Prof. Liora Findler

Prof.
Coordinator of rehabilitation and health program
Prof. Liora Findler
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Education

1998

Ph.D.

Bar Ilan University, Social Work

1982

M.A.

Haifa University, Social Work

1976

B.A.

Haifa University, Social Work

 

Research Grants

2006: Keren Shalem

2000 – 2001: Jack Levin Scholarship School of social work, University of Southern California

2001: Internal grant - Research Authority, Bar-Ilan University.

 

Papers Presented at Scientific Conferences

 

2008

The 4th European Conference on Positive Psychology (Opatia, Croatia)

“Personal Growth and Quality of Life among Grandparents of Children who Survived Cancer”

2008

University of Sophia (Japan)

“Intergenerational relationships in families of children with disabilities a three fold examination”

2007

Human Mind Human Kind (Denemark)

“A longitudinal evaluation of personal growth among mothers of pre-term twins”

2007

Congress of Twin Studies (Ghent, Belgium)

“Contributors to maternal mental health and marital adaptation one year after the birth of twins: Comparison of mothers of pre-term and full-term twins”

2006

3rd European Conference on Positive Psychology (University of Minho, Braga, Portugal)

“Personal growth of siblings of children with/without mental retardation”

2005

Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World (Beijing, China)

"A longitudinal evaluation of mental health and marital adaptation among mothers of pre-term and full-term, first vs. non-first born twins: The contribution of attachment style, infant's characteristics, and grandmothers' support"

2005

Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World (Beijing, China)

"Grandparents as support providers in families of children with disabilities: A two-fold perspective: mothers and professionals"

2004

European Conference of Positive Psychology (Verbania, Italy)

"A longitudinal examination of mothers’ positive growth following the birth of twins"

2004

The biannual interdisciplinary conference of child development (Haifa, Israel)

"The intergenerational relationship in families of children with developmental disabilities, an emphasis on grandparents"

2003

Rehabilitation Psychology (Tuscon, Arizona, USA)

"Attitudes toward the new law of equal rights for people with disabilities in Israel: Professionals' perspectives"

2001

Society for the Study of Individual Differences (Edinburgh, Scotland)

"The effects of mortality salience on interpersonal relationship: The moderating role of attachment style"

2001

Society for Social Work Research (Washington, USA)

"Cross cultural aspects of diversity and well being in the workplace: An international perspective"

2000

Behavioral and Applied Management (San-Diego, USA)

"Diversity, inclusion and commitment in organizations: International empirical explorations"

2000

Annual Conference of the Israeli Social Workers Association (Tel-Aviv, Israel)

"Social workers' attitudes towards grandparents in families of children with disabilities"

2000

Rehabilitation for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired (Jerusalem, Israel)

"Grandparents in families of children with sensual disabilities"

 

Organization of Scientific Conferences

 

2007

Member of the scientific committee of The International Conference celebrating 20 years of Tsad Kadima. Throughout the life with Cerebral Palsy

2007

Member of the scientific committee of The 5th conference of the Ministry of Welfare, Department in charge of the Mentally Retarded: Meeting Challenges, Chances and Risks (Haifa)

2007

Organization of a mini Conference: The Power of a Story in the Face of Illness and Disability (Rehabilitation concentration at the School of Social Work,  Bar-Ilan University)

2007

Member of the organizing committee of a Conference: Attachment in Infancy and Adulthood (Mifne NGO and the School of Social Work, Bar Ilan University, Rosh Pina)

2007

Member of the organizing committee of the Conference: Accessibility of the Criminal Law for People with Intellectual Disabilities (JDC and the School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan University)

2006

Member of the organizing committee of the convention: Trauma and Post-trauma. The Victor Florian Foundation for Research and Grants on Loss and Coping (Bar-Ilan University)

2006

Member of the scientific committee of The Issy Shapira 5th conference on Partnership for Progress – Policy, Practice and Research (Tel-Aviv)

2006

Member of the scientific committee of The 14th conference of the Israeli organization of child development and rehabilitation: The Triad. (Jerusalem)

2006

Member of the scientific committee for The 5th conference on Loss and Rehabilitation (Division of Rehabilitation, Social Workers Association. Tel-Aviv)

2006

Member of the scientific committee of The 4th Conference of the Division of Rehabilitation (The Social Workers Association,  Tel-Aviv)

