Meet Zahava Solomon Team

Yael Lahav, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Yael Lahav completed her Ph.D. at Tel Aviv University. Yael is a practicing clinical psychologist, and is presently a research fellow in the I-Core Research Center for Mass Trauma at Tel Aviv University, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern Denmark.  Yael's research focuses on traumatic stress and particularly on the psychological sequelae of war captivity and sexual abuse. More specifically, Yael is investigating the implications of continuous exposure to trauma on the somatic and interpersonal domains. In addition, in her recent studies, she has assessed the consequences of the ostensible positive effects of trauma (i.e., posttraumatic growth) among trauma survivors. Yael's observations and findings have raised questions regarding the essence of posttraumatic growth, thus suggesting that it may have a defensive as well as illusory quality.

Alana Siegel, Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Alana Siegel is a clinical psychologist and a research fellow in the I-Core Research Center for Mass Trauma at Tel Aviv University, where she is examining the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on the marriages of military combat veterans and their civilian wives.  Alana completed her undergraduate degree with Honors in Human Development at Cornell University. Alana graduated with a Masters degree in International Affairs from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, France. Alana later earned her doctorate in Clinical and School Child Psychology at Yeshiva University. Alana's interests are on the topics of trauma, resilience, and secondary traumatic stress.  Clinically Alana has worked with families in foster care and with survivors of domestic violence, child abuse and torture.  Currently, Alana teaches in the International Master's Program in Crisis and Trauma, TAU.

Jacob Y. Stein, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Jacob Y. Stein, (Cobi), has completed his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Throughout his research career, Jacob has conducted research in various domains relating to combat and war captivity induced posttraumatic reactions. Jacob's domain of expertise lies with loneliness after combat related trauma and the phenomenology of trauma and its aftermath. His interests lie primarily in the interpersonal domain, including the roles of social support, empathy, loneliness, and understanding in the posttraumatic reality. This includes the investigation of subsequent posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other intrapersonal as well as interpersonal ramifications of trauma. Jacob is proficient in conducting qualitative research of various methodologies (e.g., grounded theory, narrative, phenomenological, hermeneutics), and works. also on quantitative research concerning long-term effects of war and war captivity.  Jacob's work has been published in several peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, as well as presented in several international as well as local (Israeli) conferences. Jacob's studies have gained the interest of researchers worldwide, and continue to inspire new research.

Noga Tsur, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Noga Tsur completed her Ph.D. with honors in the school of Social Work, Tel-Aviv University. Noga’s field of research is situated in the conjunction between bodily experiences and the emotional aspects of coping with these bodily signals. Noga's main research specialties include body awareness, mindfulness, catastrophizing, body vigilance, acute and chronic pain, ADHD, and well-being. Currently, Noga is examining chronic pain and pain modulation in ex-POWs, and the ways in which their orientation towards pain and bodily signals is involved in these processes.  Currently, Noga teaches Psychosomatics in Stress and Trauma at the International Master's Program in Crisis and Trauma, TAU.

Rahel Bachem, PH.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Rahel Bachem is a clinical psychologist and a research fellow in the I-Core Research Center for Mass Trauma at Tel Aviv University. She completed her Ph.D. in 2015 at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Rahel has examined stress response syndromes such as posttraumatic stress disorder and adjustment disorder at the individual, dyadic and familial level. Currently, her research focuses on traumatic stress and particularly on the long-term psychological sequeale of combat exposure and captivity. More specifically, Rahel is interested in the impact of war trauma on the family system, investigating phenomena such as secondary traumatization, intergenerational trauma transfer, and trajectories of primary and secondary posttraumatic growth. Additionally, she supervises masters students in the International Master's Program in Crisis and Trauma, TAU.

Xiao Zhou, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Xiao Zhou obtained his undergraduate degree in Ideological and Political Education and his Master's degree in Applied Psychology at Anhui Normal University, China. He later earned his doctorate in Clinical and Counsel Psychology at Beijing Normal University, China. Xiao’s interests are on the topics of posttraumatic stress disorder, secondary trauma and posttraumatic growth. Xiao currently focuses on the mechanisms of the intergenerational transmission of trauma among veterans.

Roy Aloni, M.A.

Doctoral Candidate

Roy Aloni completed his Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology at The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo and his Master's degree in Rehabilitation Psychology at Ariel University. Roy is currently writing his doctoral thesis on the dyadic transmission of trauma among ex-POWs and their offspring. Roy is a psychologist who specializes in therapy with people who suffer from chronic illness, and works in the Multiple Sclerosis Center in Sheba Tel-Hashomer Hospital.

Laura Crompton, M.S.W.

Research Assistant

Laura Crompton received her Bachelors of Social Work with honors from the University of Victoria and her Masters of Social Work from York University, both in Canada. Laura is a research assistant, taking part in a multitude of topics and papers, as well as an in-house editor. In her clinical work, Laura has worked extensively with at-risk and homeless youth and currently works at a mental health clinic for asylum seekers. 

Elisheva Bellin, M.A.

Lab Graduate

Elisheva Bellin is a graduate of Professor Solomon's lab.  Elisheva completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Barnard College of Columbia University and her Master's degree at Long Island University-Brooklyn. Elisheva is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Long Island University-Brooklyn and conducted her doctoral thesis research at Tel Aviv University through a Fulbright Student Research Award. Elisheva's research interests and publications have included topics of trauma and PTSD sequelae both in war veteran and civilian populations. While at TAU, Elisheva examined posttraumatic growth, attachment, and dyadic satisfaction in war veterans. Elisheva has worked clinically with adults and children, in inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as in group and individual therapy.