Graduates of Our Lab

PhD Students

posted Jun 19, 2016, 10:22 PM by Tal Erez   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 12:26 AM ]

Rita Zeltsman-Kulick


I have a B.A. in Applied Linguistics and Educational Administration, an English Teaching Certificate, an M.A. in Educational Administration, a Certificate in Remedial English Teaching, a teacher training qualification and an official permit to train Israeli teachers with the Oxford SRS remedial teaching program (in collaboration with the Our Right to Read Foundation in Oxford, England). I have been teaching English in high school for 24 years, practicing remedial English teaching in my private clinic for 12 years and training teachers in teaching children with difficulties for the past decade. In November 2015, I submitted my Ph.D. dissertation in the Department of Learning Disabilities in Haifa University. 

Thesis Title: 
English Reading Comprehension of Adolescent Hebrew Speakers Learning English as a Foreign Language

Grant
A PhD research grant by "Language Learning" - Journal of Research in Language Studies, Published at the University on Michigan by Wiley-Blackwell Publishers

Publications
"DIMENSIONS" English teaching comprehensive course book & practice book for high school students at Proficiency Level - stage one (approve by the Ministry of Education), accompanied by a practice book and teachers' guide, University Publishing Projects.

ESEwithRita@gmail.com

www.ESEwithRita.co.il


Yael Weiss-Zruya

 

I have a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of Haifa, M.A(Summa Cum Laude) in Learning Disabilities from University of Haifa, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary "Brain and Behavior" program,The Safra Center for the Brain and Learning Disabilities, from University of Haifa.

I have worked as a speech-language pathologist in The Interdisciplinary Clinical Center of Haifa University,andin a private clinic as well, with children 2-18 years old with avariety of language and communication disorders. In addition, I have worked as an audiologist in SteinerHearing Instrument Ltd and provided hearing rehabilitation to people with hearing difficulties in all ages.

Nowadays I'm a post-doctoral researcher at Dr. James Booth’s Brain Development Lab, at the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, theUniversity of Texas at Austin. I am interested in typical and atypical brain development of language and literacy skills, including children with specific language impairments, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and deaf and hard of hearing.

 

Thesis title: 
The Effects of Orthographic Transparencyand Familiarity on Reading Hebrew Words in Typical and Impaired Readers:Behavioral and Neural Evidence

 

Publications:

Weiss, Katzir, &Bitan (2015). The effects of orthographic transparency and familiarity on reading Hebrew words in adults with and without dyslexia. Annals of dyslexia, 65(2), 84-102.

Weiss, Katzir, &Bitan (2015). Many ways to read your vowels—Neural processing of diacritics and vowel letters in Hebrew.NeuroImage, 121, 10-19.

Weiss, Katzir, &Bitan (under revision).When transparency is opaque: Effects of diacritic marks and vowelletters on dyslexic Hebrew readers. Cortex.

 

Grants:

ESF (European Science Foundation) networking program NetWordS. Exchange visit grant 09-RNP-089. Hosted by Prof. Cristina Burani in the ISTC, CNR, Rome.

University of Haifa president's excellence scholarship for students in the direct Ph.D. track.

Ronen Kasperski



My research involves exploring the links between cognition and emotion. My PhD thesis focused on the potential of reading related components, namely RAN-L, reading rate, reading accuracy and reading comprehension to independently predict reading self-concept. The second step was to examine the effects of an intervention protocol that specifically targets the precursors of reading self-concept. The third step was to capture developmental changes in the predictors of reading self-concept.

Thesis:


Kasperski, R. (2015). Longitudinal Changes in the Predictors of Reading Self-Concept among At Risk and Typically Developing Readers ages 8 to 9 Participating in a Reading Intervention Program (PhD thesis). University of Haifa.

Kasperski, R. (2009). Beyond the cognitive factors in reading comprehension: The role of reading self-concept and reading self-confidence (Master's thesis). University of Haifa.

Research interests

My interest in reading research is centered on issues concerning the relations between reader's characteristics and reading achievements.

Journal Publications


Kasperski, R., Shany, M., & Katzir, T. (2016). The role of RAN and reading rate in predicting reading self-concept. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 29 (1), 117-136.

Kasperski, R., & Katzir, T. (2013). Are confidence ratings test- or trait-driven?: Individual differences among high, average, and low comprehenders in fourth grade. Reading Psychology, 34(1), 59-84.

