Senior Research Scholar and Research Team Leader (Family Group)
Aging | Children and Youth | Disabilities
Senior Research Scholar and Research Team Leader, Family Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.
Dori Rivkin has worked at MJB since 1994. Her main research areas are youth at risk and youth living in poverty. In her early years at MJB, she concentrated on the former, focusing on services to help parents struggling with child-rearing. In 2010, she began working as a senior research scholar in the area of disabilities, and subsequently headed the research unit. Her main fields of interest in the area of disabilities include the employment of people with disabilities, people-oriented service, and the promotion of autonomy.
In 2018, Dori served as Deputy Leader of the Family Group, which includes research teams addressing children, youth and young adults, as well as people with disabilities, and the elderly.
In 2019, she was appointed Research Team Leader in the Family Group, focusing on youth at risk and people living in poverty.
Dori holds a BA in psychology and an MA in clinical psychology, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is currently working towards her PhD in social work at the University of Haifa.
She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 972-2-655-7456.
Pilot for Supervision of Legal Guardians for Personal Affairs: Summary Report
The main goal of the pilot was to help the Office of the Administrator General (public guardian) at the Ministry of Justice design a system to supervise guardians in regard to personal matters so as to identify situations in which guardians are not performing their duties adequately.
A Group Sheltered-Employment Program in the Free Market for People with an Intellectual Disability — Evaluation of the Initial Stages
The purpose of the study is to learn about the implementation of the program in its early years, obstacles to its operation, and its contribution to the target population.
Evaluation of the “Secure Future” Employment Program for Young Adults with Learning Difficulties
The goal of the evaluation was to examine the implementation and outcomes of the program in order to improve it and facilitate decision-making about its assimilation in the future. The evaluation examined the characteristics of the participants and their compatibility with the target population; the program inputs; the organizational structure; the participants' satisfaction; and the outcomes of the program, particularly with regard to employment.
“Supported Employment” – A Competitive Employment Program for People with Disabilities – Evaluation Study
Certification of Caregivers of People with Intellectual Development Disabilities in Residential Care: Evaluation Study
The certification course for caregiversis is provided by the MOSAS Central School for Social Workers and is intended to improve the quality of care of the residents by raising the caregivers' professional level. It is also intended to empower them, increase their motivation, reduce burnout and stress, reduce the turnover of caregivers, increase the caregivers' commitment to the organization, and increase the prestige of the profession of caregiving. The study examined whether the certification process was achieving these goals
External Publication: Prevalence of ADHD among 7-9-Year-Old Children in Israel: A Comparison between Jewish and Arab Populations
The goal of this study is to assesse the prevalence of ADHD among a cohort of early school age children in the Jewish and Arab populations.
Development of an Effective Model of Supported Housing in the Community for People with Disabilities: Evaluation Study
Israel Unlimited Program at the Adler Institute to Support Parents with Disabilities: Evaluation Study
People with an Intellectual Developmental Disability Not in Programs of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Services: Survey of the Northern District
Survey of People with Disabilities (Ages 18 – 40) in the Jewish Communities of Minsk and Babruysk, Belarus: Executive Summary
MJB surveyed young adults with disabilities served by the Hesed Center in Minsk and Babruysk. The survey was commissioned by JDC with the support of the Ruderman Family Foundation. The goal was to describe the situation of the Hesed clients with disabilities and to identify their major needs, in order for JDC to form a basis on which to plan appropriate services.
Survey of People with Disabilities (Ages 18 – 40) in the Jewish Community of Kharkov: Executive Summary
MJB surveyed young adults with disabilities served by the Hesed Center in Kharkov. The survey was commissioned by JDC with the support of the Ruderman Family Foundation. The goal was to describe the situation of the Hesed clients with disabilities and to identify their major needs, in order for JDC to form a basis on which to plan appropriate services.
