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Dorit Olenik-Shemesh, Associate Professor

Dorit Olenik-Shemesh
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The Open University of Israel Department of Education and Psychology 1 University Road P.O.B. 808 Ra’anana 4353701, Israel
Office:972-9-7781436 Email:doritol@openu.ac.il

Areas of Interest
  • Adolescence psychology: emotional abilities, well-being, coping with stress encounter
  • Bullying and cyberbullying among children, adolescents and emerging adults.
  • PUI (Problematic use of the internet).
  • Emotional and behavioral difficulties among children and youth.
  • Accessibility and ICTs in educational settings.

Prof. Dorit Olenik-Shemesh's research focuses on online and offline aggressive behaviors, and Problematic Internet Use (PIU) among children and adolescents. She explores the emotional and social aspects of these behaviors among victims and perpetrators. Olenik-Shemesh serves as an Israeli representative in various international research groups on cyberbullying, victimization, and child abuse. She is involved in developing and evaluating national and international prevention and intervention programs for coping with online aggression in educational settings.

PhD, Psychology, Education and Philosophy, University of Haifa 
M.A., Criminology , Bar-Ilan University.
B.A., Criminology and Psychology, Bar-Ilan University
Associate Professor, Department of Education and Psychology, The Open University of Israel
2022 - currently
Head of the Research Center for Innovation in Learning Technologies    
2020 - currently
Organizational director for the treatment and prevention of sexual harassment at the OUI
2017 - 2020
Member of the steering board for improving teaching and learning in the OUI.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Education and Psychology, The Open University of Israel
2007 - 2012
Research Fellow, The Laboratory for the Study of Emotions, Haifa University.

2022 - Review Panel Co-Chair at the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) 2023 Annual Meeting, April 13-15 (Panel on Aggression and Conduct Problems). 

2022 - Reviewer for the National Science Centre (NSC), Poland.

2022 – Reviews for the Israel Science Foundation (ISF).

2019 - 2023 - Management Committee Member (Israeli representative)  in the  European Cooperation of Scientific and Technical Research, in Action N° CA18121- Cultures of Victimology: understanding processes of victimization across Europe (COV-E). The European Union.

2020  - 2024 - Management Committee Member (Israeli representative)  in the European Cooperation of Scientific and Technical Research (COST) in Action N° CA19106 :Multi-Sectoral Responses to Child Abuse and Neglect in Europe: Incidence and Trends. The European Union.

2020 -  Reviewer for the National Science Centre (NSC), Poland.

2020 - Reviewer for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).    

2019  - present – Director of SWAP-V Israel,

2017  - present – SWAP Member (Student Well-being and Prevention of Violence Center), International Affiliates, Fellow researcher, Flinders University, Australia.

2017 - 2020  - Member of the steering board for improving teaching and learning in the OUI, as part of Dean of Academic studies.

2016 - Present - External Expert Evaluator of EU Proposals.

2016  – Present - Member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Psychology and Behavior Analysis.

2015  – 2020 -  UNESCO – Education-Member of the 'Digital Citizenship and Cyber-wellness (WG8).

2014 - Member of the International committee board of the 3rd International Conference on Cyber Behavior.

2008 – 2012 - Management Committee Member (Israeli representative) at the European     Cooperation of Scientific and Technical Research (COST). Action N° IS0801:  Cyberbullying: Coping with negative and enhancing positive uses of new technologies, in relationships in educational settings. The European Union.

2021 - 2023
The associations between self-directed learning (SRL) and academic resilience among middle school students: The moderating role of social support. Hemdat academic College (75,000 NIS).
Examining the contribution of personal AT in the classroom, as related to coping resources among students with and without disabilities – Canada Israel Comparison study. Open University Grant (39, 700 NIS).
2017 - 2020
On-line social interactions of children and youth: Vulnerability situations and
opportunities for optimal surfing. The Chief Scientist, Ministry of Education (699, 000 NIS).
2010 - 2012
Cyber Training-for-Parents (CT4P). The European Union – Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission, LLP.  Coordinator: University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany.  (24,793 Euro).
2010 - 2012

The virtual Anti -Bullying-Campus for Kids and youth (ABV4Kids). The European Union Comenius, LLP, with CINECA-Bologna, Italy (24,786 Euro)

2010 - 2011
Violence and vulnerability in the Internet: Characteristics, patterns, risk and protective factors in children and adolescents. The Israel Ministry of Education - Chief Scientist Grant (77, 000 NIS).
2010 - 2019
Pilot study: Characteristics of Cyber-bullying among adolescents, and
implications on social-emotional aspects. (Chaise Research Center for the Integration of
Technology in Education. The Open University of Israel. (10,000 NIS).
MA scholarship,  Wolfson scholarship, Criminology institute, Bar Ilan University.

