Dr. Kfir Ifrah

Short Biography

Kfir Ifrah (PhD) is a research director in the Herczeg Institute on Aging at Tel Aviv University. His research deals with positive adjustment among specific populations of older adults and elders that face unique challenges and adversities, such as sexual minorities and bereaved parents. He is an intern in clinical psychology at Tel Aviv University and teaches in the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.


Fields of Interest

Subjective well-being and meaning in life in face of adversity, sexual minorities.

Selected Publications

Shenkman, G., Ifrah, K., & Shmotkin, D. (2017). The association between negative attitudes toward aging and mental health among middle-aged and older gay and heterosexual men in Israel. Aging & Mental Health. doi:10.1080/13607863.2016.1274374 [available online ahead of print]













Last update September 2017



Irit BLV 2



Dr. Irit Bluvstein, Ph.D.

The Herczeg Institute on Aging

Department of Nursing, Sackler Faculty of Medicine

P.O.B. 39040 Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel

Phone: (972) 3-6407337

Fax: (972) 3-6407339

E-mail: iritb@post.tau.ac.il

Short Biography


Irit Bluvstein is a researcher in the Herczeg Institute on Aging as well as the coordinator of the Institute’s foreign relations. She is a teacher in the Nursing Department, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. She received her PhD from Bar-Ilan University. She is a psychotherapist and research psychologist. Formerly, she was Head of the research unit at the Ambulatory Psychiatric Department at Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.

Fields of Interest


Irit Bluvstein focuses on post-traumatic growth, metacognitive processes, mental health in adulthood and well-being of patients and health professionals.

Selected Publications

Ben-Avi (Bluvstein) I., Rabinowitz S., Melamed S., Kreiner H., Ribak J. (1998). Malingering Assessment in Behavioral Toxicology: What Why and How. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 34, 325-330.

Ritsner M., Ben-Avi (Bluvstein) I., Ponizovsky A., Timinsky I., Bistrov E., Modai I. (2003). Quality of life and coping with schizophrenia symptoms. Quality of Life Research, 12:1-9.

Bloch M., Aharonov I., Ben Avi (Bluvstein) I., Schreiber S., Amit A., Weizman A., Azem F. (2012). Gonadal steroids and affective symptoms during in vitro fertilization: Implication for reproductive mood disorders. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36(6):790-796.

Ben-Itzhak S., Bluvstein I., Schreiber S., Aharonov-Zaig I., Maor M., Lipnik R., Bloch M. (2012). The Effectiveness of Brief Versus Intermediate Duration Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Adjustment Disorder. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 42 (4), 249-256.

Wruble, A. W., Reiss, I., Bluvstein, I., & Krulik, T. (2012). Premarital education in the religious Jewish sector: is it important? Is it enough? And what is its relationship to marital and sexual satisfaction? Journal of Sexual Medicine, 9, 163-164.

Bluvstein I., Yehiely L., Sheps D., Sherieber S., Bloch M. (2013). Posttraumatic Growth, Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms and Mental Health Among Coronary Heart Disease Survivors, Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 20, Issue 2 (3), 164-172.

Itzhaki, M., Bluvstein, I. Raz, S., Barnoy S. (2013). Factors affecting the actions and emotional reactions of nursing teachers following encounters with students who present them with Internet information. Nurse Education Today, 33(8), 842-846.

Bar-Adon, T., Krulik, T., Bluvstein, I., & Neufeld, M. (2012). Can Social Support Serve As A Mediator Between Illness Perception And Quality Of Life In Patients With Epilepsy?. Epilepsia, 53, 146-147.‏

Ben-Itzhak, S., Bluvstein, I., & Maor, M. (2014). The psychological flexibility questionnaire (PFQ): Development, reliability and validity. WebmedCentral PSYCHOLOGY;5(4):WMC004606.

Itzhaki M., Peles Bortz A., Kostistky H., Barnoy D., Filshtinsky V., Bluvstein I. (2015). Exposure of mental health nurses to violence associated with job stress, life satisfaction, staff resilience and posttraumatic growth, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 24 (5), 403-412.

Peles Bortz, A., Bluvstein, I., Bergman, L., & Barnoy, S. (2016). Anxiety and support resources for Israeli women before gynecological surgery. Women & health, 1-13.














































Last update September 2017



 Noam Markovitz



Noam Markovitz (M.A.)

E-mail: noamoni@gmail.com

Short Biography

Noam Markovitz studied Clinical and Health Psychology (M.A.) at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest and he is currently a PhD candidate at Tel Aviv University. Since 2015, he has been a co-investigator in a large 3-year study funded by the Israel Ministry of Science and conducted in the Herczeg Institute on Aging at Tel Aviv University. His research interests include complex modes of adaptation to difficult life situations such as physical disabilities, poverty and bereavement in older adults. Specifically, his studies examine physical and mental mechanisms that may aid those individuals in striving for, and maintaining, a positive psychological environment despite the adversities and difficulties they encounter. He is also an intern in clinical psychology at the Association for Children at Risk.

Fields of Interest

Subjective well-being and meaning in life in face of adversity, objective and subjective measures of the physical self, old age, population groups that suffer from disadvantages and distress.















Last update January 2018


 rinat lifshiz



Dr. Rinat Lifshitz, Ph.D.

Boxer 20, Ness-Ziona 74057, Israel

Tel: 972-54-5443726

E-mail: rinatomer@013.net

Short Biography

Rinat Lifshitz is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Herczeg Institute on Aging at Tel Aviv University. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Gerontology from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. In addition, Dr. Lifshitz teaches at Ben Gurion University of the Negev and the Open University, Israel.

Fields of Interest

Her research focuses on extreme stressful situations and well-being in later life. The nature of her research combines knowledge from various fields including sociology, psychology and new media.  

Selected Publications

Lifshitz, R., Nimrod, G., & Bachner. Y. (2016). Measuring risk perception in later life: The perceived risk scale. The Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 22 (6), 469-474. doi: 10.1177/1078390316659910

Lifshitz, R., Nimrod, G., & Bachner, Y. (2016). Internet use and well-being in later life: A functional approach. Aging and Mental Health. doi:10.1080/13607863.2016.1232370 [available online ahead of print]

















Last update September 2017