Emet Prize Laureates

Prof. Zahava Solomon

2016 Laureates of Emet Prize

In Category: Social Sciences
In Field: Social Work

Zahava Solomon

Jury Statement

“The Emet Prize is awarded to Prof. Zahava Solomon for her research, which has broadened and deepened the theoretical and practical understanding of how people cope with trauma, and which has offered ways to identify signals of distress and risk factors.”


Prof. Zahava Solomon was born in Herzeliya in 1950. She was a youth movement member, later serving in the Nahal Unit in the IDF. She is the daughter of a Polish born mother, a Holocaust survivor, and a Greek father. At Haifa University she completed a B.A. and an M.A. in Social Work, and received her Ph.D. in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh in the U.S. Upon her return to Israel, she worked in the IDF standing army at the rank of Lt. Colonel as Head of the Research Branch of the Mental Health Medical Corps. In 1992, she joined the staff of the School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University, where she headed the school and the Renata Adler Research Center for Child Welfare and Protection. In 2013, she was appointed to head the Multidisciplinary Center for Excellence in Mass Trauma Research, which hosted researchers from various universities.

Her vast research is considered to be groundbreaking in the study of the effect of trauma upon society. It studies, among other things, victims of combat stress, post trauma, and war captivity and the Holocaust. She also studied the impact of the security situation in the south upon Israeli civilians.

Her many publications include six books on combat trauma, intergenerational Holocaust trauma, emotional disability and incest. She has published over 360 articles in leading journals and has authored over 70 chapters in various books. She has also lectured in some 200 international conferences and has been a guest lecturer at leading universities in the U.S., Europe and in Singapore. She has been a member of the Israel Council for Higher Education and has served on numerous public committees in Israel and worldwide. She was a member of the DSM-IV Advisory Committee to establish criteria for Post Trauma Syndrome and consulted to the European Union. Her research formed the basis for the documentary Awake at Night, and she played herself in the film Waltz with Bashir.

Her work has earned her awards such as the Laufer Prize, awarded by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for outstanding academic contribution, the Israel Prize for social work research, and the Hans Christian Andersen Awar