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Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1994)
Psychotherapy, Tel Aviv university School of Medicine/ Deprtment of continuing education (1977)
MSW, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1974)
BSW, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1969)

Recent Courses

Comparative Approaches To Social Work Research: Qualitative Methods
Social Work Research II
Social Work With Small Systems: Theory And Research

Personal Statement

My current focus is on trauma in cross cultural context. I have developed and teach a course on the topic, conduct research, publish, train and consult.

Teaching Specializations/Interests

I teach qualitative research methods and researching small relational systems in the PhD program. In the MSW program I teach a course on stress, crisis, trauma and posttraumatic growth, research methods for evidence-based practice.

Research Interests

My main fields of interest are:
1. Trauma and Posttraumatic growth in cross cultural context
2. Immigrants and refugees
3. Qualitative and combined research methods; EBP
4. Remarriage and stepfamilies
5. Law guardianship

Grants/Sponsored Research

2013 Adelphi Institutional grant to study and document the lived experience of individuals who opted to leave the insular Jewish Ultraorthodox and Chasidic communities in which they grew up and choose to enter mainstream society and seek a different path.

2012, April Sponsored NATO experts workshop about dissemination of evidence-based best practices for trauma survivors in vulnerable population, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2011 July Fulbright Award Tel Aviv University Trauma MA program

2010 Sponsored CIEE/IFDS seminar about ecology, religion and identity in Tibet

2007, March Fulbright award City University of Hong Kong

2006 A grant from The Center for the Study of Social Work Practice (a joint project of Columbia University School of Social Work and the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services) to support an evaluation research of the IN-Service and the Advance Training Programs in JBFCS (with H. Crohn).

2004 President Research Award to study posttraumatic growth in Spanish speaking immigrant women (in collaboration with T. Weiss).

2002 Federal Emergency Medical Assistance grant for developing a curriculum for Working with the Aftermath of Trauma. (with M. Lynn,P. Joyce & G. Gregg).

2001 Research institutional grant, Adelphi University.

1995 Research institutional grant, Adelphi University.

1994 Summer fellowship of the Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.


Berger, R. (2015). Stress, trauma and posttruamtic growth: Social context, environment and identities. NY, NY: Rutledge.

Weiss, T. & Berger, R. Eds. (2010). Posttraumatic Growth and Culturally Competent Practice: Lessons Learned from Around the Globe. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Berger, R. (2004). Immigrant women tell their stories. NY: Haworth Press.

Polsky, H. W. & Berger, R. (2003). From custodialism to community: Transforming residential settings. International University Press.

Berger, R. (1998). Stepfamilies: A multi-dimensional perspective. NY: Haworth Press.

Book Chapters

Weiss, T. & Berger, R. (2008). Posttraumatic growth and immigration: Theory, research and practice implications. In S. Joseph & P. A. Linley (Eds.). Trauma, recovery, and growth: Positive psychological perspectives on posttraumatic Stress. (pp. 93-104). John Wiley and Sons.

Berger, R. (2008). Fostering posttraumatic growth in adolescent immigrants. In M. Ungar& L. Liebenberg (Eds.). Resilience in action: Working with youth across cultures and contexts. (pp. 87-110). Toronto University press.

Berger, R. (2006). Clinical Perspective of treating stepfamilies. In A. Roizblatt (Eds.). Family Therapy (Spanish). (pp. 659-676). Chile: Editorial Mediterraneo.

Berger, R. (2005). It takes a community to raise an adolescent: Community based clinical services for immigrant adolescents. In A. Lightborn & P. Sessions (Eds.). Community based clinical practice. (pp. 441-458). Oxford University Press.

Berger, R. (2004). Helping immigrants from the former Soviet Union. In C. Rabin (Eds.). Understanding Gender and Culture in the Helping Process. (pp. 129-148). Brooks/Cole.

Refereed Articles

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Berger, R. & Quiros, L. (2016), Best practices for training trauma informed practitioners: Using a qualitative approach to elevate supervisors’ voice. Traumatology, 22, 145-154.

Berger, R. & Paul. M. S. (2015), Teaching cultural aspects of trauma practice in a study abroad immersion course: Challenges and Strategies. International social Work, 1-10.

Paul, M. S. & Berger, R. (2015), Eleven days in Israel: A unique and innovative experience in teaching trauma practice. Reflections, 20, 63-71.

Berger, R. & Calderon, O. (2015), Helping those who learn to help: Practice wisdom during a community disaster. Reflections, 20, 17-25.

Berger, R. (2015), Challenges and Strategies in Social Work and Social Welfare PhD Education: Helping Candidates Jump Through the Dissertation Hoops. ournal of Teaching in Social Work, 35, 166-178.

