M.A. Areas

M.A. studies in Psychology are aimed at encouraging study and research in the field of psychology as a basic science, and giving elementary training in preparation for an area in the application of psychology in the different areas.
 
Studies and research in the department are organized in the following areas (for details regarding each area, click on the name):
 
Educational and clinical child psychology (in Hebrew) - partnered with the School of Education
Individual Studies program in educational/ experimental psychology through the School of Education (in Hebrew).
 

Link to Psychologists Board website. The website shows the criteria for internship in the different areas of Psychology. Criteria regard internship in Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Medical Psychology, Rehabilitation Psychology and Social-Employment-Organizational Psychology.

 
 
About the area
The clinical area affords its students a theoretical and practical infrastructure that allows them to learn and develop as therapists with responsibility, concern, and understanding in therapeutic fieldwork and in the emotional processes that stand at its foundations. Our hope is that alumni of the area, as they continue down their professional paths, will contribute to the promotion of thought and practice in the field. The area's program encourages the development of the skills required to that end. Acquiring this infrastructure is accomplished through the combination of intensive fieldwork with close guidance, theoretical courses that allow for the learning of clinical skills, observing the emotional processes that are at the core of therapeutic work, and the acquisition of theoretical and empirical tools for investigation. Moreover, the research experience that the students must undergo during the course of their studies contributes to this aim. Our program is unique in that the research can be empirical (quantitative or narrative) or theoretical and clinical.
All of the educators and instructors in the area are experienced, senior clinical psychologists who are continuously and actively involved in treatment and diagnosis.
The area excels in two central branches of psychotherapy: psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
We are proud that the heads of the five clinical areas in the different Israeli universities (in 2010, for example) are alumni of the clinical area in Jerusalem. In addition, all the heads of psychological services in mental health institutions in Jerusalem (the city with the most mental health institutions in the country) are also alumni of the area at Hebrew University.
 
Instructors in the area
Area Coordinator: Prof. Orya Tishby, orya.tishby@mail.huji.ac.il
Prof. Eytan Bachar
Prof. Jonathan Huppert
Dr. Iftah Yovel
Prof. Nurit Yirmiya
Dr. Laura Canetti
Prof. Gaby Shefler 
 
 
 
Program of study
The program of study is based on two consecutive years of theoretical studies and a practicum and cannot be divided. The program is built in a way that allows for the completion of all the academic requirements during those two years and we encourage our students to complete them in this timeframe in order to be free to continue their training in the framework of the clinical internship and/or doctoral studies.
The Masters degree in Psychology is awarded with the completion of the requirements of the program, which is necessary, according to the internship regulations of the Psychologists Board next to the Health Ministry, in order to complete the internship in clinical psychology and work as a therapist.
 
Theoretical studies
The number of credits required for the degree in this area is 53 credits.
 
Required courses:
Required clinical courses (including courses in psychotherapeutic intervention, foundations of clinical thought, psychopathology, interviewing and diagnosis.)
Clinical training in psychotherapy and psychodiagnostic diagnosis
Clinical workshop
Course in research methods common to all of the areas
 
Elective courses:
Elective clinical courses include courses in specific topics and techniques, like group therapy, short-term therapy, self psychology, Winnicottian therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy in anxiety disorders, and more.
 
Writing a research seminar paper
Writing the seminar paper is done under the framework of research seminars. Students in the area can participate in research seminars given by instructors from the area or by instructors from other areas in the department. The clinical research seminars include research on post-trauma, research on ethics, research in psychotherapy, behavioral cognitive conceptualization, eating disorders and more.
 
Writing the thesis
For details regarding the thesis, please press here.
 
Practical studies (practicum)
The practical part of the area's program is based on an intensive clinical practicum. The sites that are chosen for the practicum are among the best clinics and hospitals that deal with mental health in Jerusalem. The practicum is done only in those frameworks in Jerusalem that were chosen for that purpose by the area. During the first year, students will spend 10 weekly hours in the clinical framework and in the second year about 20 weekly hours in the same framework. The continuity is intended to allow for lasting learning and therapeutic experiences, and to minimize difficulties adjusting to frequent transitions. The educators and instructors in the area, in coordination with the mentors at the practicum sites, emphasize the developmental, growth and personal learning processes and the experiences the students go through, each person at his own pace and as a group.
 
Alumni of the clinical area in Jerusalem:
A. Gain vast clinical experience due to the fact that this the only area in which the practicum lasts for two consecutive years and in the same clinical framework.
B. The chance to finish the thesis relatively quickly is given to them. There is a variety of possibilities for writing the thesis in the department, which is characterized by excellence in research.
 
Doctoral studies
Students who have fulfilled the criteria of qualifications and achievements may start the "Doctoral Direct Track” already during the two years of the M.A. See the Doctorate page for further details.
 