2005

Disability, Violence and Guilt (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

2005       

Bi-annual Rehabilitation conference (Tel-Aviv, Israel)

2005

Annual conference of Social work in Pediatrics (Shneider Hospital, Israel)

2003

Bi-annual Rehabilitation Conference (Tel-Aviv, Israel)

2000

Art therapy in the field of rehabilitation (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

 

Additional Information 

 

  • Chair of the Rehabilitation Track in the M.A. Program at the School of Social Work in Bar-Ilan University
  • Fall 2008: Deputy Director – School of Social Work & Head of the BA Committee – School of Social Work
  • Chair of Continuing Education Committee at the School of Social Work in Bar-Ilan University
  • Member of the Rehabilitation Unit in the Israeli Association of Social Workers
  • Member of the Association for Social workers in Pediatrics
  • Member of the Professional Committee of Children at Risk, Ashalim, JDC
  • Member in the Victor Florian Foundation for Research and Grants on Loss and Coping

 

AD-HOC Reviewer of the following journals:

  • Rehabilitation Pediatric
  • Pediatrics
  • Society and Welfare (Hebrew)
  • Social Security     

Publications

Findler, L. (in press). The Experience of Stress and Personal Growth among Grandparents of Children with and without Intellectual Disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.    

Taubman – Ben-Ari, O., Ben Shlomo, S., & Findler, L. (in press). First-time parents’ and grandparents’ perceptions of growth and their associations with self-esteem, cognitive appraisal, and social support: A dyadic approach. Journal of Family Social Work.

Chin, J., Rokach, A., Findler, F., Lev, S., & Kollender, Y. (in Press). The experiences of loneliness among cancer patients and their caregivers. International Journal of Psychology 

Findler, L., Shalev, K., & Barak, A. (2014). Adherence and Adaptation among Adults with CF – A Delicate Balance. Rehabilitation counseling Bulletin, 57, 90-101. 

Findler, L., Taubman – Ben-Ari, O., Nuttman-Shwartz, O., & Lazar, R. (2013). Construction and validation of the Multidimensional Experience of Grandparenthood Set of Inventories (MEG). Social Work Research, 37, 237-253.

Rokach, A., Findler, L., Chin, J., Lev, S., & Kollender, Y. (2013). Cancer patients, their caregivers and coping with loneliness. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 18, 135-144. 

Taubman - Ben-Ari, O., Findler, L., & Ben Shlomo, S. (2013). When couples become grandparents: Factors associated with the growth of each spouse. Social Work Research. 37, 26-36. 

Taubman - Ben-Ari, O., Ben Shlomo, S., & Findler, L. (2012). Personal growth and meaning in life among first-time mothers and grandmothers. Journal of Happiness Studies, 13, 801-820.

Taubman - Ben-Ari, O., Findler, L., & Ben Shlomo, S. (2012). Personal growth and the transition to grandfatherhood. International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 74, 265-285. 

Taubman - Ben-Ari, O., Findler, L., & Sharon, N. (2011). Personal growth in mothers: Examination of the suitability of the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory as a measurement tool. Women and Health, 51, 604-622. 

Vilchinsky, N., Werner, S., & Findler, L. (2010). Gender and attitudes toward people using wheelchairs: A multidimensional perspective. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 53, 163–174.

Vilchinsky, N., Findler, L. & Werner, S. (2010). Attitudes toward people with disabilities: The perspective of attachment theory. Rehabilitation Psychology, 55, 298–306.

Ben-Shlomo, S., Taubman - Ben-Ari, O., Findler, L., Sivan, E., & Dolizki, M. (2010). Becoming a grandmother: Maternal grandmothers' mental health, loss, and growth. Social Work Research, 34, 45-57. 

Findler, L. & Vardy, A. (2008). “Psychological Growth among Siblings of Children with and without Intellectual Disabilities. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  (previously titled Mental Retardation).

Taubman - Ben-Ari, O., Findler, L., Bendet, C., Stanger, V., Ben-Shlomo, S., & Kuint, J. (2008). “Mothers' marital adaptation following the birth of twins or singletons: empirical evidence and practical insights”, Health and Social Work, 3, 189-197.

