Senior Research Associates

Orly Idan

I am currently a lecturer (adjunct) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzeliya, teaching psycholinguistics; language, emotion and conflict; and academic research and writing; and a senior research associate at the Psychology of Intergroup Conflict and Reconciliation Lab at the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology at IDC, and at the Martin Springer Center for Conflict Studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. My current research interests are the effect of linguistic cues on generating emotions within the context of intractable conflicts; discourse analysis of students' encounters with narratives of the other; mentalization and language development; resilience sources; and, salutogenic interventions in conflictual settings.I was a postdoctoral associate at the Conflict Management Program at Ben Gurion University, focusing on a sense of coherence-based assessment aimed at evaluating an acute psychiatric in-patient unit's needs and development of an intervention program. My dissertation from Tel Aviv University focused on resilience sources, socio-emotional self-perceptions, family climate and hopeful thinking among students (advisor: Prof. Malka Margalit). I completed my M.A. degree in psycholinguistics (advisors: Prof. Avner Ziv and Prof. Elite Olshtein) at Tel Aviv University.


Selected Publications
Idan, O., Eriksson, M., & Al-Yagon, M. (2016). The salutogenic model: The role of generalized resistance resources. In Mittelmark, M.B., Sagy, S., Eriksson, M., Bauer, G., Pelikan,  J.M., Lindström, B., Espnes, G.A. (Eds.), Handbook of salutogenesis (pp. 57-69). Springer.


Idan, O., Braun-Lewensohn, O., & Sagy, S. (2013). A sense of coherence-based assessment aimed at evaluating an acute psychiatric in-patient unit's needs and     development of an intervention 
program based on the salutogenic model. In G.     Bauer & G. Jenny (Eds.), Concepts of Salutogenic organizations and change: The logics behind organizational health intervention 
research. Springer. 

Idan, O., & Margalit, M. (2012). Socio-emotional self-perceptions, family climate and hopeful 
thinking among students with learning disabilities and typically achieving students from the same classes. Journal of Learning Disabilities. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0022219412439608.


Rodayna Badir

I am a  Social-Political activist with the Federation movement in Israel. Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow at the PICR Lab working under the guidance of Prof. Eran Halperin at the Hebrew University.

My main area of interest is the intergroup identity and intergroup relations. Hence, my PhD examines the integration of the Arab traditional society in the modern Israeli society, focusing mostly on the influence of women empowerment values at Bar-Ilan University.

In addition, I give lectures on education at the Kiryat Ono academic college.

Maor Shani

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the PICR Lab  working under the guidance of Prof. Eran Halperin, and a guest researcher at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany), working under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Klaus Boehnke. My main research interests include, among others, intergroup contact interventions, emotional and identity processes in intergroup relations, modern antisemitism, peace education, measurement and psychometrics in political psychology, and psycho-social aspects of dealing with chronic diseases.


Selected Publications

Shani, M., Horn, D., & Boehnke, K. (2019). Developmental Trajectories of Political Engagement from Adolescence to Mid-Adulthood: A Review with Empirical Underpinnings from the German Peace Movement. In N. Balvin & D. Christie (Eds.), Children and peace: From research to action. New-York, NY: Springer.


Kunst, J. R., Kimel, S. Y., Shani, M., Alayan, R., & Thomsen, L. (2018). Can Abraham bring peace? The relationship between acknowledging shared religious roots and intergroup conflict. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

Shani, M., & Boehnke, K. (2017). The Effect of Jewish-Palestinian Mixed-Model Encounters on Readiness for Contact and Policy Support. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 22(4), DOI: 10.1037/pac0000220.

Oded Adomi Leshem

I received my Ph.D. from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University and am presently a visiting scholar at S-CAR and a postdoctoral fellow at the PICR Lab working under the guidance of Prof. Eran Halperin. My research is located at the nexus of political psychology and conflict resolution with a specialization in protracted ethnonational conflicts. I study hope, fear, and perceptions of competition among citizens engulfed in intractable conflicts with the aim of revealing how these emotions and beliefs affect the dynamics of violent intergroup conflict. My main areas of interests are international and intranational conflicts, the formation and transformation of political attitudes and ideologies, and conflict and the media. Apart from my focus on advancing theories in conflict resolution and political psychology, a key aspect of my research agenda is to design and test conflict interventions aimed at transforming violent conflicts. [personal page]

Selected Publications

Leshem, O. A., & Halperin, E. (2020). Lay theories of peace and their influence on policy preference during violent conflict. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Leshem, O. A., & Halperin, E. (2020). Hope During Conflict. In S. C. van den Heuvel (Ed.), Historical and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Hope (pp. 179–196). Springer International Publishing.


