Fields of Research

Specializes in the fields of parent-child psychotherapy, child psychotherapy, therapeutic work with parents and infant mental health. A practitioner and a trainer in parent-child psychotherapy in the context of trauma (CPP) and a member of the Israeli Association of Parent-Child Psychotherapy. Served (2016-2019) as the president of the Israeli Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH affiliate). 

Dr. Dollberg Daphna
School of Nursing Science

Short Bio

Senior lecturer and faculty member at the graduate programs of Clinical Psychology (Head of program 10/2017-10/2019) and Developmental Psychology at the School of Behavioral Studies, the Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo.


A licensed (Israeli) Clinical and Developmental psychologist. A licensed supervisor in psychotherapy and clinical assessment.

B.A. in Psychology and Education from the Hebrew University (1985). M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tel Aviv University (1988). Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC, USA (1995).


Ph.D. Disseration: The Effects of Adolescent Mothers’ Depression, Social Stress and support and Child Temperament on Maternal Behavior and Child Development.

Supervisors: J.L. Aber, Ph.D., G. Downey, Ph.D., and J. Brooks-Gunn, Ph.D.


My current research and clinical interests is in the field of parental mentalization, particularly the assessment of Parental Reflective Functioning and Mind Mindedness, as moderators of high risk contexts such as prematurity, parent psychopathology and family conflict.  I teach and supervise graduate and post-graduate candidates in the fields of early socioemotional development, developmental psychopathology and parenting. 

Selected Publications

  1. Dollberg, D., Feldman, R. & Keren, M. (2010).  Maternal representations and interactive behavior in clinic-referred and nonreferred families, European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 19(1), 25-36.

  2. Dollberg, D. & Keren, M. (2013). Correlates of change in post-institutionalized infants' sustained social withdrawal behavior following adoption.  Infant Mental Health Journal, 34(6), 574-585.

  3. Dollberg, D., Feldman, R., Tyano, S. & Keren, M. (2013).  Maternal representations and mother-infant relational behavior following parent-infant psychotherapy.  Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 12(3), 190 – 206.

  4. Dollberg, D. G., Rozenfeld, T. & Kupfermincz, M. (2016). Early parental adaptation, prenatal distress, and high-risk pregnancy. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41(8), 915-929. 

  5. Shai, D., Dollberg, D., & Szepsenwol, O. (2017). The importance of parental verbal and embodied mentalizing in shaping parental experiences of stress and coparenting. Infant Behavior and Development, 49, 87-96.‏

  6. Hanetz-Gamliel, K., Dollberg, D., & Levy, S.  (2018). Relations between parents' anxiety symptoms, marital quality and Internalizing and Externalizing behaviors in preschoolers. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(12), 3952-3963.

  7. Dollberg, D. & Keren, M. (2020). Factors contributing to continuity and discontinuity in infant psychopathology: A retrospective study. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry (Online publication 7/6/2020 DOI: 10.1177/1359104520925888).

  8. Dollberg, D., Hanetz-Gamiliel, K., & Levy, S. (2020). Mediating and moderating links between coparenting, parental mentalization, parents’ anxiety and children’s behavior problems. Journal of Family Psychology (Online publication 11/6/2020 dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000728).

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