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Dr. Shirli Werner

Research Interests:

Developmental disabilities; intellectual disabilities; dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and mental illness

Stigma in the field of intellectual disabilities (Including: public stigma, family stigma, professional stigma)

Quality of life and family quality of life among families in which a member has a disability

Knowledge and attitudes towards working with people with developmental disabilities 

Professional aspects in working with individuals with intellectual disabilities

Guardianship and supported decision-making

Social inclusion of individuals with disabilities

 

Current Research Projects:

· Service gap and lag in the treatment of individuals with intellectual disability and psychopathology.

· Evaluation of a museum cognitive accessibility program for individual with intellectual disabilities

·  Perception of disability among social workers.

· Volunteering among adolescents with disabilities.

· Examination of the efficacy of academic friending courses.

:Abstracts of Current Research 

Service gap and lag in the treatment of individuals with intellectual disability and psychopathology: Family stigma and perception of service availability and accessibility as barriers to help-seeking

Studies suggest that people with intellectual disability and psychopathology do not receive adequate preventive, curative and rehabilitative care.   Family caregivers play an important role in supporting people with intellectual disability, in general, and, particularly, during episodes of  psychopathology across the lifespan.  Despite the important role played by the caregiver, few studies have examined the characteristics of the help-seeking process.  This study examines the help-seeking process among these families and the adequacy of psychiatric services in Israel and Germany.   The study aims: (1) To gain an in-depth understanding of the availability, accessibility and adequacy of services for people with intellectual disabilities and psychopathology as perceived by their main caregivers. (2) To gain an in-depth understanding of the main barriers to help-seeking among caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities and psychopathology. (3) To examine the association between (a) family stigma and (b) perception of availability and adequacy of services and help seeking amongst family caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities and psychopathology.

 Evaluation of a museum cognitive accessibility program for individual with intellectual disabilities

A unique cognitive accessibility project is being run by Akim Israel and the Keren Shalem Fund in order to provide access for people with intellectual disabilities to museums and leisure centers. This research is an evaluation study of the project. This evaluation study examines staff training and efficacy of the project. Results from this study will include evidence based recommendations for museums and leisure centers on how to undertake cognitive accessibility of their sites. 

Perception of disability among social work students

During the last few centuries we are witnessing a paradigmatic shift in the way in which disability is conceptualized within the Western world. In this change, we can see a shift from the medical perspective that views disability as a personal issue to a social perspective that sees disability as a result of societal, environmental, cultural and political factors. This research takes first steps in examination of the perceptions of disability held by social work students, i.e. to what degree social work students are inclined towards a medical versus a social perspective of disability. This research question will be examined among BSW and MSW students in order to also see the impact of socialization into the profession as one of the factors which may impact on these perceptions.

Volunteering among adolescents with disabilities.

Current social policy argues for greater support of social inclusion of individuals with disabilities, and specifically adolescents with disabilities. Amongst other things, there is a wish for greater inclusion of adolescents with disabilities within educational settings, social and leisure activities. It is expected that such inclusion may lead to more positive attitudes in society. This study follows a unique pilot project that seeks to include adolescents with disabilities as volunteers. The aim of this study is to examine the efficacy of this project and its impact on volunteers with disabilities and the volunteer settings.

Examination of the efficacy of academic friending courses. Academic friending courses are inclusive courses in which students with disabilities study side-by-side with students without disabilities. This study examines the impact and implications of studying in these courses on three groups of stakeholders: students with disabilities, students without disabilities and course lecturers.

 

 

Recent Publications

Werner, S. & Scior, K. (2016). Interventions aimed at tackling intellectual disability stigma: What works and what still needs to be done. In K. Scior & S. Werner (Eds.),  Intellectual disability & stigma: Stepping out from the margins. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Werner, S. (2016). Measurement methods to assess intellectual disability stigma. In K. Scior & S. Werner (Eds.),  Intellectual disability & stigma: Stepping out from the margins. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Scior, K. & Werner, S. (2016).  Intellectual disability & stigma: Stepping out from the margins. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Taub, T., Werner, S. (online early 2016). What support resources contribute to family quality of life among religious and secular Jewish families of children with developmental disabilities? Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Arten, T., Werner, S. (online early June 2016). Social workers' attributions toward individuals with dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and mental illness. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

Scior, K., Hammid, A., Hastings, R., Werner, S., Belton, C., Laniyan, A., Patel, M., & Kett, M. (2016). Consigned to the margins: a call for global action to challenge intellectual disability stigma. The Lancet Global Health, 4, e294-e295 DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(16)00060-7

Werner, S., & Chabani, R. (2015). Guardianship versus supported decision-making: Perceptions of persons with intellectual or psychiatric disabilities and parents. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

Werner, S. (2015). Stigma in the area of intellectual disabilities: Examining a conceptual model of public stigma. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 120, 460-475.

