Dr. Yochay Nadan


Research Interests:

Diversity and multiculturalism; culturally competent and context-informed social work practice, training and education; Neglect, abuse, and risk among children and families from a multicultural perspective; LGBT community; family therapy; narrative therapy.


Current Research Projects:


Parents and Professionals Perceptions Regarding Risk and Protection of Children

The risk and protection group is triangulating perceptions of parents and professionals (e.g. social workers, teachers, community leaders) regarding the topics of children at risk, child abuse and neglect as well as protective variables. The studies are conducted in Israel (in diverse communities, such as with immigrants and refugees, the Ultra-Orthodox, Bedouins, etc.) and abroad. We aim to: 1) Document communalities and differences in perceptions of various communities and to compare the views of parents and professionals. 2) Learn about perceptions of professionals, both professionals from the studied communities and those who are not from within the communities. 3) Discover ways to promote the protection and safety of children. 4) Document available interventions for children at risk and their utilization by different communities as well as learn about advantages and challenges of utilizing these programs. 5) Learn about context specific community enhanced interventions in different communities. The data contributes both to theory and practice in the area of risk and protection.

Research Team: Prof. Dorit Roer-Strier, Dr. Yochay Nadan, Dr. Sara Zalcberg, Dr. Brie Radis, Mr. Netanel Gemara, Ms. Shelly Engdau-Vanda, Ms. Lital Yona, Ms. Rivky Keesing

[ISF Grant numbers: 1935/15; 1958/17).


LGBT community: Children, adolescents, young adults and their families

This research group aims to broaden our understanding regarding the lives of children and families in the LGBT community. We adopt an intersectional, resilience, and a human rights approaches to study a variety of topics including: parenthood in same sex families, risk and protection of children in same sex families, and the inclusion of transgender students in the academic arena, transgender young adults who reside in halfway houses.

Research team: Dr. Yochay Nadan, Dr. Michal Komem [Sapir Academic College], Dr. Maya Tzfati, Dr. Brie Radis, Ms. Tchelet Mashkevich, Mr. Netanel Biton (alumni)


A Context Informed Perspective to the Study of Refugees' and Asylum Seekers’ Lives
This research group aims to broaden the often-limited view and understanding of refugees and asylum seekers lives. By employing qualitative methodologies, based on a context-informed approach, the group studies the topic of refugees and asylum seekers in Israel and in Europe. The members of the group are researching a variety of topics including: unaccompanied minors; parenthood, risk and protection of children; the “triadic” relationship between social workers; and interpreters and refugees in social services.

Research team: Dr. Yochay Nadan, Prof. Mimi Ajzenstadt, Lior Birger, Or Kedem, Sabita Deshemaru (alumni)


Parent Education/Support Programs in Welfare Services
This research group focuses on exploring the practice of “parent education” or “parent support programs” in the context of public welfare services. We aim to develop knowledge regarding its theoretical foundations, its relevance for diverse populations (people living in poverty, ethnic minority groups etc.) as well as its outcomes. The current study is entitled: Perspectives of parents and professionals regarding parent education/support programs in welfare services.

Research Team:  Dr. Yochay Nadan, Dr. Carmit Katz [Tel-Aviv University], Zohar Sharvit, Eliya Shemer


Cultural Competence and Language Accessibility
This research group is interested in promoting studies related to language accessibility of different populations, for example, the practice of interpretation and intercultural mediation, the experience of the professional relationship in a translated conversation and organizational preparation for community interpretation. We aim to develop knowledge to inform policy and practice in order to improve services operating with diverse populations. The current study is entitled: Community interpretation in the social services: An exploratory study.

Research Team: Dr. Orna Shemer, Dr. Yochay Nadan, Ms. Tamar Schwartz, Ms. Lior Birger


 Developing modernized curricula on immigrants’ and refugees’ lives

[With Prof. Dorit Roer-Strier, HUJI] (Erasmus+ grant, PI Prof. Julia Mirsky, BGU).




