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School of Behavioral Sciences

The School of Behavioral Sciences is considered one of the finest and most prestigious programs in Israel and hosts the most comprehensive Masters Psychology program in the nation.

In addition to training mental-health experts and practitioners, the school is home to several applied institutes that promote groundbreaking research in areas of high national and social priority.

The School of Behavioral Sciences is considered one the Israel's' most prestigious and valued institutions, thanks to a unique combination of extensive research, young and dynamic faculty and an uncompromising pursuit of excellence.

The school operates in small classrooms, enabling personal attention to each student, adapting the curriculum to its needs, and providing support and response to every need, in order to enable it to realize its full potential. The constant striving for excellence is based, among other things, on advanced research in a variety of fields, and encouraging faculty members to engage in research in all areas of behavioral science, which has been developing rapidly in recent years.

The school is actively involved in a variety of programs throughout Jaffa and South Tel Aviv. As part of their studies, under supervision of the faculty, undergraduate and graduate students provide therapeutic mental-health services for diverse communities with unique needs that include, but are not limited to: infants and toddlers with developmental problems, at-risk youth, youth and adults dealing with addictions and substance abuse, and patients with chronic and terminal illnesses.  

Major research centers in the School of Behavioral Science are (1) SEED Center for the study of early emotional development and parent-infant relations, and (2) Mifrasim Institute for psychotherapy that promotes research and practice in this field.

The school offers a B.A. in Psychology and programs with major Human-Computer Interaction, Human Resource Management, or Sports and Physical Activity. It also Offers M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Medical Psychology, Rehabilitation Neuropsychology, and Occupational Psychology.



Prof. Haim Einat

Haim Einat is a professor and the current dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences. Prof. Einat is also an affiliate professor at the College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, USA and a visiting professor at the School of Medicine, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece.  Professor Einat received diverse education with an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, followed by graduate degrees in zoology (from Tel-Aviv University) and in neuroscience and behavioral sciences (McMaster University, Canada) and finally a Ph.D. in psychopharmacology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.  Professor Einat received additional training as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute for Mental Health in Bethesda, MD and held a faculty position at the College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota.  

In 2011, Professor Einat moved back to Israel as a professor at the Tel-Aviv-Yaffo Academic College (MTA). At MTA professor Einat served as head of the graduate research program (DGS) and recently (October 2023) was appointed as dean of the school of behavioral sciences. Research-wise, professor Einat studied for many years the underlying biology of major psychiatric disorders, but in the last few years his research interests somewhat changed, and he is now mostly focused on exploring circadian rhythms and circadian rhythms disturbances. His work is highly recognized by the scientific community with over 130 publications in professional literature, numerous conference presentations and over 6000 citations.  Professor Einat also serves on the editorial boards of several journals in his field of research and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for most scientific journals in the field as well as a reviewer for many of the granting agencies. Prof. Einat is also a fellow member and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the European College for Neuropsychopharmacology.

B.A. in Psychology

with specializations in:

  • User Experience (UX)

  • Occupational Psychology

  •  Sport and Exercise Psychology

Head of Program : Prof. Ronit Avitsur-Hamiel

The undergraduate program in Psychology aims to provide students with knowledge and research tools in all areas of Psychology, as well as in related fields (such as Sociology and Anthropology). In addition, students acquire research skills through intensive courses in statistics, research methods, and data collection and analysis.  The program emphasizes "hands-on" learning through a diverse variety of experiential courses.  

During the third year, students participate in two research seminars, one in psychology and one in sociology. As part of this study, each student conducts independent research under the seminar lecturer's personal guidance. The program is adapted to the requirements of the master's degree in psychology and sociology at universities in Israel.

M.A. programs at MTA

M.A. in Developmental Psychology

Head of program

Prof. Ruth Sharabany

M.A. in Educational Psychology

Head of program

Dr. Sami Hamdan

M.A. in Rehabilitative Neuropsychology

Head of program

Dr. Odelia Elkana

M.A. in Occupational Psychology

Head of program

Dr. Iren Diamant


Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Prof. Vered Holzmann, Director of Research, Development & Innovation

The Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo

Desk: +972-3-6802722 Mobile: +972-544-274568


Roni Shefner, Manager, International Office

Desk:+972-74-7275525 Mobile: +972-52-8990603


 Deena Mesika, Coordinator of International Academic Relations

 Desk: +972-3-6802556 Mobile:+972-533-372828


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