תחילת דף אינטרנט, לחץ אנטר כדי לעבור לאזור תוכן מרכזי

Dr. Johanna Czamanski-Cohen (PhD)

jczamansk@univ.haifa.ac.il

Phone: 04-6146234

Office: 804- Eshkol Tower

Reception hours: By appointment

School of Creative Arts Therapies

Undergraduate and Graduate Studies

Degree

Name of Institution

and Department

Period of Study

BA

Tel-Aviv University

TV & Cinema and Political Science

1993-1996

MA

New York University

Art Therapy

1997-1999

PhD

Ben-Gurion University

Social Work and Health Sciences

2008-2013

 

 Post-Doctoral Studies

Name of Host

Name of Institution, Department and Host

Period of Study

Dr. Karen Weihs

R25T Cancer Prevention and Control Translational Research Fellowship, University of Arizona Cancer Center

2014-2015

My main contribution to science is in the study of psychotherapy. During my Ph.D. studies,  I conducted a clinical trial that examined the psychological and physiological effect of cognitive-behavioral interventions on women coping with infertility and going through in vitro fertilization treatment. This small body of knowledge can inform IVF doctors on the importance of stress reduction in women with high levels of perceived stress before beginning IVF treatment. The above-mentioned research along with a small study on the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral art therapy protocol led to obtaining funding from the Myriam de Senarclens Prize for a study that is providing CBT based art therapy to women coping with infertility, who are stressed before they undergo IVF. Our goal is to further understand the relationship between stress, stress reduction, and fertility as well as the effect of stress reduction on telomere length and CFD which both may be related to IVF failure.

I am currently in the initial stages of conducting a large study in four hospitals in Israel, funded by an RO1 grant from the American National Institute of Health (NIH)  http://repat.haifa.ac.il/en/ (I am PI with Dr. Karen Weihs from the University of Arizona) aimed at examining emotion processing as a primary mechanism through which art therapy can reduce symptoms of pain, fatigue and depression in breast cancer patients. Furthermore, the study aims to examine ethno-cultural differences in response to the intervention. My combined clinical and research experience guide my aspirations to make a significant contribution to the field of psychosomatic medicine that can be disseminated and implemented in the clinic to improve the treatment of women coping with cancer, specifically, and individuals coping with chronic illness in general.

My current career focus is examining the mechanisms of art based and verbal interventions for psychological and physical symptom reduction in cancer patients. This focus is part of an over-arching goal of increasing the understanding of the mechanisms through which art therapy has a salutogenic affect. My overall aim is to apply a translational approach to psychological (depression) and physical (pain and fatigue) symptom reduction in individuals coping with chronic illness, in general, and cancer patients, more specifically. My future work will aim at conducting clinical trials that enable the real-world examination of art-based interventions and their effect on psychological and physiological determinates of health, along with laboratory studies aimed at a focused examination of the physiological effects of art-making and engaging in creative endeavors.

I am interested in mentoring MA and Ph.D. students that are hard workers and have a passion for combining clinical knowledge and rigorous research to help individuals improve their well-being through art-making. 

