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I-CORE Second Wave

Mass Trauma Research

Mass Trauma Research

Israel Multidisciplinary Center for Mass Trauma Research: From Basic Research to Real Life Application


Participating Researchers and Institutions:

The group selected to establish this I-CORE is a group under the scientific management of Prof. Zahava Solomon of the Tel-Aviv University, consisting of researchers from the Tel-Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, the Hebrew University, the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya


Scientific Director: Prof. Solomon Zahava, School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University


Administrative Director: Sharon Langer


Scientific Management Members:

  • Prof. Solomon Zahava, School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University
  • Prof. Ben-Israel Isaac, the Security Studies Program, Tel Aviv University
  • Prof. Soreq Hermona, Biological Chemistry, Hebrew University


Additional I-CORE Members:

  • Dr. Chen Alon, Neurobiology Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Prof. Dekel Rachel, Social Work Bar-Ilan University
  • Prof. Mikulincer Mario, Psychology Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya
  • Prof. Peleg Jacob, Public Health Tel Aviv University
  • Prof. Shalev Arieh, Psychiatry, Hebrew University


New Faculty:


  • Dr. Goshen Inbal, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, returned from Stanford University



Research focus:


Mass traumatic events result in extended physical destruction and exact a considerable human toll. These events jeopardize survivors' physical and mental health, and undermine individuals' and communities’ functioning. Mass trauma also causes dire economic and political consequences, depleting community and national resources. These broad, multi-level effects are often transmitted from those directly affected to others in their social surrounding, and to subsequent generations.
The current literature comprises numerous well-meaning but ineffective interventions. This gap in knowledge stems from the lack of integration between research and practice, as well as between studies in various fields pertaining to trauma (e.g., psychological, political, social, and biological).
This I-CORE's aim is to fill this gap by carrying out combined studies of the sociological, psychological and biological processes underlying preparedness, adjustment and resilience of individuals, families and communities before, during, and in the aftermath of mass trauma. The I-CORE will develop and assess interventions in these domains, considering the role of therapies, preparedness, risk communication, threat perception, leadership and the media. Dynamic multidisciplinary collaboration will foster invention, creativity and integration in novel multidisciplinary research projects, which individual researchers are unable to undertake on their own. The Center's outstanding team will make important theoretical, empirical, applied and educational contributions to the understanding of human responses to mass trauma in ways that will inform future policy, mass communication practices and health care provision.


For more information please contact: sharon55@post.tau.ac.il

For the I-CORE's website- http://www.icore-masstrauma.org