Torres, S., Fitzgerald, A., Burusic, J. Dooley, B., Olenik-Shemesh, D., Lepnarti, A., Heiman, T.  Anttila,   M. Costa, C., De boon. L., Valimaki, M., Burovich, T., (2022). Positive body image in female University students and its relationship with self-esteem, academic achievement, and educational aspirations: An international perspective : European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education . ejihpe-183104.  

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2022).  Cyber-victimization experience among higher education students: Effects of social support, loneliness, and self-efficacy. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,  19 (12), 7395; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19127395

Taller-Azoulay, G., Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2022). The role of the educational  counselor in the inclusion and integration processes. European Journal of Special Education Research, 8(2), 60-68. http://dx.doi.org/10.46827/ejse.v8i2.4249

Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2021). Exploring the relationship between problematic internet use and well-being among adolescents: The mediating role of resilience, self-control, negative mood, and loneliness. Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior, 8(4), 1-8.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Levi, K. (2021). Online bullying among elementary school children:  Dyadic perceptions of children and parents. Creative Education, 12 (7), 1517-1531. 

Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Heiman, T. (2021). Resilience and self-concept as mediating factors in the relationship between bullying victimization and sense of well-being among adolescents. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 26 (1), 158–171. https://doi.org/10.1080/02673843.2021.1899946

Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2020). Exploring the relationship between problematic internet use and well-being among adolescents: The mediating role of resilience, self-control, negative mood, and loneliness. Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior, 8(4), 1-8.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2020). Social-emotional profile of children with and
without learning disabilities: The relationships with perceived loneliness, self-efficacy and
well-being. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (20),7358-7373. ijerph-944052.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., Heiman, T., & Zuaretz-Hannan, M.  (2020). Cyber-victimization among young children: Mapping the phenomenon and the relationship with social support and sense of loneliness. Studies in Education, 20, 55-82. (Hebrew).

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2020). The mediating effect of social support in the relationships between loneliness, self-efficacy and well-being among students with or without learning Disabilities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(20), 7358 ; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207358

Seale, J., Colwell, C., Coughlan, T.,  Heiman, T., Kaspi-Tsahor, D., & Olenik – Shemesh, D. 2020)). Dreaming in color’: Disabled higher education students’ perspectives on improving design practices that  would enable them to benefit from their use of technologies. Education and Information Technologies Journal, Education and Information Technologies, 1-33. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-020-10329-7

Skrzypiec, G., Alinsug , E., Nasiruddin, E., Andreou, E., Brighi, A., Didaskalou, D., Guarini, A.,  Heiman, T.,  Kang, SW., Kwon, S., Olenik-Shemesh, D.,  Ortega-Ruiz, R., Romera, E.,  Roussi-Vergou, C., Sandhu, D.,  Sikorska, I., Wyra, M.,  Xi, J.,  & Yang, C.  (2020). Harmful peer aggression: Relationship between victim and perpetrator. Journal of School Violence, 20 (1), 1-16, http://doi.org/10.1080.15388220.2020.1808789

Olenik-Shemesh, D., Heiman, T., & Assaiag, A. (2020). The challenges facing Arab students with Learning Disabilities in Higher Education Institutions and the role of Support Centers in their academic functioning: A preliminary study. International Education Studies, 13 (11), 1-11.

Olenik-shemesh, D., Heiman, T., & Keshet, N. (2019). Factors that affect teachers’ coping with cyberbullying:  Implications for teacher education programs. Creative Education, 10 (3), 3357-3371. doi: 10.4236/ce.2019.1013258

Fichten, C., Jorgensen, M., King, L., Havel, A., Heiman, T., Olenik-Shemesh, D. & Kaspi-Tsahor, D. (2019). Moblie technologies that help post-secondary students succeed. A pilot study of Canadian and Israeli professionals and students with disabilities. International Research in Higher Education, 4(3), 35-50.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., Heiman, T., & Zur, Y. (2019). Educational intervention program for coping with youth cyberbullyuing, based on bystanders' involvement.  Journal of International Education, 11(2), 126-149. DOI: 10.5296/ije.v11i2.1499.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Frank, G. (2019). Patterns of coping with cyberbullying: Emotional, behavioral and strategic coping reactions among Junior High School students. Journal of Violence and Victims, 34 (1), 28-45. http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-16-00141