Berger, R. (2015), Challenges and coping strategies in leavening an ultra-orthodox community. Qualitative Social Work. DOI: 10.1177/1473325014565147 qsw.sagepub.com. Qualitative Social Work.

Berger, R. & Quiros, L. (2014), Supervision for trauma informed practice. Traumatology, 20, 296-301.

Berger, R. (2014), Going OTD: The Experience of Leaving Ultra Orthodox Jewish Communities. Jewish Journal of Sociology.

Berger, R. & Paul, M. (2014), Plurality of methodologies to bridge the gap between research and practice: A case study in infertility research. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, Art. 8.

Quiros, L. & Berger, R (2013), Responding to the sociopolitical complexity of trauma: An integration of theory and practice. Trauma informed practice, Loss and Trauma. Loss and trauma.

Berger, R. (2013), Book review: Immigration worldwide: Policies, practices and trends. Journal of Social Work, 13, 440-442..

Berger, R. (2013), Book review: Finding and evaluating evidence: Systematic reviews and evidence based practice. Journal of Social Work, 13, 331-332.

Berger, R. (2013), Incorporating EBP in field education: Where we stand and what we need. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 10, 127-135.

Berger, R., Paul, L. S. & Henshaw, L. A. (2013), Women experience of infertility: A multi- systemic perspective. International Journal of Women Issues, 54, 54-68.

Berger (2013), Now I see it, now I don’t: Researcher’s position and reflexivity in qualitative research. Qualitative Research.

Nuttman-Shwartz, O. & Berger, R. (2012), Field education in international social work: Where we are and where should we go. International Social Work, 55, 225-243.

Frith, L. J., Blyth, E., Paul, L. & Berger, R. (2011), Conditional embryo relinquishment: Choosing to relinquish embryos for family building through an embryo adoption programme. Human Reproducation.

Berger, R. (2011), The golden cage: Western women living in a compound in Saudi Arabia. Journal of International Women Studies, 12, 38-54.

Berger, R. & Paul, M. S. (2011), Using email for family research. Journal of technology in Human Services,, 29, 197-211.

Paul, M. S. & Berger, R., Blyth, E. & Frith, L. J. (2011), Embryo relinquishment for family- building: How should it be conceptualised? International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 25(2), 260–285.

Paul, M. S., Berger, R., Blyth, E. & Frith, L. J. (2010), Relinquishing frozen embryos for conception by infertile couples. Families, Systems & Health, 28, 258-273.

Berger, R. (2010), Encounter of a racially mixed group with stressful situations. Groupwork., 19, 28-41.

Berger, R. (2010), EBP: Practitioners in search of evidence. Journal of Social Work, 10, 175-191.

Berger, R. & Joyce, P. (2010), From research to practice: Developing and delivering a culturally competent trauma curriculum for child welfare practitioners after 9/11. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 3, 25-35.

Invited Presentation/Lecture

Roni Berger (2015, May). Cultural aspects of posttraumatic growth. Diversity and Equity in Mental Health/Addictions conference, Toronto, Canada.

Roni Berger (2014, November). Understanding and addressing trauma in cultural context. Adelphi, Garden City, NY.

Roni Berger (2011, December). Posttraumatic growth in the context of immigration. Ashkelon College, Israel.

Roni Berger (2011, March). Teaching Evidence Based Practice in Field Education. Long Island Field Educators. Sagamore Children’s Center.

Conference Presentations/Papers

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Berger, R. & Paul, M.S. (2015). Immersion study abroad for teaching social work: An educational frontier October 17, 2015 (with M. S. Paul). In Annual Program Meeting (APM), Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). Sheraton Denver Downtown and Crown Plaza Denver Downtown., Denver, CO.

Roni Berger (2015). Trauma in the context of war and peace. In Adelphi University. Garden City, NY.

Roni Berger & Michal Shamai (2015). Culture and positionality in trauma research: A bi-cultural perspective. In 5th European Conference for Social Work Research(ECSWR). University of Ljubljana, Ljubljaqna, Slovenia.

Berger, R. & Quiros, L (2014). Supervision for trauma informed practice. In Tenth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision. Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

Berger, R. (2014). Integrating of research thinking and knowledge in field education – principles and strategies. In Third International Conference on Practice Research.. Hunter College, NY, NY.

R. Berger, O. Nuttman-Shwartz and R. Ranz (2013). Human rights and social justice in international social work education. In Global Health and Well-Being: The Social Work Response.. NYU, NY, NY.

Berger, R. (2011). Helping racially mixed groups in the encounter with a stressful experience: New insights into emerging challenges. In The International Association for group Psychotherapy. Porto, Portugal.

