Dr. Miriam Schiff, (PhD. MSW, MA) is Associate Professor and Zena Harman Chair in Social Work at Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. She has a tenured position at Hebrew University, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, her teaching area is trauma and substance use and family therapy. Dr. Schiff is also a member of the research group entitled “the Resilience Research Group” at the School, and serves as the chair of the Teaching, Policy and Procedures Committee at her University. Dr. Schiff completed her MSW degree in Social Work at the Hebrew University and has also MA and PhD in social Psychology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. Her postdoctoral training was completed at Columbia University, Social Intervention Group, School of Social Work led by Prof. Nabila El-Bassel. She serves in the editorial board of Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions; Global Social Welfare: Research, Policy & Practice; and Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work. Dr. Schiff is a social worker and a licensed school psychologist who works part time with at risk adolescents and their families. She is also a licensed couple and family therapist.
Her research involves three areas: (a) examining the moderators and mediator factors explaining the associations between man-made trauma (mainly terrorism and other acts of political violence) and substance use , other risk behavior, and mental health in general, among children and adolescents; (b) translational research from academic research to the field of social work and from practice wisdom to theories and research in the areas of social work education; (c) Parental grief- Schiff’s recent research studies are conducted together with the Israeli Ministry of Defense to try to gain better understanding on parental bereavement (on the son who was killed in the army), what helps and what hinders coping with grief, and whether time heals. Recently she began a collaboration with a consortium of Israeli and European researchers on conceptualizing and understanding risk and protective factors of radicalism.