Heiman, T., Olenik-Shemesh, D., Kaspi-Tsahor, D & Regev-Nevo, M. (2018). Proceedings of
the Ed-ICT International Network Israel Symposium: In search of new designs.http://ed-ict.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/ProceedingsEd-ICTIsraelSymposium.pdf

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2019). Predictors of cyber-victimization of higher education students with and without learning disabilities. Journal of Youth Studies, 22 (2), 205–222.https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2018.1492103.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2018). Perceived body appearance and eating habits: The voice of young and adult students attending higher education. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(3), 451-463. (ijerph-401772). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16030451

Olenik-Shemesh, D., Heiman, T., & Keshet, N. (2018). The role of career aspiration, self-esteem, body-esteem, and gender in predicting sense of well-being among emerging adults. Journal of Genetic Psychology, Research and Theory on Human Development, 178(1), 28-43, https://doi.org/10.1080/00221325.2018.1526163

Olenik-Shemesh, D., Heiman, T., & Kopel-Ben-Ari, D. (2018). Developing, implementing and evaluating an intervention program on cyberbullying for teachers. International Journal of Learning   and Teaching (IJLT, ISSN: 2377-2891, 10.18178/IJLT .

Heiman, T., Olenik-Shemesh, D. & Liberman, G. (2018). Adolescent involvement in face-to-face and cyber-victimization: Can personal well-being mediate social-emotional behavior? Journal of Youth Studies. 21 (3). 391-404 https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2017.1366650

Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2017). Youth emotional intelligence as related to adaptive coping with stress. Psychology Research, 7 (1), 1-20. DOI:10.17265/2159-5542/2017.01.001

Olenik-Shemesh, D., Heiman, T. &, Zuaretz-Hannan, M.  (2017). Cyber-victimization among children: Prevalence, characteristics, gender differences and links to social difficulties.  Journal of Child & Adolescent Behavior, Medical Sciences, 5, 339 - 350. DOI: 10.4172/2375- 4494.1000339.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2017). Cyberbullying and traditional bullying: Parents'  perceptions of their child with learning disabilities. IOSR Journal Of  Humanities And Social  Science, 22 (1), 59-66 (IOSR-JHSS). DOI: 10.9790/0837-2201065966.

Heiman, T., Fichten, C. S., Olenik-Shemesh, D., Keshet, N. S., & Jorgensen, M. (2017). 
Access and perceived ICT usability among students with disabilities attending higher education institutions. Education and Information Technologies, 22(6), 2727-2740. Doi:10.1007/s10639-017-9623-0  

Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Heiman, T. (2016). Bystanders’ behavior in cyberbullying episodes:  Active and passive patterns in the context of personal-socio-emotional factors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32(1) 23-48. DOI: 10.1177/0886260515585531.jiv.sagepub.com. 

Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Heiman, T. (2016). Cyberbullying victimization in adolescents as related   to body esteem, social support, and social self-efficacy. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 178 (1), 28-43..    DOI: 10.1080/00221325.2016.1195331.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2016). Cyberbullying involvement of adolescents with low vision compared to typical adolescents, as related to perceived social support.
Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 26 (2), 105-115. DOI: 10.1080/10926771.2016.1228725.

Zeidner, M., Matthews, G., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2015). Cognitive-Social sources of  well- being: Differentiating the roles of coping style, social support and Emotional Intelligence. Journal of Happiness Studies, 17(6), 2481-2501. DOI:10.1007/s10902-015-9703-z.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Heiman, T. (2015). Exploring cyberbullying among primary school children in relation to: Internet use, social support, loneliness, self-efficacy and well-being. Child Welfare Journal93 (5), 27-46 DOI: 10.1007/s 0889.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2015). Computer-based communication and cyberbullying involvement in the sample of Arab teenagers.  Education and Information Technologies, 21, 1183-1196. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-015-9375-7.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2015).  Cyberbullying experience among adolescents with LD attending general and special education classes. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 48(2), 146-155.  https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0022219413492855.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., Heiman, T., & Rabin, E. (2014). The Virtual Anti-Bullying Village Project for coping with bullying and cyberbullying within a 3D virtual learning environment: Evaluation research. International Journal of Cyber Society and Education, 7(2), 97-124. doi:10.7903/ijcse.1147.

