Dr. Hamdan Sami
Fields of Research
Dr. Hamdan Sami
School of Behavioral Sciences
  • Suicide and Non-suicide Self-injury

  • Psychopathology

  • Internet addiction and other health risk behaviors

  • Bereavement

Short Bio

Dr. Sami Hamdan is the Head of the Master's degree program in Educational Psychology at the MTA. His primary research focuses on suicidal behaviors in terms of identifying risk factors for suicide, including trauma, family history of suicide, impulsivity, health risk behaviors, sleep problems, and internet addiction from multicultural and cross-cultural frameworks in cross-sectional and longitudinal studies.

In collaboration with his colleagues and students, He investigates the clinical characteristics and motivations for engaging in non-suicide self-injury (NSSI) behaviors in adolescents from a multicultural background, finding that NSSI is a significant risk factor for future suicidal behavior.

Dr. Hamdan is a member of the National Council of suicide prevention and serves as a senior adviser for the National Program for the Prevention of Suicidality and Suicide in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of health.

As part of his commitment to addressing crucial social and mental issues related to the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, He is planning joint cross-border conflict management and mitigation programs targeting Israeli and Palestinian education and mental health professionals.

Selected Publications

  • Toukhy, N., Ophir, S., Stukalin, Y., Halabi, S., & Hamdan, S. (2022). The relationship between non-suicidal self-injury, identity conflict, and risky behavior among Druze adolescents [Original Research]. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2022.938825

  • Levi-Belz, Y., Starostintzki Malonek, R., & Hamdan, S. (2022). Trends in Newspaper Coverage of Suicide in Israel: An 8-Year Longitudinal Study. Archives of suicide research 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1080/13811118.2022.2111534

  • Hamdan S., Apter A. Levi Belz Y. (2022). Non-suicidal Self-Injury Among Adolescents from Diverse Ethnocultural Groups in Israel: The Association WithSleep Problems and Internet Addiction. In Frontiers in Psychiatry (Vol. 13); https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyt.2022.899956

  • Hamdan, S., & Hallaq, E. (2021). Prolonged exposure to violence: Psychiatric symptoms and suicide risk among college students in the Palestinian territory. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0001043

  • Hamdan, S., Berkman, N., Lavi, N., Levy, S., & Brent, D. (2020). The Effect of Sudden Death Bereavement on the Risk for Suicide: The Role of Suicide Bereavement. Crisis. https://doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910/a000635 [Impact F. 2.430; citation: 12]; SJR 0.93- Q2

  • Hamdan, S., & Peterseil-Yaul, T. (2020). Exploring the psychiatric and social risk factors contributing to suicidal behaviors in religious young adults. Psychiatry Research, 287, 112449. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2019.06.024 [Impact F. 2.77; citation: 7];

  • Hamdan, S., & Hallaq, E. (2018). Non-suicidal self-injury among adolescents and young adults with prolonged exposure to violence: The effect of post-traumatic stress symptoms. Psychiatry Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2018.10.028