A. (PI), Benbenishty, R. (PI), Marachi, R. (C), Haj-Yahia, M.M. (PI), Zeira, A. (C), Perkins-Hart, S., & Pitner, R.O. (2002). The awareness of risky peer group behaviors on school grounds as predictors of students’ victimization on school grounds: Part I – elementary schools. Journal of School Violence, 1(1), 11-33.

Astor, R.A. (PI), Benbenishty, R. (PI), Haj-Yahia, M.M. (PI), Marachi, R., Zeira, A. (C), Perkins-Hart, S., & Pitner, R.O. (2002). The awareness of risky peer group behaviors on school grounds as predictors of students’ victimization on school grounds: Part II – junior high schools. Journal of School Violence. 1(3), 57-76.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2002). Beliefs of Jordanian women about wife beating. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 26(4), 282-291.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2002). The impact of wife abuse on marital relations as revealed by the Second Palestinian National Survey on Violence Against Women. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(3), 273-285

 Haj-Yahia, M.M.(PI), & Abdo-Kaloti, R. (S) (2003) The exposure of Palestinian adolescents to family violence – Part I: The rates and correlates of the problem. Child Abuse & Neglect, 27, 781-806 .

 Pitner, R.O (S)., Astor, R.A. (PI), Benbenishty, R. (PI), Haj-Yahia, M.M. (PI), & Zeira, A. (C) (2003). The effects of group stereotypes on adolescents’ reasoning about retribution. Child Development, 74(2), 413-425.

 Pitner, R. (S), Astor, R. (PI), Benbenishty, R. (PI), Haj-Yahia, M. M. (PI), & Zeira, A. (C) (2003). Adolescents' approval of peer and spousal retribution in their culture versus other cultures: The role of group stereotypes.  British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 21, 221-242.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2003). Beliefs about wife beating among Arab men from Israel: The influence of their patriarchal ideology. Journal of Family Violence, 18(4), 193-206.

Haj-Yahia, M.M. (2005). Can people’s patriarchal ideology predict their beliefs about wife abuse? The case of Jordanian men. Journal of Community Psychology, 33(5), 545-567 (1.147; 6/29, 1).

Khoury-Kassabri, M., Haj-Yahia, M.M., & Ben-Arieh, A. (2006). Adolescents' approach toward children rights: Comparison between Jewish and Palestinian children from Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Children and Youth Services Review, 28, 1060-1073.

Marie-Alsana, W., Haj-Yahia, M.M., & Greenbaum, C.W. (2006). Violence among Arab elementary school pupils inIsrael. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21(1), 58-88.

Haj-Yahia, M.M., & deZoysa, P.  (2007). Beliefs of Sri Lankan medical students about wife beating. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 22(1), 26-.

Steinmetz, S., & Haj-Yahia, M.M.  (2006). Definitions of and beliefs about wife abuse among ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from Israel. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21(4), 525-554.

Ben-Arieh, A., Khoury-Kassabri, M., &  Haj-Yahia, M.M.  (2006). Generational, ethnic, and national differences in attitudes toward the rights of children in Israel and Palestine. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76(3), 381-388.

Ben-Arieh, A., & Haj-Yahia, M. M. (2006). The "geography" of child maltreatment in Israel: Findings from a national data set of cases reported to the social services. Child Abuse & Neglect, 30(9), 991-1003.

Chou, Y.C., Haj-Yahia, M. M., Wang, F.T.Y., & Fu, L. Y.  (2006). Social work in Taiwan: A historical and critical review.International Social Work, 49(6), 767-778.

Attar, S., Benbenishty, R., & Haj-Yahia, M. M.  (2007). Behina empirit shel cli lema'akav ahar matzavam hahitnahaguti-rigshi shel yeladim besikun be’Yisrael [An empirical examination of a measure for following-up after the behavioral-emotional situation of children at risk in Israel]. Hevra Verevaha [Society and Welfare]. 27(1), 79-100.

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Schiff, M. (2007). Definitions of and beliefs about wife abuse among undergraduate students of social work. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 51(2), 170-190.

