The Resilience Research Group


The Resilience Research Group

School of Social Work and Social welfare, Hebrew University


The Resilience Research Group conducts research to learn about the factors that promote or inhibit resilience in the wake of traumatic events and to understand how to foster posttraumatic growth. We run local and international research projects that employ an ecological perspective and focus on risk behaviors, violence in different contexts, racism and macroaggressions, political attitudes and radicalization among youth.


Our Team (in alphabetic order):

Shalhevet Attar Schwartz, Ph.D. is a Full Professor and the Head of the BSW Program at the School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses on the well-being and welfare of children and youth. She has published extensively on: children's functioning and quality of life in out-of-home settings, youth violence, children's rights, intergenerational relationships and its contribution to child well-being, and children's outcomes in various family structures.  


Mona Khoury-Kassabri, Ph.D. is the Dean of the School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Full Professor. Her research evolves around issues related to the welfare of children and youth. She is especially interested in the area of children and youth at risk for becoming perpetrators and victims of violent and delinquent acts. Her research addresses both the factors underlying youth violence, and the ways to prevent victimization and perpetration and promote the welfare and rights of children.

Ruth Pat-Horenczyk, Ph.D. (current head of the group) is a Full Professor at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as certified clinical psychologist. She also is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Clinical Services at Herzog Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma in Jerusalem, Israel. Her current research topics focus on risk and protective factors for childhood PTSD, relational trauma, resilience and posttraumatic growth.


Miriam Schiff, Ph.D. is a Full Professor at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is also the chair of the social work in health care research group. She is interested in the consequences of trauma, especially mass trauma such as community and political violence and disaster such as the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and substance use, bereavement and inequality in the health care system.


Osnat Zamir, Ph.D. is a Lecturer at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is interested in protective factors against transmission of violent family relations across the life span; protective mechanisms against transmission of psychopathology and violent behaviors among family members in the context of stress; effectiveness of evidence-based interventions and prevention programs.


Postdoctoral Fellows

2020- Dr. Anna Harwood-Gross. Research on Moral Injury. Funded by a grant from the School of Social Work, Hebrew University Internal Grant and

2020-  Dr. Esther Schek (Dec 2020-Nov, 2021). Research on Enhancing the emotion regulation skills of children and adolescents through a technology based protocol and the use of Biofeedback. Funded by the Ministry of Absorption.

2016 - 2017   Dr. Leia Saltzman (August 2016- July 2017). Research on Posttraumatic growth trajectories. Funded by Azrielli post-doctorate fellowship.

2016   Dr. Alana Siegel (July 2016- December 2016). Research on Youth Radicalization


Ph.D. Students

2019-present Gabi Bently. Research on: Fear of recurrence and resilience in breast cancer patients, Hebrew University, in progress. Funded by Horizon 2020 (EU.

2018- present Rawan Dahabre. Research on: Trajectories of resilience and posttraumatic growth in women coping with breast cancer. Hebrew University, in progress. Funded by Horizon 2020 (EU).

2017-present Michal Levinski:  Research on: Lifetime Cumulative Adversity and Health in Old Age - Environmental and Personal Aspects.

2016- present Yaffa Stokar. Research on: The effects of End-of-Life care on medical health professionals. Funded by the Center for End of Life Care, The Hebrew University.

2016-present Efrat Saakat. Research on: Integration into Labor Market and Substance Use among IDF Veterans with Disabilities from the Gaza War of 2014.


Research Projects:

2020 - present

COVID–19 research: University Students and the Coronavirus Pandemic. Prof. Miriam SchiffProf. Ruth Pat-Horenczyk, and Prof. Emeritus Rami Benbenishty.

2020 - present

COVID-19 – its perceived impact on health care social worker and social work practice: An International multisite study. Prof. Miriam Schiff


2020 - 2021

A Comparative Study with Offspring of Holodomor and Holocaust Survivors Prof. Ruth Pat-Horenczyk and Dr. Becky Leshem from Achva Academic College with Prof Larysa Zasiekina from Eastern European National University, Ukraine. University of Alberta HREC Research Grant Competition.


2019 - 2021              

Utrecht University with Prof Trudy Mooren from Utrecht University, The Nederland and Dr. Becky Leshem from Achva Academic College. Funded by the two universities joint grant for collaborative research.


2017 - 2021

Predicting Resilience in Breast Cancer Patients for Helping Women to BOUNCE Back – BOUNCE. A collaborative project with Finland, Italy, Portugal, Greece and Israel funded by Horizon 2020



Trauma violence and micro aggression among Jewish and Arab youth. Funded by the school of Social work, Hebrew University.



Radicalization among Youth. Funded by the school of Social Work, Hebrew University


Nov, 2016

International Conference on: Shielding youth from radicalization: A pro-social initiative to build resilience, Hebrew University, Nov 20, 2016


A Research Workshop on Community Resilience by Michael Ungar from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Hebrew University, Nov 22, 2016. Funded by: The Halbert Centre’s Israeli-Canadian Faculty Collaboration Grant.


Selected Publications of the research group (last 5 years)


Under review

Ruth Pat-Horenczyk, R., Bergman, Y.S., Schiff. M, Goldberg, A., Cohen, A., Leshem, B., Jubran, H., Worku-Mengisto, W., Berkowitz, R. & Benbenishty, R. (under review). COVID-19 related difficulties and coping among university students: The moderating role of media-related exposure and stress

Schiff. M., Ruth Pat-Horenczyk, R., Benbenishty, R. (under review). University students coping with COVID-19 challenges: Do they need help?

