My interdisciplinary research links between disability studies, mental health, rehabilitation, and technologies. I apply both quantitative and qualitative methods to explore community participation and its implications on well-being and quality life of people with disabilities (e.g., physical, sensory, cognitive and mental disabilities), including multiple disabilities and/or chronic illnesses, in various life domains such as employment, education, social and romantic relationships from the individual and family perspectives.
In particular, my two main fields of research are parental disability and information and communication technologies (ICT). As a mother with a physical disability, I am interested in exploring the meaning and implications of parenthood within the context of disability. In my second field of research, I focus on the use of ICT, such as e-mentoring, online social networks and mHealth (mobile health) to promote the mental and physical health of individuals with disabilities.
Peer-reviewed Journal Publications:
- Shpigelman, C.N., Reiter, S., & Weiss, P.L. (2008). E-mentoring for youth with special needs: Preliminary results. Cyberpsychology & Behavior, 11(2), 196-200.
- Shpigelman, C.N., Reiter, S., & Weiss, P.L. (2009). A Conceptual framework for electronic socio-emotional support for people with special needs. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 32(4), 301-308.
- Shpigelman, C.N., Weiss, P.L., & Reiter, S. (2009). E-mentoring for all. Computers in Human Behavior, 25(4), 919-928.
- Shpigelman, C.N. (2010). Electronic mentoring between youth with special needs. Issues in Special Education & Inclusion, 25(2), 5-18. [Hebrew].
- Shpigelman, C. N., & Gill, C. J. (2013). The characteristics of unsuccessful e-mentoring relationships for people with disabilities. Qualitative Health Research, 23(4), 463 – 475.
- Shpigelman, C.N., & Gill, C.J. (2014). Facebook use by persons with disabilities. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 19(3), 610–624.
- Mejias, N. J., Gill, C. J., & Shpigelman, C. N. (2014). Influence of a support group for young women with disabilities on sense of belonging. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61(2), 208-220.
- Shpigelman, C. N., & Gill, C. J. (2014). How adults with intellectual disabilities use Facebook? Disability & Society, 29(10), 1601-1616.
- Shpigelman, C.N. (2015). How to support the needs of mothers with physical disabilities? Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(11), 928-935.
- Shpigelman, C. N. (2015). The voices of mothers with a physical disability. Israel Studies in Language and Society, 7(1-2), 184-199. [Hebrew].
- Berger, R., Gelkopf, M., Versano-Mor, K., Shpigelman, C. N. (2015). Impact of Exposure to Potentially Traumatic Events on Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 120(2), 176-188.
- Shpigelman, C. N., & Gelkopf, M. (2016). The experiences and needs of individuals with disabilities exposed to chronic political violence. Disability and Rehabilitation, 39(1), 23-35, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2016.1138557.
- Shpigelman, C. N., Zlotnick, C., & Brand, R. (2016). Attitudes toward Nursing Students with Disabilities: Promoting Social Inclusion. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(8), 441-449.
- Shpigelman, C. N. (2017). Leveraging social capital of persons with intellectual disabilities through Facebook participation: The perspectives of family members and direct support staff. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 55(6), 407-418.
- Shpigelman, C. N. (2018). Leveraging social capital of individuals with intellectual disabilities through participation on Facebook. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 31(1), 79-91.
- Shpigelman, C. N., & Gelkopf, M. (2018). The Impact of Exposure to War and Terror on Individuals with Disabilities. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tra0000381).
- Zlotnick, C., & Shpigelman, C. N. (2018). A 5-step Framework to promote Nursing Community Inclusivity: The example of nurses with disabilities. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 00:1–10. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.14566
- Hasson-Ohayon, I., Hason-Shaked, M., Silberg, T, Shpigelman, C.N., Roe, D., (2018). Attitudes towards motherhood of women with physical versus psychiatric disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 11(4), 612-617.
