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©2018 by The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo

School of Behavioral Sciences

The MTA School of Behavioral Sciences is considered one of the finest and most prestigious in Israel, and boasts the largest Master’s in 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.

Experiential Learning

The curriculum provides students with a comprehensive foundation of theoretical and methodological psychology, as well as integrated applied field training to prepare undergrads for advanced degrees or careers as mental health practitioners. The BA in behavioral sciences is structured as a double major in psychology and sociology; and an MA degree in psychology offers six specializations, including the only degree program for Medical Psychology in Israel.

Applied Research

Students receive full access to technologically advanced research laboratories and have ample opportunities to get involved in the local community - earning credit, gaining valuable hands-on experience with patients, and getting exposed to different therapeutics methods.

SEED Institute

SEED Institute for the study of early emotional development is an initiative of the MTA for the advancement of innovative therapeutic programs, professional training and the promotion of public advocacy within the realm of parent-infant relations.

The Mifrasim Institute for Addiction Prevention

Mifrasim, or Sails in English, is a research, teaching and training initiative of the MTA School of Behavioral Science that provides intervention and support services to
at-risk populations facing addiction, substance abuse and suicidal behaviors.

Social Commitment

As part of their studies, under supervision of the faculty, undergraduate and graduate students provide therapeutic mental-health services for and 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.
The school also provides continuing education and training programs for mental health practitioners looking to stay current with advances in research and methodological approaches.

Dean / Professor Gil Goldzweig

Professor Goldzweig has a PhD in Psychology and is a certified clinical and medical psychologist. He is a member of the professional committee of clinical psychology at the Ministry of Health. Professor Goldzweig is involved in a wide range of public activities, among them volunteering with the welfare office in South Tel Aviv and offering counseling to residents of Jaffa who cannot afford private care. His current research focuses is psycho-oncology.

Meet our Alumni

Fatmeh Zibdeh / Behavioral Sciences

Social Entrepreneur

Ms. Zibdeh is a social entrepreneur. Since her graduation from the School of Behavioral Sciences at MTA, she has been leading the College’s one-year pre-academic preparatory program that supports Arab high-school graduates in adjusting to the new and unfamiliar academic environment and contributes to their college retention and graduation rates. The program, which enjoys over 85% graduation rate, offers an entire framework of supporting services: academic teaching and tutoring, social enrichment, and personal mentorship, in a setting of a small group and close accompaniment of faculty and staff.  For her contribution to the promotion of higher education in the local community of Jaffa, she has been recognized as an outstanding social leader by the Tel Aviv-Yaffo municipality.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact

Dr. Vered Holzmann

Director of Research, Development & Innovation

The Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo

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

Email: veredhz@mta.ac.il

Deena Mesika

Coordinator of International Academic Relations

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

Email: deename@mta.ac.il