Professor of Developmental Psychology and a Clinical psychologist

 Head of the Multi-University Center for the Study of Spirituality

Previous Academic and Professional Appointments

Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa (2006-2012)

Head of Pedagogical Affairs, Ministry of Education Israel (2012-2013) (the highest national authority on curriculum and pedagogy) 


Research Interests

Attachment, caring, parents-children relationships, transition to adulthood , Spiritual Development, search for meaning


 Current projects

Teaching with the Heart and Mind   A translational research project with five principal investigators from the University of Haifa and Bar Ilan University

Funded by Israel Science Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education as a center of excellence dedicated to study the Incorporation of 21st Century Skills in Elementary Schools 

A MOOC - Massive Online Open Course  Yes We Care: Creating a Benevolent Culture in Education (A collaboration of four academic institutions)

Jewish Psychotherapy  A pioneering study on integrating spirituality in psychotherapy

Funded by the John Templeton Foundation and the participation and direction of Brigham Young University

MA Specialization in Integrative Psychotherapy Mind-Body-Spirit  Initiator and head of the first academic graduate program that integrates mind, body and spirit in psychotherapy.


Organization of Conferences (in collaboration with others)

The Israeli Conference on Contemporary Spiritualities now at its 9th year (started 2009)

Contemplative Pedagogy The first Israeli conference dedicate to contemplative education (2018)

Gates to Spirituality in Psychotherapy and Counselling (2019)


Academic Resources