Nadan, Y. (2019). Outsider witness groups as a means of professional growth in family therapy training: An exploratory qualitative study. Family Process. (Epub ahead of print) https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12452  


Nadan, Y. & Korbin, J. (2019). Cultural context, intersectionality, and child Vulnerability. Childhood Vulnerability Journal. (Epub ahead of print)


Nadan, Y., Gemara, N., Keesing, R., Bamberger, E., Roer-Strier, D., & Korbin, J. (2019). “Spiritual Risk”: A parental perception of risk for children in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. British Journal of Social Work, 49(5), 1198-1215.  https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcy092  


Nadan, Y. & Kaye Tzadok, A. (2019). The virtual arena: A call for a new domain of child subjective well-being. Child Indicators Research, 12(2), 461-477. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12187-018-9530-y


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



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



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



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


Nadan, Y., & Stark, M. (2017). The pedagogy of discomfort: Enhancing reflectivity on stereotypes and bias. British Journal of Social Work, 47(3), 683-700. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcw023


Nadan, Y. (2017). Rethinking ‘Cultural Competence’ in international social work. International Social Work, 60(1), 74–83.



Nadan, Y., Weinberg-Kurnik, G. & Ben-Ari, A. (2016). The political dimension of multicultural social work education. Journal of Social Work, 16(3), 362-379. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468017315579152


Segev, E., & Nadan, Y. (2016). Facing reality: Context-oriented reflection in social work education. British Journal of Social Work, 46(2), 427-443.



Nadan, Y. (2016). Re-visiting stereotypes: Enhancing cultural awareness through a web-based tool. Journal of Social Work Education, 52(1), 50-56. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2016.1113054


Nadan, Y. (2016). Child protection in multicultural context. In B. Schwarzer, U. Kämmerer-Rütten, A. Schleyer-Lindenmann, & Y. Wang (Eds.), Transnational Social Work and Social Welfare: Challenges for the Social Work Profession (pp. 181-185). New York, NY: Routledge.


Nadan, Y., Spilsbury, J. & Korbin, J. (2015). Culture and context in understanding child maltreatment: Contributions of intersectionality and neighborhood-based research. Child Abuse & Neglect, 41, 40-48.



Weinberg-Kurnik, G., Nadan, Y. & Ben-Ari, A. (2015). It takes three for dialogue: Considering a triadic structure of intergroup encounter. International Journal of Conflict Management, 26(1), 68–84.



Nadan, Y., Weinberg-Kurnik, G. & Ben-Ari, A. (2015). Bringing context and power relations to the fore: Intergroup dialogue as a tool in social work education. British Journal of Social Work, 45(1), 260–277.



Nadan, Y. & Ben-Ari, A. (2015). Social work education in the context of armed political conflict: An Israeli perspective. British Journal of Social Work, 45(6), 1734-1749.



Kurnik, G., Nadan, Y. & Ben-Ari, A. (2015). Encountering the "Other", encountering ourselves: Inter-group dialogue as a means for developing critical reflectivity in multicultural society. Society & Welfare, 35(3), 423-447. (Hebrew).


Nasim, R., Nadan,Y. & Seligman, S. (2015). The process of witnessing in couples therapy with survivors of childhood abuse and their partners. Sihot, 30(1), 43-52. (Hebrew)


Nadan, Y. & Ben-Ari, A. (2013). What can we learn from rethinking “multiculturalism” in social work education? Social Work Education, 32(8), 1089–1102.



Nasim, R. & Nadan, Y. (2013). Couples therapy with childhood sexual abuse survivors (CSA) and their partners: Establishing a context for witnessing. Family Process, 52(3), 368-377.



Korin-Langer, N. & Nadan, Y. (2012). Social work in diverse, multicultural society. In M. Hovav, E. Lawental & J. Katan (Eds.), Social Work in Israel (pp. 506-526). Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad. (Hebrew)