Conferences:

Kasperski, R., Shany, M., & Katzir, T. (2016). The Effects of Fluency-Based Intervention on Reading Self-Concept of Second and Third Grade Readers. Poster presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR, 2016) Porto, Porugal.

Kasperski, R., Shany, M., & Katzir, T. (2015). Longitudinal Changes in the Predictors of Reading Self-Concept among At Risk and Typically Developing Readers ages 8 to 9 Participating in a Reading Intervention Program. Poster presented at the Cognitive and Neurocognitive Aspects of Learning Abilities and Disabilities (2015) Haifa, Israel.

Kasperski, R., Barzillai, M., & Breznitz, Z.(2014). "The Effects of the Reading Acceleration Program on the Reading Fluency and Processing Speed Skills of Elementary and Middle School Readers. Presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study  of Reading (SSSR, 2014) Santa-fe, NM..

Kasperski, R., Shany, M., & Katzir, T. (2013). Is There a Transfer Effect from Training Lower Level Reading Skills to Perceptions and Metacognition? Poster presented at the Brain, Mind and Fluency Conference (2013). Haifa, Israel..

Kasperski, R., Shany, M., Katzir, T., Breznitz, Z., & Galili, K. (2012). Changes in Reading self concept and calibration of comprehension among struggling 4th children, as a results of fluency based intervention. Presentation at the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, Padua, Italy, June 7-9, 2012.

Katzir, T. & Kasperski, R. (2010). Beyond the Cognitive Factors in Reading Comprehension: The Role of Reading Self-Concept and Reading Self-Confidence. Presented at the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, Miami, Jan, 2010.

Kasperski, R. & Katzir, T. (2008). Beyond the Cognitive Factors in Reading Comprehension: The Role of Reading Self-Concept and Reading Self-Confidence. Paper presented at the "Script" conference, Haifa, Israel.

Master students

posted Nov 3, 2015, 2:04 AM by Gil Glick Shimony   [ updated Jun 20, 2016, 4:37 AM by Tal Erez ]

Yamit Harush: Word learning in good and poor comprehenders (2009)

Moran Sharet: The role of prosody for dyslexics and controls (2011)

Revital Hanoi: The effect of attention on word learning from text (2011)


Shirley Rapoport                            


I hold a B.A. in psychology and cognitive sciences from the Hebrew University and M.A. in evaluation and remediation of learning disabilities from Haifa University. I am a certified ADHD life-coach and practice diagnosis of specific learning disorders and remedial teaching.

Thesis Title:

Teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding the role of executive functions in reading and arithmetic.

 

shirley.nim@gmail.com


Goni Viterbo


I have a B.A. in Psychology, Human Resources and Communications from Ben Gurion University, and M.A. (with distinction) in Learning Disabilities evaluation and remediation from Haifa University. In my thesis I have focused on the effects of local versus global oriented priming on reading processes. My Thesis supervisors were Dr. Liat Goldfarb and Prof. Tami Katzir. Recently, I have worked as a professional manager of a children learning disabilities clinic. Today I work in learning disabilities diagnostic and remediation centers. In addition, I am currently preparing our article thesis for publication.

 

Thesis title:

The Effects of Local versus Global Priming on Reading Processes.

 

gonivi@gmail.com


Bluma Segal






I have a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology-Anthropology from Bar Ilan University, and M.A in Learning Disability evaluation and remediation from Haifa University.In my M.Athesis I focused on Demographic Aspects and Literacy in Ethiopian Families and their Influence on Written Language Development of their Children in First and Second Grade.

Since 2009 I am working as a lecturer in Beit Berl College, in the Special Education Program and Continuing Education for Teachers as well as a coordinator of practical training in learning disability diagnostics for MA students.



Thesis title: 
Engagement of Mothers and their Children in reading: the associations between socio-economic backgrounds, reading engagement and effects on Reading Comprehension.


