Prof. Yael Benyamini

מנהלת בי"ס לעב סוציאלית סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Yael Benyamini
Phone: 03-6409075
Fax: 03-6409182
Office: School of Social Work, 208

General Information

Yael Benyamini is a Full Professor at the Bob Shapell School of Social Work and a researcher in the fields of Health and Aging. Prof. Benyamini attained her master's degree in social psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her PhD in health and social psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is an Honorary Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS). She served as Secretary of the EHPS for four years and as an Associate Editor of Psychology & Health for eight years. She is co-editor of the 2016 book on Assessment in Health Psychology. She is currently a representative of the Tel-Aviv University Senate to the University's Executive Council and to the Board of Governors. Yael is also an avid mountain cyclist.


Areas of Research

Prof. Benyamini studies how people think about their health. Her research focuses on subjective perceptions of health and illness and their effects on coping with health threats and ultimately on the psychological and physical outcomes. She has co-authored with Prof. Ellen Idler the now classic 1997 review on self-rated health, cited over 3,600 times to date, which has provided a theoretical framework for understanding the validity of subjective ratings of health. This review has led to a dramatic expansion of research on self-ratings of health and was recognized as one of the most highly cited articles in the social sciences ( ). Prof. Benyamini has continued to make significant contributions to this field and to expand her research from perceptions of global health to those of specific conditions. Her numerous grants and publications focused on the way people think about their health and cope with it in the context of women's health issues (infertility, high-risk-pregnancy, childbirth, menopause), chronic diseases (coronary heart disease and chronic pain, among others), and ageing. She is currently involved in two COST Action networks on seemingly opposite topics: Aging and Childbirth. This underscores the generalized principle behind her research and thinking, applied in various contexts: How and why do people form perceptions of health, illness and aging? Why are these perceptions resistant to change? When and why do they change? What are their effects and what can we learn from them?  

Selected Publications

Full list of Publications


Preis, H., Lobel, M. & Benyamini, Y. (in press). Between expectancy and experience: Testing a model of childbirth satisfaction. Psychology of Women Quarterly.     DOI: 10.1177/0361684318779537


Benyamini, Y. & Todorova, I. (2017). Editorial: Women’s reproductive health in sociocultural context. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 24(6), 799-802. DOI:10.1007/s12529-017-9695-7


Benyamini, Y., Gozlan, M., & Weissman, A. (2017). Normalization as a strategy for maintaining quality of life while coping with infertility in a pronatalist culture. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 24(6), 871-879 DOI: 10.1007/s12529-017-9656-1


Benyamini, Y., Molcho, M.L., Dan, U., Gozlan, M., & Preis, H. (2017). Women’s attitudes towards the medicalization of childbirth and their associations with planned and actual modes of birth. Women and Birth, 30, 424-430. DOI:10.1016/j.wombi.2017.03.007


Preis, H. & Benyamini, Y. (2017). The Birth Beliefs Scale – a new measure to assess basic beliefs about birth. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 38(1), 73-80. DOI:10.1080/0167482X.2016.1244180


Lomranz, J. & Benyamini, Y. (2016). The ability to live with incongruence: Aintegration – the concept and its operationalization. Journal of Adult Development, 23, 79-92. DOI:10.1007/s10804-015-9223-4


Benyamini, Y., Johnston, M., & Karademas, E.C. (Editors) (2016). Assessment in Health Psychology. Göttingen/Boston: Hogrefe.

Benyamini, Y., Gerber, Y., Moshatzki, N., Goldbourt, U., & Drory, Y. (2014). Recovery of self-rated health as a predictor of recurrent ischemic events after first myocardial infarction: a 13-year follow-up. Health Psychology, 33(4), 317-325. doi:10.1037/a0031371


Benyamini, Y., Roziner, I., Goldbourt, U., Drory, Y., & Gerber, Y. (2013). Depression and anxiety following a myocardial infarction and their inverse associations with future health behaviors and quality of life. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 46, 310-321. doi:10.1007/s12160-013-9509-3


Benyamini, Y., Geron, R., Steinberg, D.M., Medini, N., Valinsky, L., & Endevelt, R. (2013). A structured intentions and action planning intervention improves weight loss outcomes in a group weight loss program. American Journal of Health Promotion, 28(2), 119-127.   doi:10.4278/ajhp.120727-QUAN-365


Benyamini, Y. (2011). Editorial: Why does self-rated health predict mortality? An update on current knowledge and a research agenda for psychologists. Psychology & Health, 26(11), 1407–1413. doi:10.1080/08870446.2011.621703


Benyamini, Y., Blumstein, T., Murad, H. & Lerner-Geva, L. (2011). Changes over time from baseline poor self-rated health: For whom does poor self-rated health NOT predict mortality? Psychology & Health, 26(11), 1446-1462.  doi:10.1080/08870446.2011.559231


Benyamini, Y. (2011). Health and illness perceptions. In H.S.Friedman (Ed.), Oxford handbook of health psychology (pp. 285-318). New York: Oxford University Press.


Benyamini, Y., Ashery, L. & Shiloh, S. (2011). Involving husbands in their wives' health behaviour: Does it work? Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 3(1), 66-86.



Benyamini, Y. (2009). Stress and coping with women's health issues: A review from a self-regulation perspective. European Psychologist, 14(1), 63–71.  doi:10.1027/1016-9040.14.1.63


Benyamini, Y., Gefen-Bardarian, Y., Gozlan, M., Tabiv, G., Shiloh, S.,  & Kokia, E. (2008). Coping specificity: The case of women coping with infertility treatments. Psychology & Health, 23(2), 221-241.    doi:10.1080/14768320601154706


Benyamini, Y., Medalion, B. & Garfinkel, D. (2007). Patient and spouse perceptions of the patient’s heart disease and their associations with received and provided social support and undermining. Psychology & Health, 22, 765-785. doi:10.1080/14768320601070639


Benyamini, Y. & Lomranz, J. (2004). The relationship of activity restriction and replacement with depressive symptoms among elderly women and men. Psychology and Aging, 19(2), 362-366.    doi:10.1037/0882-7974.19.2.362


Benyamini, Y. (2003). Hope and fantasy among women coping with infertility and its treatments. In: R. Jacoby & G. Keinan (Eds.), Between stress and hope: From a disease-centered to a health-centered perspective (pp. 141-166). Westport, Connecticut: Praeger.


Benyamini, Y., McClain, C., Leventhal, E. A., & Leventhal, H. (2003). Living with the worry of cancer: health perceptions and behaviors of elderly people with self, vicarious, or no history of cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 12(2), 161-172. doi:10.1002/pon.637


Benyamini, Y., Leventhal, E. A. & Leventhal, H. (2000). Gender differences in processing information for making self-assessments of health.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 62, 354-264.   


Benyamini, Y., Idler, E. L., Leventhal, H. & Leventhal, E. A. (2000).  Positive affect and function as influences on self-assessments of health: Expanding our view beyond illness and disability.  Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 55B, P107-P116.


Benyamini, Y., Leventhal, H. & Leventhal, E. A. (1999). Self-assessments of health: What do people know that predicts their mortality?  Research on Aging, 21(3), 477-500. doi:10.1177/0164027599213007


Idler, E. L. & Benyamini, Y. (1997). Self-rated health and mortality:  A review of 27 community studies.  Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 38(1), 21-37.


Honorary Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society

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