1992 …2024

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About Me

Prof. Orit Taubman – Ben-Ari is Head of the Doctoral Program in Bar Ilan University's School of Social Work. Her main research interests are basically two: First, intergenerational relationships and personal growth following life transitions. In the wake of her ground-breaking research, her scholarly publications were among the first to introduce the construct of personal growth into the discourse of life transitions. Her studies examine both deleterious and positive or constructive predispositions and outcomes within families coping with various stress-related events. Second, the psychology of risk taking, especially reckless driving, with an emphasis on risk taking among adolescents and young adults. Over the years, she has studied youngsters during the stages of learning to drive. Within this framework, she has developed and confirmed the validity and reliability of instruments for assessing driving style, as well as developed a new theoretical concept, Family Climate for Road Safety, along with an instrument for its assessment.


  • Positive psychology: Personal growth in the wake of life transitions and crises.
  • The psychology of risk taking and reckless driving, with an emphasis on risk taking among adolescents and young adults.
  • Terror Management Theory – the effects of awareness of death on various life areas, e.g., risk taking, interpersonal relationships, decision making, meaning in life.
  • The intergenerational relationship and transmission of coping abilities, reckless behavior, transition to parenthood.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Bar-Ilan University

Jan 1994Jun 1998

Award Date: 30 Jun 1998

Master's Degree, Bar-Ilan University

Oct 1990Jun 1993

Award Date: 30 Jun 1993

Bachelor, Tel Aviv University

Oct 1986Jun 1989

Award Date: 30 Jun 1989


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