Leshem, O. & Halperin, E. (2020). Hoping for peace during protracted conflict: Citizens’ hope is based on inaccurate appraisals of their adversary’s hope for peace. Journal of Conflict Resolution. 64 (1), 3-225.


Leshem, Nooraddini, and Witte (2019), “Surveying Societies Mired in Conflict: Evidence of Social Desirability Bias in Palestine.”  International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Leshem (2018), “The Pivotal Role of the Enemy in Inducing Hope for Peace.” Political Studies.


Leshem (2017), “What You Wish for is Not What You Expect: Measuring Hope for Peace during Intractable Conflicts.” International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 60: pp. 60-66.

PhD Students

Yossi Hasson

I am a Ph.D student in the Department of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supervised by Prof. Eran Halperin and Prof. Maya Tamir. My main areas of interest are emotions and emotion regulation in intergroup relations. My current research focuses on the instrumental motives that lead people to regulate their empathy in social contexts and particularly in intergroup conflicts. [personal page]

Tziporit Glik

I am currently a Ph.D student at the Swiss center for Conflict Resolution at the Hebrew University. I am a certified, change oriented psychotherapist, and a professional group counselor. I specialize in management consulting in the public sector, including personal top management consulting, and management group counseling. I also practice therapy in a private practice with youth, adults, parents and educational staff. My main research interest is the connection between ideology and emotion, specifically the influence of ideology on emotion motivation, emotional experience, and ideological action tendency. [personal page]

Hanna Szekeres

I am currently a PhD student in the department of Social Psychology at Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, under the supervision of Tamar Saguy, Eran Halperin and Anna Kende. My general research interests are different aspects of intergroup relations, particularly when it involves groups in conflict (e.g., the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) and minority and majority members in a society (e.g., the Roma and non-Roma in Europe, African Americans and Whites in the U.S.). My dissertation research focuses on reactions to racism. [personal page]


Selected Publications

Saguy, T., & Szekeres, H. (2018). Changing Minds via Collective Action: Exposure to the 2017 Women's March Predicts Over-time Decrease in (Some) Men's Gender System Justification. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 21(5), 678-689.


Saguy, T., Szekeres, H., Nouri, R., Goldenberg, A., Doron, G., Dovidio, J. F., ... & Halperin, E. (2015). Awareness of intergroup help can rehumanize the out-group. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6(5), 551-558.


Siwar Aslih

I am currently a Ph.D student supervised by Martijn van Zomeren, Eran Halperin and Tamar Saguy. I received my dual-major B.A. in Psychology and Educational counseling and my M.A. in group counseling from University of Haifa. My main areas of interest are collective action, power relations embedded in intergroup conflicts, and collective emotions and beliefs. My PhD project investigates collective action and emotion regulation in the context of intractable conflicts with a power relations perspective. [personal page]

Tamar Gur

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Behavioral Science & Management program at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, supervised by Dr. Shahar Ayal, Prof. Eran Halperin and Prof. Ido Erev. I received my B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy as well as my M.A. in Cognitive Psychology from Tel Aviv University. My main interests are the role of sadness (feeling it and communicating it) in intergroup conflicts, and revenge in intergroup conflicts. [personal page]


Selected Publications

Gur, T., & Algom, D. (2016). Selective attention under stress: Evidence from the stroop effect. In K.A. Moore, P. Buchwald, F. Nasser & M. Israelashvili (Eds.). Stress and Anxiety: Strategies, Opportunities and Adaptation (pp. 71-80). Berlin: Logos. ISBN 978-3-8325-4288-7

Deborah Shulman

I am a PhD student in social psychology supervised by Eran Halperin, Michal Reifen Tagar and Thomas Kessler. I received my undergraduate degree in International Relations and Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews and an MA in Conflict Resolution from Tel Aviv University. 

