Meet Our Faculty: Prof. Orit Taubman - Ben-Ari

Meet Our Faculty: Prof. Orit Taubman -  Ben-Ari (Enlarge)

Meet Prof. Orit Taubman - Ben-Ari, a psychologist and lecturer at BIU’s School of Social Work. Taubman - Ben-Ari’s main research fields are multigenerational relations and personal growth following life transitions and crises, and transition to parenthood/grandparenthood.  Taubman - Ben-Ari was one of the first scholars in the world to prove that personal growth occurs not only following trauma, but also following normative changes. Her studies examine both negative and positive aspects of families coping with stressful life events such as the birth of a preemie baby, fertility treatments and parenting twins.


Taubman - Ben-Ari’s second academic interest focuses on the psychology of risk taking, mainly reckless driving of adolescents and young adults. She’s studied youngsters while in drivers’ Ed and immediately after receiving their drivers’ license, and examined issues such as motivation for reckless driving, gender based differences in driving, and family and friends’ contributions. In this context, Taubman - Ben-Ari has designed new research strategies to examine driving styles and evaluate the positions of young drivers and their parents towards the learner’s permit period. She has developed a new theoretical concept: “Road Safety Family Climate”, and constructed a questionnaire evaluating it. 


Prof. Taubman - Ben-Ari, who holds a BA in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology from Tel Aviv University and an MA and PhD from BIU, has published dozens of articles and book chapters, and co-authored Grandparents of Children with Disabilities: Theoretical Perspectives of Intergenerational Relationship (Springer, 2016).