Prof. Ruth Pat-Horenczyk

Full Professor
Room 509

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






in chronological order

January, 2019


Edited books


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


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


Book chapters


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


Papers in refereed Journals


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Other publications:


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