Prof. Yochay Nadan

Associate Professor
Room 530

Prof. Yochay Nadan

Associate Professor


Research Interests:

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


Current Research Projects:

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

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


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

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


Cultural Competence and Language Accessibility

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


Publications (Within the Past Five Years):

Edited Book

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

Chapters in Collections

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

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

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

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

Articles in Refereed Journals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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