1996 - 1997 Post doc, Graduate School of Social Work, Boston College
1988 - 1996 Ph.D. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
1982 - 1986 M.A. (with honors) in Social Work, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
1978 - 1981 B.A. in Social Work, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Appointments at the Hebrew University
2013 Full Professor, School of Social Work, The Hebrew University
2009 - 2013 Associate Professor, School of Social Work, The Hebrew University
2003 - 2009 Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work, The Hebrew University
1997 - 2002 Lecturer, School of Social Work, The Hebrew University
Additional Functions (Within the Past Five Years)
5/2019 Scientific Co-Chair, The Haruv USA summit on child abuse and neglect, Tulsa, OK, USA
12/2017 Scientific Chair, Child maltreatment in context: The 2nd Haruv international conference on child maltreatment, Jerusalem
6/2017 Scientific Chair, The first Mediterranean summit on child protection and child well-being, Tirana, Albania
2017 present Chair, Social Work Degrees and Academic Institutions Committee, Israel Council of Social Work
2016 present Head, the Union of senior academic faculty at the Hebrew University
2015 present Board Member, International Journal of Child and Family Welfare
10/2015 Scientific Chair, Child maltreatment in context: The 1st Haruv international conference on child maltreatment, Jerusalem
6/2015 Scientific Co-Chair, Israel-Catalonia joint workshop on child well-being University of Jerusalem
2012 present Head of Research and Evaluation, Haruv Institute
2010 present Member, Development Committee, School of Social Work
2001 - 2018 Board Member, Child and Family Social Work
Research Grants (Within the Past Five Years)
2018 - 2021 From adolescence to adulthood: Following care leavers' outcomes and trajectories. Israel Science Foundation (272,072 IS)
2016 - 2020 Alumni of youth villages: A follow up study. Israel Ministry of Education (390,000 IS)
List of Publications (Within the Past Five Years)
Fernandez, F., Zeira, A., Canali, C., & Vecchiato, T. (2015). Theoretical and empirical insights on child and family poverty - Cross national perspective. New York: Springer.
Chapters in Collections
Zeira, A. (2015). Listening to young alumni of care in Israel: A brief note from research about successful transitions to adulthood. In Whittaker, J.K., Del Valle, J. & Holmes, L. (Eds.). Therapeutic Residential care with children and youth: Identifying promising pathways to evidence-based international practice (pp. 203-212). London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Mor Salwo, Y., & Zeira, A. (2016). The contribution of a key scenario to care leavers’ transition to higher education. In P. Mendes & P. Snow (Eds.) Young people transitioning from care: International research, policy and practice (pp. 155-172). UK: Palgrave MacMillan.
Schiff, M., & Zeira, A. (2016). Group Supervision in Social Work Field Education: The Perspective of Supervisors. In: Taylor, I., Bogo, M., Lefevre, M., & Teater, B. (Eds.). International handbook of social work education (pp. 254-262). London and New York: Routledge.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Benbenishty, R., Zeira A., & Arzev, S. (2015). Educational outcomes of alumni of youth villages in Israel: A cohort study. Mifgash: Journal of Social-Educational Work, 42, 9-43. (Hebrew)
Zeira, A., Canali, C., Vecchiato, T., & Thoburn, J. (2016). Services to prevent children coming unnecessarily into care: A cross national perspective. International Journal of Child and Family Welfare, 1/2, 95-112.
Shacham-Mana, S., & Zeira, A. (2016). What mentoring means for alumni of residential care: The case of "Lamerchav". Mifgash: Journal of Social-Educational Work, 42, 35-59. (Hebrew(
Whittaker, J.K., Holmes, L., del Valle, J. F., ..... & Zeira, A. (2016). Therapeutic residential care for children and youth: A consensus statement of the International Work Group on Therapeutic Residential Care. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, 33(2), 89-106. [also in Dutch, Italian, Hebrew, Japanese and Spanish[
Grupper, E., & Zeira, A. (2016). Residential care: Processes and trends. Mifgash: Journal of Social-Educational Work, 44, 121-142. (Hebrew(
Refaeli, T., Mangold, K., Zeira, A., & Koengeter, S. (2017). Continuity and discontinuity in the transition from care to adulthood: Challenges for social work research and practice. British Journal of Social Work, 47(2), 325-342.
Churi, Y., & Zeira, A. (2017). Readiness for independent living of young people in Orthodox-religious residential facilities in Israel. Society and Welfare, 37(1), 111-122. (Hebrew(
Oppenheim-Weller, S., & Zeira, A. (2018). SafeCare in Israel: The challenges of implementing an evidence-based program. Children and Youth Services Review, 85, 187-193
Zeira, A., Tuval-Mashiach, R., Meir, G., Levy, D., Refaeli, T., & Benbenishty, R. (2018). Alumni of National Civic Service: Comparing the experience of at-risk and mainstream volunteers. International Social Work, 61, 1027-1041.
Kosher, H., Montserrat-Boada, C., Attar-Schwartz, S., Casas, F., & Zeira, A. (2018). Out-of-home care for children at-risk in Israel and in Spain: Current lessons and future challenges. Psychosocial Intervention, 27, 12-21.
Zeira, A., Refaeli, T., & Benbenishty, R., (2019). Aspirations toward higher education: A longitudinal study among alumni of public care in Israel. Journal of Youth Studies, 22, 1035-1032.
Refaeli, T., Benbenishty, R., & Zeira, A. (2019). Predictors of life satisfaction among care leavers: A mixed method longitudinal study. Children and Youth Services Review, 99, 146-155.
Yitzhak Cohen, O., & Zeira, A. (2019), Children in emergency centers: Perceptions of professional social workers about their satisfaction and participation. Mifgash: Journal of Social-Educational Work, 49-50, 101-124. (Hebrew)
Tuval-Mashiach, R., Levy, D., Refaeli, T., Zeira, A., & Benbenishty, R. (2019). Between being unique and being like everyone else: The development of sense of agency in young women at risk. Children and Youth Services Review. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104524
Oppenheim-Weller, S., Zeira, A., & Mazursky, N. (2020). Evaluating SafeCare in Israel: Benefits for the families. Child & Family Social Work, 25, 665-673.
Zeira, A., Achdut, N., Benbenishty, R., & Shimoni. E. (2020). Follow-up study of alumni of youth villages: Educational outcomes. Society and Welfare, 40(1), 137-170. (Hebrew)