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)
Licenses and Certifications
Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Clinical Social Worker NYS
Clinical Family Therapist AAMFT
2004-present Professor, Adelphi University School of Social Work.
1999- 2004 Associate Professor, Adelphi University School of Social Work.
1993-1999 Assistant Professor Adelphi University School of Social Work.
1987-1990 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Paul Berwald School of Social Work.
1980-1981 Israel Defense Forces/unit for disadvantaged youth.
2011, 2013 Visiting professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel
2006-2008 Visiting professor, Bar Ilan University, Israel
2001 Visiting scholar Melbourne University, Australia
2001-2002 Visiting professor La Trobe University, Australia
2002 Visiting professor Smith College, Mass.
1999-2004 Visiting professor Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel
1993-2007 Consultant, The Jewish Board of Families and Children Service, NY.
1991-1993 Adjunct professor, Columbia University School of Social Work
1993 Adjunct professor Yeshiva University NY
1977-1980 Supervisor social workers & youth workers of youth in distress, Lod Municipal Department of Social Services.
1987 Program director, community health services, Kupat Holim (HMO) Tel Aviv.
1974-1989 Instructor, Tel Aviv University School of social Work.
1981-1987 Director of continuing education program for training of parents groups facilitators, Tel Aviv University School of social Work
1974 1980 Clinical social worker & supervisor, Ramat-Chen Clinic for mental health, Tel Aviv.
1973- present Private practice. Individual, marital and family psychotherapy and counseling.
1973-1989 Consultant with a variety of social, educational and health agencies.
1972-1974 Teaching & research assistant, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
1971-1977 Supervisor workers youth in distress, Sociological Services, Ramat Gan.
1970-1971 Social worker: Provider of direct services to children, adolescents and their families, Mental Health clinic, Tel Hashomer Hospital.
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.
Comparative Approaches To Social Work Research: Qualitative Methods
Social Work With Small Systems: Theory And Research
Stress,Crisis,Trauma And Coping
Courses Previously Taught
Courses Previously Taught
SWK 306 Services for children – Undergraduate
Modern Condition I – Undergraduate
Modern Condition II - Undergraduate
SWK 520 Foundation Social Work Practice: Individuals and families - Graduate
SWK 521 Foundation Social Work Practice: Groups and communities -- Graduate
SWK 557 Social Work Research – Graduate
SWK 728 Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents – Graduate.
SWK 758 Advanced Social Work Research Methods – Graduate
SWK 780 Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals – Graduate
SWK 782 Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups - Graduate
SWK 786 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families – Graduate
SWK 788 Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers: Issues and Interventions - Graduate(developed course)
SWK 728 Advanced Social Work Practice with Children & Adolescents
SWK 846 Social Work with Families: Theory and Research (developed course) – doctorate
Stress, crisis, trauma, and posttraumatic growth
International social work education and professional development
Immigration, refugees and asylum seekers
Families and couples, specifically remarried and stepfamilies
Groups and group work
Israel. A two weeks intensive course focused on understanding trauma in cultural context. The course was conceptualized around three types of collective stressors that shape the Israeli discourse (intergenerational effects of the Holocaust, constant security threats and immigration) as they are perceived, interpreted, affect and addressed in culturally diverse population groups including orthodox, ultra-orthodox and seculars; immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and Israeli born). Eight students diverse in personal and educational background participated. They included four social work and two psychology Adelphi students (including one international student), one recent graduate of Colorado State University and one continuing education student from Texas.
In addition, I participated in the development of a master level course on crisis and trauma for international students at Tel Aviv University. I taught an intensive course on posttraumatic growth for several years in this program.
Eight students from five schools in the NY metropolitan area participated in a two weeks intensive course, in which they learned about cultural aspects of social work practice. the program included meetings with local scholars and practitioners, field visits in agencies and volunteering in local service agencies.
I served for two weeks as a consultant at the Nepal School of Social Work, Department of Social Work, Kadambari Memorial College of Science and Management and Nepal College of Development Studies. My service included presentations to students, staff development and consulting regarding faculty scholarship.
I spent a month as a Fulbright senior specialist at the City University of Hong Kong. My activities included developing cross-cultural scholarly and professional collaboration, making presentations, participation in and facilitating of seminar and workshops to students and faculty, in two universities.
I spent a six-month sabbatical in Melbourne, where I presented, consulted and taught in two universities.
I was an invited participant in the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme Advanced Research Workshop on applying evidence-based training to disseminate effective services for trauma survivors.
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.
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.
Varghese, R., Berger, R. & Quiros, L. (2018). Reflective practices for engaging in trauma-informed culturally competent supervision. Smith College Studies in Social Work. doi.org/10.1080/00377317.2018.1439826
Berger, R., Quiros, L. & Benavidez-Hatzis, J.R. (2017). The intersection of identities in supervision for trauma informed practice: Challenges and strategies. The Clinical Supervisor. doi.org/10.1080/07325223.2017.1376299.
Berger, R. & Paul, M. S. (2017). Study abroad in social work education: “citizen of two worlds” faculty. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 60 (2), 297-306 10.1080/08841233.2017.1345822 Also online Study Abroad in Social Work Education: “Citizen of Two Worlds” Faculty, Journal of Teaching in Social Work Vol. 37 , Iss. 4,2017.
Berger, R. (2017). Conducting an unplanned participant observation: The case of a non-birder in bird watchers' land. Forum: Qualitative Social research. 18 (1).
Berger, R. (2017). Conducting research under the radar: Using a case study for studying populations off the social mainstream. Research Methods Case Health, London: Sage. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526411648
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
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. 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.
Culture and Positionality in Trauma Work: How Who I am Affects how I Address Trauma. ISTSS 34th Annual Meeting, Washington DC.
Researching trauma in cultural context: issues and strategies. International Conference on Social Work and Research (ICSWR). New York.
Sensitive content and sensitive context: Challenges and strategies in social work education. European Conference UNAFORIS-EASSW. Paris, France
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.
Cultural aspects of posttraumatic growth. Diversity and Equity in Mental Health/Addictions conference, Toronto, Canada. May 2015
Understanding and addressing trauma in cultural context. Adelphi, Garden City, NY. November 2014
Posttraumatic growth in the context of immigration. Ashkelon College, Israel. December, 2011
Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Field Education. Long Island Field Educators. Sagamore Children’s Center. March, 2011
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.
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.
Kate Werner (2018). Knowledge, attitudes and use of evidence-based practices for the treatment of substance use disorders in older adults
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.
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