Prof. Rachel Dekel

Prof.
Prof. Rachel Dekel
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Education

1999

Ph.D.

Tel-Aviv University, School of Social Work

1993

M.A.

Hebrew University, School of Social Work (Graduated Cum Laude)

1990

B.A.

Hebrew University, School of Social Work (Graduated Cum Laude)

 

Research Grants

2016

The Israeli ministry of defense: the families wing (Co-PI with Nuttman-Shwartz, O.):

The re-instatement of government benefits to widows of military veterans: characterizations and implications

2015

WIZO (Co-PI with Dr. Ben-Porat):

The experience of men who turn for assistance to Violence Prevention Centers in Israel

2013

Israel Science Foundation: Research workshop grant:

Trauma and the family: a life span perspective

2012

I- CORE: Israeli Centers of Research Excellence: 

Mass Trauma

2012

The Israeli Ministry of Defense, The Rehabilitation Wing:

Implementation of the evaluation report on the unique needs of IDF disabled women 

2011

The Rehabilitation Wing, The Israeli Ministry of Defense:

Evaluating the unique needs of women with disabilities.

2011

The Israeli Ministry of Social Affairs. With Dr. Ben-Porat and Prof. Itzhaky, Bar Ilan University.

Research Project: Ministry of Social Affairs - a  longitudinal study on battered women in shelters.

2011

University of Minnesota - Co PI with Prof. Abi Gewirtz.

Research Project: The role of parents in Israeli families exposed to political violence.

2011

Israel Science Foundation - Principal Investigator.

Research Project: Couples' adaptation following the Second Lebanon War.  

2010

The Israel Ministry of Immigrant Absorption. With Dr Ben-Porat and Prof Itzhaki, Bar Ilan University.

Research Project: A follow-up research on new-immigrant battered women staying in shelters.

2010

The Israeli Ministry of Health. With Prof. Soskolne, Bar Ilan University.

Research Project: The consequences of chronic exposure to security threats on glycemic control in patients with diabetes mellitus.

2006

Meir General Hospital.

Research Project:  Follow-up of Lebanon War 2 victims.

2004

Meir General Hospital.

Research Project:  Follow-up of terrorist victims.

2004

The Rachel and J. L. Gewurz Center for Gender Research, the Program in Gender Studies, Bar-Ilan University.

Research Project: Motherhood in terror.

2003

Israel Science Foundation - Co-Principal Investigator with Prof. Solomon, Tel-Aviv University.

Research project: Psychological aftermath of being a prisoner of war: A Longitudinal Study of the Yom-Kippur War.

2003

Rehabilitation Wing, Israel Ministry of Defense - Principal investigator in collaboration with Prof. Solomon and Prof Bleich.

Research project: Evaluation of mental disability among veterans with PTSD.

2001

Internal grant by the Committee for the Promotion of Research, Bar Ilan University.

Research project: Psychological aftermath of being a prisoner of war: A Longitudinal Study of the Yom-Kippur War.

 

Additional Information

2012-2016: Head of  the School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan University.

2012-present: Member of Information Committee: Social Work Council of Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services

2010-2012: Deputy Director and Chair of Bachelor's Degree Program, the School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan Universuty.

2011: Member of Disciplinary Committee (Bar-Ilan University).

2009-present: Member of the Committee for Advanced Graduate Students (The Faculty of Social Sciences).

2004-present: Editorial board: Anxiety, Stress, & Coping.

2004-present: Reviewer of Journals.

2009-present: Reviewer of abstracts for International conferences:

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies- Program Deputy, Atlanta.

13TH ESTSS Conference (European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies), Bologna.    

2009: The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies- Program Deputy, Atlanta.

2004-present: Reviewer of research proposal: Israel Academy of Science and Humanities (ISF); Bi-national Foundation of Science (BSF); The Haruv Institute` Health & Medical Research Fund - The Government of Hong Kong, SAR

2004: Guest editor, Society and Welfare: Special issue: The impact of ongoing terror on the Israeli society (Hebrew).

 

Organization of Scientific Conferences

2004: "Conservation of Resources Theory: Stress and Trauma” Guest Lecturer: Prof. Steven Hobfoll, University of Kent, in collaboration with the Department of Psychology

2009: Program Deputy: The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Atlanta, U.S.A.

2012: Scientific Committee: From Helplessness to Active Coping Tel- Hai College

2014: Organization of Research Workshop: ISF International Conference on Trauma and the Family: A Life Span Perspective          

 

Voluntary activities

Information Committee, Social Work Council, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services - operates within the Social Workers' Act - 1991. The Committee is authorized to rule on issues related to providing information by Social Workers.

