Our Professional Team
Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar Co-Founder and Head of Maytiv Center
Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar is an internationally renowned American and Israeli teacher, and author of numerous works in the fields of positive psychology and happiness. His Positive Psychology course at Harvard University attracted the largest student body of any course ever taught at the University. Upon returning to Israel, Dr. Ben-Shahar taught numerous positive psychology courses at IDC Herzliya, a leading academic institution in Israel, and was one of the founders of Maytiv in 2010. Dr. Ben-Shahar is the author of several books on Positive Psychology, one of which, “Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment” (2007), became an international bestseller and has been translated into 25 languages. In recent years, Dr. Ben-Shahar has co-authored several children’s books in Hebrew about famous figures such as Helen Keller and Thomas Edison, where he applied core components of positive psychology and character education.
Mr. Gideon Sa’ar Head of Maytiv Adisory Board
Sa’ar began his IDF service as a combat soldier and later served as an intelligence officer in the Golani Brigade. He studied at Tel Aviv University, earning an undergraduate degree in political science with honors along with an undergraduate degree in law. In January 1999, Sa’ar was appointed the government secretary for the first Netanyahu government. In 2001, then-prime minister Ariel Sharon reappointed him to this position. In 2003, Sa’ar was first elected to the Knesset as a member of the Likud party and served as the Likud faction head, a position which he filled for six consecutive years. He also was the coalition chairperson. In the seventeenth Knesset, Sa’ar served as the deputy speaker of the Knesset and the chairperson of the Committee to Advance the Status of Women. He was the first (and thus far only) man to lead this committee. Twice in a row, in the Likud party’s primaries in 2008 and 2012, Sa’ar was elected to the highest position on the Likud party’s list of candidates for the Knesset. In 2009, Sa’ar was appointed the Israeli minister of education, a position he filled for four years. During his term in office, he spearheaded significant advances, including free preschool for children aged three and four, a major restructuring agreement with the secondary-school teachers union, and the establishment of the eighth university in Israel, Ariel University. Sa’ar’s many public roles and responsibilities also have including serving on the judicial selection committee, the judicial selection committee for religious courts, and the search committee for Israel’s attorney-general.
Dr. Ariel Kor Co-Founder of Maytiv Center
Ariel Kor, PhD, is Israel-born and Singapore-bred, Ariel spent the last decade of his financial career as the Executive Director of Sampoerna Capital, an Asian multi-billion dollar private investment fund. He continues there as an advisor and director. Over the past several years Ariel has transitioned more fully into the world of psychology, earning a PhD in clinical psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, with a focus on addiction. Ariel currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Inter-Disciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, and is the Founder & Chairman of the Israel Center on Addiction. He was formerly a board member of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Company, Harel Insurance Group (HARL:TA), and Singapore’s Hour Glass (HG:SP). He attained his BA as well as MA from Oxford University. Ariel serves as a board member of Maytiv at IDC, Meor Education & Leadership, Matan, the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) as well as the Haredi Institute for Public Affairs. He received an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University and is an Honorary Fellow of IDC.
Prof. Mario Mikulincer Co-Founder of Maytiv Center
Mario Mikulincer is an Israeli professor and researcher in the field of psychology, former dean of the School of Psychology and from 2014 to 2017, vice president for academic affairs at IDC Herzliya. Prof. Mikulincer was born in Santa Fe, Argentina, and immigrated to Israel at the age of 19. In 1985, he completed his doctoral studies in psychology at Bar-Ilan University. About seven years later he was appointed professor at this university at the age of 35, and was the youngest professor in the field of psychology. Mikolincer served in a variety of academic positions at Bar-Ilan University, including the head of the psychology department, and in 2004 was chosen to receive the EMET Prize for his “outstanding contribution in the study of personality and social psychology.” He was a founding member of the Peleg-Billig Center for the Study of the Quality of Family Life in 1996 and in 2002-2006 he served as Chairman of the Center. 2007 Mikulincer was appointed dean of the IDC Herzliya School of Psychology, and since 2008 he has been the coordinator of the ” Of the Herzliya Herzliya annual Herzliya Prize for Social Psychology and Psychology, which has published hundreds of research studies in the field of psychology, including the ability to improve attachment patterns in childhood after meeting with characters who encourage safe communication His research also examined the relationship between attachment patterns and various areas, including romantic love, sexual behavior and response to trauma, as well as the connections between attachment theory and terror management theory.
