IThe Center’s Staff

Directors of The center:


Professor Simon Shimshon Rubin:

With over four decades of experience in research theoretical work, and clinical practice recommendations, Simon Shimshon Rubin is Professor Emeritus at the University of Haifa’s School of Psychological Sciences. He is also Professor of Psychology at the Max Stern Emek Yezreel College. An eminent clinician and researcher, he is uniquely qualified to lead the International Laboratory for the Study of Loss and Bereavement. Working with colleagues and students from Israel and abroad, Professor Rubin and the staff and affiliates at the lab strive to make a difference to those affected by loss and bereavement. Professor Rubin is also the Chairman of the Zramim Postgraduate Psychotherapy Program at the University of Haifa.

Dr. Ruth Malkinson – Director of Training: a preeminent scholar, clinician, and researcher in Social Work and Bereavement, is responsible for development of direct intervention.


Dr. Alexander Manevich

Dr.Ofri Bar-Nadav – Director of Research


The center staff:

 Professor Eliazer Wiztum

 Professor Rivka Yahav.

Clinical and Research Affiliates:

Dr. Eti Ablin

Dr. Hend Esmael

Prof. Yohanan Eshel

Dr. Mariana Gaitini

 Professor Mooli Lahad

 Dr. Ronit Shalev


Former MA- PhD Studies – Dr.Alexander Manevich,, Dr. Mor Schori-Stahl, Dr. Mor Avneri

The center colleagues in past and president

 Professor Aaron Ben-Zeev – Former President of The University Of Haifa and  philosopher.

 Professor Amnon Carmi

 Professor Menachem Kelner –  philosophy and Jewish Studies.

 Professor Hadas Wiseman – Education, Psychology, Trauma and Holocaust. 

Rabbi Dr. Chaim Pollock – Jewish Studies. 

 Professor Avi Sagi Schwartz.

Past and Current Overseas Consultants:

 Professor Robert A. Neimeyer – University of Memphis. 

 Professor Phylis R. Silverman (died 2016) – Massachusetts General Hospital Health studies.