Dr. Anna Brook

Geography and Environmental Studies, Director of Idit
Image and signal processing, automation target recognition, sub-pixel detection, and spectral models across NIR-MIR regions
Current Research: Multi-scale and multi-sensor data fusion, machine learning for geoscience and environmental research

Prof. Yaffa Yeshurun

Psychology, Director of Idit
Temporal and spatial aspects of visual perception, spatial attention, temporal attention, temporal and spatial integration
Current Research: Temporal and spatial crowding, objective measurements of visual attention, individual differences in attention allocation, object-based attention, perceptual load

Dr. Valerie Isaak

Political Science, Academic Coordinator
Health organizations, organizational performance, personal resilience
Current Research: Health organizations

Idit PhD Scholars

Fourth Year Members

Talia Goren

Political Science
Public opinion, political responsiveness, political participation and engagement, social media
PhD Research: Public compliance and policy tools' effectiveness during crisis
Advisor: Prof. Dana Vashdi & Prof Itai Beeri

Orit Heimer

Emotion, cognition interaction
PhD Research: Short and long-term influences on the temporal dynamics of the valence representations of a stimulus
Advisor: Dr. Assaf Kron, Dr. Uri Hertz & Prof. Tomer Shechner

Eran Lambooij

Computer Science
Cryptanalysis, (symmetric) cryptography
PhD Research: Design and analysis of cryptographic systems: Focusing on the analysis of lightweight symmetric cryptographic primitives
Advisor: Prof. Orr Dunkelman

Brenda Sbarski

PTSD, endocannabinoid system, HPA axis
PhD Research: Endocannabinoids modulation of the stress response system in a rat model of PTSD
Advisor: Prof. Irit Akiraz

Third Year Members

Alisa Kanterman

Social and affective neuropsychology, motivational mechanisms, psychopathology
PhD Research: Neural underpinnings of social motivation in loneliness
Advisor: Prof. Simon Shamay-Tsoory

Ronen Shehman

Influence of stereotypes & biases on sentencing: gender and socioeconomic status, Cyber crime, Criminological theory, Criminal law
PhD Research: Socioeconomic biases and their influence on sentencing disparities
Advisor: Prof. Avital Mentovich & Prof. Orna Rabinovich-Eini

Lara Mertens

Digitally-enabled sociality, religion, questions of being (ontology), reflexivity
PhD Research: Sociality of online experience platforms (COVID-19 and beyond)
Advisor: Prof. Nurit Bird-David

Efrat Mishor

Political Science
Risk management in emergency, risk perception, citizen trust in government, cost-benefit calculation for collective action, civic engagement in emergency, social capital
PhD Research: Factors and dynamics affecting civic engagement in emergency
Advisor: Prof. Eran Vigoda-Gadot & Prof. Shlomo Mizrachi

Second Year Members

Shulamit Nussboim

Basin hydrology, transport processes of contaminants, evaporation from lakes
PhD Research: The fate of agrochemicals in a Mediterranean agricultural basin
Advisor: Prof. Lea Wittenberg

Avishai Zacharia

Self-conscious emotions, behavior analysis, intergroup conflicts
PhD Research: Inducing prosocial behavior between groups using behavior interventions by utilizing social emotions as motivating operations.
Advisor: Dr. Keren Sharvit

Danielle Yusufov

Media memory, journalism studies, gender theories, fat studies, qualitative reserch methods
PhD Research: Work practices and experiences of women media workers across gender cultures: Podcasters as a case study
Advisor: Prof. Oren Meyers & Dr. Roei Davidson

Miranda Shemesh

sociology of sleep, education, family, childhood and parenting
PhD Research: A sociological study of sleep in families with young children in Israel
Advisor: Prof. Yuval Yonay & Dr. Dana Zarhin

Shani Zohar

"Mindfulness-SOS for Refugees," mindfulness, mHealth, forcibly displaced people, adaptive interventions, refugee mental health, intergenerational transmission of stress and trauma
PhD Research: Testing and optimizing the therapeutic outcomes of a mindfulness-based mobile health intervention for displaced populations using a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART)
Advisor: Prof. Amit Bernstein

First Year Members

Noga Aviad

Mindfulness mechanisms, large-scale brain networks, data science, complex and dynamic systems
PhD Research: Using network approach to discover systemic motifs in mindfulness mechanisms
Advisor: Prof. Amit Bernstein

Noa Birman

Political Science
Behavioral public administration, competence-based organizations, paradoxical thinking, sustainable organizations
PhD Research: Can organizational paradoxical mindset be used to foster public organizations' ability to attain sustainability?
Advisor: Prof. Dana Vashdi

Gili Goldin

Computer Science
NLP (Natural Language Processing), machine learning, deep learning, artificial intelligence
Phd Research: Factuality and detection of "fake'' information in Hebrew texts
Advisor: Prof. Shuly Wintner

Felix Tener

Information Systems
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and User Experience (UX)
PhD Research: Investigate and design novel user interfaces for teleoperation of autonomous vehicles
Advisor: Prof. Joel Lanir


Gilad Halpern

Media history, political communication, media systems research, government-press relations
PhD Research: For King and Country: The Palestine Post and Zionist propaganda in Mandatory Palestine

Maria Polinova

Geography and Environmental Studies
Remote sensing, spectroscopy, photogrammetry, UAV’s, environmental monitoring, agriculture, wildfires
PhD Research: Assessing vegetation characteristics as a factor of wildfire spreading across the urban area

Ami Ritter

Behavioral neuroscience, electrophysiology, optogenetics
Phd Research: Assessing the neural network which underlies post traumatic stress disorder

Ryan Shandler

Political Science
Political psychology, cyber-terrorism, cyber policy
PhD Research: The political and psychological effects of exposure to cyber threats