Haj-Yahia, M. M. (2007). Challenges in studying the psychological effects of Palestinian children’s exposure to political violence and their coping with this traumatic experience. Child Abuse & Neglect, 31(7), 691-697.

Haj-Yahia, M. M.,  & Uysal, A.  (2008). Beliefs about wife beating among medical students from Turkey. Journal of Family Violence, 23, 119-133.

Haj-Yahia, M.M., & Sadan, E.  (2008). Battered women in collectivist societies: Intervention and empowerment. Hevra Verevaha (Hebrew) [Society and Welfare], 27(3), 423-451.

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Sadan, E.  (2008).Issues in intervention with battered women in collectivist societies: An essay.Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34(1), 1-13.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.& Abdo-Kaloti, R. (2008). Mental health consequences of Palestinian adolescents’ exposure to family violence. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 13(1), 1-41.

Eldar-Avidan, D., Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Greenbaum, C. W.  (2008). Money matters: Young adults' perception of the economic consequences of their parents' divorce. Journal of Family and Economic Issues29, 74-85.

Btoush, R.,  & Haj-Yahia, M. M.  (2008). Attitudes of Jordanian society about wife abuse. Journal of nterpersonal Violence, 23(11), 1531-1554.

Haj-Yahia, M. M.  (2008). Political violence in retrospect: Its effect on the mental health of Palestinian adolescents.International Journal of Behavioral Development32, 283-289.

Ben-Arieh, A., & Haj-Yahia, M. M. (2008). Corporal punishment of    children: a multi-generational perspective. Journal of Family Violence.23 (8), 687-695 (.533; 25/31).

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Attar-Schwartz, S.  (2008).  Attitudes of Palestinian  preschool teachers  from Israel toward reporting of suspected  cases of child abuse and neglect. Child & Family Social Work.13, 378-390.

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Lugassi, R. (2008).The implications of experiencing different types of abuse in childhood for psychological distress and intimacy in early adulthood. Hevra Verevaha (Hebrew) [Society and Welfare], 28 (4), 411-440.

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & de Zoysa, P.  (2008). Rates and  Psychological effects of  exposure to family violence among Sri Lankan university students. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32(10), 994-1002.

Eldar-Avidan, D.,  Haj-Yahia, M. M.,  & Greenbaum, C. W. (2009). Divorce is part of my life… Resilience, survival and vulnerability: Young adults’ perception of the implications of parental divorce. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy34(4), 539-555.

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Cohen, H. H.  (2009). On the lived experience of  battered women residing in shelters. Journal of Family Violence, 24,95-109.

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(12), 2018-2038.

Pat-Horenczyk, R., Qasrawi R.,  Lesack R.,  Haj-Yahia M. M.,  Peled O., Shaheen M.,  Berger R.,  Garber R. &  Abdeen, Z. (PI) (2009).

Posttraumatic distress, functional impairment, and Coping among adolescents on both sides  of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A cross-cultural approach. Applied Psychology, 58(4), 688-708.

Haj-Yahia, M. M. (2010). Palestinian physicians' misconceptions about and  approval of wife abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25 (3), 416-442.

Shhadi, N., Haj-Yahia, M. M.,  & Bekerman, Z.  (2009). The significance of Moslem religion for coping with Loss and Bereavement: The case of   Palestinian families living in Israel, whose children were killed during the October 2000 demonstrations. Research in the Social ScientificStudy of Religion, 20, 239-265.

Zembylas, M., Bekerman, Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Shhadi, N. (2010). The politics  of mourning in Cyprus and Israel: Educational implications. Compare: Journal of International and Comparative Education,

Pitner, R. O., Astor, R. A., Benbenishty, R., Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Zeira, A. (2011). Putting context into cultural perspective: Examining Arab and Jewish adolescents’ judgments and reasoning about spousal retribution  Violence against Women, 17(5), 584-602 (1.496; 4/29).

Clark, C. J., Everson-Rose, S. A., Franco-Suglia, Sh., Btoush, Alonso, A., &  Haj-Yahia, M. M. (PI) (2010). Association between exposure to political  violence and intimate-partner violence in the occupied Palestinian  territory: A cross-sectional study. The Lancet, 375, 310-316.

