Batya Engel-Yeger
תחילת דף אינטרנט, לחץ אנטר כדי לעבור לאזור תוכן מרכזי

Prof. Batya Engel-Yeger (PhD)

Head of Department

Occupational Therapy

After my Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy, from the University of Haifa, I graduated my M.Sc. and Ph.D at the Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Israel. My studies focused on neurophysiology of sensory systems and specifially on the impacts of Serous Otitis Media on children's vestibular system; and on Hearing impairments and deafness due to consanguinity - genetic factors and their physiological and clinical expressions,


I am the head of "Sensing Life": The Laboratory for Sensory Processing and Daily Function, at the Occupational Therapy Department, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel

My studies focus on neuro-modulation difficulties expressed in sensory/emotional and behavioral modulation in clinical populations. I examine their neurophysiological , clinical and functoinal implications on daily life.


Additional possitions:

2017-2020 - A Management Committee Substitute and a member of the European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) Action CA16118

2018-present - visiting professor at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany, Department of Dermatology and Allergy - 

2019-present - Member of the Urticaria Center of Reference and Excellence (UCARE)

2020-present - Member of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP)


My main research focuses on behavioral and functional expressions of neuro-modulation difficulties in health and sickness. I explore the relationship between altered sensory modulation, behavioral/emotional-regulation and daily function, by focusing on populations with developmental/neurological/psychiatric deficits.

My studies also examine the relationships between motor coordination disorders (in various age groups), cognition, emotional modulation and daily function.

In my studies I use self-reports, performance-based assessments that imitate function (such as sensory, motor, cognitive) in daily life as well as objective physiological measures such as electro-dermal-activity, Evoked Response Potentials. The aim is to explore underlaying mechanisms by using objective measures, but also understand how they impact behavior and function in real life, as reflected in the self-reports, that bring the individuals own voice, from his/her personal experience, and as supported by performance-based assessments. 

My studies' results aim to bring new directions and insights to clinical evaluation processes and assist in tailoring treatment to patients' specific needs, to improve daily function and quality of life.

Measuring sensory and emotional modulation in the presence of stressors using Electro Dermal Activity

Measuring executive functions of while performing daily life activities using the Virtual Supermarket (Evelyne Klinger, 2008) 

Title of Thesis

Name of Student


Working memory differences between children five years after cochlear implantation and children with normal hearing

Doris Durr


Sensory profile of children with Atopic Dermatitis

Sausan  Mazzawi


Self-efficacy among children with handwriting difficulties

Nagauker Limor


Developmental Coordination Disorders in children with hearing disabilities

Dafna Weissman


Sensory profile and eating patterns of children with mental retardation

Reem Hardal


Impacts of Ritalin on Executive functions and participation level of children with ADHD

Maayan Shimoni


Comparing self- efficacy and preferred daily activities between children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and typical peers

Amani Kassis


Cultural impacts on child's memory abilities, according to the Contextual Memory Test for Children (CMT-CH)

Netta Toledano


Comparing sensory performance and participation between children with ADHD and typical children

Danieala Ziv-on


Sensory processing and writing performance in the elderly

Sari Hus


Participation in daily activities among children with sensory processing disorders

Naama Katz


Sensory processing and participation in daily activities among children with autism

Michal Hochhauser


The relationship between sensory processing abilities and personality characteristics

Nili Ben-Avi


Sensory processing and intimate relationship in Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrom (PTSD)

Dafna Palgy- Levin


Sensory processing and participation of Muslim children

Inas Halilia Samich


Sensory processing, participation and accessibility among youth with sensory loss

Shaima Hamed


Contextual visual memory of children with Traumatic Brain Injury

Shoshi Cohen-Tau  


Sensory processing, participation and environmental accessibility among children with ADHD

Merav Zaidner


Writing performance of children with ADHD, children with ADHD and sensory processing disorders and typical developing controls

Hagar Offek


Environmental accessibility and participation of youth with mental retardation

Rawan Samara


Sensory processing and mothers' anxiety of children born preterm

Noga Netz


Participation, environmental accessibility and quality of life of children with CP

Samar Huri


Motor skills and self-efficacy among children with DCD while using virtual games

Rotem Sido


Sensory profile, daily routine and parental sense of competence among children with High Functioning Autism Disorder (HFAD)

Racheli Sorek


Sensory processing, participation and quality of life among people with diabetes

Sanaa Darausha - Najjar


Sensory processing, anxiety and self efficacy among children with DCD

Dalit Segal


Sensory reactivity and its relation to child's anxiety, quality of life and parental stress and competence

Liat Friedland


The impacts of meaningful occupation on PTS – neurobiological and behavioral manifestations

Orly Deri


Participation and Quality of life of people with PTSD

Ariela Rosenblum


Sensory processing, anxiety and quality of life among adolescents

Mary Mabgish


Effects of Background Sensory Stimulation and Sleep Quality on the Acquisition and Memory Consolidation of a Novel Motor Skill

Agabria Nibal


Sensory modulation, executive functions and quality of life among children with ADHD

Bat-El Cohen


Comparing Sensory processing, participation and quality of life between older people with high and low falling risk

Keren Ravitz


Sensory processing abilities, executive functions and quality of life of children with psychiatric disorders

Genan Hamud


Executive functions, activity performance in virtual reality and quality of life in children with hearing impairments

Lama Sharbari


Sensory processing patterns of patients with CVA

Avivit Fux


Sensory processing – from neurophysiology to participation in daily life

Amir Fund


Sensory processing and executive functions disorders in PTSD as expresses in daily life

Nihal Safi


Sensory modulation and daily life of children with food allergy

Shirel Yechiel


Fine motor and participation in children with SOM

Madiha Hijazi


Sensory modulation and participation in children with ASD or anxiety disorder

Reut Adler


Neuro modulation in children with neurological disorders under COVID-19

Hila Samet










PhD students:

Behavioral and Neurophysiological characteristics of individuals with sensory processing disorders

Sharon Zlotnik


Differential profiles of performance, participation and quality of life of children with ADHD and/or Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)

Maayan Shimoni


Sensory modulation, somatosensory discrimination and sensory based motor performance of children with HFASD and implications for activities of daily living

Netta Katz


Predicting participation and quality of life of children with hearing impairment by body functions, activity performance, environmental accessibility and parental stress

Shaima Hamed Daher


Sensory and Attentional Neuro-dysregulation in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Re-Experiencing Symptoms and Impacts on Daily Function

Janne Lissa Hoogervorst   


Sensory Regulation, Executive Functions, Self-Perception, Participation and Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents with Anxiety Disorders - from Electrophysiological Measures to Daily functioning

Genan Hamud


Visual processing/Cortical Visual Impairment, altered sensory modulation and their relation to participation and environmental accessibility in children with Cerebral Palsy

Nava Gelkopf (with Yoram Bonneh)  



Medical Doctor thesis


The sensory profile of children with Asthma

Meital Almog


The role of physical status versus mental status in predicting the quality of life of patients with lumbar disk herniation

Elad Sarfaty


Sensory processing and executive functions among IVF children

Li Spritz


Sensory profile, executive function, self perception, participation and quality of life among children with psychiatric disorders

Inbar Barzuza


Post Doctorates:

Sensory processing and executive functions as  predictors of falls in elderly adults

Yael Zilbershlag