I'm interested in developing psychological interventions to improve intergroup relations. I'm also interested in various topics within moral psychology, including understanding motivations for moral behavior, moral hypocrisy, and the defensiveness strategies individuals use when their personal or group image is under threat. 

Eric Shuman

I am a PhD student in social psychology at the University of Groningen supervised by Eran Halperin, Tamar Saguy, and Martijn van Zomeren. I received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Global Politics from Washington and Lee University in 2014, and recently completed my M.A. in Social Psychology at the IDC Herzliya. My research interests include collective action and emotions, and power relations in conflict. In particular, I am interested in different types of collective action (e.g. nonviolent, nonnormative, violent). My research examines psychological factors that promote support for these types of action, but also the effects and effectiveness of these types of action at motivating the high power group to address inequality and pursue conflict resolution. [personal page]

Selected Publications

Shuman, E., Johnson, D., Saguy, T. & Halperin, E. (in press). Threat to the group’s image can motivate high identifiers to take action against ingroup transgressions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Shuman, E., Halperin, E., & Reifen Tagar, M. (2018). Anger as a Catalyst for Change? Incremental Beliefs and Anger’s Constructive Effects in Conflict. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 


Shuman, E., Cohen-Chen, S., Hirsch-Hoefler, S., & Halperin, E. (2016). Explaining normative versus non-normative action: The role of implicit theories. Political Psychology.

Anat Ruhrman

I am currently a lab member at the Emotion in conflict lab at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), and will be starting my PhD work during 2016. I received my BA in Philosophy and Political Science, as well as my MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, from Tel-Aviv University. Motivated by the search of means to enlarge the well-being of individuals and societies invovled in intractable conflicts, I seek to better understand the nature of the socio-psychological barriers to peacemaking and the effect of emotional regulation interventions.

Ana Leal

I am currently a PhD student in social psychology at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), under the supervision of Prof. Martijn van Zomeren, Prof. Ernestine Gordijn, Dr. Michal Reifen-Tagar and Prof. Eran Halperin. My research broadly examines the social and psychological antecedents and consequences of moralization, as applied to a (cultural) diversity of issues and contexts (of intergroup relations). I received my BA in psychological sciences from University of Coimbra (Portugal), and my MSc in social psychology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Additionally, I worked for several NGOs and schools in developing countries for two years, where I developed and implemented intervention programs in women’s empowerment, education and healthcare.

Kineret Endevelt

I am currently a PhD student, under the supervision of Prof. Eran Halperin and Dr. Roni Porat, at the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. I received my BA in Psychology and Political Science from Ben-Gurion University and my MA in Social Psychology from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC). My main research interest is the role emotions play in intractable conflicts and their resolution. My additional focus of interest deals with implicit theories and how they influence intergroup contact under conditions of ongoing conflict. I am also interested in developing psychological interventions for improving intergroup relations. [personal page]

Selected Publications

Goldenberg, A., Endevelt, K., Ran, S., Dweck, C. S., Gross, J. J., & Halperin, E. (2017). Making intergroup contact more fruitful: Enhancing cooperation between Palestinian and Jewish Israeli adolescents by fostering beliefs about group malleability. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8(1), 3-10.

Oliver Fink

I am a Ph.D student in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Basel, Switzerland, supervised by Prof. Laurent Goetschel as well as Prof. Eran Halperin. My main areas of interest are emotions and emotion regulation in intergroup conflict. My current research focuses on the impact of conflict related events on emotions. [personal page]

Tal Harel

I am currently a Ph.D student in the department of Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supervised by Prof. Ifat Maoz and Prof. Eran Halperin. I received my B.A. in Psychology and Middle Eastern studies as well as my M.A. in Conflict resolution from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My main areas of interest are psychological aspects of political polarization and intergroup relations. [personal page]

Patricia Cernadas Curotto

I graduated from the University of Geneva with a Master of Science in Affective and Clinical Psychology. I am currently a PhD student at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA) in Geneva financed by a Doc.CH grant (Swiss National Science Foundation). I am supervised by Prof.  David Sander (CISA), Prof. Eran Halperin, and Dr. Olga Klimecki (CISA). The aim of my thesis is to test the impact of compassion training on conflict resolution. More specifically, I plan to conduct four studies in a variety of situations, ranging from interpersonal conflicts in romantic couples to intergroup conflicts occurring within Switzerland and Israel.

