Fields of Research

Psychoneuroimmunology, stress, prenatal adversity, perinatal psychiatry, reproductive psychology.

Prof. Avitsur-Hamiel Ronit
School of Nursing Science

Short Bio

Ronit Avitsur-Hamiel completed her PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and continued her training at the Laboratory of NeuroEndocrine Immunology at the Ohio State University under the supervision of Dr. John F. Sheridan. She was appointed as a full professor in 2018.


Prof. Avitsur-Hamiel focused her research on the study of mind-body interactions. Her main interests are individual differences in the response to stress and infection. She is particularly interested in understanding developmental factors and gender differences affecting the response to stress and disease. More recently, Prof. Avitsur-Hamiel studied the lasting physiological and behavioral consequences of reproductive adversities in women.

Selected Publications

  1. Avitsur, R. Levy, S., Goren, N., Grinshpahet R. Early adversity, immunity and infectious disease. Stress. Feb 27, 1-8, 2015.

  2. Avitsur, R. Levy, S., Grinshpahet R., Goren, N., Hirsh O., Zalko, A. Prenatal fluoxetine exposure affects cytokine and behavioral response to an immune challenge. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 284, 49-56, 2015.

  3. Svirsky, N., Levy, S., Avitsur R. Prenatal Exposure to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) Increases Aggression and Modulates Maternal Behavior in Offspring Mice. Developmental Psychobiology, 58(1), 71-82, 2015. 

  4. Ulmer-Yaniv, A., Avitsur, R., Kanat-Maymon, Y., Schneiderman, I., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Feldman, R. Affiliation, reward, and immune biomarkers coalesce to support social synchrony during periods of bond formation in humans. Brain Behavior and Immunity, 56, 130-139, 2016. 

  5. Avitsur, R., Grinshpahet R., Goren, N., Weinstein, I., Chlebowski, N., Kirshenboim, O., Prenatal SSRI alters the hormonal and behavioral responses to stress in female mice: possible role for glucocorticoid resistance. Hormones and Behavior, 84, 41-49, 2016. 

  6. Avitsur, R., Increased sickness behavior following prenatal stress: Can it be prevented by fluoxetine? Behavioural Brain Research, 317, 62-70, 2017. 

  7. Heruti, I., Levy, S., Avitsur, R. Physical Injury, Health, and Well-Being: Moderating Role of Stress Perception. Injury. 2018. pii: S0020-1383(18)30317-6. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2018.06.022. 

  8. Shiloh, S., Heruti, I., Diamis, A., Levy, S., Avitsur, R., Deutscher, D., Gutvirtz, M., Berkovitz, T. The role of centrality to self-concept in moderating the associations between injury perceptions and outcomes. Psychology and Health. 2018. Nov 8:1-18. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2018. 

  9. Levy, S., Heruti, I., Avitsur, R. Physical Injury, Stress and Health: Protective Role of Dispositional Optimism. Stress and Health. 2019 Aug;35(3):267-276. doi: 10.1002/smi.2859.


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