Dr. Dafna Haran

Dafna Haran

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.

Journal Articles

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.