Mr. Arik Praisman CEO
Arik received his BA in Economics from the Hebrew University, and an MBA from the International Program in Tel Aviv University. After working in the Ministry of Finance and in the hi-tech industry for a number of years, Arik headed the Israeli office of the David Project, an Israel advocacy organization. Subsequently he was Director of US-Israel Relations for Migdal Or.
Prof. Anat Shoshani Academic Director
Prof. Shoshani is Assistant professor in the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) and academic director of the Maytiv Center for Research and Practice in Positive Psychology at IDC. She has developed and directed positive-psychology educational interventions for teachers and for students in preschools and schools, and on methods for coping with exposure to terrorism and war. In cooperation with colleagues from Levinsky College, she has led the ‘Master Teachers’ project in the Jerusalem district and in the Settlement Administration in Isarel. Her main areas of research are positive psychology, positive education, resilience of at-risk children, and the contribution of children’s character strengths and resilience factors in promoting happiness, mental health, and subjective well-being. Prof. Shoshani specializes in clinical psychology and holds a PhD degree in psychology from Tel-Aviv University.
Ms. Adi Feld, MA Senior Lecturer and Head of Diploma Studies
Adi received her M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Baruch College/ City University of New York. Adi is also a Law and Business graduate (LL.B. + B.A.) of the IDC, Herzliya and is a certified Lawyer. In the past few years Adi served as a Lecturer for Psychology in Baruch College NYC.
Dr. Michal Paz Shimony Head of the Organizational Department and Group Trainer
Michal has a BA in Behavioral Science (Psychology and Sociology) from Ben Gurion University of the Negev and a Masters Degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Bar Ilan University. She is also the graduate of a two-year group facilitation program at Tel Aviv University. Today, Michal is a Ph.D student at Bar Ilan University. The Doctorate study, guided by Professor Mario Mikulincer, is researching group processes and the significant connection between type of attachment, motivations, resilience and performance. Michal has extensive experience as an organizational consultant and group facilitator, supporting processes of change, facilitating leadership development processes, team development, and personally accompanying company managers within a wide range of organizations and educational institutions. ** On a personal note, I believe in people and in their power and will to learn and change. I believe in seeing every moment as a meaningful opportunity.
Ms. Addy Karasik Head of Content Development
Addy received her BA in Psychology from IDC Herzliya and her MA in Educational Psychology from Peres Academic Center. Addy also studied Theater and Acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, and at California University (UCLA). Addy integrates creative tools in therapy and as a way of living.
Ms. Tali Siedman-Bourla, MA Group Trainer and Head Team
Tali Siedman Bourla has a B.A in Behavioral Science from Ben Gurion University, and learned her M.A in Clinical Psychology in The Hebrew University. She is an Organizational consultant, a Lecturer and a facilitator. She has a lot of experience in organizations.
Ms. Natalie Segev, MA Group Trainer and Head Team
Natalie is a therapist and positive psychology group trainer. Her experience as a clinical psychologist includes working with adults, adolescents and parents. She has been practicing Yoga and Meditation for the past ten years, which has influenced her research and work. Specifically, her thesis examined psychological outcomes of mindfulness training. Receiving her BA in psychology and philosophy from Tel Aviv University and her MA in clinical psychology from Haifa University, Natalie is currently in residency in clinical psychology at the Hebrew University.
Ms. Or Dvir Aharon Head of Research Lab
Or is the research coordinator of Meytiv center. Or is a graduate degree in psychology from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, and is in the midst of a master’s degree in medical psychology, at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. During her studies she experiences in working with children and parents at Schneider Children’s Hospital. In light of her extensive experience in managing research teams, today she manages the complex research system that accompanies the activity in Meytive center in the country and the world.