Acceptance to the area
 
 
 
 
About the area
The uniqueness of the Social Area at the Hebrew University is the intellectual wealth on the one hand, and openness on the other. The faculty members, the laboratories, and the nature of the university and department create a rare opportunity to develop theoretical and research issues in a variety of fields. We encourage outstanding students to join one of the direct doctoral tracks when they are accepted to the department, at the end of the first year or at the end of the second year. We have a vast and advanced research infrastructure and the research executed at the Hebrew University is at the forefront of scientific advance.
 
During the course of their studies, students in the area are exposed to a variety of different research areas in social psychology and in neighboring disciplines. The areas of research and instruction include social cognition, decision making processes, consciousness, social perception, face perception, social and affective neuroscience, motivation, self-regulation and conflicts, emotion and emotion regulation. Of course, students can pursue research with faculty members other than those listed below. We also encourage students to supplement their education in related fields throughout the university, including the School of Education, the Business School, the Communications and Sociology Departments, the Program for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution, the Center for the Study of Rationality, and the Center for Brain Sciences, among others.
 
Instructors in the area
Area Coordinator: Dr. Ruth Mayo, ruth.mayo@mail.huji.ac.il
Prof. Ran Hassin
Prof. Ilan Yaniv
Dr. Yisrael Katz
Dr. Hillel Aviezer
Dr. Tali Kleiman
Dr. Salomon Israel
 
Program of study
The program of study is built in coordination with the advisors in the area and their approval. The program is subject to change, but currently involves:
 
Required courses (16 credits):

Research methods (51895, first year) 4 credits

Pro-seminar in Social Psychology (51819, first year) 2 credits

Advanced Social Psychology (51727, second year) 2 credits
Social and cognitive colloquium (51789, first year) 2 credits

Research Seminar (from among those offered in the Course Catalogue) 4 credits

M.A. Thesis Seminar (Social Psychology area) 2 credits

 
Elective courses (in the first and second years- for a total of 26 credits)
* Take note that the elective courses are very diverse, and enable students to focus on the subjects and directions that interest them.
 
Total: 42 credits
 
Writing the thesis
For details regarding the thesis, please press here.
 
 
 
Acceptance to the area
 
 
 
 
About the area
The M.A. program in the Psychobiology Area is an individual program tailored to the research project of the student. Students in this area will integrate into research projects conducted in the Brain and Behavior Laboratory of the Department of Psychology. Research in the laboratory deals with the relationships between the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), the endocrine system, the immune system, and behavior. The research is conducted in animal models (mostly mice) that simulate different humane diseases (e.g, Alzheimer’s, depression, auto-immune diseases, retardation, and chronic pain). Research topics change with time.
 
Current research topics:
 
  1. Depression as a disease of microglia cells in the brain: Research in models of depression in mice.
  2. Development of anti-depression medicine based on modulation of bacterial processes and activation of microglia cells in the brain.
  3. Involvement of microglia cells in the neurogenesis process in the adult brain: Morphologic research (Multiphoton fluorescence microscope), Physiology research and molecular research
  4. Involvement of glia cells and Interleukin-1 in learning processes, memory, brain plasticity: Research on genetically engineered animals.
 
During the course of the research project, students will be exposed to a variety of research methods, including computerized measures of behavioral variables, methods in molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, florescent microscopy, immunological analyses, stereotaxic surgery, and electrophysiology.
 
Instructors in the area
Area Coordinators: Prof. Raz Yirmiya, Tel. 02-5883695, razyirmiya@huji.ac.il,
Prof. Yehuda (Udi) Shavit, Tel. 02-5883266, msshavit@mscc.huji.ac.il
 
Instructors in the area collaborate with scientists outside of the department, including:
  • Prof. Michael Tal, School of Dental Medicine, Hebrew University
  • Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, Department of Neurology, Hadassah University Hospital- Hebrew University
  • Prof. Adi Mizrahi, Institute of Life Sciences and ELSC for brain sciences, Hebrew University
  • Dr. Inbal Goshen, ELSC for brain sciences, Hebrew University
  • Prof. Hermona Sorek, Institute of Life Sciences, Hebrew University
  • Prof. Eli Keshet and Dr. Tirzah Kreisel, Molecular Biology Department, Hadassah University Hospital- Hebrew University
 
 
Program of study
The program of study will be determined individually for each student in coordination with the area coordinator, and will include research experience in the laboratory and a tailored list of courses. The opportunity to work in the Brain and Behavior laboratory in the framework of writing an M.A. and/or Ph.D thesis is open to students in other areas after the formation of a personalized research plan with the area coordinator.
 
Total of 40 credits.
Participation in at least one research seminar is required.
Each student is required to submit one research seminar paper (0 credits).
Each student is required to write a thesis.
 
Students in the area are encouraged to participate in courses that are given at the Ein Karem Campus and at the Edmond J. Safra Campus. Courses will be determined in coordination with the area supervisor, keeping in mind the thesis topic of the student. The following is a list of elective courses (from both of the aforementioned campuses) in which past students in the area have participated (this list is not binding and is for illustration purposes only):
 
Edmond J. Safra Campus:
06125 - Functional Neuroanatomy for Cognition Sciences
72332 - Introduction to Molecular Biology
72614 - General Endocrinology
72665 - Immunology
76932 - The Molecular Basis of Neuronal Processing
 
Ein Karem Campus:
64325 - Immunology
81891 - Molecular and Cell Biology of Growth Factors and Cytokines
94624 - Immunology
94640 - Pharmacology for Biological Medical Sciences
98825 - Demyelinating Diseases and Regeneration in Brain Systems
98825 - The Science of suffering: From Acute to chronic
94859 - Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Transmission
 
Writing the thesis
For details regarding the thesis, please press here.
 
