Prof. Natti Ronel



Date of Birth: November 12, 1958 

Marital Status: Married + 2 


1984 - BA Psychology + Humanities Program for Outstanding Students, Tel Aviv University

1995 - Ph.D. in Criminology (Direct program for outstanding students), The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

DissertationNarcotics Anonymous in Israel - Self-help and faith processes among drug addicts

Mentor: Prof. Menachem Amir

1996 - Post-Doc – School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University

The development of moral reasoning among substance dependents in recovery

Mentor: Prof. Meir Teichman

 Additional Information

  • Developing of an original spiritual model of intervention entitled "Grace Therapy", a professional practice of the 12-Step Program. Constructing a corresponding training course for professional, for the Israell Antidrugs Authority, Ministry of Welfare, The Prison Authority and more. This model is growingly adopted by hundreds of professionals in Israel.
  • Defining and developing the Positive Criminology perspective. Leading a positive criminology research group in Bar-Ilan university.    


Positive criminology


Books (Editor)

Jaishankar, K., & Ronel, N. (2013)(eds.). Global criminology: Crime and victimization in a globalized era. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Chapters in Books

Ronel, N. (2013). From a criminal spin to positive criminology. In K. Jaishankar & N. Ronel (eds.). Global criminology: Crime and victimization in a globalized era (pp. 335-351). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Articles in Refereed Journals/Periodicals

Elisha, E., Idisis, Y. & Ronel, N. (2011). Walls of redemption: Social acceptance and positive life changes among imprisoned sex offenders. Glimpse into Prison, 14, 29-57 (Hebrew).

Bensimon, M., & Ronel, N. (2012). The flywheel effect of intimate partner violence: A victim-perpetrator interactive spin. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 17, 423429.

Chen, G., Elisha, E., Timor, U., & Ronel, N. (2012). Parents' Perceptions of their Adolescent Sons' Recovery in a Therapeutic Community for Addicted Clients. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Early Online, DOI:10.1177/0306624X12460226.

Elisha, E., & Idisis, Y., & Ronel, N. (2012). Window of opportunity: Social acceptance and life transformation in the rehabilitation of imprisoned sex offenders. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 17(4), 323-332. 

Hertz, P., Addad, M. & Ronel, N. (2012). Attachment styles and changes among women members of Overeaters Anonymous who have recovered from binge eating disorder. Health and Social Work. 37(2), 110-122 (corresponding author: Ronel).

Ronel, N., & Toren, Y. (2012). Positive victimology An innovation or more of the same? Temida. 15(2), 171-180.

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

Dagan, N., Timor, U., & Ronel, N. (2013). 'He that frees the captives': Aims of parole law through the eyes of heads of parole committees. Glimpse into Prison, 15, 62-81 (Hebrew).

Elisha, E., Idisis, Y. & Ronel, N. (2013). Positive criminology and imprisoned sex offenders: Demonstration of a way out from a criminal spin through acceptance relationships. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 19(1), 66-80.

Ronel, N., Elisha, E., Timor, U., & Chen, G. (2013). What do our clients say? Residents' perceptions of recovery in Retorno A Jewish therapeutic community. Addiction Research & Theory, 21(4), 295-305. doi: 10.3109/16066359.2012.721145.

Ronel, N., Frid, N., & Timor, U. (2013). The practice of positive criminology: A Vipassana course in prison. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 57(2), 133 - 153. DOI: 10.1177/0306624X11427664.

Ronel, N., & Inbar, A. (2013). Recovery in a therapeutic community A single case study. Glimpse into Prison, 15, 45-61 (Hebrew).

Ronel, N., & Segev, D. (2013). Positive criminology in practice. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Early Online, DOI: 10.1177/0306624X13491933.

Accepted for Publication

Ben Yair, Y., & Ronel, N. Immigrants in their own country: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish adolescents in risk and questioning situations (Hebrew).

Ronel, N., & Segev, D. The positive can subside criminality: Growing out of a criminal spin by positive criminology approaches. In D. Polizzi & M. Braswell (eds.), Transforming Corrections: Humanistic Approaches to Corrections and Offender Treatment (2'nd edition). Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press.


  • Spiritual criminology and spiritual intervention and rehabilitation
  • Positive criminology, positive victimology
  • Phenomenology
  • Victimology
  • Recovery and rehabilitation
  • Addiction treatment
  • Self help groups and 12-step program


  1. Addictions among at-risk populations
  2. Experiencing group therapy (12-step oriented group)
  3. Intervention methods
  4. Addiction treatment and prevention