Ms. Shirly Kogan, MA Group Trainer and Head Team
Shirly holds a MA Degree in Organizational Behavior (Psychology School) from The IDC and a BA in Communication, Journalism and International Relations from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Nowadays, Shirly is conducting a research, guided by Professor Mario Mikulincer, on the issue of teams’ resilience and well-being. Prior to that, Shirly worked in the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) for a few years and was the manager of the Argov Program for Leadership and Diplomacy, IDC. Shirly has an extensive experience as an organizational consultant and group facilitator, supporting processes of change, facilitating leadership development processes, team development, and personal coaching for company managers within a wide range of organizations and educational institutions. Today, Shirley is on the doctoral track on resilience and a turning point under the direction of Prof. Mario Mikulincer.
Ms. Hanaan Abalasi, MA Group Trainer and Head of the Arab Department
My name is Ablasi Hanan, and I am a speaker, group facilitator and experienced entrepreneur. I have worked in multiple sectors with different religions and cultures. I am an educational expert, in the field of positive psychology and am currently leading the activity of IDC (Interdisciplinary Center) in the Arab society. I hold a BA in Hebrew language from Levinsky College of Education. I hold a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and Applied from The College of Israel. I have extensive experience in consulting, psychotherapy development and training programs in the Palestinian authorities and their National Education System. I serve as Director of the binational training program
Ms. Mariam Shehadi-Haj, MA Group Trainer
Miriam holds a BA in Psychology and Management Information Systems, and an MA in Learning Disabilities from the University of Haifa. Miriam works as a lecturer at the Oranim Academic College of Education and as a Learning Disabilities Counselor at Ort Braude College of Engineering, and has extensive experience in providing courses for teachers.Miriam believes in positive psychology as a way of life and as a tool that can help anyone, and tries to apply her principles in her professional and personal life.
Ms. Meital Zamir Davidy, MA Group Trainer
Dr. Sharon Urieli Group Trainer
Sharon is an educational psychologist and educator. She holds a BA in psychology and education from Tel Aviv University and holds a master’s and doctoral degree in child psychology from Bar-Ilan University. Sharon has been working for the past 20 years in the psychological-educational-developmental service of the Raanana Municipality. Sharon has led dozens of training courses and workshops in the teachers’ rooms in various fields. Her therapeutic experience also includes therapeutic groups for children, adolescent care and parental guidance in a private clinic. Sharon is also a national instructor in the Ministry of Education (Psychological Counseling Service).
Ms. Anat Golan Group Trainer
Dr. Lotem Giladi Group Trainer
Dr. Lotem Giladi is an expert clinical psychologist in California (2012) and Israel (2014.) She holds a BA in Behavioral Sciences from the Ruppin Academic Center and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Alliant International University in Los Angeles Los Angeles, USA Lotem’s doctoral dissertation deals with the intergenerational transmission of trauma among the second and third generation of the Holocaust, where she was trained in a couples and family therapy center, specializing in a Caltech student counseling center, At Claremont University Consortium. After returning to Israel, Lotem taught at the Department of Nutrition and Behavior at the School of Public Health at the University of Haifa for four years, working at Rambam Hospital, first as an intern in the psychiatric ward (full hospitalization) and later as a psychologist at the Rehabilitation Department During her three years in the clinic, Lotem combined clinical work with research work (conducting research on medical cannabis and quality of life for patients with PTSD.) Today, Lotem works as a clinical psychologist and a couples and family therapist in the clinic In Ramat Yochanan and at the TLM station in Oranim and the group leader At the well.
Ms. Tal Heyman-Malchi, MA Group Trainer
Tal is a Clinical Psychologist. She has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and in the University of Haifa Honors Program, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, both from the University of Haifa. Tal works with children, adolescents and adults at her private practice, where she offers Dyadic Therapy (with parent and child together), Individual Psychotherapy and Parent Counseling. In her work she combines understandings and techniques from both the Dynamic and the Behavioral-Cognitive approaches.
Ms. Natalie Samson, MA Group Trainer
Natalie got her BA in psychology, socioligy and annthropology from Ben-Gurion university, and her MA in child clinical psychology from Bar-Ilan university. She is a Ph.D student in Bar-Ilan, adressing the effectiveness of dyadic psychotherapy for mothers with post partum depression, focusing on mother-infant relationship. Natalie has a rich experience as a teacher and instructor.