Doctoral studies
There is an option to continue onto doctoral studies in the area in the framework of the "Direct Doctoral Track” or after the M.A. See the Doctorate page for further details.
 
Acceptance to the area
 
 
 
 
The Division of brain, behavior and cognition has two areas:
Applied track in Clinical Rehabilitation Neuropsychology
Research track in Cognition and Cognitive Brain Sciences
 
Studies in both areas focus on the cognitive system, its organization in the brain, and the implications of both of these on normal functioning and after injury. In both areas students are required to do a research thesis. Among the relevant research topics in the department are: information processing in the different senses and multisensory processing, attention and conscious awareness, representation of knowledge, memory, learning, reading words and their perception, statistical learning, psycho-linguistic processes, judgment and decision making, emotional regulation and others. Research activities in the field take place in other departments such as linguistics, philosophy, life sciences and computer science. Students are permitted to conduct their research projects in collaboration with and under the instruction of researchers from these other departments.
 
In both tracks, there is the option to continue in the "Direct PhD Track” for outstanding students.
There is a close connection between both of the areas including common courses and a joint weekly workshop.
 
Instructors in the division
Division Coordinator: Prof. Leon Deouell, leon.deouell@huji.ac.il

Prof. Merav Ahissar

Prof. Ram Frost

Dr. Hillel Aviezer

Dr. Dan Hoofien

Dr. Ayelet Landau

Dr. Anat Maril

D. Yoni Pertzov
 
 
 
Area Coordinator: Prof. Leon Deouell, leon.deouell@huji.ac.il
 
Studies in the area last for three years at the end of which students may be accepted to internships in rehabilitation psychology according to the requirements of the Psychology Law in Israel. The applied track combines theoretical aspects and concepts in neuropsychology with clinical, diagnostic, therapeutic-rehabilitative aspects of this discipline. The courses involve brain structure and function and cognitive, emotional and social process connected to the nervous system when functioning normally and in situations of neurological damage. Those studying in the applied area also participate in different diagnostic and treatment courses and gain experience in fieldwork, including a practicum. Moreover, during the course of their studies, students join medical students for a few weeks of learning and clinical experience in the Neurology Department in Hadassah Hospital. Accordingly with the student's personal priority, an applied track of Pediatric Neuropsychology (children), applied track of adult Neuropsychology or integration of these two clinical facets, are offered.
 
Program of study
Studies in the applied track last for three years. The third year is centered on fieldwork (the practicum). All coursework must be completed and students must keep up with the time table of conducting their theses (the section "Thesis” above elaborates upon this), before beginning the fieldwork in the third year. The area reserves the right to not allow students who did not fulfill these conditions to begin their third year.
 

Required general studies of the first year - 4 credits

Required courses of the first year - 22 credits

Required courses of the second year - 16 credits (including experience in Neuropsychology (minipracticum) 0 credits)

Elective Courses - 4 credits

Required Courses of the third year – 6 credits: training seminar in Neuropsychology (practicum) 4 credits, Clinical experience in Neurology (held in Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem) 2 credits.
Total: 52 credits
Students who did not take the course "Neuropsychology” (51404) must take the course during their first year - the course will not count as part of the total credits. There is an option to obtain an exemption for students who took relevant courses based on the decision of the head of the program.
Participation in at least one research seminar is required.
Every student must submit one research seminar paper (0 credits).
Every student must write a thesis.
 
 
 
Area Coordinator: Prof. Leon Deouell, leon.deouell@huji.ac.il
 
Studies in the Cognition and cognitive brain sciences area last for two years, and at their core, they are train students to conduct research in the field. The courses deal with the cognitive system, its organization in the brain, the diverse research methods in the field (psychophysics, electrophysiology, fMRI, neuropsychological tests and others) and advanced topics in cognition. In addition, students participate in the weekly workshop of the program. Students have the flexibility of selecting courses that focus on different areas of knowledge and their program will be built together with an advisor. Emphasis will be placed on continuous research activity.
 
Program of study
 

Required General studies (first year) 12 credits

Required courses (first and second years) 10 credits

Elective courses (first and second years) 16 credits (including one research seminar)

Total: 40 credits
 
The program of study will be determined after consulting with the area coordinator and with his approval.
Students who did not take the course "Neuropsychology” (51404) must take the course during their first year - the course will not count as part of the total credits. There is an option to obtain an exemption for students who took relevant courses based on the decision of the head of the program.
Participation in at least one research seminar is required.
Every student must submit one research seminar paper (0 credits).
Every student must write a thesis.
 
Writing the thesis
For details regarding the thesis, please press here.