- Shpigelman, C. N., Roe, D., Konopny-Decleve, L., & #Eldan, K. (2019). Disclosing Mental Illness during Dating: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Partners' Experience. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 17(6), 1312–1327.
- Shpigelman, C. N., & #HaGani, N. (2019) The Impact of Disability Type on Self-concept and Body Image: Implications for Mental Health Nursing. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 26, 77–86.
- Werner, P., Shpigelman, C. N., & Raviv Turgeman, L. (2019) Family caregivers' and professionals' stigmatic experiences with persons with younger-onset dementia: A qualitative study. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1111/scs.12704
- Shpigelman, C. N. (2019). A proposed framework for enhancing quality of life of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through life-coaching process. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 16(3), 150-159.
- Shpigelman, C. N. & #Moriel, M. (2019). Romantic Relationship and Psychological Well-being: The Experiences of Young Individuals with Visual Impairments. Disability and Rehabilitation. DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1661036
- Werner, S., & Shpigelman, C. N. (2019). Information and Communication Technologies: Where Are Persons with Intellectual Disabilities? Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 8(6), 1-3.
- Shpigelman, C.N., Weiss, P.L., & Reiter, S. (2011).Electronic mentoring in the classroom: Where mentors and students are persons with disabilities. In D. Scigliano (Ed.), Telementoring in the K-12 Classroom: Online Communication Technologies for Learning (pp. 116-134). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, IGI Global.
- Shpigelman, C.N. (2013). Information and communications technologies (ICT) for students with disabilities. In Avissar, G. & Reiter, S. (Eds.), Inclusiveness: From theory to practice (pp. 283-304). Haifa, Israel: "AHVA" publishers. [Hebrew]
- Shpigelman, C.N. (2014). Electronic Mentoring and Media. In D. DuBois & M. Kracher (Eds.), Handbook of Youth Mentoring (2th) (pp. 259-272). California, USA: Sage.
- Hasnain, R., Shpigelman, C. N., Scott, M., Gunderson, J. R., Rangin, H. B., Oberoi, A., & McKeever, L. (2014). Surveying People with Disabilities: Moving Toward Better Practices and Policies. In T. P. Johnson (Ed.), Handbook of Health Survey Methods (pp. 619-644). NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Shpigelman, C. N. (2019). Parenthood with a disability. In: Shavit, P & Gilor, O. (Eds.), We are here: The family of child with a disability in community and society. [Hebrew]
Papers Presented at International Conferences:
- Shpigelman, C.N., Reiter, S., & Weiss, P.L. (2009, February). A Conceptual Framework of Socio-Emotional Electronic Mentoring. Cyprus: Near East University. Proceedings of the World Conference on Educational Sciences. Procedia Social and Behavioral Science, 1, 2627-2631.
- Shpigelman, C.N., Weiss, P.L., & Reiter, S. (2009, February). A conceptual framework for electronic mentoring for people with special needs. Israel: The Open University. Proceedings of Chais Conference on Instructional Technologies Research: Learning in the Technological Era, 179-180. [Poster]
- Shpigelman, C.N., Weiss, P.L., &Reiter, S. (2009, June). e-Empowerment of young adults with special needs: Behind the computer screen I am not disabled. Israel: University of Haifa. Proceedings of the Virtual Rehabilitation 2009 - International Conference. Procedia Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Online Library, 65-69.
- Shpigelman, C.N., & Gill, C.J. (2014, July). How to Make Online Social Networks Accessible for Users with Intellectual Disability? Proceedings of the 14th International Conference, ICCHP 2014, Paris, France. Computers Helping People with Special Needs, 471-477.
- Isaacson, M., Cohen, I., & Shpigelman C.N. (2019). Leveraging Emotional Wellbeing and Social Engagement of the Oldest Old by Using Advanced Communication Technologies: A Pilot Study Using Uniper-Care’s Technology. Proceedings of 3rd IET International Conference on Technologies for Active and Assisted Living (TechAAL 2019).