Heiman, T., Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Eden, S. (2014). Cyberbullying involvement among students with ADHD: Relation to self-efficacy, social support and loneliness. The European Journal of Special Needs Education, 30(1), 1-15. DOI:10.1080/08856257.2014.943562.

Tarablus, T., Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2015). Cyberbullying among teenagers in Israel: in Examination of cyberbullying, traditional bullying, and Socio-emotional Functioning. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 24 (6), 1-4.

Eden, S., Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D.  (2014). Bully versus victim on the internet: The  correlation with emotional-social characteristics. Education and Information Technologies, 21(3), 699-713.  DOI: 10.1007/s10639-014-9348-2.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Zeidner, M. (2014). Personality predictors of loneliness in
 adolescent students. Psychology Research, 3(10), 579-590.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2013). Cyberbullying Experience and gender differences among adolescents in different educational settings. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 20, 1-11.  DOI: 10.1177/0022219413492855.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., Heiman, T. & Eden, S. (2012). Cyberbullying victimization in  adolescence:The relationships with loneliness and depressive mood. Emotional Behavioral Difficulties Journal, 17 (3-4), 361-374.

Olenik-Shemesh, D. & Heiman, T. (2012).  Cyberbullying among adolescents (2012). Hed-Hahinuch, Towards the 21the Century. 6, 32-36. (Hebrew).

Eden, S., Heiman, T. & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2012). Confronting cyber bullying: Teachers'  awareness, perceptions, and coping. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43(6), 1-17. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2012.01363.x

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D.  (2012). Students with learning disabilities in higher education: Use and contribution of assistive technology, website Courses and their correlation to students' Hope and Well-Being. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 45 (4), 308–18.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0022219410392047

Zeidner, M. & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2010). Emotional intelligence and subjective WB.
Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 431-435. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2009.11.011.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Zeidner, M. (2009). Emotional intelligence, social support, coping, well-being and loneliness in adolescence. Maagalei Nefesh, 1, 40-49 (Hebrew).

Wolf, Y., Olenik-Shemesh, D. & Addad, M. (1995). Personal and situational factors in drug use as perceived by kibbutz youth. Adolescence, 30 (120), 909-929.

Heiman, T., Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Regev-Nevo, M. (2022). Families in Israel: Coping and adjustment (2022). In M. Emirhafizovic, T. Heiman, T., M, Medgyesi, Pinhiro-Mota, S., Tomanovic & S. Vella (Eds.), Family formation among youth in  Europe: Coping with socio-economic disadvantages (17 pp.). Information Age Publishing. Inc. (IAP). 

Skrzypiec, G., Yang, C., Kang, SW., Kwon, S., Didaskalou, E., Romera, E., Wyra, M., Amri, U., Roussi-Vergou, C., Ortega-Ruiz, R., Alinsug, E., Guarini, A., Brighi, A., Sandhu, D., Olenik-Shemesh, D., Heiman, T., Sikorska, I., Xi, J., & Andreou, E. (2021).  Cultural values, happiness and harmful peer aggression reported by adolescents across 12 world regions. In: Global Perspectives on Education Research Volume III (GPER III).  Co- published by WERA (World Education Research Association) and Routledge.

Heiman, T., Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Kopel-Ben-Ari, D. (2021). Intervention program 
addressing cyberbullying among school-age children: single group design. In: Children andlearning: Methods, gender differences and challenges (An edited collection). Nova Science Publication Inc. 

Wright, M. F., Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2019). Problematic Internet Use: Causes, consequences, and future directions. In M. F. Wright & L. Schiamberg (Eds.), Child and adolescent exposure to online risks. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press.

Fichten, C., Olenik-Shemesh, D., Asuncion, J., Jorgensen, M., & Colwell, C (2020). Higher education, information and communication technologies and students with disabilities: An overview of the current situation. in J. Seal (Ed.,), Improving accessible digital practices in higher education: Challenges and new practices for inclusion (pp. 21-44). Palgrave Pivot, Cham.

Burgstahler, S., Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Havel, A. (2020). Accessibility frameworks and models: Exploring the potential for a paradigm shift.  in J. Seal (Ed.), Improving accessible digital practices: Challenges and New Practices for Inclusion (pp. 45-72).   Palgrave Pivot, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-37125-8_3.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Heiman, T. (2015). Violence and bullying in the internet in adolescent: Risk and protective factors. In S. Romi & E. Grupper (Eds.,), Children and adolescents at risk in Israel (pp. 413-447). (Hebrew).