Schiff, M., Shinan-Altman, S., & Rosenne, H. (under review). Israeli Health Care Social Workers’ Personal and Professional Concerns during the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis: The Work–Family Role Conflict

Schiff, M., Helton, J., & Fu, J. (under review). Adverse childhood experiences and obesity over time.

Schek, E.J., Dias, J., Realdon, O, Schramm-Yavin, S., Pat-Horenczyk, R., Paiva, A., Mantovani, F. (2020, under review). Emoregulators and building resilience: A feasibility study.


In press

Stokar, Y. N., & Pat-Horenczyk, R.  (2020, in press). Effects of End of Life Care on Medical Health Professionals: A Dialectical Approach. Palliative & Supportive Care.



S. Brickman, S, Fox, M. & Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2021). Self-Regulation Capacities in Children Exposed to Trauma. In: C.W. Greenbaum, M. M. Haj-Yahia & C. Hamilton (Eds.) Handbook of Political Violence and Children: Psychosocial Effects, Intervention, and Prevention Policy.  Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190874551.003.0012.



Hamama‐Raz, Y., Hamama, L., Pat‐Horenczyk, R., Stokar, Y. N., Zilberstein, T., & Bron‐Harlev, E. (2020). Posttraumatic Growth and Burnout in Pediatric Nurses: The Mediating Role of Secondary Traumatization and The Moderating Role of Meaning in Work. Stress and Health. First published: 13 November 2020.

Schiff, M., Zasiekina, L., Pat-Horenczyk, R. & Rami Benbenishty (2020). COVID-Related Functional Difficulties and Concerns Among University Students During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Binational Perspective. J Community Health.

Brom, D., Weltman, A., Harwood-Gross, A. & Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2020). Peace of Mind: Enhancing coping and posttraumatic growth among Israeli reservists in the aftermath of combat. Israel Journal of Psychiatry and related Disciplines, 57(1), 4-12.

Pat-Horenczyk, R., Zamir, O., Yochman, A., Schiff, M., Brickman, S., Lerner, M., & Brom, D. (2020). Long-term impact of maternal posttraumatic symptoms on children’s regulatory functioning: A four-year follow-up study. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(2), 131-137.

יובל פלדמן עם 17 מומחים מהאקדמיה...פת-הורנצי'ק (2020). רתימת הציבור להתמודדות עם מגפת      הקורונה: עקרונות מנחים. Academia IL Collective Impact: Covid19.



A. Siegel, S. Brickman, Z. Goldberg & R. Pat-Horenczyk. (2019). Preventing Future Terrorism: Intervening on Youth Radicalization. In: Hoven C., Amsel L., Tyano S. (Eds) An International Perspective on Disasters and Children's Mental Health. Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care. Springer, Cham. Chapter 19 (pp. 391-417).

Pat-Horenczyk, R. & Schiff, M. (2019). Continuous Traumatic Stress and the Life Cycle: Exposure to Repeated Political Violence in Israel. Current Psychiatry Reports, 21, 71.

Hamama-Raz, Y., & Pat-Horenczyk, R., Roziner, I, Perry S. Stemmer, S.  (2019). Can posttraumatic growth after breast cancer promote positive coping? A Cross-Lagged study. Psycho-Oncology. DOI: 10.1002/pon.5017

Yochman, A. & Pat-Horenczyk, R. (2019). Sensory Modulation in Children Exposed to Continuous Traumatic Stress. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma. DOI: 10.1007/s40653-019-00254-4

Hamama, L., Hamama‐Raz, Y., Stokar, Y. N., Pat‐Horenczyk, R., Brom, D., & Bron‐Harlev, E. (2019). Burnout and perceived social support: The mediating role of secondary traumatization in nurses vs. physicians. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 75(11), 2742-2752. doi: 10.1111/jan.14122. 

Georgios C. ManikisRuth Pat-HorenczykDimitrios I FotiadisManolis TsiknakisPanagiotis SimosKonstantina KourouPaula Poikonen- Saksela, Haridimos Kondylakis, Evangelos C KarademasKostas MariasDimitrios G KatehakisLefteris Koumakis & Angelina Kouroubali (2019). Computational Modeling of Psychological Resilience Trajectories During Breast Cancer Treatment Conference: 2019 IEEE 19th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering (BIBE). October 2019. DOI: 10.1109/BIBE.2019.00082.

Evangelos Chatzidimitriou, Eleni Kolokotroni, Ruth Pat-Horenczyk, Shlomit Perry, Yaira Hamama-Raz, Salomon M. Stemmer, Chariklia Tziraki, and Georgios S.Stamatakos, “In-silico systems for well-being: Artificial Intelligence based analysis of psychological, mental, functional and quality of life aspects of life after breast cancer treatment,” Book of Abstracts, VPH2020 (Virtual Physiological Human Conference 2020), Paris, France (online), 24-28 August 2020, pp. 573-574.



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: 10.1080/10615806.2018.1454740

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).



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 10.1002/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: 10.1007/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: 10.1177/0886260517725738.

Brom, D., Stokar, Y., Lawi, C., Nuriel‐Porat, V., Ziv, Y., Lerner, K., & Ross, G. (2017). Somatic experiencing for posttraumatic stress disorder: a randomized controlled outcome study. Journal of traumatic stress, 30(3), 304-312. DOI: 10.1002/jts.22189

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. E (Eds) eHealth 360°. Springer International Publishing, pp.169-174. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-49655-9_23.



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: 10.1177/1534735415607318.

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:  10.1037/tra0000094.         

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