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Michael Barak, Ph.D., is senior researcher at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and a lecturer at Lauder School of Government Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya. He is Team Leader of the Global Jihad & Jihadi Websites Monitoring Group and Team Research Manager of the ICT Cyber-Desk. Dr. Barak holds a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University and specializes in Salafi and Sufi organizations; Global Jihad; Modern Egypt; Social Media Networks in the Arab world and Cyber-Terror.
Rony Berger, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer on the faculty of Emergency Medicine at Ben-Gurion University and a senior member of the PREPARED center for emergency response research as well as on the faculty of the Stress, Crisis and Trauma program at Tel Aviv University. He is on the advisory board of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, where he assisted in designing the Compassion Cultivating Training program. Dr. Berger was a part of the Mind and Life Institute that developed the mindfulness and compassion educational program Call To Care. Dr. Berger has lectured, consulted and held workshops for a wide range of world organizations including such as FEMA, Red Cross, CDC, DMHAS, WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR and UNOCA and has led numerous humanitarian delegations around the world in the aftermath of major disasters. He has published two books, wrote numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and authored several chapters.
Jeffrey DeMarco, Ph.D., is a criminological and forensic psychological researcher, with a range of experience in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and research expertise focusing within the field of procedural justice and policing; vulnerability; adolescents and crime; and violence prevention. He is the principal investigator on a Police Innovation Fund digital expansion of the Volunteer Police Cadets, including the measuring of key variables linked to cadets’ lifestyle risk and wellbeing, psychopathology, and their willingness to engage with the police in on-going investigations. He has recently finalized a project managing a European Commission ISEC investigation exploring collaborative practices in the prevention, intervention and policing of online childhood sexual abuse, with an additional focus on adolescent online victimization and outcomes in early adulthood, including lifestyle resilience/risk and psychopathology. Jeffrey has worked with both British and European police in training on online radicalization and intervention strategies, as well as having worked in conflict zones in establishing better practices between military personal and local communities. He is a member of the UKCCIS Evidence Group and a Research Director with NatCen Social Research, as well as holding an associate lectureship in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. He sits on the scientific advisory board for the FDE Institute of Criminology in Mantua.
Boaz Ganor, Ph.D., is the Dean and the Ronald Lauder Chair for Counter-Terrorism at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, as well as the Founder and Executive Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya. Prof. Ganor serves as the Founding President of the International Academic Counter-Terrorism Community (ICTAC), an international association of academic institutions, experts, and researchers in fields related to the study of terrorism and counter-terrorism. Prof. Ganor has given briefings and testimonies to the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), the Australian Parliament, the United States Congress, the US Army, the FBI, the US Department of Homeland Security, as well as numerous intelligence, security and police services throughout the world.
Heide Glaesmer, Ph.D. is the head of the working group “Psychotraumatology and migration research” and the vice head of the Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology at the University of Leipzig. She is member of the International Network for Interdisciplinary Research on Children Born of War (INIRC) (www.childrenbornofwar.org) and the director of training of the EU-funded Innovative Training Network “Children born of war” (www.chibow.org). Her recent scientific work includes studies about process of migration and adjustment from a psychological perspective as well as studies on mental disorders and resilience in minor and adult refugees. Dr. Glaesmer published more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters and has experience in the organization of scientific meetings. She is one of the editors of the scientific journal “Trauma und Gewalt” (Klett-Cotta), associate editor of “BMC Psychiatry” and member of the scientific board of the journal “Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Medizinische Psychologie” (Thieme Verlag). Her scientific work was awarded with the Falk-von-Reichenbach-Award 2014. At the moment several research projects addressing mental health of adult and minor refugees are conducted under her direction.
Muhammad Haj-Yahia, Ph.D. Is a full professor at the School of Social Work at the Hebrew University. His research interests are: wife abuse and battering; exposure of children, youth, and young adults to violence in their families of origin; exposure of children and youth to community violence; exposure of children and their parents to political violence; mental health consequences of child maltreatment; school violence; the socio-cultural and socio-political context of violence against women.
Danny Hamiel, Ph.D. is the director of the educational intervention unit of the Cohen Harris Resilience Center, the head of the Cognitive-Behavioral unit, Tel Aviv Community Mental Health Center- and a senior lecturer in the Ivcher School of Psychology, at IDC Herzliya. Dr. Hamiel leads an educational resilience program that was accepted by the Ministry of Education to be part of the regular educational curriculum of every child in Israel at the Cohen Harris Resilience Center. Dr. Hamiel is a supervisor clinical and medical psychologist. He teaches CBT workshops abroad. Currently, Dr. Hamiel is also involved in developing and performing other resilience programs in the community: With physicians in hospitals, in the primary care, with autistic children and with the elderly. He is a pioneer in developing internet protocols for treating a variety of psychological disorders.
Shaul Kimhi, Ph.D., has been Head of the Psychology Department at Tel Hai College from 2009 to 2016. Dr. Kimhi is a longstanding member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the International Society for Political Psychology (ISPP), International Political Science Association (IPSA). His main areas of research are resilience and coping with stress, political psychology, psychology of terrorism, and army psychology.
Rolf Kleber, Ph.D., is a professor of Psychotraumatology at Utrecht University, the moving force of Arq Research and supervisor of most PhD graduates. His research and teaching fields are: conceptual issues concerning traumatic stress, general processes of coping with traumatic experiences, work related trauma and brief interventions, (late) sequelae of war and disasters, and cross-cultural aspects of health, trauma and illness. He is a consultant and advisor in the field of trauma care and mental health after serious life events, such as large scale calamities and disasters for rescue workers and other victims etc. He has developed various intervention programs for trauma-affected populations in The Netherlands and abroad. He was a trainer and consultant in 'Mental Health Programs' (e.g. on behalf on Médecins sans Frontiéres and HealthNet International) in war- and disaster-stricken areas abroad (e.g. Bosnia-Herzegovina). Prof. Kleber has conducted and supervised various research projects on psychotherapy of posttraumatic stress disorder, work related trauma and intervention programs, late sequelae of war stress, psychosocial consequences of disasters, health issues of refugees, and cross-cultural aspects of mental health.
