About Us

The Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders Unit was formed with aim of realizing the joint vision of the IDC Herzliya School of Psychology and the Learning Disabilities Clinic at the Schneider Children's Medical Center.


The unit seeks to change the developmental path of children and adolescents suffering from learning disabilities and attention disorders, from being at risk for emotional and social problems to success, realization, and becoming productive and contributing members of society.


The unit is the product of a longstanding professional collaboration between the Education Ministry, the National Insurance Institute, the Schneider Children's Medical Center, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and several local authorities.


The Leading Team

Dr. Daphne Kopelman-Rubin, Director of the Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders Unit, IDC School of Psychology and Schneider Children's Medical Center.

Prof. Mario Mikulincer, Dean of the IDC School of Psychology – academic advisor.

Prof. Alan Apter, Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine, Schneider Children's Medical Center – clinical advisor.


The unit comprises 30 professionals and researchers, including psychologists, counselors, education professionals, and social workers. 

The unit strives to improve the process of coping with learning disabilities and attention disorders at both the individual-family level and the national-educational level, by means of three different, but related, paths:


  • The Educational Path: Implementing the "I Can Succeed" intervention program nationwide and training education professionals accordingly – led by Liora Gashri-Rosinski and the "I Can Succeed" Program's team.

  • The Clinical Path: Offering diagnosis and treatment as well as parental counseling at the Learning Disabilities Clinic of the Schneider Children's Medical Center – led by Hila Argentro and the clinic's staff.

  • The Research and Development Path: Developing research-based intervention programs and training students in advanced degrees as well as pursuing collaborations with other universities in Israel and worldwide – led by the research team and our research and development partners.


The unit's flagship program, "I Can Succeed," is implemented nationwide and is sponsored in collaboration with the Education Ministry, the National Insurance Institute, the Herzliya Municipality, the Bat Yam Municipality, the Or Yehuda Municipality, the Or Akiva Municipality, and the Kiryat Yam Municipality.


Professor Mario Mikulincer

Provost, IDC Herzliya

Former Dean of Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology

Professor Mario Mikulincer was born in 1957 in Argentina. He immigrated to Israel in 1976 and began his studies in psychology at Bar Ilan University, where he went on to complete his three academic degrees. In 1985, after earning his PhD in psychology, he joined the Department of Psychology at Bar-Ilan University, where he earned a Full Professorship in 1992). 


Prof. Mikulincer has published over 320 scientific articles and chapters in the field of personality and social psychology. His work concerned with personality and social psychology, tapping issues related to learned helplessness, interpersonal and attachment processes, affect regulation, and coping with trauma and the horrors of death. He has authored two books (Human Learned Helplessness, 1994; Attachment in Adulthood, 2007), and has edited seven additional books. He has supervised the research of more than 150 students in their advanced studies and he is frequently invited to address international symposiums and write chapters for leading books in the field. Over the years, he has been a member of the editorial boards of leading journals the field. Between 2003 and 2009, he acted as an associate editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Between 2006 and 2009, he also acted as an associate editor of Personal Relationships. From 2010, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. He is a fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Association for Psychological Science. In 2004, he received the E.M.E.T. Prize in Social Science for his contribution to psychology. In 2006, he was awarded with the Berscheid-Hatfield Award for Distinguished Mid-Career Achievement from the International Association for Relationship Research.


Between 1995 and 1999, Prof. Mikulincer headed the Department of Psychology at Bar-Ilan University; between 2001 and 2004 he served as chairman of the university's Interdisciplinary Studies Unit, and between 2004 and 2006 he served as Dean of Bar-Ilan University’s Regional Colleges. In 1996 Prof. Mikulincer founded The Peleg-Bilig Center for the Study of Family Wellbeing at Bar Ilan University and was one of the founders of the university's Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center. Prof. Mikulincer has been serving as Dean of the IDC School of Psychology since 2007.