Eli Adler

I am currently a researcher supervised by Prof. Eran Halperin and Dr. Yoni Levi, after completing my MA in clinical psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and working as a research psychologist and researcher in the academy as well as high-tech companies.

My main interest lies in the field of psyche-soma relations in intergroup contexts, mainly in exploring how physical markers can shed new light on psychological and social processes and vice versa. Our current research is using neuroimaging to assess processes regarding emotions and attitudes toward the other in conflictual intergroup relations.

MA Students

Shira Zukerman

I’m Shira, M.A. Social-Psychology Student at the IDC Herzliya. I see myself as a Multidisciplinary person, who lives among groups. I am interested in researching relationships among different groups in the Israeli and worldwide population, And the question of openness to other groups. I am a member of a Zionist-religious forum that deals with the status of Israeli Arabs and their situation and relations with them. In the past, I studied industrial-design at the Bezalel Academy of art and design in Jerusalem. Today I am an interior designer in parallel to my studies.

Nagy Mazzawi

Daan Vandermeulen

I am a master’s student from the psychological research program at KU Leuven university. Currently, I am visiting the PICR lab to carry out my thesis research, which is supervised by Prof. Eran Halperin and Prof. Karen Phalet. My research interests include intergroup contact, intergroup action tendencies and emotional appraisal as driver of intergroup behavior in intractable conflicts.

Research Assistants

Sarah Michelle Gordon

I am a research assistant working with Eran Halperin at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My research interests include the role of threat and mistrust in intergroup conflict, and the factors that influence social and political change. Outside of the lab, I work in resource development at the Abraham Initiatives, a non-profit organization that aims to develop a shared society and promote equality for Arab citizens of Israel. I graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics.

Artist in Residence

Einat Amir

Einat Amir works in the media of video installations and live performances. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in The City of New York in 2009. Amir’s work is infused by a great interest in contemporary social – psychological issues. She efficiently sets the reality against the fiction and allows the viewer to take the responsibility of setting their own limits, by creating choices for them to be confronted with. 
Amir’s work has been shown at; MOMA PS1 New York, MAXXI National museum of contemporary art Rome PERFORMA13 New York, Palais De Tokyo Paris, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art Turkey, Whitechapel Gallery London, The Kitchen New York, Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Scaramouche Gallery New York, Winzavod Art Center Moscow ,Bergen Kunsthall Norway, Dallas Contemporary Art Center Texas, Tel Aviv Museum of Art Israel, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art Israel; Haifa Museum of Art Israel , CareOf gallery Milan, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard Paris, MLAC Rome and Lilith Performance Studio Malmö among other venues. [personal website]

Lab Manager

Shira Ran (Kudish)

I am a Ph.D. student in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and IDC Herzliya, under the supervision of Prof. Eran Halperin, Prof. Maya Tamir and Dr. Michal Reifen Tagar. My Ph.D. examines children's socialization process of motivation for empathy toward outgroup members. In addition, I am one out of the two managers of PICR lab.


Selected Publications

Kudish, S., Cohen-Chen, S., & Halpein, E. (2015). Increasing Support for Concession Making in Intractable Conflicts: The Role of Conflict Uniqueness. Peace and Uniqueness. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peach Psychology, 21(2), 248-263.


Goldenberg, A., Endevelt, K., Ran, S., Dweck, C. S., Gross, J. J., & Halperin, E. (in press). Making intergroup contact more fruitful: Enhancing cooperation between Palestinian and Jewish Israeli adolescents by fostering beliefs about group malleability. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Shira Hebel

I am currently one of the two managers of PICR lab. I am also a student at the Hebrew University finishing up my BA in Psychology and International Relations and will be starting my MA in Experimental Psychology next year. My main areas of interests are intergroup relations, especially between those in intractable conflicts.

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Post-Doc Alumni

Melissa McDonald

Yiftach Ron

Nevin Solak

Rikki Nouri

Andrew Pilecki

Julia Elad-Strenger 

Yoni Levy

Noa Schori-Eyal

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PhD Alumni

Smadar Cohen-Chen

​​Ruthie Pliskin

Liat Netzer

Ohad Shaked

Roni Porat

Nechumi Yaffe