2016 – On the Board of Directors of The Rackman Center, which works towards the advancement of the status of women, Bar-Ilan University

 

Publications

www.racheldekel.com/publications.html

 

Papers Presented at Scientific Conferences

2013

13th ESTSS Conference: Trauma and its clinical pathways: PTSD and beyond (Bologna, Italy)

"Ambiguous loss PTSD and marital relations: To be a therapist and a parent in shared trauma situations"

2012

The First Annual International Women & War Conference: Building an Interdisciplinary Dialogue (Hydra, Greece)

"The effects of combat related PTSD on female spouses: lessons learned from the Israeli experience"

2012

Therapists at the Front: Symposium for Youth Law Officials (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

"Developmental trauma in children suffering from violence within the family"

2012

Trauma through the Life Cycle (Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel).

"The effects of PTSD: Dyadic perspective"

2011

Public Health School Columbia University (NYC, U.S.A.)

"Together and alone: The effects of PTSD on marital relations"

2011

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (Baltimore, U.S.A.)

"Multiple losses of social resources following collective trauma: The case of the forced relocation from Gush Katif"

2011

25th European Health Psychology Conference (Crete)

"The contribution of marital satisfaction to depressive symptoms following acute coronary syndrome: Testing dyadic dynamics in a longitudinal design"

2011

The 5th Scientific Conference in remembrance of Prof` Victor Florian (Ramat-Gan, Israel).

"Together and alone: Marital relationship in the shade of PTSD"

2011

Society for Social Work and Research (Florida, U.S.A.)

"Secondary Traumatization among Adult Offspring of Male Veterans with PTSD: The Role of the Mother-Child Relationship"

2010

Ashkelon Academic College (Ashkelon, Israel)

"The consequences of veterans post-traumatic distress on their spouses"

2010

Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University (Indianapolis,U.S.A.)

"Veterans with PTSD and their Spouses: Mechanisms of Transmission of Distress"

2009

The international society for traumatic stress studies (Atlanta, U.S.A.)

"Trapped in captivity"

2009

Trauma Coalition for Response and Preparedness (Sapir Academic College, Sderot, Israel)

"Traumatizing Shared Reality, the case of the South of Israel"

2009

Ashkelon Academic College (Ashkelon, Israel)

"Secondary traumatization among workers who therapists"

2008

The international society for traumatic stress studies  (Chicago, USA)

“The adjustment of Israeli young  adolescents following the Second Lebanon War”

2008

The international society for traumatic stress studies  (Chicago, USA)

“The contribution of ways of coping and sense of belonging in times of ongoing terror”

2008

School of Education, Harvard University (Boston, USA)

“Children in the face of terror”

2008

VA National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Sciences Division (Boston, USA)

“Trapped in captivity:  Secondary traumatization and growth among wives of former prisoners of  war“

2008

School of Social Work, Boston University (Boston, USA)

“The consequences of captivity on veterans and their spouses: Lessons learned from the Israeli experience”

2006

The IXth European Congress of Psychology (Athens, Greece)

“PTSD and Post Traumatic Growth Following Qassam Attacks:
Correlations and contributing factors among development town and kibbutz residents”

2005

 

Adler research center for child welfare and protection (Tel-Aviv, Israel)

Secondary traumatization among children of veterans with PTSD

2004

 

25th International Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (Amsterdam, Holland)

Does acute stress disorder predict PTSD: Longitudinal results from a follow-up study of victims of a terror attack

2004

 

The international society for traumatic stress studies (New Orleans, U.S.A.)

Secondary traumatization among spouses of ex-POWs

2003

 

The XI Annual Conference of the Israel Psychiatric Association (Haifa, Israel)

The role of social disability in assessing psychological disability among PTSD veterans

2003

 

Social Workers in General Hospitals (Jerusalem, Israel)

Longitudinal follow up of terror victims

2003

 

The 8th European Congress of Psychology (Vienna, Austria)

The role of personality resources in coping with captivity

2002

 

The X Annual Conference of Gender and Women's Studies (Tel-Aviv, Israel)

From front line to home front

2001

 

Evaluating Shelters for Run-Away Youth (Tel-Aviv, Israel)

Evaluation of shelters for homeless youths:  Do they meet the youths' needs

2001

 

Conference of Social Workers in Mental Health Services (Maaela Hamischa, Israel)

The ongoing trauma of the battered women

2000

The X Annual Conference of the Israel Psychiatric Association (Jerusalem, Israel)

"The role of social disability in assessing psychological disability among PTSD veterans"

2000

Personality and Trauma (Warsaw, Poland)

"Coping with war captivity"

2000

PYRGOS International Conference on Violence in the Family (Nicosia, Cyprus)

"The complex relationship between the private mother and the general mother in shelters for battered women"

1996

Second World Conference of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (Jerusalem, Israel)

"Posttraumatic residuals of captivity: A follow up of Israeli ex-POWs"

Courses

7621201 - Methods of group intervention

7666001 - Coping with stress, crisis and trauma

7667901 - Thesis seminar

7699301 - Workshop for doctoral students

Research

1. Coping and adjustment following traumatic events

2. Secondary traumatization: The implications of traumatic events on the family system and on the therapists

3. Domestic violence

4. Gender and disability