Dr. Carmit Katz

מנהלת בי"ס לעב סוציאלית סגל אקדמי בכיר
Dr. Carmit Katz
Phone: 03-6406366
External phone: 03-6406366

General Information

Dr. Carmit Katz is a senior lecturer at the Bob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University. Dr Katz completed her PhD in 2007 and joined Cambridge University for a three-year appointment as research associate in Forensic and Applied Psychology. Dr Katz is a Kemp-Haruv Fellow, part of an international group of leading scholars promoting future directions in the field of child maltreatment.

The goal of Dr. Katz’ research is to promote the field of child maltreatment, and among her various studies she explores forensic investigations with maltreated children, family dynamic in cases of child maltreatment and the prevention of child maltreatment. Dr Katz develops protocols and consults for practitioners in disciplines such as welfare, education, health, law enforcement and law. Dr. Katz is highly committed to policy practice and is the founder and leader of the interdisciplinary group "Justice for Preschoolers".  Dr Katz efforts and contribution to the society had acknowledged in 2016 in an award from Tel Aviv University for her being Inspiring Scientist, and in an award of  Bob Shapell for Contribution for Social Change in 2017.  



Dr Katz current projects:

  • Forensic investigations with preschoolers children- in collaboration with Professor Karen Saywitz, School of Medicine, UCLA, USA and Professor Lori Camparo, Department of Development Psychology, Whittier College, USA and with the Service of Child Forensic Investigations in Israel.
  • Forensic investigations with children from various cultural backgrounds with the Service of Child Forensic Investigations in Israel.
  • Strong Communities- community based child maltreatment prevention- with Professor Gary Melton, School of Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver; Dr Jill McLeigh, School of Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver.
  • Family Dynamic in child maltreatment with Child Advocacy Centers in Israel.

Selected Publications

Katz, C., & Hershkowitz, I. (2010). The effect of drawing on the richness of accounts provided by alleged victims of child sexual abuse. Child Maltreatment, 15(2), 171-179.

La Rooy, D., Katz, C., Malloy, L.C., & Lamb, M.E. (2010). Do we need to rethink guidance on repeated interviews?. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 16(4), 373.

Hershkowitz, I., Lamb, M.E., Orbach, Y., Katz, C., & Howrowitz, D. (2012). The quality of forensic statements obtained from preschoolers during investigative interviews. Child Development, 83(2), 611-622.

Katz, C., Hershkowitz, I., Malloy, L.C., Lamb, M.E. Atabakia, A., & Spindler, S. (2012).

           Non-verbal behavior of children who disclose or do not disclose child abuse in 

           investigative interviews. Child Abuse and Neglect, 36(1), 12-20.

Katz, C., & Hershkowitz, I. (2012). The effect of multipart prompts on children’s

testimonies in sexual abuse investigations. Child Abuse and Neglect, 36(11-12), 753- 759.

*Katz, C., & Hershkowitz, I. (2013). Repeated Interviews with Children Who

Are the Alleged Victims of Sexual Abuse. Research on Social Work Practice, 23(2), 210-218. (Number of citations: 10)

*This paper was acknowledged by the APA (American Psychology Association) as one of the ten best articles in the Psychology of Violence that were published in 2012.

Katz, C., & Hamama, L. (2013). Draw me everything that happened to you: exploring children's drawings of sexual abuse. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(5), 877-882.

 Katz, C. (2013). The narratives of abused children who have survived attempted filicide. Child Abuse and Neglect, 37(10), 762-770.

Katz, C. (2013).  Internet-related child sexual abuse: What children tell us in their testimonies. Children and youth services review, 35(9), 1536-1542.

Katz, C. (2013). Stand by me: the effect of emotional support on children`s testimonies. British Journal of Social Work, 1-14.

Katz, C., & Barnetz, Z. (2014). The behaviors patterns of abused children as described in their testimonies. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38, 1033-1040.

Katz, C., Barnetz, Z., & Hershkowitz, I. (2014). The effect of drawing on children's experiences of investigations following alleged child abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38(5), 858-867.

Hershkowitz, I., Lamb, M. E., Katz, C., & Malloy, L. C. (2015). Does enhanced rapport-building alter the dynamics of investigative interviews with suspected victims of intra-familial abuse?. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 30(1), 6-14.  

Katz, C., & Barnetz, Z. (2014). "Love covereth all transgressions": Children`s experiences with physical abuse as portrayed in their narratives during forensic investigations. Children and Youth Services Review, 43, 1-7.

Katz, C. (2014). "Please believe me; I am the biggest liar that exists": Characterizing children`s recantations during forensic investigations. Children and Youth Services Review.43, 160-166.

Katz, C. (2014). The dead end of domestic violence: spotlight on children`s narratives during

forensic investigation following domestic homicide. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38(12), 1976-1984.

Hershkowitz, I., Lamb, M. E., & Katz, C. (2014). Allegation rates in forensic child abuse

investigations: Comparing the revised and standard NICHD protocols. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 20(3), 336.

Malloy, L. C., Katz, C., Lamb, M. E., & Mugno, A. P. (2015). Children's requests for clarification in investigative interviews about suspected sexual abuse. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 29(3), 323-333.

Katz, C., & Barnetz, Z. (in press). The suspect`s manipulation process as portrayed by children. Psychology of Violence.

Katz, C., & Hamama, L. (2015). From my own brother in my own home: children’s experiences and perceptions following alleged sibling incest. Journal of interpersonal violence.

McLeigh, J. D., Katz, C., Davidson‐Arad, B., & Ben‐Arieh, A. (2015). The Cultural Adaptation of a Community‐Based Child Maltreatment Prevention Initiative. Family process..

Katz, C., Barnetz, Z., & Paddon, M. (in press). Children`s display of emotions during

investigative interviews. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse

Lavenda, O., McLeigh, J. D., & Katz, C. (2017). Measuring collective efficacy in the context of community-based child maltreatment prevention. Child indicators research, 10(2), 489-504.

Admon Livny, K., & Katz, C. (2016). Schools, families, and the prevention of child maltreatment: lessons that can be learned from a literature review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.

Katz, C., & Hamama, L. (2016). The sibling relationship in the context of child maltreatment: what do we know? What are the directions for the future?. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.

Lavi & Katz, C. (in press). Neglected voices. Children and Youth Services Review.

Katz, C., McLeigh, J., & Sweck, B.E. (in press). Preschoolers perception of neighborhood safety and help seeking. Children and Youth Services Review. 





2017   Bob Shapell School of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel- Awarded for researcher outstanding contribution to policy practice and social change in Israel.  

2016  Tel Aviv University, Israel, Awarded for Inspiring Scientist and extraordinary contribution to the society.

2017  Awarded to "Club 100": 100 best senior lecturers at Tel-Aviv University, Israel

2016  Awarded to "Club 100": 100 best senior lecturers at Tel-Aviv University, Israel

2015  Awarded to "Club 100": 100 best senior lecturers at Tel-Aviv University, Israel

2014  Awarded to "Club 100": 100 best senior lecturers at Tel-Aviv University, Israel

2013  Awarded to "Club 100": 100 best senior lecturers at Tel-Aviv University, Israel

2012  Rector's award for excellence in teaching, Tel-Aviv University

2012 Awarded to "Club 100": 100 best senior lecturers at Tel-Aviv University, Israel

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