  1. Czamanski-Cohen J. (2010). "Oh! Now I remember": The use of a studio approach to art therapy with internally displaced people. Arts in Psychotherapy 37(5), 407-413. (IF 0.609 (JCR, 2010); IF 0.256 R 260/533 in Health Professions (Q3) (SJR, 2010)).
  1. Czamanski-Cohen, J. (2012). The Use of Art in the Medical Decision-Making Process of Oncology Patients. Art Therapy 29(2), 60-67. (R 176/250 in Clinical Psychology (Q3) (SJR, 2012)).
  1. Czamanski-Cohen, J., Sarid, O., Cwikel, J., Lunenfeld, E., Douvdevani, A., Levitas, E. & Har-Vardi, I. (2013). Increased plasma Cell Free DNA is associated with low pregnancy rates among women. Reproductive Bio Medicine Online 26, 36–41. (IF 2.980 (JCR, 2013); IF 2.722, R 8/76 in Reproductive Medicine (Q1) (SJR, 2013)).
  1. ##Yulevitch, A., Czamanski-Cohen, J., Segal, D., Ben-Zion, IZ. & Kushnir, T. (2013). “The Vagina Dialogues”- association between genital self-image and women's communication about sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction with physicians. Journal of Sexual Medicine. 10(12), 2879–3156. (IF 3.150 (JCR, 2013); IF 2.884 R 12/76 in Reproductive Medicine (Q1) (SJR, 2013)).
  1. Czamanski-Cohen, J., Sarid, O., Cwikel, J., Levitas, E., Lunenfeld, E., Douvdevani, A. & Har-Vardi, I. (2014). Decrease in cell free DNA levels following participation in stress reduction techniques among women undergoing infertility treatment. Archives of Women’s Mental Health.17, 251-253. (IF 2.164 (JCR, 2014); IF 1.059 R 118/522 in Psychiatry and Mental Health (Q1) (SJR, 2014)).
  1. Czamanski-Cohen, J., Sarid, O., Huss, E., Ifergane, A., Niego, L., & Cwikel, J. (2014). CB-ART-The use of a hybrid cognitive behavioral and art based protocol for treating pain and symptoms accompanying coping with chronic illness.The Arts in Psychotherapy. 41(4), 320–328.  (IF 0.541 (JCR, 2014); IF 429, 13/29 in Health Professions (Q2) (SJR, 2014)).
  1. Czamanski-Cohen, J., Sarid, O., Cwikel, J., Lunenfeld, E., Douvdevani, A., Levitas, E. & Har-Vardi, I. (2015). Cell free DNA and telomere length among women undergoing in vitro fertilization. Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics. DOI 10.1007/s10815-015-0581-4. (IF 1.858 (JCR, 2015); IF 0.909, R 666/2891 in Medicine (Q1) (SJR, 2015)).
  2. Shoshani, A., Mifano, K. & Czamanski-Cohen, J. (2015). The Effects of the Make a Wish Intervention on Psychiatric Symptoms and Health-Related Quality of Life of Children with Cancer: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Quality of Life Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11136-015-1148-7. (IF 2.429 (JCR, 2015) IF 1.29 67/517 in Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health (Q1) (SJR, 2015)).
  3. *Marroquín,B., Czamanski-Cohen, J., Weihs, K. & Stanton, A. (2016). Loneliness Moderates Effects of Emotional Expression and Processing on Depression and Physical Symptoms in Women with Breast Cancer: Evidence from Implicit and Explicit Measures. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 39,832-844. (IF 2.5 (JCR, 2016); IF 1.299, R 103/ 527 in Psychiatry and Mental Health (Q1) (SJR, 2016)).
  4. *Czamanski-Cohen, J. & Weihs, K. L. (2016) The Bodymind Model: A platform for the conduct of the mechanistic study of art therapy. The Arts in Psychotherapy. 51, 63-71. (IF 107(JCR, 2016); IF 0.433, R 14/30 in Health Professions (Q2) (SJR, 2016)).
  1. *Czamanski-Cohen, J., Sarid, O., Cwikel, J., Levitas, E., Lunenfeld, E., & Har-Vardi, I. (2016) Practice makes perfect: The effect of cognitive behavioral interventions during IVF treatments on women’s perceived stress, plasma cortisol and pregnancy rates. Journal of Reproductive Health and Medicine. 2, S21-S26. (IF 0.109, R 62/70 in Reproductive Medicine (Q4) (SJR, 2017)).
  1. *Sarid, O., Cwikel, J., Czamanski-Cohen, J. & Huss, E. (2017) Treating women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) with a hybrid cognitive behavioral and art therapy (CBART). Archives of women’s mental health. 1-3 (IF 2.565 (JCR, 2017); IF 1.274, R 103/ 525 in Psychiatry and Mental Health (Q1) (SJR, 2017)).
  1. #*Haiblum-Itskovitch, S., Czamanski-Cohen, J. & Galili, G. (2018). Emotional response and changes in heart rate variability following art-making with three different art materials. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (IF 2.749(JCR, 2017) IF 1.043, R 270/1177 in Psychology (Q1) (SJR, 2017)).
  2. *Czamanski-Cohen, J., Sarid, O., Cwikel, J., Levitas, E., & Har-Vardi. (2018). Are there preferred coping and communication strategies while undergoing IVF, and do Cognitive Behavioral Interventions help? Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 14(1), 20-32. (IF 0.235 (JCR, 2017), R 25/42 in Psychiatry and Mental Health (Q3) (SJR, 2017)). https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-04-2018-0022
  3. *## Kissos, L., Lev-Wiesel R. & Czamanski-Cohen J. (2019) Sexual Abuse Detection Through Drawing Workshop: E-Learning Contribution, Journal of Loss and Trauma, DOI: 10.1080/15325024.2018.1549191. )IF 0.789 (JCR, 2017); IF 0.349, R 16/42 in Psychiatric Mental Health (Q2) (SJR, 2017)).
  4. *Czamanski-Cohen, J., Sela, N., Weihs, K., Wiley, J., Caspi, O. (2019). The role of emotional processing in Art Therapy (REPAT) for Breast Cancer patients. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 1:1-13. (IF 246 (JCR, 2017); R 203/525 in Psychiatry and Mental Health (Q2) (SJR, 2017)).
  1. *##Schultz, M., Czamanski-Cohen, J., Bentur, N., Mohsen-Byadsi, S., Artsieli, Y., & Bar-Sela, G. (2019). Multidisciplinary staff perspectives on the integration of spiritual care in a new setting: Israel. Palliative and Supportive Care,1-6. doi:10.1017/S1478951519000877 (IF 1.965 (JCR, 2018); R 21/140 in Nursing (Q1) (SJR, 2018)).
  1. * Czamanski-Cohen, J., Galili, G., Allen, J.B. (in press). Measuring changes in HRV while creating art with 3 different materials. JoVE, 1-4. (IF 1.184 (JCR, 2018); R 77/400 in Chemical Engineering (Q1) (SJR, 2018)).