Guterman, N. B., Haj-Yahia, M. M., Vorhies, V., Ismayilova, L., &  Leshem, B. (2010). Help-seeking and internal obstacles to eceiving support in the wake of community violence exposure: The caseof Arab and Jewish adolescents in Israel. Journal of Child and Family Studies19(6),  687-696.

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Uysal, A.  (2011). Towards an integratitheoretical framework for explaining beliefs about wife beating: A study among students of nursing from Turkey, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(7), 1401-1431.

Wolfsfeld, L., & Haj-Yahia, M. M.  (2010). Learning and supervisory styles in the training of social workers. The Clinical Supervisor, 29(1), 68-994.

 Leshem, B., Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Guterman, N.  (2011). Characteristics of Israeli Jewish youth exposure to community violence and their relevance to demographic and support variables. HevraVerevaha (Hebrew) [Society and Welfare],31(1), 61-90.

Haj-Yahia, M. M.,Leshem, B., & Guterman, N. B.  (2011).Exposure to community violence among Arab youth in Israel: Rates and characteristic.  Journal of Community Psychology,  39(2), 136-151.

Haj-Yahia, M. M.(2011). Contextualizing interventions with batteredwomen in collectivist societies: Issues and controversies. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 16,331-339.





















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Dr. Roni Holler

Head, Center for Disability Studies
Senior Lecturer
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Research interests:

Disability policy; Disability studies; Social policy in Israel and in comparative perspective; History of the welfare state


Current research projects:

Guardianship and Supported Decision Making for Persons with Disabilities: A Mixed Method Analysis of Social Workers' Decision-Making Process (CO-PI with Dr. Shirli Werner, ISF Grant number 268/18).

In recent years, several welfare states, including Israel, have amended their guardianship laws. The proper implementations of these laws, including the decision whether to appoint a guardian or the less restrictive alternative of supported decision maker, is greatly influenced by social workers. In our research project we seek to contribute to a better understanding of social workers’ decisions about guardianship and supported decision making. Attention will be paid to understanding the contribution of individual level, social workers’ level, and societal-legal level factors to this process.

Active Take Up in Social Security (CO-PI With Prof. Mimi Ajzenstadt, Dr. Avishai Benish & Prof. John, National Insurance Institute Grant)

One of the limitations of social security programmes is the problem of non-take-up, by which people who are entitled to receive benefits do not receive them. Despite a growing political and academic interests in understanding and tackling this issue, hitherto little is known about the barriers for participation in social benefits and the effective policy tools to overcome these barriers. The aim of this project is to address this theoretical and empirical gap, by mapping a)  the barriers facing social security beneficiaries in taking up their rights b)  the interventions put forward by various actors in order to help citizens to take up their rights. Moreover, assuming non-take-up to be a multi-dimensional in nature, our analysis focuses on various levels of barriers and interventions, including social, legal, bureaucratic and organizational.

Understanding Role Perception of Family, Professional and Volunteer Supporters in Supported Decision Making Scheme  (CO-PI With  Dr. Itay Greenspan and Prof. Shirli Werner, Warburg Fund)

In the Israeli context, the criticism towards guardianship led to the 2016 amendment of the Legal Capacity and Guardianship Law and to the development of a less restrictive alternative known as supported decision making. Since supported decision making is a relatively new policy tool, we know little about its actual implementation, including the way supporters perceive their role. In order to fill this gap, our goal in this study is to examine the role perceptions of Israeli supporters under the new reform, as well as their motivation for becoming supporters.



Articles in Refereed Journals

Holler, R., & Gal, J. (2011). Subsidies for early childhood education and care: The

Israeli model in a cross-national comparative perspective. Social Security, 87,

37-63 (Hebrew) [Link].

Holler, R. (2014). Disability and employment policy in the Israeli welfare state:

Between exclusion and inclusion. Disability & Society29, 1369-1382 [Link]


Holler, R. (2014). People with disabilities and the Israeli welfare state: The case of

relief work. Social Security, 95, 39-76 (Hebrew) [Link].

