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Haya Itzhaky, Ph.D.

Bar-Ilan University
Professor and Former Dean, School of Social Work

Haya Itzhaky, Ph.D., is a Professor at and the former Director of the School of Social Work at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. Professor Itzhaky has conducted multiple research studies around the globe (South America, Australia, Nepal, India, Canada, Israel, and the U.S.) on community practice topics ranging from trauma to citizen participation to domestic violence. She recently conducted one of the few longitudinal studies of women who lived in a battered women’s shelter. She also has developed a program for community development and community organizations.
Professor Itzhaky is presently a consultant to Israel’s Minister of Welfare. She was Chairman of the Council of the Directors of University-based Schools of Social Work in Israel and is currently the Head of the Ph.D. Program at the School of Social Work in Bar-Ilan University.




Itzhaky H,York A. Sexual abuse by clergymen: An Israeli case of  community-based intervention. In press.


Levy D, Ben-Porat A, Kattoura O, Dekel R, Itzhaky H. Predicting depression among Jewish and Arab Israeli women who are victims of intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, posted online July 2019.


Refaeli T, Levy D, Ben-Porat A, Dekel R, Itzhaky H. Personal and environmental predictors of depression among victims of intimate partner violence: Comparison of immigrant and Israeli-born women. J Interpers Violence. 2019; 34(7): 1487-1511.


Ben-Porat A, Levy D, Katora O, Dekel R, Itzhaky H. .Domestic violence in Arab society: A comparison of Arab and Jewish women at shelters in Israel Journal of Interpersonal Violence, posted online September 2017.


Weiss-Dagan S, Ben-Porat A, Itzhaky H. Child protection workers dealing with child abuse: The contribution of personal, social, and organizational resources to secondary traumatization. Child Abuse and Neglect, 2016; 51: 203-211.


Dagan K, Itzhaky H, Ben-Porat A.Therapists working with trauma victims: The contribution of personal, environmental, and professional-organizational resources to secondary traumatization. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 2015; 16: 592-606..