Prof. Moshe Bensimon

Building 213, Room 435


    1. Victimology: Post-traumatic stress disorder and post-traumatic growth among terror victims; Combat stress reaction; Music therapy with terror victims.

    2. Aggression, crime and music: Music in prison; Dangerous music; Collective singing and violence.

    3. Family members of offenders.




    - Theories in criminology


    - Diagnosis and treatment in sociotherapy

    - The doctrine of the interview

    - Victimization: Diagnosis and treatment

    - Creative arts interventions in work with offenders 

    - Advanced qualitative research in criminology



    BOOKS (Editor)

    1. Ronel, N., Jaishankar, K., & Bensimon, M. (Eds.) (2008). Trends and issues in victimology. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


    1. Ronel, N., Jaishankar, K., & Bensimon, M. (2008). Editors' introduction: Between perception and victimization. In N. Ronel, K. Jaishankar & M. Bensimon (Eds.), Trends and issues in victimology (pp. 1-9). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

    2. Gilboa, A., & Bensimon, M. (2010). Putting sound into image: A graphical instrument for analyzing music therapy sessions. In L. Kacen & M. Krumer-Nevo (Eds.), Data analysis in qualitative research (pp. 272-298). Ben-Gurion University Press (Hebrew).

    3. Bensimon, M. (2012). Music therapy with group of post-traumatized soldiers: The pendulation movement effect as a clinical model. In D. Amir & C. Elefant (Eds.), Listen to my voice: New research studies in music therapy (pp. 175-205). Ach (Hebrew).

    4. Bensimon, M., Andzenge, D. D, Gilbertson, D. L., Jergenson, S., & Ronel, N. (2020). Applied victimology:  The professional practice of victimology. In J. Joseph & S. Jergenson (Eds.), An international perspective on contemporary developments in victimology (pp. 309-317). Springer.

    5. Bensimon, M. (2023). Mechanisms of change in music therapy when treating adults coping with trauma. In L. E. Beer & J. C. Birnbaum (Eds.), Trauma-informed music therapy: Theory and practice (pp. 150-157). Routledge.

    6. Bensimon, M., & Hen, S. (Accepted). The role of hate songs among Israeli Maccabi Tel Aviv football fans: The entrapping loop of hatred. In E. Morgan-Ellis & K. Norton (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of community singing. Oxford University Press.


    1. Bensimon, M. (2009). Victimology, victim assistance and criminal justice. International Review of Victimology, 16, 339-340.

    2. Bensimon, M. (2013). Going with the spirit: A 12-Step based therapy. Glimpse into Prison, 15, 182-185. (Hebrew).


    1. Gilboa, A., & Bensimon, M. (2007). Putting clinical process into image: A method for visual representation of music therapy sessions. Music Therapy Perspectives, 25(1), 32-42.

    2. Bensimon, M., Amir, D., & Wolf, Y. (2008). Drumming through trauma: Music therapy with post-traumatic soldiers. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 35(1), 34-48.

    3. Bodner, E., & Bensimon, M. (2008). After the curtain falls: On the post-performance adjustment of solo singers. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 23(4), 172-177.

    4. Bensimon, M. (2009). The dynamic of songs in intergroup conflict and proximity: The case of the Israeli Disengagement from the Gaza Strip. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12(3), 397-412.

    5. Bensimon, M., & Gilboa, A. (2010). The music of my life: The impact of the musical presentation on the sense of purpose in life and on self-consciousness. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 37(3), 172-178.

    6. Bensimon, M., & Amir, D. (2010). Sharing my music with you: The Musical Presentation as a tool for exploring, examining and enhancing self-awareness in a group setting. Journal of Creative Behavior, 44(4), 259-277.

    7. Bensimon, M., & Bodner, E. (2011). Playing with fire: The impact of football game chanting on level of aggression. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41(10), 2421-2433.

    8. Bensimon, M. (2012). The sociological role of collective singing during intense moments of protest: The disengagement from the Gaza Strip. Sociology, 46(2), 241-257.

    9. Bensimon, M. (2012). Elaboration on the association between trauma, PTSD and posttraumatic growth: The role of trait resilience. Personality and Individual Differences, 52(7), 782-787.

