I received my doctorate (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, where I also served as a Clinical Consultant. I completed post-doctoral research fellowships at the Developmental Stress and Prevention lab at Stony Brook University’s Department of Psychology, and at the Clinical Child and Family Studies Unit at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Currently, I am a professor of clinical psychology at Long Island University, as well as a clinical psychologist and supervisor at a private practice.
Born and raised in Israel, I moved to the United States after graduating with the highest distinction from top-ranked Tel-Aviv University, with a B.A in Psychology and an M.A. in Philosophy. Ever since, my aim has been to integrate principles of existential philosophy (such as feeling secure or anxious in the world) into treating real-life problems through clinical research and practice.
Throughout my graduate training in clinical psychology, I developed expertise in attachment-based clinical interventions for adolescents, adults, and couples, as well as in attachment research across the lifespan. Clinically, I worked with diverse populations in major hospital clinics and counseling centers in New York City, including Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Medical Center, New York University Counseling and Wellness Center, and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Alongside my clinical training, I gained extensive research experience in the Center for Attachment Research in New York City. As a professor of clinical psychology at Long Island University I have been leading attachment research projects in collaborations with leading academic institutions around the world, including Stony Brook University, the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, New York University-Abu Dhabi, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Haifa University (Israel), and the Chilean Society for Emotional Development.