Gal, J. & Holler, R. (2014). The development of social policy research in Israel, Israel

Affairs, 20, 452-469 [Link] [SSRN].

Holler, R. (2017). Disabling ideas – disabling policies: The case of disability

employment policy in the newly established Israeli state. Social Policy &

Administration, 51, 424-441[Link] [SSRN].

Holler, R. & Werner, S. (2018). Perceptions toward Disability among Social Work

Students in Israel: Development and Validation of a New Scale. Health &

Social Care in the Community, 26(3), 423-432 [Link].

Holler, R. (2018). “Rebuilding a shattered life and a broken body”: Social work and

disability discourses in Israel’s first decades. British Journal of Social

Work [Link] [SSRN].

Holler, R (2018). Disability studies: Challenges and Issues. Theory and Criticism, 50,

475-492. (Hebrew).]Link]

Holler, R. (2019). “Rebuilding a shattered life and a broken body”: Social work and

disability discourses in Israel’s first decades. British Journal of Social Work,

49, 448-465. [Link] [SSRN].

Holler, R. (2019). The role of the welfare state in supporting economic transitions

following family bereavement: Comparing Britain and Israel. Social Policy &

Administration, 53, 128-141. [Link]

Werner, S. & Holler, R. (2020). Attitudes toward guardianship and their association with the importance of social work goals and perspectives of disability within

the social work profession. Disability and Rehabilitation, 42, 712-721. [Link]

Holler, R. (2020). Material, Stigmatic and Agentic Dimensions in the Experience of Claiming Disability Benefits: The Israeli Case. Social Policy & Administration. [Link]

Holler, R. Shemla, I.& Maeir, A. (Accepted for publication). The disability orientation of occupational therapists in physical rehabilitation settings: tension between medical and social models in theory and practice. American Journal of Occupational Therapy


Edited Books

Gal, J. & Holler, R. (Eds.) (2019). ““Justice Instead of Charity”: Chapters in the Development of Social Work in Israel. Beer-Sheva: The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Hebrew) [Link].


 Book Chapters

Holler, R. & Gal, J.(2019). History of social work in Israel: An introduction. In J. Gal & R. Holler (Eds.). “Justice Instead of Charity”: Chapters in the Development of Social Work in Israel. Beer-Sheva: The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Hebrew).

Holler, R. )2019). Between the personal and the social: Social work and people with disabilities in Israel’s first decades. In J. Gal & R. Holler (Eds.). “Justice Instead of Charity”: Chapters in the Development of Social Work in Israel. Beer-Sheva: The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Hebrew).

Holler, R. & Werner, S.,Tolub, Y. & Pumeranz, M. (2020). Choice and people with intellectual disability: The Israeli case. In R. J. Stancliffe, M. L. Wehmeyer, K. A. Shogren & B. H. Abery (Eds.). Choice, Preference and  Disability: Promoting Self-Determination Across the Lifespan  (pp. 87-110). Switzerland: Springer.

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Prof. Mona Khoury-Kassabri

Vice President of the Hebrew University of Strategy and Diversity
Full Professor
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Prof. Mona Khoury-Kassabri

Dean of The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare

Prof. Mona Khoury-Kassabri  is the Dean of the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is also the Advisor for Minorities Affairs to Hebrew University President, and the Head of the University Steering Committee for Accessibility to Higher Education among Arab Students. Prof. Khoury-Kassabri is the head of the committee appointed to examine the Hebrew University diversity policy which of part of the Israeli Present’s initiative “Israeli Hope in the Academia”.  She is an Alumni of the Israel Young Academy and Member of the Global Young Academy.

Her research evolves around issues related to child and youth welfare. She is especially interested in the area of children and youth at risk for becoming perpetrators and victims of violent and delinquent acts. 

She was a Visiting Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work University of Toronto for two, non-subsequent, academic years, between the years 2011-2012 and 2016-2017. Together with Prof. Mishna, the Dean of the Faculty,  they study youth involvement in cyberbulling in Canada and in Israel.

