The Division for Advancement and External Relations  

Director of School: Prof. Adina Hartman-Maeir, Ph.D., O.T.
Chairperson, Graduate Program: Shula Parush, Ph.D., O.T.
Deputy Director of School: Naomi Weintraub, Ph.D., O.T.R.
Tel: 972-2-584-5300; Fax: 972-2-532-4985
P.O. Box 24026, Jerusalem 91240
Professor Emeritus:
               Katz, N., Ph.D., O.T.
Associate Professors:
               Hartman-Maeir, A., Ph.D., O.T.
               Parush, S., Ph.D., O.T.
               Weintraub, N., Ph.D., O.T.R.
Senior Lecturer:
               Magen, H., Ph.D.
               Gilboa, Y., Ph.D., O.T.
Additional Instructors:
               Bar-Haim Erez, A., Ph.D., O.T.R.
               Feintuch, U., Ph.D.
               Shenkar, O., Ph.D., O.T.
               Waldman-Levi, A., M.Sc., O.T.
               Yochman, A., Ph.D., O.T.
   The School of Occupational Therapy offers undergraduate and graduate degree
   programs. Research in occupational therapy and occupational science focuses on
   the study of the interaction between, and implications of, occupation and
   health. A wide range of issues and research topics spanning basic and applied
   levels of study are derived from this broad area of interest. Research ranges
   along the life span from children to the elderly, and from the study of daily
   performance, to risk prevention, to intervention applied to individuals with
   disabilities and their rehabilitation.
   Ph.D. 2006, Hebrew Univ.
   E-mail: Tel: 972-2-584-5316; Fax:
   Research Interests:
   Rehabilitation of patients with motor and cognitive neurological deficits (CVA,
   TBI). Ergonomics for adults and children in work and learning environments.
   Research Projects:
   1. Validity and reliability of the VISSTA, a computerized tool for the
   evaluation and treatment of visual spatial deficits: evaluating the efficacy of
   treatment, using the VISSTA, with adults post CVA and evaluating the profile of
   visual spatial skills in children with TBI.
   2. Teachers' awareness of ergonomic factors in schools: Development and
   examination of a questionnaire to assess teachers' knowledge and awareness of
   ergonomic factors effecting children in schools.
   3. Assessing the factors affecting the return to work of individuals
   post hand injury.
   4. Assessing the use of neuron-feedback with patients post stroke
   (specifically patients post right hemispheric stroke with unilateral neglect).
   Ph.D. 2003, Hebrew Univ.; Instructor 2001; Research Associate 2003.
   E-mail: Tel: 972-2-584-5313; Fax:
   Research Interests:
   Technology in rehabilitation.
   Research Projects:
   1. Virtual reality application in rehabilitation.
   2. The role of haptic feedback in task performance.
   3. Treatment of pain.
   4. Implementation of machine learning tools to rehabilitation.
   B.O.T. 1987, Ph.D. 2002, Hebrew Univ.; Teacher 2003.
   E-mail: Tel: 972-2-584-5313; Fax:
   Research Interests:
   Metacognition in neurorehabilitation: the relationship between awareness
   deficits and executive deficits and the performance of functional tasks. The
   effectiveness of treatment methods for rehabilitating individuals with
   metacognitive deficits with acquired or developmental neurodysfunction.
   Research Projects:
   1. Awareness of disabilities: metacognitive knowledge and online
    (a) Individuals with acquired brain injury in post acute
    (b) Individuals with schizophrenia in community-based psychiatric
   rehabilitation programs.
   2. Ecological validity of performance-based executive function measures:
    (a) Prediction from the rehabilitation hospital to the community of
   individuals with acquired brain injury;
    (b) Validity of the "Kettle Test" a cognitive-functional measure in
   stroke rehabilitation and geriatric assessment clinics;
    (c) Relationship between performance on the Color Trails Test (measure
   of executive attention) and the 'On Road' driving assessment in individuals
   with neurological involvement.
   3. Metacognition and participation in daily life after mild traumatic
   brain injury.
   4. Translation and validation of the Behavioral Rating Inventory of
   Executive Functions (BRIEF) in an Israeli population with ADHD.
   5. Translation and validation of the Adult ADHD Quality of Life (AAQoL)
   questionnaire in Israel.
   6. Effectiveness of cognitive training for executive dysfunction in
   individuals with ADHD.
   7. Implementing a client-centered occupation-based program in a long
   term community based facility for stroke survivors.
   8. Long-term health-related outcomes of survivors of terrorist attacks
   and their caregivers.
   O.T. 1963, Hebrew Univ.; Ph.D. 1981, Univ. of Southern California; Instructor
   1981; Lect. 1984; Sen. Lect. 1990; Assoc. Prof. 1995; Prof. 2002; Emerita 2004.
   E-mail: Tel: 972-2-584-5315; Fax: 972-2-532-4985
   Research Interests:
   Cognition and occupation, relationships to health and quality of life.
