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Where the Passion Begins



Sharon Naparstek, Ph.D.

Sharon is a Rehabilitation Psychologist and Neuropsychologist, and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Bar-Ilan University.
Sharon earned her Master’s and Ph.D. from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where she studied the cognitive building blocks of numerical cognition (at the Cognitive Neuroscience lab led by Avishai Henik).

Her postdoctoral work was conducted at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University where she studies cognitive and neural biomarkers of treatment response in PTSD (with Amit Etkin).  
Currently, Sharon is interested in combining her knowledge as a clinician and researcher to study the interactions between cognition, neural networks, and psychiatric symptoms in healthy community-dwelling adults and those suffering from cognitive or mental disabilities.



Yonatan earned his master’s from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, studying time estimation in individuals with ADHD (at Ora Kaufman’s lab). He gained many years of experience in neuropsychological assessment and evaluation of individuals with neurodegenerative disorders at the Sagol center for Neuroscience at Sheba Medical Center. He is interested in studying cognitive reserve and specifically the relationship between cognitive reserve and the use of cognitive strategies among middle-aged individuals at high Alzheimer’s risk.



Aidel Wittler, MA Student

Aidel received her B.A. (with honors) in Psychology from the Open University of Israel. She is currently a Master's student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Bar Ilan University. Aidel is interested in studying the role family plays in rehabilitation, focusing on the relationship between young children and their rehabilitating parent. 

Yonatan Schwartz, Ph.D. Candidate

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