The Frances and George (z"l) Katz Family Chair at the Paul Baerward School of Social Work and Social Welfare

Higher Education
2003-2004 Postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Institute of Criminology,and Department of Psychology. Host Prof. Landau and Prof. Greenbaum.
2002-2003 Postdoctoral fellow at the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. Host Prof. Daro.
1999-2002 Ph.D., School of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (HUJI).
1996-1999 M.A.,
School of Social Work and Social WelfareHUJI (Direct Track to Ph.D.).
1993-1996 B.A.,
School of Social Work and Social WelfareHUJI (With honors).



Awards and Excellence Scholarships
2018 Rector’s prize for excellent researcher and teacher.
2007-2010 MA`OF Fellowship, established by the Kahanoff Foundation
2005-2006 Golda Meir Fellow.
2006 The most distinguished scientific contribution article of the year. American Educational Research Association, Division of Human Development. 
2003-2004 Golda Meir Postdoctoral Award. 
2002-2003 Fulbright Postdoctoral Award. 
2000-2002 Rector's scholarship given to excellent research students.




Appointments at the Hebrew University
2020 Frances and George (z"l) Katz Family Chair at HUJI.
2016 Full Professor, HUJI.
2013-2016 Associate Professor, HUJI.
2009-2013 Senior Lecturer, HUJI.
2005-2009 Lecturer, HUJI.




Additional Functions

2020-  Member, National Advisory Council for COVID-19, Ministry of Health, Israel.    

2020- Member, Steering Committee, Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice.

2020-  Member, aChord’s Advisory Board (Social Psychology for Social Change).

2020- Member, ELEM's Advisory Board (Youth in Distress).

2018- Dean, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, HUJI.

2019-  Member, academic committee, The Halbert Centre of Canadian Studies.

2018-  Member, steering committee, the Center for Disability Studies, HUJI.

2018-  Member, steering committee of the Autism Center, HUJI.

2017-2018 Head of the Joseph J. Schwartz M.A. Programs, HUJI.

2017- Head steering committee “policy of diversity”: part of the “Israeli Hope in the Academia”.  

2016-2017 Visiting Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work University of Toronto.

2016- Member, Global Young Academy.

 2016- Member, The Hebrew University Senate.

2015- Academic Coordinator, Center for the Study of Multiculturalism, HUJI. 

2015-2019 Member, The Israel Young Academy.


Research Grants:

2018-2020 The Ralph Goldman Center for Judaism, Social Welfare and Ethics, HUJI. Forms and Functions of Aggressive Behavior among Israeli Preschool Children from Different Religious Groups: The Role of Individual and Parental Correlates (50,000 NIS). Zadok, I., &  Khoury-Kassabri, M. 
2018-2020 Israel Ministry of Justice. Policing Juveniles in Deeply Divided Cities: Integrative Treatment of Stones- Throwing among Young Palestinians in East Jerusalem (318,000 NIS). Hasisi, B., &  Khoury-Kassabri, M. 
2015 Halbert Centre Research Exchange Program in Canadian Studies, Motivations for Cyber Bullying: A Longitudinal and Multi-Perspective Inquiry
(7,500$). Khoury-Kassabri, M.
2013-2015 Israel Science Foundation (ISF). Juvenile Delinquency and Violence of Arab Youth in Israel: The Contribution of Individual, Family, Peer, and Community Factors.  (59,400 $) Khoury-Kassabri, M.
2012-2014 Warburg Fund, Violence among Jewish and Arab Youth in Israel: The Contribution of individual and Contextual Factors. (10,000$) Khoury-Kassabri, M.
2010-2011 Halbert Centre Research Exchange Program in Canadian Studies, Evaluating a Cyber Risk and Cyber Safety Educational Intervention Program (9,962$). Khoury-Kassabri, M.
2009-2011 Anita Morawetz Fund for Research on Children at Risk, The Contribution of Self-Efficacy, Attitudes towards the Use of Violence, and Contextual Factors to the Actual Use of Violence toward Children among Arab Preschool Teachers in Israel (15,000$). Khoury-Kassabri, M., Attar-Schwartz, S., & Zur, H. 
2008-2009 Warburg Fund, Parental Discipline in Childhood and its Links to Socio-Emotional Functioning in Early Adulthood among Arab and Jewish University Students (10,000$). Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Davidov, M.
2006-2008 Israel Foundation Trustees, The relationship between teachers' self efficacy and attitudes toward the use of violence and teachers' use of violence toward students (20,000$). Khoury-Kassabri, M.
2007-2008 Yad Hanadiv, Media Campaign to reduce school violence (70,000$). Benbenishty, R., & Khoury-Kassabri, M.
2006-2007 Warburg Fund, The development of the understanding of children rights and of child participation in a cultural and religious comparative perspective (12,500$). Ben-Arieh, A., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. 
2005-2006 Warburg Fund, Predicting recidivism among youth in treatment of probation officers (6,500$). Khoury-Kassabri, M. 
2004-2005 Ministry of Education, Violence in Israeli Schools. (120,000$) Benbenishty, R., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. 
2004-2005 Yad Hanadiv, The Contribution of School Climate to Academic Attainment (50,000$). Benbenishty, R., & Khoury-Kassabri, M.