O’Moore, M. ,Cross, D., Valimaki, M.., Almeida, A,.Berne, S., Kurki,M., Olenik-Shemesh, D., Deboutte, G., Fandrem, H.,Stald, G.,  Sygkollitou, E.& Fulop, M. (2013). Guideline s to prevent cyber-bullying: A cross-national review. In : P.K. Smith, and G. Steffgen, (Eds.), Cyberbullying through the new media: Findings from an international network. Psychology Press.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2012). Youth cyber-bullying: Risks, intervention and prevention.   In A. M. Columbus, (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research (Vol. 96). NY: Nova Science.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (2004). Teachers' coping integrating students  with special needs in mainstreamed class. In S. Guri-Rosenblit (Ed.,)  Teachers in a changing  world: Trends and challenges (pp. 131-156). Tel Aviv: The Open University (in Hebrew).

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. (1998). Academic adjustment of pupils with learning disability. In T. Heiman & D. Olenik-Shemesh (Eds.), Students with learning disabilities: New perspectives.  Tel Aviv: The Open University (Hebrew).

Olenik-Shemesh, D., Eden, S., Heiman, T. & Yablon, Y.  (2022). Social Interactions of children and adolescents online: Vulnerability situations and opportunities for optimal surfing. Jerusalem: Chief Scientist, The Israeli Ministry of Education.

Heiman, T., Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Eden, S. (2014). Aggressive behavior and vulnerability on the  Internet: Characteristics, patterns, risk and protective factors among children and adolescents. Research Report. Jerusalem: Chief Scientist, The Israeli Ministry of Education.

Issues in Special Education (Updating:  2016) (Writing, developing coordinator, academic consultant).

Interactions in the Classroom (2012). (Updating developing coordinator).

Emotional Intelligence (2011) (Updating 2021). (Writing, developing coordinator).

Giftedness and Special Talents (1998). (Developing coordinator).

Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Heiman, T.  Resilience and self-concept as mediators in the relationships between bulling victimization and WB among adolescents. The European Conference on Education (ECE2022). UCL Institute of Education, University of Birkbek, London, UK.  July, 14- 17, 2022

Olenik-Shemesh, D.  State of the art in Problematic Usage of the Internet: Disorders, models, mechanisms, interventions and human digital rights. The Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK. March 30-31, 2022.

Taller, G., Shauli, S., Heiman, T., & Olneik Shemesh, D. Teaching students with special needs during the COVID 19 pandemic according to the school management staff. International European Conference on Interdisciplinary Scientific Research, Valencia, Spain (online and in person). January 28-29, 2022.

Olenik-Shemesh, D.  Child abuse and neglect in Israel. The 16th ISPCAN European Congress on child abuse and neglect, Milan Italy (online), June 7-11, 2021.

Olenik-Shemesh, D. & Heiman, T. Cyber victims among youth and  emerging adults  in Israel. Cultures of Victimology conference, Panteion University, Greece, January, 2020.

Burgstahler, S., Kaspi-Zahor, D.,  Olenik-Shemesh, D. & Heiman , T. Ed-ICT: Exploring IT access in five countries. The 22nd Annual Accessing Higher Ground, Accessible media, Web and Technology Conference Westin, Westminster, Colorado, USA, November,2019

Skrzypiec, G. K., Wyra, M., Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Heiman, T. The nexus of peer aggression and bullying: A matter of harm?  The 24th Workshop on Aggression (WA2019). Stavanger, Norway. 2019.

Skrzypiec, G. K., Yang, C., Kang, S.W., Kwong, S., Didaskalou, E., Romera, E., Wyra, M., Amri, U., Roussi-Vergou, C., Ortega-Ruiz, R., Alinsug, E., Guarini, A., Brighi, A., Sandhu, D., Olenik-Shemesh, D., Heiman, T., Sikorska, I., & Xi, J. Cultural values, happiness and harmful peer aggression reported by adolescents across 12 World Regions.  The World Education Research Association (WERA), the 10th International Conference on Future of Democracy and Education. Tokyo, Japan. August, 2019.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., Heiman, T., & Kaspi-Zahor, D. New ICT designs for students with disabilities in Postsecondary Educational institutions. 5th Ed-ICT International Network Symposium, UK, June, 2019.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., Heiman, T., & Kopel-Ben-Ari, D. Factors affect teachers coping with online bullying: Implications for teachers' education programs. The 17th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (EISTA 2019) Orlando, US. July 2019

Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Heiman, T. Bystanders or standing in on-line aggression behaviors.
The 18th European Conference of Developmental Psychology, at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. August1September, 2017.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Heiman, T. Online harassment and vulnerability among the net-generation: A systematic research review. Educating the Net-Generation: Political and Cultural Aspects, Beit-Berl College, Israel. March 2016.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. Emotional and/or behavioral responses as coping strategies with cyber victimization: What adolescents tend to use? The 36th Stress and July 2015.

