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Dr. Odelia Elkana
Fields of Research
Dr. Odelia Elkana
School of Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological assessment, Cognitive decline, Cognitive reserve.

Short Bio

Dr. Odelia Elkana is a certified Rehabilitation Psychologist and a senior lecturer at The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, where she serves as the Head of the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Graduate Program.

Dr. Elkana received her doctorate from the Hebrew University, Department of Psychology and Brain science. Her work has been presented in international conferences and published in leading peer-reviewed journals including Cortex, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Neuropsychology review, The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology,Frontiers Neuroscience, Personality and Individual Differences and more.

Dr. Elkana also served as an associated editor in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (JAD).

In recent years Dr. Elkana's research is dedicated to the field of Psycho-diagnostics and Neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Elkana strives to monitor and develop accurate psychological measures, tools and interventions for various pathologies and to validate them. These include Age related Cognitive decline; Mild Cognitive Impairment; Chronic pain  and specifically Fibromyalgia ; PTSD (in advanced preparation).

Selected Publications

i. *Oryan, Z. (S), Avinir, A. (S), Levy, S. (C), Kodesh, E. (C), & Elkana, O. (PI) (2021). Risk and protective factors for psychological distress during COVID-19 in Israel. Current psychology (New Brunswick, N.J.), 1–12. Advance online publication.,

ii. *Kordahji, H. (S), Ben-David, S.(C), & Elkana, O(PI). (2021). Attachment Anxiety Moderates the Association Between ADHD and Psychological Distress. The Psychiatric quarterly, 10.1007/s11126-021-09919-6. Advance online publication.

iii. *Bajjaleh, C. (S), Braw, Y. C. (PI), & Elkana, O.(PI) (2021). Adaptation and initial validation of the Arabic version of the Word Memory Test (WMTARB). Applied neuropsychology. Adult, 1–10. Advance online publication.

iv. *Aloush, V.(PI), Gurfinkel, A. (S), Shachar, N. (S), Ablin, J.N. (C) , & Elkana, O.(PI) (2021). Physical and mental impact of COVID-19 outbreak on fibromyalgia patients. Clinical and experimental rheumatology, Advance online publication.

v. *Elkana, O. (PI), Yaalon, C. . (S), Raev, S. . (S), Sobol, N. . (S), Ablin, J. N. (C), Shorer, R. (C), & Aloush, V. (PI)(2021). A modified version of the 2016 ACR fibromyalgia criteria cognitive items results in stronger correlations between subjective and objective measures of cognitive impairment. Clinical and experimental rheumatology, Advance online publication.

vi. *Dawidowicz, L(S)., L Ash, E. (C), Korczyn, A. D. (C), Andelman, F.(C), Levy, S. (C), & Elkana, O(PI). (2021). Can the RAVLT predict deterioration from MCI to dementia? Data from long term follow up. Experimental aging research, 1–10. Advance online publication.

vii. *Kahana Levy, N. (PI), Segalovsky, J. (S), Benifla, M. (C), & Elkana, O. (PI)(2021). Quantitative Meta-Analyses: Lateralization of Memory Functions Before and After Surgery in Children with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Neuropsychology review, 10.1007/s11065-020-09470-4. Advance online publication.

viii. *Elkana, O(PI)., Louzia-Timen, R(S)., Kodesh, E.(C), Levy, S., (C) & Netz, Y. (C)(2020). The effect of a single training session on cognition and mood in young adults–is there added value of a dual-task over a single-task paradigm?. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1-21.‏

ix. *Aloush, V(PI)., Niv, D(S)., Ablin, J. N(C)., Yaish, I(C)., Elkayam, O(C)., & Elkana, O(PI). (2020). Good pain, bad pain: illness perception and physician attitudes towards rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia patients. Clinical and experimental rheumatology, Advance online publication.

x. Elkana, O(PI)., Adelson, M(C)., Sason, A., Doniger, G. M(C)., & Peles, E(PI). (2020). Improvement in Cognitive Performance after One Year of Methadone Maintenance Treatment. Psychiatry research, 294, 113526. Advance online publication.

*Conti, Y(S)., Vatine, J. J(PI)., Levy, S(C)., Levin Meltz, Y(C)., Hamdan, S(C)., & Elkana, O(PI). (2020). Pain Catastrophizing Mediates the Association Between Mindfulness

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