Adapting to
Life Changing Events

Research Lab

What is a life changing event?

During our life we encounter many events that can change us, affect how we see the world, change the quality of our relationships with others and ultimately shape who we become. Either being the death of someone we love, a serious physical injury or chronic illness, divorce, war experiences or even job loss/retirement, such events mark a distinct break from the past and require psychological adaptation in order to restore emotional well-being, sense of self-worth and a meaningful participation in life. 

In our lab we investigate how individuals adjust to various life-changing events and what are the underlying psychological mechanisms and personality characteristics that impact their recovery trajectory and loss perception.  We also study the similarities and differences between non-death losses and death losses to construct new theoretical models aiming to better understand grief in these circumstances.



Dr. Einat Yehene

Lab Director

Dr. Einat Yehene is a clinical neuropsychologist and a specialist-supervisor rehabilitation psychologist. She is a faculty member at the School of Behavioral Sciences at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, and a lecturer at the “Mifrasim” institute for psychotherapy research and training. She also maintains a private practice and is advising numerous technology and health organizations, focusing on loss and adaptation to life-changing event. She is licensed in both New York State and Israel.

Her research interests correspond with her extensive public and private sectors clinical experience, including work at Loewenstein Hospital Rehabilitation Center, New York University Medical Center, and Sheba Medical Center. 

Dr. Yehene obtained her Ph.D. at the Ben Gurion University, where she explored the relationship between brain and behavioral control. 

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