Judah Koller, lecture at British Embassy, Tel Aviv

    Welcome!

     

    Our lab at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is committed to asking questions whose answers will improve the lives of children with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families. Our work focuses on families and systems as mechanisms for understanding and affecting phenotypic heterogeneity. This is expressed in two complementary lines of research.

     

    First, we are interested in the developmental influence of parent behavior and functioning on symptom expression in young children with autism. Second, we engage in efficacy and implementation studies examining caregiver-mediated interventions for young children with autism and other developmental concerns. Our intervention research is primarily focused on the community, in an attempt to integrate evidence-based interventions into the public sector.

    People
    Judah Koller

    Dr. Judah Koller

    I am a clinical child psychologist and assistant professor in the Seymour Fox School of Education at Hebrew University, where I chair the graduate program in special education and am a founder and associate director of the Autism Center. I am a member of the expert committee on autism that advises the Israeli Ministry of Health, the advisory committee for Hebrew University's Center for Disability Studies and the advisory committee for the Autism Center at Ben Gurion University.

     

    I joined the faculty here after completing my postdoctoral fellowship with Kasia Chawarska at the Yale Child Study Center. Prior to that, I finished my doctorate in clinical child/school psychology with a specialization in infancy and early childhood at Ferkauf Graduate School for Psychology, Yeshiva University. 

     

    My work focuses on young children with autism, their families, and mechanisms of support.

    Every once in a while I blog here about autism and disabilities.

    Graduate Students

    Shani Wismel

    Amjed Shoughry 

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    Tamar David

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    Linoy Levi

    People
    Judah Koller

    I am an assistant professor of clinical child psychology and special education in the Seymour Fox School of Education at Hebrew University, where I chair the graduate program in special education. I joined the faculty here on the "clinical expert" track after completing my postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center. Prior to that, I finished my doctorate in clinical child/school psychology with a specialization in infancy and early childhood at Ferkauf Graduate School for Psychology, Yeshiva University. 

    From 2014-2020 I conceptualized, co-founded, and was associate director of the Autism Center at Hebrew University. Shifting my focus to research, I began a tenure-track position in July 2020.

    I am on the advisory committees for Hebrew University's Autism Center, our Center for Disability Studies and the National Autism Research Center at Ben Gurion University, and every once in a long while, I blog here about autism and disabilities.

    Dr. Judah Koller

    Alumni

    Mishleen Abo Hatoum

    Shahar Alony

    Samira Amer

    Dima Awawdeh

    Yael Ben Haim 

    Tzlil Birenboim

    Sapir Dar

    Inbal Feldman

    Chen Schallamach

    Miriam Schuz

    Ronny Shalev

    Shani Wismel

    Ongoing Research

    JOADI Collaborative

    Parent Training for Disruptive Behaviors

    We are assessing the feasibility and efficacy of delivering an evidence-based parent training program for young children with autism and disruptive behaviors in the community. Working with the ABA training program at Hebrew University, and using an empirically supported protocol (Bearss et al., 2015), we are examining several related factors, including the applicability of the program to demographically diverse families and mediators of secondary gains from the intervention. 

    This project is generously funded by the Joseph Levy Foundation.

    Learn more here.

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    The JOADI Collaborative is an exciting international endeavor involving the Autism Center of The Hebrew University, Clalit כללית Health Services, McMaster University, and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The collaborative focuses on development, intervention, and mechanisms in young children with autism and their families. 

    This project is jointly funded by Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, Ontario Brain Institute, McMaster University and Holland Bloorview Rahabilitation Hospital.

     

    Learn more here.

    Disruptive Behavior in Early Childhood

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    Project BLINK (Behavioral Intervention for Kindergartners) is a collaboration with 3 other researchers at the Hebrew University, working to develop and implement a multi-tiered system of screening and intervention for young children with disruptive behaviors in the public preschool system.

    This project is funded by the Israeli Ministry of Education.

    Learn more here.

    Family Accommodation in Autism

    Working with collaborators at Shamir Medical Center (Assaf Harofeh) and Yale Univerisity, we are examining the nature and significance of family accommodation in the context of a child's RRBs. This work, based on literature from OCD and anxiety disorders (e.g. Lebowitz et al., 2013), is ultimately focused on exploring the viability of utilizing accommodation as an avenue to support young children with autism and their families.

    Learn more here.

    Interested in participating in our studies and advancing science? 

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    Selected Recent Publications

    Gabbay-Dizdar, N., Ilan, M., Meiri, G., Faroy, M., Michaelovski, A., Flusser, H., Menashe, I., Koller, J., Zachor, D., & Dinstein, I. (2021). Early diagnosis of ASD in the community leads to marked social improvements within 1-2 years. Autism. doi.org/10.1177/13623613211049011

    Koller, J., David, T., Bar, N., & Lebowitz, E. R. (2021). The role of family accommodation of RRBs in disruptive behavior among children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders,  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05163-w

    Koller, J., Shalev, R., Schallamach, C., Gumpel, T.P., & Begin M. (2021). The role of demographics in the age of autism diagnosis in Jerusalem. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04107-9

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