Ms. Efrat Marcus, MA Group Trainer
Efrat is an occupational psychologist. Holds a BA in psychology and criminology, and a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Bar Ilan University. Specializing in employment, and accompanies patients in various intersection points in their professional lives. Assists in development and personal empowerment processes, both in “adam-milo” company and in my personal clinic.
Ms. Tali Shaul, MA Deputy Head of Development and Training
Ms. Tali Shaul is a psychotherapist, with expertise in dynamic targeted therapy. She holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Women’s Studies from the Leslie University, and a cum laude with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (BB). Over the past decade, Tali leads women in personal development processes as a therapist, facilitator and lecturer.
Ms. Shiri Man, MA Group Trainer
Shiri received her BA in Psychology and Special Education from Tel Hai College and her MA in Clinical and Educational Psychology from the Hebrew University. She is currently in her clinical residency at Sheba Medical Center. Her experience in therapeutic work includes working with children, adolescents and parents.
Ms. Sivan Bergman Maor, MA Group Trainer
Sivan has a bachelor’s degree (BA) in Psychology and Management from Ben Gurion University and a master’s degree (MA) in Organizational Psychology from Ben Gurion University. She also holds a diploma in group facilitation. Sivan has a diverse experience in occupational assessment, group facilitation and training. Sivan is currently doing her internship in occupational and organizational psychology. In addition, she facilitates groups on the subject of violence prevention in the field of security services, and on positive psychology in educational institutions.
Ms. Shany Cohen Shechter, MA Group Trainer
Shany Cohen Shechter obtained her bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BA) from Ben Gurion University in the Negev and Master’s of Social Work (MSW) from Tel Aviv University, specializing in Adolescent Clinical Treatment. Shany’s past experience involves many aspects of education and treatment. She specializes in work with out of home holistic services. In her work, she provides emotional therapy and leads therapeutic sessions and support groups. Further, she guides parents and educational professionals and leads interns in the field of social work.
Ms. Keren Deleon, MA Group Trainer
Keren is a Psychologist and positive psychology group trainer. She holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Clinical Child Psychology from IDC Herzliya. Keren wrote her thesis in the spirit of positive psychology about gratitude and prosocial behavior amongst preschoolers. Her experience in therapeutic work with children, Adolescents and their parents, includes work at the clinic of the school of psychology in IDC herzliya, and Ramat Hen mental health clinic.
Mr. Barak Ben Dayan, MA Group Trainer
Barak has a masters degree in clinician Psychology, and expertise. His former work was in Rambam hospital In Haifa. Barak uses Dynamic approach along with CBT technics. His Ideas for anger management group therapy conducted in Rambam hospital , was presented in a world CBT conference held in Jerusalem. Believing that children are the future and the present of the society. Barak main focus today is with working with children’s , parents, and groups conclusion .
Ms. Noga Meron, MA Group Trainer
Noga is a group facilitator and an organizational development practitioner experienced in various organizational leadership change and development initiatives in different fields with education and experience in group facilitation, consulting and leadership coaching. Noga’s education includes Master’s degree in Management Sciences – Organizational Behavior from Tel Aviv University and Bachelor degree in Psychology and Sociology from Ben Gurion University, as well as CTI Life and Leadership Coaching studies and Group Facilitation Certification in Social Work School of Tel Aviv University. These days Noga facilitate leadership development programs and Positive Psychology programs in various organizations and educational institutes.
Ms. Dana Granit Lichtmajer, MA Group Trainer
Dana Granit-Lichtmajer is a Clinical Psychologist. She holds a BA in Behavioral Science and a Master degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Ben Gurion University. As well as a Master in clinical psychology from Tel Aviv University. Dana practices psychotherapy with adolescents and adults at her private Clinique. In her work she combines understandings and techniques from both the Dynamic and the Cognitive- Behavioral approaches. Dana has extensive experience as an organizational consultant and group therapy. On the last few years she worked as a clinical psychologist in the Hebrew University.
Ms. Aya Hendi, MA Group Trainer