Teaching at the Hebrew University

Supervision of Master’s and Doctoral Degree students in the last five years Master’s degree students:

2015-2015 Michal Fass (co supervising with Prof. Hans M. Koot, University of Amsterdam).
2016-2017 Haim Dayan.

Doctoral degree student:

2013- 2017 Adeem Massarwa.
2013- 2018 Yoa Michal Sorek (co supervising with Prof. Asher Ben-Arieh).
2018- Haim Dayan.
2018- Lana Jeries.

Post-doctoral Fellows and Visitors (6 months or longer): 
2017-2018 Michal Levy, Ph.D.
2017-2018 Tahel Ben-Zvi , Ph.D. (with Prof. Attar-Schwartz).
2019-2010 Ronen Ziv, Ph.D. (with prof. Hasisi).

Courses Taught
Behavioral Problems among Early Childhood, MA.
Data Processing and Data Analysis, MA.
Delinquent Youth: Theory, Practice and Intervention, MA. 
Introduction to Social Psychology, BA. 
Scientific Thinking and Research Design, MA. 
Social Deviance and Delinquency, BA.
Violence among Youth: Options for Change, BA. 
Youth Delinquency, BA.


Participation in Scientific Conferences and Invited Talks: (Within the Past Five Years)

Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2015, September). Arab youth involvement in delinquency and political violence and parental control: The mediating role of religiosity. Paper presented at the conference: 15th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Porto, Portugal.

Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2015, September). Understanding the mediating role of corporal punishment in the association between maternal stress, efficacy, co- parenting and children's adjustment difficulties among Arab mothers. Paper presented at the conference: Child Maltreatment in Context: The first Haruv International Conference. Jerusalem, Israel.

Massarwa, A., & Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Mishna, F. (2016, March). Cyber bullying perpetration by Arab youth: The direct and interactive role of individual, family, and neighborhood characteristics. Paper presented at the conference: The Importance of Human Aspects in Cyberspace Design, Jerusalem, Israel.

Mishna, F., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2016, March). ‘It just crept in’’: The Digital Age and Implications for Social Work Practice. Paper presented at the 6th European Conference for Social Work Research: Reflective social work practices in contemporary societies. Lisbon, Portugal.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., Hendin, A. (2017, September). "Israli Hope in Academia": The Israeli case of diversity and partnership. Paper presented at the conference: "NAHOD"- National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Washington, DC. (Keynote- invited talk).

Khoury-Kassabri, M., Massarwa, A. & Eseed, R. (2017, September). Arab adolescents' religiosity as a moderating factor in the association between peer delinquency and youth violence. Paper presented at the conference: 17th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Cardiff, Wales.

Massarwa, A., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2017, September). The correlation between exposure to neighborhood violence and perpetration of moderate physical violence among Arab-Palestinian youth: Can it be moderated by parent–child support and gender? Paper presented at the conference: 17th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Cardiff, Wales.

Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2017, September). The association between religiosity and Arab youth from East Jerusalem involvement in political. Paper presented at the conference: XLII CICA Conflict and Transcultural Dialogue. Madrid, Spain.

