2006-2007 Postdoctoral Studies (Behavioral Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel(
2002-2004 Postdoctoral Studies (Psychology, University of Haifa, Israel(
1999-2002 Ph.D., (Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada(
1997-1999 M.A., (Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada(
1994-1997 B.A., (Psychology and Education, Tel-Aviv University, Israel(
Awards and Excellence Scholarships (Within the Past Five Years)
2014/2015 Teaching excellence list
Appointments at the Hebrew University
2014 present Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
2007-2014 Lecturer, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Additional Functions (Within the Past Five Years)
2018 present Head of Doctoral Program, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
2018-2020 Member of an expert advisory committee for Israel’s Ministry of Education (through the Initiative for Applied Education Research), on the facilitation of social-emotional learning in the school system
2016-2020 Chair of the teaching committee, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
2014-2015 Chair of the research committee, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Research Grants (Within the Past Five Years)
2019-2020 School of Social Work Internal Grant, “Dimensions of parenting in infancy and their links to different aspects of socio-emotional development in early childhood”, 36,000 NIS
2014-2017 Israel Science Foundation (ISF), “Experimental Examination of Empathy in Infancy”, 630,000 NIS
2013-2016 The Anita Morawetz Fund for Research on Children at Risk, “Towards Earlier Diagnosis of Autism: Identifying Early Behavioral Markers of Autism Spectrum Disorders and their Biological Underpinnings”, US$ 50,000, together with Ronit Roth-Hanania, Yael Paz, Lidia Gabis & Carolyn Zahn-Waxler
2012-2016 US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF), “The Development of Empathy During Infancy”, US$ 126,000, together with Carolyn Zahn-Waxler & Ronit Roth-Hanania.
List of Publication (Within the Past Five Years)
Chapters in Collections
Grusec, J. E. & Davidov, M. (2015). Analyzing socialization from a domain-specific perspective. In J. E. Grusec & P. D. Hastings (Eds.) Handbook of Socialization: Theory and Research (2nd ed.) (pp. 158-181). New York: Guilford Press.
Davidov, M. (2018). Empathy. In M.H. Bornstein, M.E. Arterberry, K.L. Fingerman, & J.E. Lansford (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
Grusec, J. E. & Davidov, M. (2019). Parent socialization and children’s values. In. M.H. Bornstein (Ed.) Handbook of Parenting: Volume 3: Being and Becoming a Parent, 3rd Edition (pp. 762-796). New York: Routledge.
Knafo-Noam, A., Uzefovsky, F., Israel, S., Davidov, M., & Zahn-waxler, C. (2015). The prosocial personality and its facets: Genetic and environmental architecture of mother-reported behavior of 7-year-old twins. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 112.
Davidov, M., Knafo-Noam, A., Serbin, L. A., & Moss, E. (2015). The Influential Child: How children affect their environment and influence their own risk and resilience. Development and Psychopathology,27, 947-951.
Davidov, M. & Atzaba-Poria, N. (2016). Maternal discipline and children's adjustment: The role of the cultural and situational context. Social Development, 25, 99-119.
Davidov, M., Vaish, A. Knafo-Noam, A., & Hastings, P. D. (2016). The motivational foundations of prosocial behavior from a developmental perspective: Evolutionary roots and key psychological mechanisms. Child Development, 87, 1655-1667.
Avinun, R., Davidov, M., Mankuta, D. & Knafo-Noam, A. (2018). Predicting the use of corporal punishment: Child aggression, parent religiosity, and the BDNF gene. Aggressive Behavior, 44, 165-175.
Uzefovsky, F., Paz, Y., & Davidov, M. (2019). Young infants are pro‐victims, but it depends on the context. British Journal of Psychology.
Paz, Y., Orlitsky, T., Roth-Hanania, R., Zahn-Waxler, C. & Davidov, M. (in press). Predicting externalizing behavior in toddlerhood from early individual differences in empathy. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Davidov, M., Paz, Y., Roth-Hanania, R., Uzefovsky F., Orlitsky, T., Mankuta, D. & Zahn-Waxler, C. (in press). Caring babies: Concern for others in distress during infancy. Developmental Science.
Ph. D. 1983, Univ. of Calif., Berkeley; Sen. Teacher 1983; Emerita 1997.
Child welfare issues from the clinical, societal and legal aspects.
The politics of parenting.
I. Documentation and analysis of court procedures in non-consnesaul adoption.
II. Analysis of trends and direction in the politics of parenting in Israel.
Mass, M. (2000) On the link between academia and the practice of social work. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, V. 30, 1:99-125.
Nijnatten, C.v, Boesveldt, N., Schilperoord, A & Mass, M. (2001) The construction of parental authority and coopertaion in reports to the Dutch Court, International Journal of Sociology of Law, 29:237-252.
Mass, M (2004) “Their borders” – “our obligation” on authority and responsibility of social workers in the area of parent-child relationshiop. (in Hebrew), Megamot, 43, 3: 566-576.
Mass, M. On state intervention in the relation of children with their parents: The case of adoption due to "parental lack of capability". (in Hebrew) Moznei Mishpat, 2005, 4: 589.
Mass, M. & Nijnattern, C. V. Child protection and the conception of parental responsibility. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 2005. 75: 220.
Mass, M. & Ophir, A. Care, supervision and abandonment – on non-consensual and confidential Adoption. (in Hebrew) Iyunei Mishpat. 2006, 29:257.
Mass, M. "Parental capability" – "parental instinct" or "survival instinct". (exert testimonies) (in Hebrew). in press: Issues in Psychology, Medicine and the Law.