Dr. Yael Karni Visel

Fields of Interest

People with disabilities and their families; Interview skills; Early childhood; Child development


    Higher Education

    Undergraduate and Graduate Studies


    Name of Institution and Department

    Period of Study

    (with Distinction)

    University of Haifa-School of Social Work                                                                                         




    (Dean’s List)

    University of Haifa-

    School of Social Work




    University of Haifa-

    School of Social Work




    Post-Doctoral Studies

    Name of Host

    Name of Institution and Department/Lab

    Period of Study

    Prof. Michael E. Lamb

    Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge,

    Cambridge, UK

    September 2017 – August, 2019



    Scholarly Positions and Activities outside the University

    Memberships in Academic Professional Associations


    Member of the Israeli Audit Committee of the Child Development Association

    2013 - 2018

    Member of the Israeli Child Development Association

    2013 - Present


    Member of the American Psychology-Law Society (APLS)

    2017 - present

    Member of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (IIIRG)

    2018 - present


    Reviewing for Refereed Journal


    Reviewing for Refereed Journals:

    Legal and Criminological Psychology

    IF 2016= 1.822

    R 2016= Law: 25/149 (Q1)

    Child Maltreatment

    IF 2017= 2.984

    R 2017= Family Studies: 3/43 (Q1); Social Work: 2/42 (Q1)

    2015 - present



    Scholarships, Awards and Prizes

    Source of scholarship

    For what purpose


    Hasia Foulks Foundation

    First prize for excellence in the BA studies


    Haifa University

    Encouragement scholarship, excellence second year MA


    Brener- Meridor Foundation

    Excellence scholarship


    Haifa University

    Qualified for the Dean's List with high honors


    Faculty of Health and Welfare

    University of Haifa

    Ph.D. scholarship

    2013 - 2016

    School of Social Work

    University of Haifa

    Encouragement scholarship for Post-doc students


    Department of Psychology

    University of Cambridge

    Cambridge, UK

    Post-doc scholarship

    2017- 2019



    Schertz, M., Karni-Visel, Y., Tamir, A., Genizi, J., & Roth, D. (2016). Family quality of life among families with a child who has a severe neurodevelopmental disability: Impact of family and child socio-demographic factors. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 53, 95-106.

    Hershkowitz, I., Ahern, E. C., Lamb, M. E., Blasbalg, U., Karni‐Visel, Y., & Breitman, M. (2017). Changes in interviewers' use of supportive techniques during the Revised Protocol training. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 31(3), 340-350.

    Ahern, E. C., Hershkowitz, I., Lamb, M. E., Blasbalg, U., & Karni-Visel, Y. (2018). Examining reluctance and emotional support in forensic interviews with child victims of substantiated physical abuse. Applied Developmental Science, 1-12.

    Schertz, M., Karni-Visel, Y., Hershkowitz, I., Flaisher, M., & Hershkowitz, F. (2018). Child maltreatment identification rates in a child development center: suggestions for improved detection. European Journal of Pediatrics, 1-7.

    Blasbalg, U., Hershkowitz, I., Karni-Visel, Y. Support, Reluctance and Production in Child Abuse Investigations. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 24(4), 518.

    Blasbalg, U., Hershkowitz, I., Lamb, M. E., Karni-Visel, Y., & Ahern, E. C. (2018). Is interviewer support associated with the reduced reluctance and enhanced informativeness of alleged child abuse victims? Law & Human Behavior.  

    Karni-Visel, Y., Hershkowitz, I., Lamb, M. E., & Blasbalg., U. (2019). Facilitating the Expression of Emotions by Alleged Victims of Child Abuse During Investigative Interviews Using the Revised NICHD Protocol. Child Maltreatment.

    Schertz, M., Karni-Visel, Y., Genizi, J., Manishevitch, H., Hershkowitz, F., Lam, M., ... & Bikson, M. (2020). P11 Adverse effects reported by children with ADHD undergoing transcranial direct current stimulation. Clinical Neurophysiology, 131(4), e16-e17.‏

    Karni-Visel, Y., Hershkowitz, I., Flaisher, M., Hershkowitz, F. & Schertz, M. (2020). Increased Risk for Child Maltreatment in those with Developmental Disability: A Health Care Perspective from Israel. Research in Developmental Disabilities. In press

    Hershkowitz, I., Lamb, M. E., Blasbalg, U., & Karni‐Visel, Y. (2020). The dynamics of two-session interviews with suspected victims of abuse who are reluctant to make allegations. Development and Psychopathology. In press.


    7610603 - Fundamentals of Social Work

    7630601 - Neurodevelopmental Diversity : Personal, Familial and Social Aspects

    7641901 - Developmental Disabilities: Introduction to theory and practice

    7642001 - Theory and Practice in the Treatment of Families

    7687201 - Learning Disabilities: From Theory to Practice

    • People with disabilities and their families
    • Interviewing skills
    • Early Childhood Intervention
    • Endangered children
    • Child Development

    Last Updated Date : 27/09/2023