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Professor Gail AuslanderResearcher


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Job title

Professor, Zena Harman Chair in Social Work


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus
Jerusalem 91905



Public Health, Social Gerontology, Social work

Specialist areas

Psychosocial aspects of health, illness and disability
Social networks, social support and health
Quality of life of people with serious illnesses and their families

Methodology areas

Survey research
Quantitative analysis (regression, factor analysis, etc.)
Program evaluation, intervention assessment


I am a graduate of the University of Chicago (Social Work) and Columbia University (Public Health and Social Work) and a licensed social worker, living in Israel since 1976. I am a full professor (and currently Dean) at the School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I also head the Research Group on Social Work and Health, a collaborative effort of the Hebrew University and the Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital.

My research focuses around the intersection of health and social well-being. This includes: practice-based research in social work in health; quality of life of patients with chronic illness; help-seeking behavior (medical services and social services utilization); discharge planning and continuity of care; family caregivers of hospitalized patients (in acute care settings); parents of children with serious or chronic illness - stress, coping and adaptation.

My current research focuses on the Use of Advanced Tracking Technologies for the analysis of mobility in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Cognitive Disorders. This multi-disciplinary (geography, social work, psychology, psychiatry, geriatrics), bi-national (Israel-Germany) study uses GPS technology to track the time and space movements of older adults with various levels of cognitive decline, in Tel Aviv, Israel and Heidelberg, Germany. Among other things, we examine the relationship between time-space parameters with various health and social indicators of the participant, as well as the well-being of the caregivers of the research subjects.