Olenik-Shemesh, D. & Heiman, T. Teachers' approaches and courses of action towards cyberbullying: Implications for Information Technology Education.  The 26th2International Conference SITE- Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Las-Vegas, Nevada, USA, June 2015.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Heiman, T. Cyber-victimization among primary school children in relation to: internet use, social support, loneliness, self-efficacy, well being and coping modes. 4th International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society, University of British Columbia at Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada. March 2014.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. Cyberbullying: Parents   knowledge, perceptions and coping. The XXII World Family Therapy Congress - Technology, Families and Effective Therapy. Panama. August 2014.

Olenik-Shemesh, D. (keynote speaker) Youth cyber-victimization:  Correlates with socio-emotional variables and teachers' perceptions. The 1st International Congress on Cyberbullying in Berlin, Bundeis Gegen Cyber-Mobbing. September 2013.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. Adolescents' emotional and behavioral reactions towards cyberbullying vs. traditional bullying in relation to social support and gender.
16th European Conference on developmental  Psychology, Lausanne, Switzerland.2013.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Heiman, T. The nature of cyber bullying in Israeli adolescents :A Review. 1st ISRA Conference-The Israeli Society for research on adolescence, Bar – Ilan University Ramat-Gan, Israel. February 2013.

Valimaki, M., Almeid, A., Deboutte, G., Olenik-Shemesh,D.,  Mona O'Moore, Heiman, T., Stald, G., Sygkollitou, E., Fulop, M.,  Berne, S., Cross D., & Kurki., M. A transnational review of guidelines for cyberbullying prevention: Processes, challenges and findings. Bullying and Cyberbullying  Conference: The Interface between Science and Practice. COST Action IS0801 on Cyberbullying, Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts, and Cultural Affairs, and Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria. September 2013.

Olenik- Shemesh, D., Heiman, T., & Rabin, E.  Evaluation research - The Virtual Anti Bullying Village for kids: Does activity at class and at 3D  virtual space can reduce cyber-bullying. The 8th Chais Conference, The Open University of Israel, February, 2013.

Olenik-Shemesh, D., & Heiman, T. Cyberbullying victimization in adolescence: The relationships with loneliness and mood. The 30th International Conference on Psychology (ICP). Cape Town, South Africa. July 2012.

Olenik-Shemesh, D. & Heiman, T. Parents – Children perceptions and reactions towards Cyberbullying. The 30th International Conference on Psychology (ICP). Cape Town, South Africa. July 2012.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. Cyber-victimization in the Arab-Muslim minorities Sector: Characteristics of online behavior patterns among young adolescents, and teachers' apprehension. The 8th COST Action on Cyberbullying Conference at the Sorbonne - University of Paris, France. June 2012.

Olenik- Shemesh, D., Heiman, T., & Piechele, S.  Adolescents’ cyberbullying and social support. The 32nd International Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), University of Munster, Germany. July 2011

Olenik- Shemesh, D. Adolescent CB prevention. Australian CB Training School: From research to policy and practice: Innovation and sustainability in cyberbullying prevention. Melbourne, Australia. April 2010.

Olenik- Shemesh, D. Emotional intelligence, social support, coping and adaptive outcomes in Israeli adolescents. The 29th Stress and Anxiety Research Society Conference, Birkbeck, School of Psychology, University of London, UK. July 2008.

Heiman, T., & Olenik-Shemesh, D. & Kaspi-Zahor, D. Usage  Patterns of Assistive Technologies and their Contribution to Students with Learning Disabilities.  SITE -Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference. Las-Vegas, Nevada, USA. March 2008.

M.A. Thesis: The integration of predisposition and situational factors in the perceived readiness of teenagers to use drugs. Supervised by Prof. M. Addad and Prof, Y. Wolf, Bar-Ilan University.

Ph.D. Dissertation: Emotional intelligence, social support, coping and adaptive outcomes in adolescents. Supervised by Prof. M. Zeidner, University of Haifa