People with Disabilities in Israel: Facts & Figures
The State of Israel provides services to adults and children with disabilities. In recent years, various developments have promoted the integration of people with disabilities into all walks of life. Nevertheless, much remains to be done to improve their integration and help them realize their full potential. This booklet was prepared by the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute and Israel Unlimited. It presents up-to-date information as of 2014. We hope that the information will help furnish a picture of the situation, focus attention on the remaining challenges, and promote the efforts to address them.
Survey of People with Disabilities (Ages 18 – 40) in the Jewish Communities of Minsk and Babruysk, Belarus
Employment of People with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome: Evaluation of the Pilot Program at Beit Eckstein
Preschool Children with Special Needs in Immigrant Families: Barriers to Service Utilization and Proposed Solutions
Conducted due to concern that children with special needs whose parents immigrated to Israel were not getting the services they need to the same extent and with the same efficiency as similar children of non-immigrant Israelis, this study focuses on children with special needs, from birth to age 6 – a critical stage for identifying special needs and starting treatment.
Operation Atzmaut (“Independence”) – A Comprehensive, System-Wide Program for Ethiopian-Israeli Families in Cultural Transition: Evaluation Study
Upon arrival in Israel, immigrants from Ethiopia have to face complex difficulties of adjustment, particularly due to the transition from a traditional, rural society to a modern, urban society. One of the important attempts to help with the complex process of integration is Operation Atzmaut.
Evaluation of the Family Guidance Program for Families in Distress in Yokneam and the Megiddo Regional Council
The Family Guidance Program aims to help families with multiple difficulties extricate themselves from the cycle of distress and dependency on social services through a comprehensive intervention based on family strengths. The goal of the evaluation was to contribute to further program development.
Evaluation of a Pilot Project of Child Participation in Family Court Proceedings
The study followed the pilot program throughout its implementation as a basis for formulating regulations for all of the Family Courts and for the Religious Courts, which also deal with family issues.
Evaluation of the Families Program
The report describes the characteristics of the families and children who participated in the program and the inputs they received.
The Ma’atefet – Wraparound – Program: Evaluation Study
The Ministry of Social Affairs Wraparound Program aims to prevent out-of-home placement of adolescents through cooperation of all the agencies dealing with youth at risk on the local level.
Comprehensive Program for Preschool Children from the Caucasus and their Parents: Executive Summary
The goals of the evaluation were to examine how the comprehensive model was implemented, to examine implementation with regard to the organizational infrastructure, and to evaluate selected programs implemented through the comprehensive program.
Evaluation of Child-Parent Centers
The evaluation aimed to provide policymakers and service developers with information to improve implementation and as a basis for decisions on future expansion.
Jerusalem Protection Center for Children and Youth, An Innovative Service for Initial Intervention with Child Victims – Evaluation Study
This report summarizes the findings of an evaluation study of the Protection Center. The study examined the characteristics of children seen at the Center, the extent of referrals, the Center's interventions, and its impact on the service system.
Assessment of Ashalim’s First Decade: Activities, Accomplishments, and Future Challenges
This publication assesses the first decade of Ashalim, a partnership between JDC-Israel, the government of Israel, and the UJA-Federation of New York, addressing the needs of children and youth at risk.
Evaluation of the KEDEM Program: Family Group Conferences for Youth Offenders
The first three years of the program were accompanied by an evaluation to examine the program's implementation and its impact on the participants, with the aim of informing decisions about broadening the program and establishing it as an alternative to trial for youth offenders.
Ornoy, A., Rivkin, D., & Barlev, L. (2018). Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Accessibility and availability of services in Israel. Harefuah, 157(4), 219-224.
Ornoy, A., Ovadia, M., Rivkin, D., Milshtein, E., & Barlev, L. (2016). Prevalence of ADHD among 7-9-year-old children in Israel. A comparison between Jewish and Arab populations. Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, 53(2), 3-9.
Morag, T., Rivkin, D., & Sorek, Y. (2012). Child participation in the family courts—Lessons from the Israeli pilot project. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 26(1), 1-30.