Khoury-Kassabri, M. & Ozacky-Lazar, S. (2018, September). Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education the Case of Palestinian Citizens of Israel. College of Staten Island. New York, NY. (Invited talk)

Khoury-Kassabri, M. & Ozacky-Lazar, S. (2018, September). Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education the Case of Palestinian Citizens of Israel. New York University. New York, NY. (Invited talk)

Khoury-Kassabri, M. & Ozacky-Lazar, S. (2018, September). Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education the Case of Palestinian Citizens of Israel. Columbia University. New York, NY. (Invited talk)

Khoury-Kassabri, M. & Ozacky-Lazar, S. (2018, September). Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education the Case of Palestinian Citizens of Israel. Queens College. New York, NY. (Invited talk)

Jeries L., Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Massarwa, A. (2018, September). Alcohol use among Arab Muslim adolescents: A mediation-moderation model of family, peer and community factors. Paper presented at the conference: 18th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mishna, F., Birze, A., Greenblatt, A., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2019, January). On telling about cyberbullying: triangulation of student, parent and teacher perspectives”. Paper presented at the conference: 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). San Francisco, USA.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Hai-Attiass, M. (20109, January). Arab students in higher education: Challenges and opportunities. Graduate School of Education Stanford University. Stanford, USA (Invited talk).

Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Hai-Attiass, M. (2019, January). Diversity and Multiculturalism in Israeli Academia: Challenges and Opportunities for Arab Students. Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, USC. California, USA (Invited talk). 

Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2019, September). Arab youth involvement in delinquent and antisocial behaviors: Exploring Hirschi’s Social Bond Theory from a Qualitative perspective. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Ghent, Belgium.

Eseed, R., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2019, September). Arab youth involvement in violence: A socio-ecological gendered perspective. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Ghent, Belgium.

Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2019, Novmber). Juvenile delinquency and violence: Social-ecological factors.  Paper presented at 34th FICE International CongressKiryat OnoIsrael (Keynote – Invited talk).

Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Zadok, I. (2019, November). Early childhood aggression: Individual and familial factors as mediators and moderators. China-Israel- Hong Kong Research Roundtable on “Social Work for Children and Family”. Peking University. Beijing, China (Invited talk).

Khoury-Kassabri, M. (November, 2019). Multiculturalism and social work. Paper presented at the Conference on “Multi-culturalism, Diversity and Social Work”. Beijing, China (Keynote, Invited talk).

Khoury-Kassabri, M. (January, 2020). Violence prevention: Social work research with Jewish and Arab populations in the Israeli Middle Eastern context. Paper presented at the conference:  24 th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). Washington, DC, USA.


 List of Publications (Within the Past Five Years)

Chapters in Collections

Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2019). Palestinian Arab children involvement in school violence as victims and perpetrators (278-295). In M.M. Haj-Yahia, O. Nakash, & I. Levav (Eds.), Mental health issue of the Palestinian Arabs in Israel. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Massarwa, A., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (Accepted). Risk and protective factors for Palestinian-Arab youth violence. In Nasser-Abualhija, F. & Israelashvili, M. (Eds.), Education in the Arab Society.

Khoury-Kassabri, M.,PI  & Yechieli, T. PI (2020). Teachers' Career Tracks: the relationships between professional and personal development of teacher. In Mikulincer, M. & Parzanchevsky, R. (Eds.), Optimal management of professional development and training in the education system: Status report and recommendation (pp. 71 - 80) Jerusalem: The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.


Attar- Schwartz, S., & Khoury-Kassabri, M., (2015). Indirect and verbal victimization by peers among at-risk youth in residential care. Child Abuse & Neglect, 42, 84-98.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., Khoury, N.,  & Ali, R.  (2015). Arab youth involvement in delinquency and political violence and parental control: The mediating role of religiosity. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85 (6), 576 – 585.

Zur, I.,  Khoruy-Kassabri, M.,  & Braver, E., (2015). Cyber bullying among delinquent adolescents treated in the juvenile probation service. Journal of Welfare and Society, 36, 33-64. (Hebrew)

Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2016). Masculine and family honor and youth violence: The moderating role of ethnic-cultural affiliation. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry86 (5), 519.

