Department of Health Promotion, School of Public Health jiska-cohen-mansfield

Address: partment ress: hology School of Public Health, Tel Aviv University,
Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel
Phone: +972-3-6407576
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Short Biography

Jiska Cohen-Mansfield is Professor at the Department of Health Promotion at the School of Public Health and the director of Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of End of Life at Tel-Aviv University. She received her BA in Psychology and Statistics and a Master in Statistics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her PhD in clinical psychology is from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master in Business Administration from George Washington University. She did a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology involving brain injury at the Rusk Institute of New York University. 

Prof. Cohen-Mansfield has published over 300 publications in scientific journals and books, for which she is a highly cited researcher as listed by the ISI. She published a book together with Prof. Poon on understanding the wellbeing of the oldest-old and another book with Prof. Werner on satisfaction surveys in long term care. She has developed a number of assessment tools and treatment approaches which are used internationally.

Prof. Cohen-Mansfield has taught and lectured extensively around the world. She has received continued support from prestigious funds such as the US National Institutes of Health (through the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Aging and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), the US Alzheimer’s Association, the Bi-National (US-Israel) Science Foundation, Israel Science Foundation, Israel Ministry of Health, Israel Ministry for Senior Citizens, the Minerva Foundation, and Marie Curie Fellowship (by the EU).

Prof. Cohen-Mansfield has received multiple professional awards, including the Busse Research Award, Barry Reisberg Award for Alzheimer’s Research, Pfizer Quality Improvement Award, Psychologists in Long-Term Care Outstanding Contribution Award, Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award in Applied Gerontology, and fellowships in the Gerontological Society of America and the American Psychological Association.

Fields of Interest

Prof. Cohen-Mansfield’s work focuses on health and mental health promotion of older persons, including decreasing loneliness in older community dwelling persons, improving quality of life for persons with dementia by understanding the perspective of the person with dementia, and increasing motivation for physical activity among older persons. She is also interested in environmental design and technological innovations that can improve wellbeing of older persons, and in exploring avenues for improving the end of life experience of older persons.

Selected Recent Publications

Cohen-Mansfield, J. (2012). Trends in health behaviors in the old-old population: Results from a national survey. Behavioral medicine38(1), 6. doi: 10.1080/08964289.2011.644642

Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Golander, H. (2012). Analysis of caregiver perceptions of "hallucinations" in people with dementia in institutional settings. American journal of alzheimer's disease and other dementias27(4), 243. doi: 10.1177/1533317512446475

Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Perach, R. (2012). Sleep duration, nap habits, and mortality in older persons. Sleep35(7), 1003. doi: 10.5665/sleep.1970

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Dakheel-Ali, M., Jensen, B., Marx, M. S., & Thein, K. (2012). An analysis of the relationships among engagement, agitated behavior, and affect in nursing home residents with dementia. International Psychogeriatrics6, 1. doi. 10.1017/S1041610211002535

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Jensen, B., Resnick, B., & Norris, M. (2012). Knowledge of and attitudes toward nonpharmacological interventions for treatment of behavior symptoms associated with dementia: A comparison of physicians, psychologists, and nurse practitioners. The gerontologist52(1), 34. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnr081

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Jensen, B., Resnick, B., & Norris, M. (2012). Quality of nursing home care: Perceptions of physicians, psychologists, and nurse practitioners. Journal of nursing care quality27(1), 70. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31822f2e81

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Marx, M. S., Freedman, L. S., Murad, H., Thein, K., & Dakheel-Ali, M. (2012). What affects pleasure in persons with advanced stage dementia? Journal of psychiatric research, 46(3), 402. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2011.12.003

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Shmotkin, D., & Hazan, H. (2012). Homebound older persons: Prevalence, characteristics, and longitudinal predictors. Archives of gerontology and geriatrics54(1), 55. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2011.02.016

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Thein, K., Marx, M. S., & Dakheel-Ali, M. (2012). What are the barriers to performing nonpharmacological interventions for behavioral symptoms in the nursing home? Journal of the American medical directors association13(4), 400. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2011.07.006