    10. Bensimon, M., & Bodner, E. (2012). Does the age of offenders and victims in crime scenarios affect perceptions of crime seriousness and punitiveness among students? Violence and Victims, 27(3), 344-359.

    11. Bensimon, M., Amir, D., & Wolf, Y. (2012). A pendulum between trauma and life: Group music therapy with post-traumatized soldiers. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 39(4), 223-233.

    12. Bensimon, M., & Ronel, N. (2012). The flywheel effect of intimate partner violence: A victim-perpetrator interactive spin. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 17(5), 423-429.

    13. Bensimon, M., Baruch, A., & Ronel, N. (2013). The experience of gambling in an illegal casino. European Journal of Criminology, 10(1), 3-21.

    14. Bensimon, M., Solomon, Z., & Horesh, D. (2013). The utility of Criterion A under chronic national terror. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 50(2), 81-83.

    15. Bensimon, M., Levine, S. Z., Zerach, G., Stein, E., Svetlicky, V., & Solomon, Z. (2013). Elaboration on posttraumatic stress disorder diagnostic criteria: A factor analytic study of PTSD exposure to war or terror. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 50(2), 84-90.

    16. Lozon, J., & Bensimon, M. (2014). Music misuse: A review of the personal and collective roles of "Problem Music". Aggression and Violent Behavior, 19(3), 207-218.

    17. Bensimon, M. (2015). Aggressive situational cues among Israeli security personnel. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(8), 1403-1416.

    18. Solomon, Z., Bensimon, M., Greene, T., Horesh, D., & Ein-Dor, T. (2015). Loneliness trajectories: The role of posttraumatic symptoms and social support. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 20(1), 1-21.

    19. Bensimon, M., Einat, T., & Gilboa, A. (2015). The impact of relaxing music on prisoners’ levels of anxiety and anger. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 59(4), 406-423.

    20. Bensimon, M., Naar, E., & Solomon, Z.  (2015). Comparison of secondary traumatization reactions: Wives of prisoners of war and therapists of sexual assault victims. Society and Welfare, 35(2), 177-201. (in Hebrew).

    21. Bodner, E., & Bensimon, M. (2015). Problem music and its different shades over its fans. Psychology of Music, 43(5), 641-660.

    22. Solomon, Z., Bensimon, M., & Sharon, D. (2015). Betrayal and betrayed in the experience of former prisoners of war. Iyunim Bitkumat Israel (studies in Israeli and modern Jewish society), 25, 284-318. (in Hebrew).

    23. Bodner, E., & Bensimon, M. (2016). The impact of disfavoured music on affect complexity in young adults. Psychology of Music, 44(4), 864-879.

    24. Lozon, J., & Bensimon, M. (2017). A systematic review on the functions of rap among gangs. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 61(11), 1243-1261.

    25. Bensimon, M., Bodner, E., & Shrira, A. (2017). The emotional impact of national music on young and older adults differing in posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. Aging and Mental Health, 21(10), 1090-1098.

    26. Shrira, A., Ayalon, L., Bensimon, M., Bodner, E., Rosenbloom, T., & Yadid, G. (2017). Parental post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms are related to successful aging in offspring of Holocaust survivorsFrontiers in Psychology, 8, 1099.

    27. Sommerfeld, E., Bensimon, M., & Lutzman, M. (2017). Minding the gaps: The adolescent's experience in front of the mirror. Current Psychology, 36(1), 76-83.

    28. Bensimon, M. (2017). Victimization in light of self-compassion: Development towards communal compassion. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 35, 44-51.

    29. Palgi, Y., Bensimon, M., & Bodner, E. (2017). Motives of mentalization among older adults exposed in adulthood to potentially traumatic life events: A qualitative exploration. Traumatology, 23(4), 273-281.

    30. Bensimon, M., Wiess, C., & Shapira, M. (2017). The therapy of former adolescent residents of Gush Katif: The central role of the community in coping. Society and Welfare, 37(1), 85-110. (in Hebrew).

    31. Lahav, Y., Levin, Y., Bensimon, M., Kenet Maymon, Y., & Solomon, Z. (2017). Secondary traumatization and differentiation among ex-POWs' wives: A reciprocal association. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 30(4), 399-408.

