Prof. Karni Ginzburg

School of Social Work
מנהלת בי"ס לעב סוציאלית סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Karni Ginzburg
Phone: 03-6405917
Fax: 03-6409182
Office: School of Social Work, 252

General Information

Karni Ginzburg is a Full Professor at the Bob Shapell School of Social Work and a researcher in the field of trauma. Prof. Ginzburg attained her master's degree in cognitive psychology and her PhD in social work at Tel Aviv University.


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Research Areas

Prof. Ginzburg’s work is centered on the intersection between exposure to traumatic stress, representations of the self and representations of the body. In her work, she deals with uncovering the complex relationship between these three factors, and in developing models that explain the mechanisms involved in this relationship.

Selected Publications

K. Ginzburg, T., Ein-Dor, Z. Solomon. Comorbidity of posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression: A 20-year longitudinal study of war veterans. Journal of Affective Disorders, Vol 123, 2010 (pp. 249-257).


K. Ginzburg, E. Somer, G. Tamarkin, L. Kramer, L. Clandestine psychopathology: Unrecognized dissociative disorders in inpatient psychiatry. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol 198, 2010 (pp. 378-381).


E. Somer, L. Altus, K. Ginzburg. Dissociative psychopathology among opioid use disorder patients:  Exploring the 'chemical dissociation' hypothesis. Comprehensive Psychiatry, Vol 51, 2010 (pp. 419-425).


K. Ginzburg, Z Solomon. Trajectories of stress reactions and somatization symptoms among war veterans: A 20-year longitudinal study. Psychological Medicine, Vol 41, 2011 (pp. 353-362).


K. Ginzburg, Y. Neria. Mental health interventions for survivors of torture: Current status and future directions. Zeitschrift für Psychologie (Journal of Psychology) Vol 219, 2011 (pp. 187-189).


K. Ginzburg, T. Ein-Dor. Posttraumatic stress syndromes and health-related quality of life following myocardial infarction: Eight-year follow-up. General Hospital Psychiatry, Vol 33, 2011 (pp. 565-571).


E. Somer, K. Ginzburg, L. Kramer. The role of impulsivity in the association between childhood trauma and dissociative psychopathology: mediation versus moderation. Comprehensive Psychiatry Vol 196, 2012 (pp. 133-137).


C. Gore-Felton, K. Ginzburg, M. Chartier, W. Gardner, J. Agnew-Blais, E. McGarvey, E. Weiss, C. Koopman, C. Attachment style and coping in relation to posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among adults living with HIV/AIDS. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Vol 36, 2013 (pp. 51-60).


K. Ginzburg, N. Tsur, A. Barak-Nahum, R. Defrin. Body awareness: Differentiating between sensitivity to and monitoring of bodily signals. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Vol. 37, 2014 (pp. 564-575).


R. Defrin, K. Ginzburg, M. Mikulincer, Z. Solomon. The long-term impact of tissue injury on pain processing and modulation: A study of ex-prisoners of war who underwent torture. European Journal of Pain, Vol. 18, 2014 (pp. 548-558). 


M. Kestler-Peleg, M. Dardikman Shamir, D. Hermoni, K. Ginzburg. Breastfeeding motivation and self-determination theory. Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 144, 2015 (pp. 19-27).   


R. Defrin, M. Arad, M. Pieck Ben-Sasson, K. Ginzburg. Attitudes and emotions towards pain and sensitivity to painful stimuli among people routinely engaging in masochistic behavior. European Journal of Pain, Vol. 19, 2015 (pp. 1321-1330).


N. Tsur, M. Berkovitz, K. Ginzburg. Body awareness, emotional clarity, and authentic behavior: The moderating role of mindfulness. Journal of Happiness Studies (in press).


R. Defrin, S. Schreiber, K. Ginzburg. Paradoxical pain perception in PTSD: The unique role of anxiety and dissociation. Journal of Pain, Vol. 16, 2015 (pp. 961-970).


K. Ginzburg, N. Tsur, C. Karmin, T, Spiezman, R. Tourgeman, R. Defrin. Body awareness and pain habituation: The role of orientation towards somatic signals. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Vol. 38, 2015 (pp. 876-885).  


K. Ginzburg, I. Kutz, B. Koifman, A. Roth, M. Kriwisky, D. David, A. Bleich. Acute stress disorder symptoms predict all-cause mortality among myocardial infarction patients: A 15-year longitudinal study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine (in press). 


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