Dr. Ahonniska-Assa Jaana
Fields of Research
Dr. Ahonniska-Assa Jaana
School of Behavioral Sciences
  • Pediatric Neuropsychology

  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders

  • Acquired Pediatric Brain Injuries

  • Child Rehabilitation

  • Neuropsychological Evaluation of Children

Short Bio

Jaana Ahonniska-Assa is a Lecturer at the Academic College of Tel Aviv Yafo in the School of Behavioral Sciences, and serves as a Coordinator of the Pediatric Track at M.A. level of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology. Her current research interests include e.g. neuropsychological outcomes of various neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders and parental adherence to assessment recommendations,

She was born in Finland, and achieved her M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology (2000) at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and finished her internship in Clinical Neuropsychology in Finland on 1995. During that time her research interests included learning disabilities and practice effects in repeated neuropsychological assessments.

After moving to Israel on 1995, she worked in School Psychology Services in Special Education Schools. Since 2004 she has been working in Child Neuropsychology Unit at Child Rehabilitation Department, Sheba Medical Center and served as a Head of the Unit between 2011 and 2019. Her main clinical interest is improving neuropsychological assessment methods for children with severe motor or language limitations. She has taught Child Neuropsychology courses in several academic institutions in Israel during the last two decades

Selected Publications

1. Silberg, T., Ahonniska-Assa, J., Bord, A.,., Levav, M., Polack, O., Tzadok, M., Heimer, G., Bar-Yosef, O., Geva, R., & Ben-Zeev, B., Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy (in press). Using a multiple-informant approach to examine the emotional and behavioral problems among children with neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders

2. Landa, J., Bar, O., Bord, A., & Ahonniska-Assa, J. (2019) Growing up with Bilateral Parieto-Occipital Injury: 10 Years of Clinical Observation and Neuropsychological Follow-up. Neurocase 25(6):1-8.

3. Ahonniska-Assa, J., Polack, O., Saraf, E., Wine, J., Silberg, T., Nissenkorn, A., & Ben Zeev, B. (2018) Assessing Verbal Comprehension Skills of Females with Rett Syndrome by Eye-tracking Methodology. European Journal of Pediatric Neurology, Jan;22(1):39-45.

4. Krasovsky , T., Landa , J., Bar, O., Ahonniska-Assa, J. , Livny, A., Tsarfaty, G., & Silberg, T. (2017) Apraxia and body scheme disorder 10 years after childhood brain injury. Journal of Child Neurology. Apr;32(5):505-511.

5. Silberg, T., Ahonniska-Assa, J, Eliahu R., Peleg-Pilowsky, T., Brezner, A., & Vakil, E. (2015) The Effect of Age-at-Testing on Verbal Memory among Children Following Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Child Neuropsychology, 8:1-18.