Mishna, F., Khoury-Kassabri, M., Schwan, K.,  Wiener, J.,  Craig , W., Beran, T.,  Pepler, D.,  & Daciuk, J. (2016). The contribution of social support to children and adolescents’ self-perception: The mediating role of bullying. Children and Youth Services Review, 63, 120 - 127.

Mishna, F., McInroy, B. L., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Bhole, B., VanWert, M., Schwan, K., Birze, A., Daciuk, J., Beran, T.,  Craig , W.,  Wiener, J.,  Pepler, D.,  & Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Johnston, D. (2016). Study protocol: Prevalence, motivations, and social, mental health and health consequences of cyberbullying among school-aged children and youth: A longitudinal and multi-perspective mixed method study. JMIR Research Protocols, 10.2196/resprot.5292.

Attar- Schwartz, S., & Khoury-Kassabri, M., (2016(. The moderating role of cultural affiliation in the link between emotional closeness to grandparents and adolescent adjustment difficulties and prosocial behavior. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86 (5), 564 – 572.  

Khoury-Kassabri, M., Mishna, F.,  & Massarwa, A. (2016). Cyber bullying perpetration by Arab youth: The direct and interactive role of individual, family, and neighborhood characteristics. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-27.

Massarwa, A., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2017). Serious physical violence among Arab-Palestinian adolescents: The role of exposure to neighborhood violence, perceived ethnic discrimination, normative beliefs, and parental communication. Child Abuse & Neglect, 63, 233-244.

Eseed, R., & Khoury-Kassabri, M., (2018). Alcohol use among Arab Muslim adolescents: A mediation-moderation model of family, peer and community factors. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88 (1), 88 – 98.

Massarwa, A.,  & Khoury-Kassabri, M.,. (2018). The correlation between indirect violence and parent-child communication among Arab-Palestinian adolescents: Gender as moderator. Social Work Research

Fass, N. M.,  Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Koot, M. H. (2018). Associations between Arab mothers’ self-efficacy and parenting attitudes and their children’s externalizing and internalizing behaviors: Gender differences and the mediating role of corporal punishment. Child Indicators Research, 11(4), 1369-1387.

Khoury-Kassabri, M.,  & Schneider, H.  (2018). The relationship between participation in physical activity programs, and self-reported antisocial behavior among youths at risk. Child and Adolescent Social Work

Attar- Schwartz, S., Mishna, F., & Khoury-Kassabri, M., (2019). The role of classmate social support, peer victimization and gender in externalizing and internalizing behaviors among Canadian youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 8 (9), 2335–2346.

Massarwa, A., Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Eseed, R., (2019). The correlation between delinquent peers and perpetration of serious physical violence: Religiosity as a protective factor. Child Indicators Research, 12 (6), 2051-2065.

Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2019). Arab youth involvement in violence: A socio-ecological gendered perspective. Child Abuse & Neglect, 93, 128-138.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., Blit-Cohen, E., Shenhav-Goldberg, R., & Mishna, F. (2020). Social Worker’s use of informal information and communication technology in Israel. Social Security.


Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals (alphabetic order):

Aggressive Behavior.

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

American Sociological Review.

Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.  

British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

British Journal of Psychology.

Child Abuse & Neglect.

Child and Family Social Work.

Children and Youth Services Review.

Child Indicators Research.

Dapim (Hebrew).

Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education.

Educational Research and Reviews.

Educational Studies.

European Journal of Psychology of Education.

Health Education Research.

Israeli Criminology (Hebrew).

Journal of Adolescence.

Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Journal of Community Psychology.

Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society.           

Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Journal of Family Violence.

Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Journal of Welfare and Society (Hebrew).

Journal Review Department.

Justice Quarterly.

MAGAMOT (Hebrew).

Mifgash, Journal of Social-Educational Work (Hebrew).


Psychiatry Research.

Psychology of Violence.

Social Issues in Israel (Hebrew).

Social Security (Hebrew).

Sociological Focus.

Violence and Victims.

Reviewer of research proposals: 
German-Israeli Foundation.
Israel Science Foundation.
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation.
Joint UGC - ISF Research Grant.
Member of 25 review committees for doctoral students.


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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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