Roni Berger (2011). Challenges and Strategies in Integrating EBP in Clinical Supervision. In The Seventh International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision. Garden City NY.

Ara£jo Dawson, B., & Berger, R. (2010). Culturally responsive professional schools: Addressing the needs of diverse students. In One Voice International Conference. Tarrytown, N.Y..

Berger, R. & Weiss, T. (2010). Posttraumatic growth. In APM. Portland, Oregon.

Roni Berger & T. Weiss (2010). Posttraumatic growth in cross cultural contexts: Theoretical, empirical and clinical aspects. In European Society for Trauma and Dissociation. Belfast, ireland.

Berger, R. & Joyce, P. (2010). Posttraumatic growth in cross cultural contexts: Theoretical, empirical and clinical aspects. In European Society for Trauma and Dissociation. Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Berger, R. (2009). Conducting electronically-based qualitative research: Challenges and strategies. In Advances in Qualitative Methods. International Institute for Qualitative Methodology,. Vancouver, Canada.

Berger, R. (2009). Trauma and its Aftermath in Cross-Cultural Contexts: Research and Professional Education. In Conference for Academic Disciplines. Malta.

Berger, R., Crohn, H. & Greenberg, R. (2007). University-community partnership. In Annual program Meeting of the Council of Social Work Education. San Francisco.

Joyce, P. , Berger, R., Bogolub, E. & Altman, J. (2006). Reflective Researchers, Reflective Practitioners? : Evaluating in Practice Ten Years Later. In SSWR. San Antonio, Texas.

C. Cohen, I. Masank & R. Berger (2005). Is group work global? In 27 Annual International Symposium on Social Work with Groups. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

R. Berger (2005). Fostering posttraumatic growth in immigrant adolescents. In Pathways to Resilience: An International Conference.. Halifax, Canada,.

Berger, R. & Joyce, P. (2003). What language does PTSD speak: Clinical social work, cultural competence and diagnosis. In VIII European Conference on Traumatic Stress. Berlin, Germany.

Dissertation Chaired

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Amy Olshever (2015). The experience of hospice home health aides. Adelphi.

Elizabeth Carpentered (2014). The experience of mothers of young children born unexpectedly with Down Syndrome. Adelphi.

Michele Brown (2014). Barriers to service utilization in pre emancipated youth in congregate care (2014). Adelphi.

John Rizzi (2013). Parental competence and self identity in gay fathers. Adelphi.

Karin (Tzipporah) Wisansky (2013). Early maladaptive schemas in orthodox Jews. Adelphi.

Michele Sanzone (2013). Perceived parental availability and cyber bullying in adolescents. Adelphi.

Anat Anais Bar (2012). The experience of underserved minority abused women. Adelphi.

Carolyn Rassinger (2011). Teacher-student relationship and academic success in Latino middle school students. Adelphi.

Ana Carrion (2010). Factors contributing to academically success in Latino middle school students. Adelphi.

Selena Rodgers (2009). Availability of and satisfaction with social support and post traumatic growth in Latina immigrant women in refugee-like situations. Adelphi.

Joanne Quinn Bears (2009). The experience of mothers who adopted children through the welfare system. Adelphi.

Fran Iaaso (2008). Parenting style and locus of control in suicidal male adolescents. Adelphi.

Marylin S. Paul (2007). Topic avoidance and family functioning in families with donor assisted conception. Adelphi.

Angela C. Chang (2007). Psychological adjustment and attachment to adoptive mother in pre-adolescent adoptees. Adelphi.

Connie Quinn (2004). Organization culture and availability of resources for decision making in ethical dilemmas in social work practice. Adelphi.

Phyllis Arlow (2001). Hopelessness, negative symptoms and global functioning in schizophrenics. Adelphi.

Michael de Vidas (1999). Latino therapists and their perceptions of psychopathology toward Latino gay male clients. Adelphi.

Andres Kraus (1998). Stress of fathers of children receiving early intervention services. Adelphi.

Feldman Edward (1998). Loneliness and physician utilization in a primary care population. Adelphi.

Susan Griffith (1996). Attachment theory, day care, security, prosociability/altroism. Adelphi.

Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

Impressions and thoughts of an incidental tourist in Tunisia in January 2011. Journal of International Women Studies,12,177-178.

Evaluation of the efficacy of two agency-based training programs" Berger, R. & Chron, H. The Jewish Board of Family and Children Services 4/2007

Berger, R (2011). Impressions and thoughts of an incidental tourist in Tunisia in January 2011. Journal of International Women Studies.

Honors and Accomplishments

2013 Adelphi Institutional grant to study the experience of to capture and document the lived experience of individuals who opted to leave the insular Jewish Ultraorthodox and Chasidic communities in which they grew up and choose to enter mainstream society and seek a different path.