Tanya Zilberstein M.A.

Visiting Scholar


  • P.h.D.- (under review), Communication and Media Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Dissertation title: " From Online to Offline-Socially Anxious Individuals' Experience with Daily Internet Use and an Internet-Based Intervention Aiming to Enhance their Well-Being" (Supervisor: Dr. Natalia Khvorostianov)
  • M.A., Communication and Media Studies, the University of Haifa. Thesis title: " Influence of Vicarious Dissonance on Narrative Persuasion in the Context of Lung Cancer." (Supervisor: Professor Jonathan Cohen)
  • B.A., Psychology and Communication and Media Studies, the University of Haifa


Research Interests

  • Media psychology
  • Mental health
  • Disability studies
  • Health communication


Activities in the academic community

  • Fellowship- the Israel Communication Association (ISCA)- coordinator of ISCA. Among other responsibilities- coordinator of ISCA'S annual conferences in 2023 and 2024 (2022-2024)
  • Assisting in the production of an international conference on media psychology held in March 2015 at the University of Haifa
  • Assisting in the production of the International Communication Association (ICA) 2014 conference.
  • Participation in the activity of the research group psychology of communication (previously - strategic communication and persuasion) (2012-2015, 2017).
  • Memberships in professional associations, including the International Communication Association (ICA) and Israel Communication Association (ISCA).


Awards and Grants


  • Excellency based fellowship- the Israel Communication Association (ISCA) (2022-2024)


  • Departmental Research Grant – Department of Communication Studies, Ben Gurion University of the Negev (2018-2020)


  • Top Student Paper Award at the 12th ‘Communicating’ (Metaksherim) conference. Haifa University