Thesis Presentations: 

Segal, B., Shany, M., & Share, D. (2005).Demographic Aspects and Literacy in Ethiopian Families and their Influence on Written Language Development of their Children in First and Second Grade. Presentation at the summer conference of The Israel Association for Literacy and Language. 



segalcb@gmail.com 



Shirley Hershko

posted Nov 3, 2015, 2:03 AM by Gil Glick Shimony   [ updated Jan 7, 2016, 1:15 AM ]

Shirley Hershko
שמי שירלי הרשקו. אני מאבחנת דידקטית מומחית, ומטפלת בילדים, מתבגרים ובוגרים בעלי לקויי למידה. למדתי תואר ראשון במדעי ההתנהגות, ותואר שני בלקויות למידה, וסיימתי את לימודיי בהצטיינות. עבודת התזה שלי, בהנחיית ד"ר תמי קציר באוניברסיטת חיפה, עסקה בהבנת הנקרא ומראה הטקסט. בשנים האחרונות עבדתי במרכז הלמידה "אתגר" בחיפה (בהנהלת ד"ר אסתר טוב לי), ובאגודת "ניצן" בנס ציונה. כיום, אני מנהלת את המרכז לאבחון ותמיכה בסטודנטים עם לקויות למידה בפקולטה לחקלאות ברחובות (שלוחה של האוניברסיטה העברית).

 

 

Thesis title:
Text presentation and reading comprehension

Thesis Presentations:
Shirley, H. & Katzir, T. (2009). Text presentation and reading comprehension. Paper presented at the "Script" conference, Haifa, Israel.
Shirley, H. & Katzir, T. (2010). Text presentation and reading comprehension. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Israeli speech therapists, Tel Aviv, Israel.

shirleyhershko@gmail.com

Einav Yehezkel

posted Nov 3, 2015, 2:01 AM by Gil Glick Shimony   [ updated Jan 7, 2016, 1:15 AM ]

Einav Yehezkel
I have a B.A. in Psychology from Emek Israel College, and M.A in Learning Disability evaluation and remediation from Haifa University. I have worked in several learning disability centers in Yoqne’am and Haifa. Today I work as a coordinator for learning disability in Amal net ,in Afula. I also teach students in elementary school and give private lessons in order to improve reading and writing skills. 

Thesis title:
The effects of diacritics and morphology on reading words in children and adults

Conferences participation:

2010- Summer conference of the Israel association of literacy and language. Presented a poster: "The effects of diacritics and morphology on reading words in children and adults" with Dr. Bitan Tali and Dr. Katzir Tami.

2010- Scientific Studies of Reading conference in Berlin. Presented a poster: "Does the mode of phonological representation make a difference? Effects of vowel letters vs. diacritic marks in reading Hebrew words at different developmental stages" with Dr. Bitan Tali, Dr. Katzir Tami, Yehezkel Einav, and Morag Adi.

einavy1@gmail.com

Adi Landman - Morag

posted Nov 2, 2015, 5:39 AM by Gil Glick Shimony   [ updated Nov 2, 2015, 5:39 AM ]

I have a B.A. in Special Education from Haifa University, and M.A in Learning Disabilities evaluation and remediation from Haifa University. I have worked in several learning disabilities evaluation and tutoring centers in Haifa. Today I perform learning disabilities evaluations of students in the support center of learning disabled students in Haifa University and also work as a coordinator for learning disability in high school "Zuer Lavon".

Thesis title:
The role of the effect of Phonological representation on oral reading in second and fifth grade Children: A quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Conferences participation:
2010- Summer conference of the Israel association of literacy and language. Presented a poster: " The role of the effect of Phonological representation on oral reading in second and fifth grade Children: A quantitative and qualitative analysis" with Dr. Bitan Tali and Dr. Katzir Tami.
2010- Scientific Studies of Reading conference in Berlin. Presented a poster: "Does the mode of phonological representation make a difference? Effects of vowel letters vs. diacritic marks in reading Hebrew words at different developmental stages" with Dr. Bitan Tali, Dr. Katzir Tami, Lanman Morag Adi and Yehezkel Einav.

adigevam@gmail.com

Anna Goldina

posted Nov 2, 2015, 5:38 AM by Gil Glick Shimony   [ updated Jan 7, 2016, 1:16 AM ]

Anna Goldina
I have a B.A. in School Counseling and Human Services from Haifa University, and M.A in Learning Disabilities evaluation and remediation from Haifa University. I have worked in several learning disabilities evaluation and tutoring centers in Haifa. Today I perform learning disabilities evaluations of students in the support center of learning disabled students in Haifa University.

Thesis title:
Inferring New Word Meaning from Written Context in Second Language: A Modular Process Specific to the Second Language or Dependent on First Language Skills?

agoldina@gmail.com

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