2009-2012 Postdoctoral Studies (Department of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel, Country)
2001-2009 Ph.D., (Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, AZ, USA)
1999-2001 M.A., (Department of Psychology, Springfield College, MA, USA)
1995-1999 B.A., (Physical Education and Sport Sciences, The Academic College at Wingate, Israel)
Awards and Excellence Scholarships (Within the Past Five Years)
2018 Golda Meir Fellowship Lectureship Award, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Appointments at the Hebrew University
2017 Present Senior Lecturer, Faculty, University, Country (If Applicable)
Additional Functions (Within the Past Five Years)
2017 Present Member, Ethics committee, School of Social Work and Social Welfare.
2017 Present Member, Research and Computation Committee, School of Social Work and Social Welfare.
2017 Present Director of the Emotions and psychotherapy research lab
2009 Present Founder, The Israeli Institute for Emotion-Focused Therapy.
Research Grants (Within the Past Five Years)
2019-2022 Bi-national Science Foundation. Targeting interpersonal emotion dynamics as a mechanism for increasing wellbeing in romantic couples. $300,000, Dr. Ben Shahar (Hebrew University), Dr. Eran Bar-Kalifa (Ben-Gurion University, Prof. Dave Sbarra (University of Arizona), Prof. Emily Butler (University of Arizona).
2018-2020 Prof. Milton Rosenbaum Endowment Fund for Research in Psychiatric Sciences. The role of emotional processing as a change mechanism in emotion-focused therapy for social anxiety disorder. $25,000. Ben Shahar.
2014-2018 Israel Science Foundation. The process of resolving self-criticism: Investigating the mediating role of shame. $123,000, Dr. Ben Shahar.
List of Publication (Within the Past Five Years)
Chapters in Collections
Elliott, R., & Shahar, B. (2019). Emotion-focused therapy for social anxiety. In L. S. Greenberg & R. N. Goldman (Eds.), Clinical handbook of emotion-focused therapy (pp. 337-360). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.
Borelli, J.L., Gaskin, G. E., Smiley, P.A., Chung, D., Shahar, B., & Bosmans, G. (in press). Multisystem Physiological Reactivity During Help-Seeking for Attachment Needs in School-aged Children: Differences as a Function of Attachment. Attachment & Human Development
Zilcha-Mano, S., Shahar, B., Fisher, H., Dolev-Amit, T., Greenberg, L.S., Barber, J. P. (2021) Investigating patient-specific mechanisms of change in SET vs. EFT for depression. BMC Psychiatry, 21, 787
Machluf, R., Abba Daleski, M., Shahar, B., Kula, O., & Bar-Kalifa, E. (in press). Couples Therapists’ Attitudes Toward Online Therapy During the COVID-19 Crisis. Family process.
Wiesel I., Shahar, B., Goldman, R., & Bar-Kalifa, E. (in press). Accuracy and Bias in Vulnerability Perceptions of Partners Undergoing Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples. Family Process.
Shahar, B. (in press). New Developments in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder. Journal of Clinical Medicine.
Borelli, J. L., Smiley, P. A., Gaskin, G., Pham, P. T., Kussman, M., & Shahar, B. (in press). Children’s and Parents’ Perceptions of Vulnerability as Weakness: Associations with Children’s Well-Being. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Advance online publication.
Halamová, J., Kanovský, M., Gilbert, P., Troop, N. A., Zuroff, D. C., Petrocchi, N., Hermant, N., Krieger, T. Kirby, J. M., Asano; K., Matos, M., Yo, F., Sommers-Spijkerman, M., Shahar, B, Basran, J., & Kupeli, N. (in press). Multiple group irt measurement invariance analysis of the forms of self-criticising/attacking and self-reassuring scale in thirteen international samples. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. Advance online publication.
Haberman, A., Shahar, B. Zilcha-Mano S., Bar-Kalifa, E. & Diamond, G.M. (2019). Exploring the Process of Change in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Social Anxiety. Psychotherapy Research, 29, 908-918.
Halamová, J., Kanovský, M., Gilbert, P., Kupeli, N., Troop, N., Zuroff, D., Hermanto, N., Petrocchi, N., Sommers-Spijkerman, M., Kirby, J., Shahar, B., Krieger, T., Matos, M., Asano, K., Yu, F., & Basran, J. (2018). The factor structure of the Forms of Self-Criticising/ Attacking & Self-Reassuring Scale in thirteen populations. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 40, 736-751.
Adler, G., Shahar, B., Dolev, T., & Zilcha-Mano, S. (2018). The Development of the Working Alliance and Its Ability to Predict Outcome in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 206, 446-454.
Lazarus, G., & Shahar, B. (2018). The role of shame and self-criticism in social anxiety: A daily-diary design. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 37, 107-127.
Steinmann, R., Gat, I., Nir-Gottlieb, O., Shahar, B., & Diamond, G. M. (2017). Attachment-based family therapy and individual emotion-focused therapy for unresolved anger: Qualitative analysis of treatment outcomes and change processes. Psychotherapy, 54, 281-291.
Fennig S., Brunstein Klomek A., Shahar B., Sarel Z., Hadas A. (2017). Inpatient treatment has no impact on the core thoughts and perceptions in adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Early Interventions in Psychiatry, 11, 200-207.
Shahar, B., Bar-Kalifa, E., & Alon, E. (2017). Emotion-focused therapy for social anxiety disorder: Results from a multiple-baseline study. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 85(3), 238-249.
Elliott, R., & Shahar, B. (2017). Emotion-focused therapy for social anxiety (EFT-SA). Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 16, 140-158.
Diamond, G. M., & Shahar, B., Sabo, D. & Tsvieli, N. (2016). Attachment-based family therapy and emotion-focused therapy for unresolved anger: The role of emotional processing. Psychotherapy, 53, 34-44.
Doron, G., Szepsenwol, O. & Shahar, B. (2016). Letting it Linger: Exploring the Longitudinal Effects of Relationship-Related Obsessive-Compulsive Phenomena. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 11, 101-14.
Shahar, B., Bar-Kalifa, E., & Hen-Weissberg, A. (2015). Shame during social interactions predicts subsequent generalized anxiety symptoms: A daily-diary study. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 34, 827-837.
Shahar, B., Doron, G., & Szepsenwol, O. (2015). Childhood maltreatment, shame-proneness, and self-criticism in social anxiety disorder: A sequential mediational model. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 22, 570-579.
Shahar, B., Levit-Binnun, N., Szepsenwol, O., Zilca, S., Zamir, O., & Haim, N. (2015). A wait-list randomized controlled trial of loving-kindness meditation program for self-criticism. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 22, 346-356.
Shahar, B. (2014). Emotion-focused therapy for the treatment of social anxiety: An overview of the model and a case description. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 21, 536-547.