Research Scholar, Disabilities Team (Family Group)
Research scholar, Disabilities Team, Family Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.
Dafna Haran has worked at MJB since 2010. Her primary research areas are: social inclusion of people with disabilities, specifically their employment integration and its link to policy changes; and the mental health reform as it pertains to persons with severe mental illness – their utilization of the “triangle” of mental health services (psychiatric hospitalization, community-based mental health care, and psychiatric rehabilitation) and their experience of continuity of care. Dafna is highly experienced in the formulation of measures for the definition and identification of people with various types of disabilities, in conducting large-scale surveys among them, and in the provision of evidence-based responses for strategic issues. Alongside her ongoing research work, Dafna is involved in broad organizational processes, primarily the “synergy forum” advancing cooperation and collaboration in the Institute and providing new researchers with professional and personal mentoring.
Dafna has a BA in Psychology and Cognitive Science, an MA in Social Psychology, and a PhD in mental health research from the School of Social Work and Social Welfare – all from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
She can be contacted at dafnaH@jdc.org or by telephone at 972-2-655-7561.
Quality in Social Services
The Professional Status of Social Workers: International Review
The current report is a review of the milestones in the development of social work as a profession in Israel. It examines the status of social workers from an international perspective, comparing selected aspects including legal status and institutional governance; the establishment of professional agencies and the granting of authority; professional certification including training; conditions of employment – recruitment, positions, terms of employment, and remuneration; the social worker's image in the eyes of the public and clients; violence and safety.
Children and Youth
How Divorced and Separated Families are Managing during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An International Review
For a related article on the International Bar Association website, click here. “None of us know how long this crisis is going to last. In many respects we are going to have to put our lives “on hold” until COVID-19 is resolved. But children’s lives – and vitally important family relationships – cannot be placed “on […]
Brookdale Child Disability Screening Questionnaire – Development of a Tool to Identify Children with Disabilities Based on a Review of Research Tools in Israel and around the World
The Brookdale Child Disability Screening Questionnaire is a unique, innovative and comprehensive tool, developed on the basis of a survey of the many tools in use in the area of children with disabilities. Moreover, it contains questions relating to a broad range of disabilities and health problems, yet it is easy to understand and to use.
Participation in Society of Persons with Disabilities: An International Review of Measurement Tools to Identify Persons with Disabilities
This report presents an international review of the main tools used to define and measure disability around the world in order to formulate a reliable measurement tool to identify people with disabilities in Israel.
Practical Aspects of Personal-Budget Service for People with Disabilities: Review of the Literature
The literature review was written at the request of JDC Israel Unlimited as part of a pilot of service provision based on personal budgets (PB).The review deals with the practical aspects of PB programs around the world.
Patterns of Utilization of Mental Health Services by Persons with Severe Mental Illness: Consumer Survey
In July 2015, the mental health (MH) insurance reform was introduced, transferring responsibility for the provision of MH services from the Ministry of Health to the health plans. One of the main target groups of the reform, which is the focus of this study, is the population of persons with severe mental illness (PSMI), who, due to their […]
Employment of General Disability Allowance Recipients following Amendment 109 of the National Insurance Law (Laron Law): Promoting and Obstructing Factors
The Laron Amendment was designed to encourage GDA recipients to integrate into employment or to expand their participation in it. To evaluate the implications of the amendment for the employment status of GDA recipients, the National Insurance Institute (NII) initiated a follow-up study, onducted in conjunction with the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB).
People with Disabilities in Israel’s Working-Age Population: Prevalence, Characteristics, and Employment Status
Following the Laron Committee recommendations, the National Insurance Law was amended to change the structure of disability benefits and the conditions of eligibility to create greater incentives for integrate into the job market. MJB and the NII are conducting a follow-up study of the implications of the amendment for the employment of people with disabilities of working age.
Haran, D., Mor, N., & Mayo, R. (2011). Negating in order to be negative: The relationship between depressive rumination, message content and negation processing. Emotion, 11(5), 1105-1111. doi:10.1037/a0025301
Mor, N., & Haran, D. (2009). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression. Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, 46(4), 269-273.
Sorek, Y., Haran, D., Almog-Zaken, A. & Marcus, P. (2020). How divorced families are managing during the Covid-19 pandemic: an international review. London: International Bar Association.