Research Scholar, Arab Population Team (Systems Group)
Research scholar, Arab Population Team, Systems Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.
Dr. Dafna Haran has worked at the Institute since 2010. As a research associate in the Disabilities Team (Family Group) her main research areas were: integration into employment of disability allowance recipients; the impact of the mental health reform on persons with severe mental illness; and continuity of care in health and social services. Dafna is highly experienced in the formulation of measures for the definition and identification of people with various types of disabilities and in conducting large-scale surveys among populations with complex needs. Since assuming office as a research scholar in the Arab Population Team in 2021, Dafna has led the integration of the multiple studies pertaining to the Five-Year Socio-Economic Development Plan for the Bedouin Population in the Negev, thus providing evidence-based responses for strategic issues.
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 three degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. Dafna Haran can be contacted by email: [email protected] or at the office: 972-2-6557468.
Improvement and Modification of the Measurement System Used by the National Authority for Community Safety for the Bedouin Population in the Negev: Research-based Consultation for the National Authority for Community Safety (Southern District)
The National Authority for Community Safety (hereinafter: the Authority) operates in local authorities across Israel to prevent violence, delinquency, and anti-social behavior as well as against drug and alcohol abuse. The Arab Population Team at the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute conducted a research-based consultation for the Authority's Southern District, related to its activities among the Bedouin population in the Negev. The counselling was conducted in the course of 2022 as part of the evaluation study of the five-year socio-economic development plan for the Bedouin population in the Negev for 2017-2021. The goal of the consultation was to assist the Authority in improving its monitoring and measurement system in order to improve its ability to conduct a focused examination of the impact of its work on the target population.
Utilization of Mental Health Services by Persons with Severe Mental Illness Five Years After the Mental Health Reform: A Consumer Survey
The objectives of the stuy were to examine changes in PSMI's utilization of MH services, including community-based MH care, psychiatric rehabilitation ('rehabilitation basket' services) and psychiatric hospitalization, as well as of general healthcare services, five years after the reform went into effect. The study also examined the aspects in which the reform achieved its goals and the aspects in which the concerns that were raised regarding its implementation materialized, as perceived by PSMI.
Children, Youth and Young Adults
Executive Summaries of Studies Pertaining to the Five-Year Socio-Economic Development Plan for the Bedouin Population in the Negev for 2017-2021 – Knowledge Base for the Subsequent Five-Year Plan
The Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute is conducting a comprehensive study of the five-year plan set forth in the Resolution. The study examines the implementation of the five-year plan and the impact of the plan – of each of its parts and of the plan as a whole – and offers recommendations for actions required to maintain, modify, or improve the design and implementation of the upcoming five-year plan for 2022-2026. The study is based on the collection and pooling of information from multiple sources, the use of various research methods, and the adoption of an implementation-oriented approach, including the suggestion of strategies for policy development.
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Bedouin Population in the Negev
The goals of the study were: Mapping the life domains of the Bedouin population affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; Identifying the directions of the pandemic’s effects and their magnitude in those life domains; Devising policy recommendations for dealing with the pandemic’s effects
The Gateway to Academia Program: Promoting the Integration of Young Bedouins in the Negev in Higher Education
A comprehensive review of the Gateway to Academia Program details the barriers and challenges facing young Bedouins in the Negev who seek to integrate in higher education in Israel.
Children, Youth and Young Adults
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.