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Prof. Liat Ayalon. I am a clinical psychologist and a Professor at Bar Ilan University. My current interests concern the integration of mental health in primary care, the intersection of formal and informal care for older adults and ageism-discrimination based on age. My research is currently funded by the National Insurance Institute of Israel, the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research and the Israel Science Foundation. 

Liat Ayalon, Ph.D.
Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work
Bar ilan University, Ramat Gan
Israel, 52900
Tel: 972-3-531-7910
Fax: 972-3-738-4042

Research Staff

Ateret Gvirtz-Midni is a social worker and sexual therapist. Her research concerns attitudes towards sexuality among older adults. She is a co-PI on a research funded by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Researcg.

Gweirtz-Meydan, A.* & Ayalon, L. (2016). Physicians' response to sexual dysfunction presented by a younger vs. an older adult. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 

Gweyrtz-Meydan, A.* & Ayalon, L. (in press). Forever young: Visual representations of age and gender in online dating sites for older adults. Journal of Women & Aging.

Postdoctoral Fellows



Dr. Inbar Levkovich is the head of the research unit at the Division of Family Medicine, The Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine in the Israel Institute of Technology. She earned her Ph.D. from the department of Gerontology at Haifa University. She is currently involved in a research, funded by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research on barriers to sexual treatments for older adults.  


Dr. Ella Shwartz. Ella is a postdoctoral student under the guidance of Prof. Liat Ayalon at the school of social work in Bar-Ilan. Her dissertation, from the Hebrew University, investigated the changes in older adults' social relationships and their associations with mental health. She is also a part of the team that develops the social networks area in SHARE - a broad panel survey of older Europeans. Her research interests focus on the social environment in old age and its consequence for mental health, cognitive health and self perceptions. Ella has a Masters degree in neuro-clinical psychology from Ben-Gurion University. 

Doctoral Students

       Dr. Rinat Ben Noon is a geographer and an urban planner who works on the design and assessment of              friendly cities. Her research concerns older adults' participation in the public space.

       Ben Noon, R.* & Ayalon, L. (2017). Older adults in public open spaces: Age and gender segregation.                  The Gerontologist

Seyoung Kim. My doctoral research in the EuroAgeism program focuses on the relationship between ageism and longevity in light of challenges to the sustainability of social security. Specifically, my project investigates the potential effects of longer working lives on the social insurance sustainability and on the employment of young workers. Prior to joining the EuroAgeism project, I earned a M.Sc. in Evidence-Based Social Intervention from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford. My Master’s thesis examined the association between employment and mental health in older adults in South Korea. I received two Bachelor’s degrees—one in Business Administration from Seoul Women’s University and the other in Business with a major in Finance from Indiana University (with honors)—through a dual-degree program. I also gained practical experience in managing government’s employment program for older people at the Korea Labor Force Development Institute for the Aged. My current research interests include active ageing, ageism at work, and evidence-based policymaking. 

Laura Allen. My research in the EuroAgeism program is on the spread of ageism in the social network, specifically in the long-term care setting. I will evaluate ageist bias and communication among stakeholders in care and its effect on self-ageism of the resident. I have a B.S. in healthcare administration and a certification in long-term care administration from Western Kentucky University. As a Fulbright scholar (2017-2018) at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, I evaluated the administrator's strategy for weighing safety and quality of life within Dutch nursing homes. Through my research, I hope to promote an honest and positive picture of aging. 

M.A. Students

Mrs. Lital Domb. is a social worker. Her Master's thesis is focused on attitudes towards sexuality among older adults with severe mental illness.  
Mr. Ariel Argaman is a social worker who works in the social welfare center. His research concerns the change from caregiving relationships to marital relationships of migrant home care workers and their older care recipients. 
Mrs. Sharon Fridman. is a social worker who serve as an almoner in charge of protecting the welfare of older adults. Her thesis concerns the dilemas of almoners responsible for recommending the apotropsy of older adults.  
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