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Thein, K., Marx, M. S., Dakheel-Ali, M., & Freedman, L. (2012). Efficacy of nonpharmacologic interventions for agitation in advanced dementia: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. The Journal of clinical psychiatry73(9), 1255. doi: 10.4088/JCP.12m07918

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Thein, K., Marx, M. S., Dakheel-Ali, M., Murad, H., & Freedman, L. S. (2012). The relationships of environment and personal characteristics to agitated behaviors in nursing home residents with dementia. The Journal of clinical psychiatry73(3), 392. doi: 10.4088/JCP.10m06605

Corbett, A., Husebo, B., Malcangio, M., Staniland, A., Cohen-Mansfield, J., Aarsland, D., & Ballard, C. (2012). Assessment and treatment of pain in people with dementia. Nature reviews neurology8(5), 264. doi: 0.1038/nrneurol.2012.53

Cohen-Mansfield J, Thein K, Marx MS, Dakheel-Ali M, Jensen B (2013). Sources of discomfort in persons with dementia. JAMA internal medicine, 173(14),1378. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6483

Cohen-Mansfield, J. (2013). Even with regular use of an observational scale to assess pain among nursing home residents with dementia, pain-relieving interventions are not frequently used. Evidence based nursing. doi:10.1136/eb-2012-101205

Cohen-Mansfield, J. (2013). Nonpharmacologic treatment of behavioral disorders in dementia. Current treatment options in neurology, 15(6), 765.doi: 10.1007/s11940-013-0257-2

Cohen-Mansfield, J. (2013). Smoking and mortality among persons aged 75-94. Preventive medicine, 56(3),185. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.12.009

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Dakheel-Ali, M., & Jensen, B. (2013). Predicting service use and intent to use services of older adult residents of two naturally occurring retirement communities. Social work research, 37(4), 313. doi: 10.1093/swr/svt026

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Garms-Homolová, V., & Bentwich, M. (2013). Migrant home attendants: Regulation and practice in 7 countries. American journal of public health, 103(12), e30. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301622

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Golander, H., & Heinik, J. (2013). Delusions and hallucinations in persons with dementia a comparison of the perceptions of formal and informal caregivers. Journal of geriatric psychiatry and neurology, 26(4), 251. doi: 10.1177/0891988713509136

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Juravel-Jaffe, A., Cohen, A., Rasooly, I., & Golander, H. (2013). Physicians’ practice and familiarity with treatment for agitation associated with dementia in Israeli nursing homes. International psychogeriatrics, 25(02), 236. doi:10.1017/S104161021200172X

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Shmotkin, D., Blumstein, Z., Shorek, A., Eyal, N., & Hazan, H. (2013). The Old, Old-Old, and the Oldest Old: Continuation or distinct categories? An examination of the relationship between age and changes in health, function, and wellbeing. The international journal of aging and human development, 77(1), 37. doi: 10.2190/AG.77.1.c

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Shmotkin, D., Malkinson, R., Bartur, L., & Hazan, H. (2013). Parental bereavement increases mortality in older persons. Psychological trauma: Theory, research, practice, and policy, 5(1), 84. doi: 10.1037/a0029011

Husebo, B. S., Ballard, C., Cohen-Mansfield, J., Seifert, R., & Aarsland, D. (2013). The response of agitated behavior to pain management in persons with dementia. The American journal of geriatric psychiatry. doi: org/10.1016/j.jagp.2012.12.006

Jiska Cohen-Mansfield PhD, A. B. P. P. (2013). Advances in alzheimer’s disease research: Implications forfamily caregiving. In Zarit, S. H., and Talley, R. C. (Eds.) (2013). doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-5335-2_12

Shmotkin, D., Eyal, N., Hazan, H., Shkolnik, T., Shorek, A., & Cohen-Mansfield, J. (2013). Between the subjective and the objective: How informative is subjective evaluation of memory among the Old-Old?. Clinical Gerontologist, 36(4), 294. doi: 10.1080/07317115.2013.788115

Last Update January 2014