Amit Bernstein



Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology Program, Department of Psychology, University of Haifa

Director, Observing Minds Lab (OML) 



I received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology as a NIH Research Service Award Fellow at the University of Vermont. I completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System, and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Center for Health Care Evaluation at the VA Palo Alto. In 2008, I was privileged to join the Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa, where I am currently an Associate Professor and recently completed my term as Director of Clinical Training. Today, my research is housed within my lab, where I supervise a team of ~20+ undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students and staff. We are fortunate that our research has been continuously supported by a number of national and international funding agencies.

I am interested in the bio-psycho-behavioral processes underlying the development and maintenance of prevalent forms of suffering and psychopathology. In addition to gaining insights about the nature of the human condition, suffering and thriving, illuminating these processes is important to advancing intervention and prevention science. Accordingly, in recent years my work has focused on topics including:

(I) The nature and function of attentional (dys)regulation in suffering and mental health

(II) The mechanisms through which present moment attention and awareness or mindfulness contributes to mental health

(III) Psychological processing of internal states (e.g., thought, emotion), particularly those characterized by negative hedonic tone (e.g., fear, distress), in suffering and mental health

 (IV) Application of our lab’s work to a critical public mental health crisis – the development of novel means to improve the mental health of survivors of mass atrocities and violent conflict

In addition to the privilege of mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in the lab, I teach a number of courses related to psychopathology, cognitive-behavioral intervention and clinical research.

Finally, I am committed to empirically-supported psychotherapy, mainly behavioral and cognitive-behavioral (CBT) treatment approaches, such as acceptance- and mindfulness-based behavior therapies.

And more important than all of the above, I am the proud father of Yonatan and twins Mia and Noga.


Amit Bernstein's C.V.