Ruth Berkowitz, PhD, is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work, University of Haifa, Israel. She has a PhD in social work from Bar Ilan University, where she studied the contribution of positive school climate to students’ academic achievements and educational equality. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, where she researched strategies to establish unique solutions for military-connected students’ socioemotional and family needs in school settings by increasing positive school climate. She serves as the regional editor in the Middle East of the International Journal of School Climate and Violence Prevention. Her research focuses on school climate, bullying and violence, parental school involvement, and associated prosperity and well-being among students, educators, and families. She is a current recipient of a fellowship from the Israeli Science Foundation focusing on school social and organizational climate and teachers’ workplace victimization. She has published numerous articles in leading peer-reviewed journals (including Review of Educational Research and Teachers College Record) and several encyclopedia entries on school climate and school violence. She is devoted to improving youths’ socioemotional life, especially those living in contexts of injustice, experiencing increased deprivation, and attending schools where odds are stacked against them. She believes that a forum of scientists and educators with a special interest in school climate is an ideal platform to gather the best available knowledge on means to improve the social, emotional, and ethical abilities of schools to better support these youths.
Teachers' Workplace Victimization in Israel: An Ecosystemic Model
Funding: Israel Science Foundation, 2018
Coinvestigators: S. Tzafrir, G. Enosh
Building Positive School Climate and Strong Communities for Children
Funding: The Haruv Institute, 2017
Coinvestigators: I. Lavie, M. Cohen
Research Synthesis of the Associations between Socioeconomic Background, Inequality, School Climate, and Academic Achievement
Funding: Israel Science Foundation, 2015
Coinvestigators: R. A. Astor, H. Moore
- Berkowitz, R. (2020). Students’ Victimization in Schools: The Role of Gender, Grade Level, Socioeconomic Background and Ethnocultural Affiliation. Children and Youth Services Review. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105048
- Siegel, A., Esqueda, M.C., Berkowitz, R., Sullivan, K., Astor, R.A., Benbenishty, R. (2018). Welcoming Parents to their Child’s School: Supporting Diverse Needs and Backgrounds. Education and Urban Society. Advance online publication. doi: 1177/0013124517747682
- Berkowitz, R., Tzafrir, S., & Enosh, G. (2017). Exposed in the turret: Teachers' workplace victimization [In Hebrew]. The Study of Organizations and Human Resources Quarterly, 2, 7–
- Berkowitz, R., Moore, H., Astor, R.A., & Benbenishty, R. A. (2017). Research synthesis of the associations between socioeconomic background, inequality, school climate, and academic achievement. Review of Educational Research, 87, 425–469
- Berkowitz, R., Astor, R. A., Pineda, D., De Pedro, K. T., Weiss, E., & Benbenishty, R. (2017). Parents’ perceptions of school climate and school support in California. Urban Education. Advance online publication. doi:1177/0042085916685764
- Capp, G., Berkowitz, R., Sullivan, K., Astor, R. A., De Pedro, K. T., Gilreath, T. D., … Rice, E. (2016). Adult relationships in multiple contexts and associations with adolescent mental health. Research on Social Work Practice, 26, 622–629.
- De Pedro, K. T., Gilreath, T., & Berkowitz, R. (2016). A latent class analysis of perceived school climate among middle and high school students: Findings from the California Healthy Kids Survey. Children and Youth Services Review, 63, 10–15.
- De Pedro, K. T., Astor, R. A., Gilreath, T. D., Benbenishty, R., & Berkowitz, R. (2016). Examining the relationship between school climate and peer victimization among students in military-connected public schools. Violence and Victims, 31, 751–766.
- Klomek, A. B., Kopelman-Rubin, D., Al-Yagon, M., Berkowitz, R., Apter, A., & Mikulincer, M. (2015). Victimization by bullying and attachment to parents and teachers among student who report learning disorders and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Learning Disability Quarterly, 39, 182–190.
- Berkowitz, R., De Pedro, K. T., & Gilreath, T. D. (2015). A latent class analysis of victimization among middle and high school students in California. Journal of School Violence, 14, 316–333.
- De Pedro, K. T., Astor, R. A., Gilreath, T. D., Benbenishty, R., & Berkowitz, R. (2015). The role of school climate in the mental health of secondary students: A study of students in military-connected schools. Youth & Society. Advance online publication
- Berkowitz, R., Glickman, H., Benbenishty, R., Ben-Artzi, E., Raz, T., Lipshtadt, N., & Astor, R. A. (2015). Les relations entre milieu social, climat scolaire et réussite scolaire en Israël: Les hypothèses de compensation, de médiation et de moderation [In French]. Éducation et Formations, 88–89.
- Berkowitz, R., Glickman, H., Benbenishty, R., Ben-Artzi, E., Raz, T., Lipshtadt, N., & Astor, R.A. (2015). Compensating, mediating, and moderating effects of school climate on academic achievement gaps in Israel. Teachers College Record, 117, 1–34.
- Berkowitz, R. (2014). Student and teacher responses to violence in school: The divergent views of bullies, victims, and bully–victims. School Psychology International, 35, 485–503.
- Berkowitz, R., De Pedro, K. T., Couture, J., Benbenishty, R., & Astor, R. A. (2014). Military parents’ perceptions of public school supports for their children. Children & Schools, 36, e1–e8.
- Berkowitz, R., Bowen, L. G., Benbenishty, R., & Powers, J. D. (2013). A cross-cultural validity study of the School Success Profile Learning Organization measure in Israel. Children & Schools, 35, 137–146.
- Berkowitz, R., & Benbenishty, R. (2012). Perceptions of safety, teachers’ support and absence from school due to fear among victims, bullies and bully-victims. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82, 64–67.
- Berkowitz, R., & Benbenishty, R. (2011). The relationships between victimization and perpetration of school violence [In Hebrew]. Society and Welfare, 31, 225–254.
- Berkowitz, R., Iachini, A., Moore, H., Pinter, R., Astor, R. A., & Benbenishty, R. (2017). School climate. In G. Noblit (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of education. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Iachini, A. L., Berkowitz, R., Moore, H., Pitner, R., Astor, R. A., & Benbenishty, R. (2017). School climate and school social work practice. In C. Franklin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of social work online. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Pitner, R. O., Moore, H., Capp, G., Iachini, A., Berkowitz, R., Benbenishty, R., & Astor, R. A. (2016). School safety, victimization, and bullying: An overview of violence interventions and monitoring approaches. In G. Noblit (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of social work. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Capp, G., Moore, H., Pitner, R., Iachini, A., Berkowitz, R., Astor, R. A., & Benbenishty, R. (2017). Promoting school safety: How educators and school leaders can address and prevent school violence and victimization. In G. Noblit (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of education. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.