Findler, L. (2008). “Support behind the scenes: Attitudes and practice of pediatricians and nurses with grandparents of sick children”, Family & Community Health, 31, 317-325.

Findler, L., Wind, L., & Mor-Barak, M.E. (2007). "The challenge of workforce management in a global society: Modeling the relationship between diversity, inclusion, organizational culture, and employee well-being, job satisfaction and organizational commitment”, Administration in Social Work31, 63-94.

Findler, L., Vilchinsky, N., & Werner, S. (2007). "The Multidimensional Attitudes Scale toward persons with disabilities (MAS): Construction and Validation", Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin5, 166-176,

Findler, L. (2007). "Grandparents - the overlooked potential partners: Perceptions and practice of teachers in regular and special education", European Journal of Special Needs22, 199-216.

Findler, L., Ellger-Rüttgardt, S., & Wachtel, G. (2006). "Großeltern als Quelle der Unterstützung in Familien mit behinderten Kindern Die Perspektive von Großeltern, Eltern und Fachleuten im interkulturellen Vergleich", Sonderpädagogische Förderung51, 298-320.

Taubman - Ben-Ari, O., & Findler, L. (2006). "Motivation for military service: A terror management perspective", Military Psychology18, 149-159.

Mor Barak, M., Nutman Shwartz, O., & Findler, L. (2005). "The 'inclusive workplace model' as a response to diversity in workforce in Israel", Avoda, Hevra vemishpat11, 294-309.

Taubman - Ben-Ari, O., & Findler, L. (2005). "Proximal and distal effects of mortality salience on willingness to engage in health promoting behavior along the life span", Psychology & Health20, 303-318.

Findler, L., Taubman - Ben-Ari, O., & Ben-Shlomo, S. (2005). "Self-esteem and willingness to help people with and without disabilities among young Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women", Journal of Religion, Disability and Health9, 67-82.

Findler, L. (2005). "Grandparents as a source of support to families of children with disabilities. A three fold perspective: grandparents, parents and professionals", Hevra verevacha, 25, 395-412.

Vilchinsky, N., & Findler, L. (2004). Attitudes toward Israel's equal rights for people with disabilities law: A multi perspective approach. Rehabilitation Psychology, 49, 309-316.

Findler, L., & Taubman - Ben-Ari, O. (2003). "Social workers' perceptions and practice regarding grandparents in families of children with a developmental disability", Families in Society84, 86-99.

Taubman - Ben-Ari, O., & Findler, L. (2003). "Reckless driving and gender: An examination of a Terror Management Theory explanation", Death Studies27, 603-618.

Mor-Barak, M.E.,  Findler, L., & Wind, L. (2003). "Cross cultural aspects of diversity and well being in the workplace: An international perspective", Journal of Social Work Research and Evaluation4, 145-169.

Taubman - Ben-Ari, O., Findler, L., & Mikulincer, M. (2002). "The effects of mortality salience on relationship strivings and beliefs: The moderating role of attachment style", British Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 419-441.

Florian, V., & Findler, L.S. (2001). "Mental health and marital adaptation among mothers of children with cerebral palsy", American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 358-367.

Mor-Barak, M.E., Findler, L., & Wind, L.H. (2001). "International dimensions of diversity, inclusion, and commitment in work organizations: empirical explorations of two samples in California and in Israel", Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management2, 72-91. 

Findler, L. (2000). "The role of grandparents in the social support system of mothers of children with a physical disability", Families in Society, 81, 370-381.

Sagi, A., Jaffe , M., Tirosh, E., Findler , L., & Harel, J. (1988). "Maternal risk status and outcome measures: A three stage case study in Israel", Child Psychiatry and Human Development19, 137-149.

Malamud, I., Findler, L., & Jaffe, M. (1978). "Group therapy with parents of blind children, Child Health in Israel14, 13-16. (Hebrew)

Courses

7634101 Research seminar
7641701 Mental retardation
7675501 Disability and illness throughout the family life cycle - Seminar
7675601 Disability and illness throughout the family life cycle - Practicum

 

Research

1. Personal, family and social aspects in children and adults with physical or developmental disability.

2. Intergenerational relationships in families from the perspective of the grandparents / the second generation / the children.

3. Formal and informal social support and helping relationship.

4. Rights of people with disabilities – a cross cultural perspective.

5. Personal growth at stress and crisis.