Graduate students

Orly Baumel-keren
Orly Baumel-keren


I'm married to Shai and am the mother of two young daughters. I have a B.A in Community Theatre and Special Education and a Theatre Teaching Certification from Haifa University. I am currently working on my Thesis for an M.A in Educational Counseling also at Haifa University
Most of my adult life, I have worked in the non-formal education of adolescents who choose to participate, have a feeling of belonging and are active in their environment. Now I want to introduce elements of non-formal education to the formal sphere. Specifically, I'm interested in finding factors that can make school a place that gives a feeling of belonging and presents opportunities for students to be active in their environment, thus making school a better place for teachers and students.

Thesis Title: School Engagement: promoting and inhibiting factors in the school system.


Abeer Halabi
Abeer Halabi


I have a B.A in Communication and Educational counseling, a Teaching Certificate in Psychology, and M.A in Educational counseling, from Haifa University. Currently, I am working on my thesis at its final steps.
I've always been interested in working with youth in general and with youth at risk in particular, from different perspectives.
I'm a school counselor at a high school in Daliat El-Carmel, a Druze village near Haifa. My work makes me feel contentment and joyful every single day, despite the complexities involved in dealing with various problems of adolescents during this period.

Thesis title: Ethnic Identity and Self-Esteem among Druze Adolescents



Martha Stapura-Ifrah
Martha Stapura-Ifrah


Having been born in the Former Soviet Union, raised in the ethnically diverse city Acre in Israel and immigrated to the USA when I was a teen, cultural identity and immigration have, unsurprisingly, become main fields of interest and inquiry for me. In 2009 I graduated summa cum laude from the City University of New York majoring in Psychology and minoring in creative writing in English. During my B.A., I had received a grant from the American Federal Research Foundation to conduct an independent research study which concerned the impact of stereotype threat on the performance of immigrants on intelligence tests. I have also taken part in different volunteering projects around the world, including India, Israel and the US.


For the last couple of years I have been involved in a number of research projects concerning immigrants and ethnic minorities in Israel and I am currently working on my thesis for an M.A. degree in Educational Counseling at the Haifa University. I have been very fortunate to join a German-Israeli Young Researchers’ Exchange on Diversity program which gives me the opportunity to learn and widen my understanding of inter-cultural processes and diversity.

Thesis title: Seeking the Help of Educational Counselors: Cross Cultural Differences in Mothers’ Attitudes, Knowledge and Actual Experience



Roni Peles
Roni Peles


I have a B.A. in Psychology and Multidisciplinary Studies (Education and the Arts) from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Currently, I am writing my thesis as a part of my M.A. in Clinical and Educational Psychology in the University of Haifa, and have started my internship in Educational Psychology.
I am very interested in cultural differences and their expressions in psychological and educational processes

Thesis Title: The Relations between Students’ Peer Relations and School Engagement in Middle Adolescence.
Thesis goal: To investigate, in a multicultural context, adolescent students’ school engagement and its affiliations to two distinct but overlapping aspects of their peer relations: peer acceptance and friendships. roni.peles@gmail.com