Prof. Zahava Solomon

Research Interests:

The focus of her research is:

1.  psychological and social effects of traumas including wars, captivity, terrorism and the Holocaust.

2.  Identification and identification of risk and resilience factors

3. evaluation of the effectiveness of intervention, treatment and rehabilitation of post-traumatic casualties.


Prof. Solomon holds a bachelor's and master's degree in social work from the University of Haifa and a PhD. In Psychiatric Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, USA (1980). Prof. Solomon (Lt. Col. Mill) served in the IDF as Head of the Mental Health Research Division (1981-1992).


In 1992, she joined the faculty of the School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University, serving as head of the school, head of special programs at the university and head of the Renata Adler Center for Child Welfare Research, and until her retirement she headed the Center for Excellence in Mass Trauma Research. She has mentored more than 120 graduate students.

Prof. Solomon has published seven books dealing with battle shock, Gulf War civilian responses, life cycle trauma, intermittent transmission of Holocaust trauma, mental disability, incest and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Her scientific publications number over 450 articles in leading journals and about 70 chapters.
Prof. Solomon, who has been a consultant to various bodies in Israel and around the world, including a member of the DSM4 Committee for the Definition of Post-Traumatic Syndrome, has received research grants from prestigious funds abroad (NIMH, EC) and in Israel.
Recognition of her peculiar scientific contribution has won her numerous awards including the most important Laufer Award (1997) for outstanding academic contribution given to research by the International Traumatic Stress Association. In 2009 she was awarded the Israel Prize for the Study of Social Work. Also in 2016 she was awarded the Truth Prize for Social Science Research, Social Work.




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