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    Welcome!

     

    Our lab, within the Seymour Fox School of Education at the Hebrew University, is a multidisciplinary, diverse group of individuals committed to asking questions whose answers will improve the lives of autistic children 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 way parent behavior and systemic variables interact over time with symptom expression and functioning in young autistic children. Second, we are focused on developing and exploring frameworks that use parents and systems to support child development. 

    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.

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    Shani Wismel

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    Amjed Shoughry 

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    Tamar David

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    Linoy Levi

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    I am an assistant professor of clinical child/school psychology and special education at the Seymour Fox School of Education at Hebrew University. I joined the faculty here in 2013 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 and formally established this lab in July 2020.

    I am the Director of the Jerusalem Region of the Azrieli National Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopment Research, which our lab is part of, and serve on the Israel Ministry of Health's interministerial expert committee on autism. I am on the advisory committee for Hebrew University's Center for Disability Studies and, every once in a long while, I blog here about autism, disabilities, and parenting.

    Dr. Judah Koller

    Ongoing Research

    At the heart of our lab is a no-cost diagnostic clinic, providing an essential service to the community and serving as the basis for much of our research.

    In this context, children receive fully recognized, gold-standard developmental and diagnostic evaluations. The assessment incorporates both standardized and experimental measures, allowing us to examine specific child, parent, and systemic variables, which interact with development and may serve as ports of entry into supporting autistic children and their families. We conduct these evaluations in Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, and English.  

    More information is here.

    Research
    Selected Recent Publications

    Rozenblat, S., Shimshoni, Y., Lebowitz, E., Perez, M., & Koller, J. (2023). A pilot trial of SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) in autism. Child Psychiatry & Human Development

    Graucher, T., Sinai-Gavrilov, Y., Mor, Y., Netzer, S., Cohen, E., Levi, L., Birenboim, T., & Koller, J. (2022). From clinic room to zoom: Delivery of an evidence-based, parent-mediated intervention in the community before and during the pandemic. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05592-1

    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

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