Werner, S., Peretz, H., & Roth, D. (2015). Children's attitudes toward children with and without disabilities. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 33, 98-107.

Landau, R., & Werner, S. (2015). Ethical aspects of use of GPS tracking for people with dementia. Gerontology and Geriatrics, 42, (1), 9-25.   (in Hebrew; based on a translation of Landau & Werner, 2012).

Werner, S. (2015). Public stigma in intellectual disability: Do direct versus indirect questions make a difference? Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 59, 958-69.

Werner, S., & Hozmi, B. (2015). Social workers' evaluation concerning the care of persons with 'dual diagnosis: Intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disorders. Society and Welfare, 35, 93-116. (in Hebrew).

Werner, S. (2015). Athletes', parents' and siblings' experiences from the Special Olympics World Games. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 40, 167-178.

Werner, S., & Shulman, C. (2015). Does type of disability make a difference in affiliate stigma among family caregivers of individuals with autism, intellectual disability or physical disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 59, 272-283.

Werner, S. (2015). Public stigma and the perception of rights: Differences between intellectual and physical disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 38, 262-271.

Werner, S. (2014). Israel, Personal Well-Being Index; Application to Different Population Group. In: Michalos AC (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp3395-3401.

Werner, S., & Roth, D. (2014). Stigma toward people with intellectual disability. In P. Corrigan (Ed.). Stigma of disease and disability. American Psychological Association.

 Werner, S., Levav, I., Stawski, M., & Polakiewicz, Y. (2013). Israeli psychiatrists report on their  ability to care for individuals with intellectual disability and psychiatric disorders. Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, 50(3), 202-209.

 Sinai, A., Werner, S., & Stawski, M. (2013). Assessing the need for a specialist service for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems living in Israel: A qualitative study. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 1:49. doi: 10.3389/fped.2013.00049

 Werner, S., & Shulman, C. (2013). Subjective well-being among family caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities: The role of affiliate stigma and psychosocial moderating variables. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 4103-4114.

 Rich, S., Levinger, M., Werner, S., & Adelman, C. (2013). Being an adolescent with a cochlear implant in the world of hearing people :Coping in school, in society and with self identity. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 77,  1337-1344. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijporl.2013.05.029

 Werner, S., Stawski, M., Polakiewicz, Y., & Levav, I., (2013). Psychiatrists' knowledge, training and attitudes regarding the care of individuals with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 57, 774-782. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01604.x

 Ditchman, N., Werner, S., Kosyluk, K., Jones, N., Elg, B., & Corrigan, P. W. (2013). Stigma and intellectual disability: Potential application of mental illness research. Rehabilitation Psychology, 58,  206-216.

 Werner, S. (2012). Individuals with intellectual disabilities: A review of the literature on decision-making since the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). Public Health Reviews, 34 (2), 1-27.

 Werner, S. (2012). Needs Assessment of Individuals with Serious Mental Illness: Can It Help in Promoting Recovery? Community Mental Health Journal, 48, 568-573. DOI 10.1007/s10597-011-9478-6

 Werner, S. (2012). Intention to work with individuals with dual diagnosis: Testing the theory of planned behavior among students from various professions. Health & Social Work, 37, 81-89. doi: 10.1093/hsw/hls010

 Werner, S., Auslander, G., Shoval, N., Gitlitz, T., Landau, R., & Heinik J. (2012). Caregiver burden and of out-of-home mobility of cognitively impaired older adults: Is there a relationship. International Psychogeriatrics, 24, 1836-1845 doi:10.1017/S1041610212001135.

 Werner, S. (2012). Subjective well-being, hope, and needs of individuals with serious mental illness. Psychiatry Research, 196, 214-219.

 Werner, S., & Stawski, M. (2012). Knowledge, attitudes and training of professionals on dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and psychiatric disorder. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56, 291-304.

 Landau, R., & Werner, S. (2012). Ethical aspects of using GPS for tracking people with dementia: Recommendations for practice. International Psychogeriatrics, 24, 358-366.

 Werner, S., Corrigan, P., Ditchman, N., & Sokol, K. (2012). Stigma and Intellectual Disability: A Review of Measures and Future Directions. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 33, 748-765.

 Werner, S., & Grayzman, A. (2011). Factors influencing the intention of students to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 2502-2510.

 Werner, S, & Landau, R. (2011). Social workers' and students’ attitudes toward electronic tracking of people with Alzheimer's disease. Social Work Education, 30, 541-557. 

 Werner, S. (2011). Assessing female students’ attitudes in various health and social professions toward working with people with autism: A preliminary study. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 25, 131-137.

 Landau, R., Auslander, G.K., Werner, S., Shoval, N., & Heinik, J. (2011). Who should make the decision on the use of GPS for people with dementia? Aging and Mental Health, 15, 78-84.

 

 Shirli Werner's page at the Research and Development Authority site