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    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 way in which parent behavior and functioning interact over time with symptom expression in young children with autism. Second, we are focused on using parents and systems to support child development. This takes place in the context of lab-based and implementation studies examining caregiver-mediated interventions for young children with autism and other developmental concerns. 

    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
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    Shani Wismel

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    Amjed Shoughry 

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    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. 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 in July 2020.

    I coordinate the Jerusalem-area sites for the Azrieli National Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopment Research, which our lab is part of, and have served on Israel Ministry of Health committees to establish policy on the diagnosis of young children with autism as well as the diagnosis of adults. I am also on the advisory committees for Hebrew University's Autism Center and Center for Disability Studies. Every once in a long while, I blog here about autism, disabilities and parenting.

    Dr. Judah Koller

    Alumni

    Mishleen Abo Hatoum

    Shahar Alony

    Samira Amer

    Dima Awawdeh

    Yael Ben Haim 

    Tzlil Birenboim

    Tamar David Cohen

    Sapir Dar

    Inbal Feldman

    Chen Schallamach

    Miriam Schuz

    Ronny Shalev

    Analia Shefer

    Amjed Shoughry

    Shani Wismel

    Ongoing Research

    JOADI Collaborative

    Parent Training for Disruptive Behaviors

    Since 2017, we have been assessing the feasibility and efficacy of delivering RUBI, an evidence-based parent training program for young children with autism and disruptive behaviors, in the community. Currently, we are working with collaborators and partners to implement RUBI in the community in a sustainable fashion. 

    This project is generously funded by the Joseph Levy Foundation.

    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.

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    The JOADI Collaborative is an international endeavor involving our lab, McMaster University, and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The collaborative focuses on development, intervention, and mechanisms in young children with autism and their families. 

    In this context, we are administering a trial of the Social ABCs, a parent-mediated intervention for young children with autism, and have joined the PARC study, designed to examine trajectories of autistic children and their fmailies.

    Learn more here.

    Family Accommodation in Autism

    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.

     
    Selected Recent Publications

    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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