    32. Shrira, A., Palgi, Y., Hoffman, Y., Avidor, S., Bodner, E., Ben-Ezra, M., & Bensimon, M. (2018). Subjective age as a moderator in the reciprocal effects between posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and self-rated physical functioning. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1746.

    33. Bensimon, M., Shaul, S., Div. S., Sandler, L., & Teitelbaum, A. (2018). Patient–centered approach in closed psychiatric wards: The curative power of relaxing music chosen by patients. Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, 55(2), 52-67.

    34. Shrira, A., Menashe, R., & Bensimon, M. (2019). Filial anxiety and sense of obligation among offspring of Holocaust survivors. Aging and Mental Health, 23(6), 752-761.

    35. Edri, O., & Bensimon, M. (2019). The role of music among prisoners and prison staff: A qualitative research study. European Journal of Criminology16(6), 633-651.

    36. Wiess, C., & Bensimon, M. (2020). Group music therapy with uprooted teenagers: The importance of structure. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy29(2), 174-189.

    37. Bensimon, M. (2020). Relational needs in music therapy with trauma victims: The perspective of music therapists. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy29(3), 240-254.

    38. Bensimon, M. (2020). Perceptions of music therapists regarding their work with children living under continuous war threat: Experiential reframing of trauma through songs. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 29(4), 300-316.

    39. Benisty, M., Bensimon, M., & Ronel, N. (2021). Familial pains of imprisonment: The experience of parents and siblings of incarcerated men. Victims and Offenders, 16(2), 247-265.

    40. Inbar-Frohlich, T., Bensimon, M., & Ronel N. (2021). Families of animal rights activists as a basis of support for ideological delinquency – a phenomenological study. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 65(2-3), 159-179.

    41. Cohen-Louck, K. Bensimon, M., & Malinovsky, M. H. (2021). Perceptions of violent national-political protest among Arabs living in Israel: A pilot study. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 65(2-3), 282-302.

    42. Shaked, E., Bensimon, M., & Tuval Mashiach, R. (2021). Internalization and opposition to stigmatized social discourse among incest survivors. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 30(7), 847-868.

    43. Bensimon, M. (2022). Integration of trauma in music therapy: A qualitative study. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 14(3), 367-376.

    44. Ze’evi, N., Bensimon, M., & Gilboa, A. (2022). Into the groove of an alternative masculinity: Drumming groups for incarcerated individuals in a maximum-security facility. International Journal of Community Music, 15(2), 245-267.

    45. Inbar-Frohlich, T., Ronel N., & Bensimon, M. (2022). The influence of lawbreaking animal rights activists on their family members: The familial-ideological spin model. Journal of Crime and Justice, 45(5), 662-682.

    46. Bensimon. M. (2022). Creating a benevolent world: Exploration of a music-based rehabilitation program for formerly incarcerated individuals. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

    47. Bensimon, M. (2023). Explaining post-prison rehabilitation through music from the Good Lives Model perspective. European Journal of Criminology, 20(1), 122-141.

    48. Lozon, J., & Bensimon, M. (2023). The mutual enhancing effect of music and drugs and its eventual cessation in the lives of people coping with substance abuse: A qualitative inquiry. Current Psychology.

    49. Riabzev, A., & Bensimon, M. (2023). “When I sing – I exist”: A qualitative inquiry on post-traumatic growth in voicework groups with women coping with incest. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

    50. Riabzev, A., & Bensimon, M. (2023). A qualitative investigation of self-compassion in music therapy group voicework with women coping with incest. Journal of Music Therapy.

    51. Weissberger, G., Bensimon, M., & Shrira, A. (2023). Financial exploitation and mental health amongst Holocaust survivors: The moderating role of posttraumatic symptoms. International Psychogeriatrics. 1-13.

    52. Milshteyn, Y., & Bensimon, M. (2023). Exploring the subjective experience of rave party participants in Israel who consume psychedelic drugs: A qualitative inquiry. Harm Reduction Journal. 20(176).

    53. Inbar-Frohlich, T., Bensimon, M., & Ronel, N. (Accepted). The relationships between law-breaking and law-abiding ideological animal rights activists and their parents and spouses. Society and Animals.

    54. Bensimon, M. (Accepted). Beneficial and harmful music for substance use disorder clients: Implementation of the musical presentation technique. The Arts in Psychotherapy.

    Last Updated Date : 03/03/2024