   Cognitive rehabilitation, evaluation and intervention of individuals with
   neurological deficits and disabilities. Metacognition, awareness to
   abilities/disabilities and executive functions/dysfunctions implications for
   daily activities. Neuronal and behavioral recovery after right hemisphere
   stroke with unilateral spatial neglect (USN). Effectiveness of treatment
   methods. Cross-cultural cognitive performance, comparisons of different
   cultural groups, implications to learning and daily performance.
   Research Projects:
   1. Differential mechanisms of recovery from right hemisphere stroke, using the
   PET and fMRI imaging techniques, behavioral and functional measures.
   2. Treatment effectiveness of phasic alerting for right hemisphere stroke
   patients with USN.
   3. The impact of interactive virtual environment training on independent
   safe-street crossing of older adults and patients following stroke (with Prof.
   Tamar Weiss).
   4. Virtual shopping in the VMall: Effectiveness in treatment of motor and
   executive functions in stroke (with Prof. Tamar Weiss).
   5. Treatment effectiveness of executive function deficits in patients with
   schizophrenia and prediction to daily function.
   6. Dynamic Occupational Therapy Cognitive Assessment (DOTCA) for children,
   validity, reliability and profiles of typical children ages 6-12, children with
   learning disabilities and traumatic brain injury (with Dr. Shula Parush).
   7. The effectiveness of employment in coffee stands for clients with long term
   8. Components contributing to rehabilitation potential after hip replacement in
   the elderly.
   O.T. 1970, Hebrew Univ.; M.A. 1983, Univ. of Southern Calif.; Ph.D. 1994,
   Hebrew Univ.; Lect. 1994; Sen. Lect. 2002.
   E-mail: Tel: 972-2-584-5311; Fax:
   Research Interests:
   Developmental delays in pediatrics: early detection of children with
   developmental delays and preventive intervention. Sensory processing/modulation
   disorder. The school function of children with special needs. Developmental
   coordination disorder (DCD). Dyspraxia.
   Research Projects:
   1. Sensory modulation disorder of preschool children, school-aged
   children and adults in diverse populations.
   2. Sensory processing and pain.
   3. Familial aspects of sensory processing.
   4. The prevalence of DCD and its influence on the functioning of
   children and young adults.
   5. The influence of dyspraxia on the functioning of children with
   learning disabilities.
   6. The school function of children with diverse cognitive and
   sensory-motor capabilities in the mainstreamed school system.
   B.O.T. 1992, Univ. of Haifa and the Technion; M.Sc. 1998, Hebrew Univ.; Ph.D.
   2006, Hebrew Univ.
   E-mail: Tel: 972-2-584-5316; Fax:
   Research Interests:
   Ergonomics for adults and children in work and learning environments.
   Accessibility. Sonification.
   Research Projects:
   1. Development and examination of a questionnaire to assess teachers',
   parents' and students' knowledge and awareness of ergonomic factors affecting
   children in learning environments.
   2. Investigating the accessibility for the physically and sensorily
   disabled to learning institutions.
   3. Developing methods for auditory representation of visual stimuli.
   B.O.T. 1999, Hebrew Univ.; M.Sc. 2002, Hebrew Univ.; Ph.D. Candidate 2006,
   Hebrew Univ.
   E-mail: Tel: 972-2-584-5312; Fax:
   Research Interests:
   Play among children. Mother-child interaction. Abused mother and child play and
   interaction. Intervention efficacy. Parent's involvement in the intervention
   Research Projects:
   1. Development of questionnaires assessing parent's expectations and
   satisfaction from the Occupational Therapy intervention process.
   2. Examining the efficacy of intervention for abused mothers and their
   children on play functions of the child and on mother-child interactions.
   O.T.R. 1982, M.P.H. 1986, Hebrew Univ.; Ph.D. 1996, Univ. of Maryland; Lect.
   E-mail: Tel: 972-2-584-5317; Fax: 972-2-532-4985
   Research Interests:
   School-based occupational therapy, promoting participation and quality of life
   of children in the school system and in the community. Children with learning
   disabilities, specifically dysgraphia: assessment, intervention and the impact
   of these difficulties on the child's participation in school.
   Research Projects:
   1. Learning about handwriting: what does it entail?
   2. Development of handwriting assessments for children in elementary and middle
   3. Examining the efficacy of handwriting intervention programs.
   4. Learning to keyboard: what does it entail?
   5. Quality of school life: perceptions of children, parents and teachers.
   6. Quality of life and participation of children with disabilities.
   B.O.T. 1986, Hebrew Univ.; M.A. 1993, Ph.D. 2006, Hebrew Univ.
   E-mail: Tel: 972-2-584-5309; Fax:
   Research Interests:
   Developmental delays in pediatrics: sensory processing/modulation disorders.
   Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Developmental coordination disorder
   (DCD). Effectiveness of treatment methods in pediatrics.
   Research Projects:
   1. Neuro-developmental profile of preschool children with attention deficit
   hyperactivity disorder.
   2. Sensory modulation disorder in preschool and school-aged children with
   attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
   3. Motor functioning of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
   4. Distinguishing sensory modulation disorder from attention deficit
   hyperactivity disorder.
   5. Effectiveness of sensory-motor and cognitive treatment methods for children
   with DCD.
   6. Effectiveness of parent groups for children with sensory modulation disorder
   on parent coping abilities.


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