Yuriy Nesterko, Ph.D. studied psychology (2005-2010) and creative writing (2010-2013) at the University of Leipzig. His diploma thesis was on health-related quality of life and satisfaction with life in immigrants compared to native German population and his recently finished Ph.D. thesis focuses on mental and physical health among Jewish immigrants from the Former Soviet Union living in Germany and Israel. At at the Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, he is now coordinating the research project “Mental distress among refugees in Saxony”, founded by Roland-Ernst-Stiftung für Gesundheitswesen. He is also conducting the qualitative research on unaccompanied minor refugees at the department. His research concentrates on cultural adjustment and integration process in different groups of immigrants and in refugee populations in light of their mental and physical health. His methodological expertise includes culture-sensitive approach in psychological diagnostics and cross-cultural comparison.
Inkje Kristin Sachau, M.A., is a project assistant at the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences at the Erfurt University of Applied Sciences. She is also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, Department of Social Work. Inkje's fields of interests include International Relations, youth work, children's rights, peacebuilding, conflict transformation, dealing with the past particularly in former Yugoslavia.
Esther Judith Schek, Ph.D., graduated from the Catholic University of Sacred Heart of Milan, Italy, with a Master degree cum laude in Developmental Psychology with a focus on stressful events and resilience in an Italian sample of adolescents compared with an Israeli comparison group. Dr. Schek complete her Ph.D. at Milano-Bicocca University. She wrote her thesis “ Positive technologies for promoting emotion regulation abilities in adolescents” in collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma (ICTP), (Israel) and with the Instituto Superior Tecnico e il Grupo de Agentes Inteligentes e Personagens Sintéticas (GAIPS), (Portugal). Dr. Schek is an adjunct professor at Milano-Bicocca University and she is continuing her work on the development of a technology-advanced protocol for the enhancement of the stress management and emotion regulation abilities in children and adolescents. Dr. Schek's interests are on resilience and wellbeing, the influence of culture on the processes of expression and recognition of emotions, as well as on Serious Games, virtual reality, Human Computer Interaction and biofeedback.
Nimrod Sheinman, BSc, ND, is a naturopathic physician, founder and director of Israel’s Center for Mindfulness in Education, and co-founder of Israel's Center for Mind-Body Medicine. With the support of Israel’s Ministry of Education, he initiated Israel’s first mindfulness in schools’ project, which has reached numerous children, teachers, school psychologists, therapists and parents. He teaches and presents mind-body and mindfulness-based perspectives in hospitals, universities, centers and international conferences in Israel, USA, Canada, Europe and Australia. He is engaged in mindfulness-based initiatives, trainings and research projects in various schools of education, elementary schools, training centers and youth clinics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Slone, Ph.D. is Professor of Child Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychological Sciences at Tel Aviv University. She is Director of the Laboratory for the Study of Resilience in Children and a member of the executive council of the Adler Center for Research in Child Development and Psychopathology at Tel Aviv University. She is also former Director of the Child Clinical Graduate Program in the School of Psychological Sciences. Michelle completed her graduate degrees and clinical training in South Africa and her PhD at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Her research interests include the effects of violence, political violence, trauma and deprivation on youth, the factors that enhance resilience and coping, and primary and secondary intervention. She is one of the foremost authorities on the effects on children of growing up in conditions of intractable conflict. A special interest has been empirical investigation of the efficacy of school-based intervention programs to enhance the resilience of the masses of children affected by war, terrorism and political conflict. In addition, she has studied and published widely on the interaction between the media and terrorism. These research foci have significant developmental, educational and clinical implications. She has been a prolific author of empirical, theoretical and review articles and book chapters on this wide-ranging research.
Alexander Stauß, M.A. Social Work, post-graduate position at the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, doctoral candidate at the University of Kassel (Faculty of Social Sciences). He did his internship for five months in the townships of Johannesburg, South Africa and returned another half year to pursue scientific research and workshops for his doctoral thesis. For four years he worked as a social worker in the open youth work in Erfurt, Germany and for seven years as a caregiver with people with disability in Würzburg, Germany.
Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Child, Family and Community resilience at Dalhousie University where he founded and directs the Resilience Research Centre. He has designed multisite longitudinal research and evaluation projects in collaboration with organizations as diverse as The Human Development and Education Branch of the World Bank, NATO, The Red Cross, and national public health agencies. With over $8M in funded research, Dr. Ungar’s research projects span more than a dozen low, middle, and high-income countries, with many focused on the resilience of internally displaced children and families, refugee and immigrant youth populations. More recently, Dr. Ungar’s research has included studies on resilience to violent extremism in communities experiencing structural disadvantage and social marginalization.
Sagit Yehoshua, Ph.D., is an applied criminologist, specializing in the profiling and the psychology of terrorism. She holds a Bachelors degree in criminology and Middle East studies and a Masters degree in Applied Criminology from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel. Sagit completed her PhD thesis, "The Social-psychology profile of terrorist leaders in Israeli prisons" at King’s College London University, in 2013. Her work involves years of researching and teaching the mind-set and conduct of individuals and groups involve in terrorism and political violence. Sagit is a Research Fellow at Institute of Counter-Terrorism (I.C.T.), Inter-Disciplinary Centre, Herzliya, Israel, and also joined ICSR - International Centre for the Study of De-radicalisation, at King's College London as an Atkin Research Fellow in 2009.