Prof. Ofra Mayseless | פרופ׳ עפרה מייזלס

Department of Counseling and Human Development

University of Haifa

Prof. Ofra Mayseless

99 Aba Khoushy Ave., Mount Carmel Haifa, 3498838, Israel

Room 518, Education and Sciences Building

 972-48240911 (office); 972-506200242

Professor of Developmental Psychology and a Clinical psychologist

 Head of The Center for the Study of Spirituality

A multi-university center based at the University of Haifa

(The center has been approved by the University of Haifa and is currently under construction)

The Center's Objectives are:

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 and Initiatives

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  The first academic graduate program in Israel that integrates mind, body and spirit in psychotherapy. (Mayseless is the initiator of the specialization and its head)


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 dedicated to Contemplative Education (2018)

Gates to Spirituality in Psychotherapy and Counselling (2019)

Additional Information

Ouri Mayseless Web site האתר לזכרו של אורי מייזלס 

The Caring Motivation: An integrated theory 

A new authored Book published by Oxford University Press!  (New Window)

Parenting Representations: Theory, Research and Clinical Implications (New Window).

An edited book published by Cambridge University Press

View Book's dedication (New Window)


 The Israeli Conferences for the Study of Contemporary Spiritualities (New Window)

General Select Publications on Spirituality

My Writings On Spirituality


Academic Resources