single faculty member

  • Dr.

    Omer Horovitz
  • Senior Lecturer

  • Art Therapy M.A., Education - B.A., Psychology - B.A. Program
  • 054-8054155
  • horovitz.omer@gmail.com
    • Developmental Psychopathology
    • Affective Disorders
    • Emotional Brain Circuitries
    • Physiology & Behavior

     

  • Currently, I am a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology and Education Departments in Tel-Hai College. Head of the Physiology & Behaviour laboratory  in the Psychology department. In parallel, I am a research associate in the Developmental Psychopathology lab. in the Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa where I did my Post-Doc internship. During this period I have been trained in humans clinical research, in both young (8-17YD) and adult (18+YD) subjects, using physiological and neural methods. My research mainly focuses on fear learning, attention and the development of pathological anxiety. My previous research experience focused on the development of a novel approach to animal models of psychopathologies. Specifically, my Ph.D. involved individual behavioural profiling and the establishment of an in vivo electrophysiological systems approach to examine activity and plasticity in emotional networks in the rodent brain.  

  • My main research interests are in the study of behavioural & physiological facets of the development of affective disorders and their related emotional brain networks in humans across the lifespan. 

  • 2011-2012

    Lecturer, Academic writing, Criminology Faculty, The Max Stern academic college of Emek Yezreel.

    2011-2014

    Lecturer, Psychology of learning, Psychology Faculty, The Max Stern academic college of Emek Yezreel.  

    2013-2014

    Lecturer, Research methods in social sciences, The Max Stern academic college of Emek Yezreel. 

    2014-2017

    Lecturer, Introduction to Psychology, Education Department, Tel-Hai Academic College.

    2015-2017

    Lecturer, Psychopathology B, Education Department, Tel-Hai Academic College.

    2015-2016

    Lecturer, Learning & Memory, Multidisciplinary Studies Department, Tel-Hai Academic College.

    2015-2017

    Lecturer, Introduction to Psychology, Multidisciplinary Studies Department, Tel-Hai Academic College.

    2014-current

    Lecturer, Introduction to Psychobiology, Education Department, Tel-Hai  Academic College.

    2016-current

    Lecturer, Learning, Psychology Department, Tel-Hai Academic College.

    2016-current

    Lecturer, Introduction to Psychology, Psychology Department, Tel-Hai  Academic College.

    2016-2017

    Lecturer, Abnormal psychology, Psychology Department, Tel-Hai College.

    2016-current

    Lecturer, Advanced Psychophysiology, Psychology Department, Tel-Hai College.

    2016-current

    Lecturer, Facets of anxiety & wellbeing in special education populations, Education Department, Tel-Hai Academic College.

  • 2007

    PROMEMORIA European community.

    2010-2013

    Excellence scholarship from Gradual studies authority, University of Haifa.

    2010-2014

    Excellence scholarship from the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF).

    2012-2014

    Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry (ISBP) young research leadership.

    2014-current

    Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Psychology Department, University of Haifa.

    2014-current

    Research Associate, Psychology Department, University of Haifa.

    2017

    Teaching Lecturer Excellency, Education Department, Tel-Hai College.

  • 2010

    1. Shatil, E., Metzer, A., Horovitz, O., and Miller, A. (2010). Home-based personalized cognitive training in MS patients: a study of adherence and cognitive performance. NeuroRehabilitation. 26(2): 143-53 [IF: 1.124; 5 years IF: 1.568; 159/192 – clinical neurology; 43/64 – Rehabilitation; Citations: 59].

    2012

    1. Horovitz, O., Tsoory, M.M., Hall, J., Jacobson-Pick, S., and Richter-Levin, G. (2012). Post-weaning to pre-pubertal ('juvenile') stress: a model of induced predisposition to stress-related disorders. Neuroendocrinology. 95(1): 56-64 [IF: 4.373; 5 years IF: 3.615; 31/128 – endocrinology and metabolism; 52/252 - neuroscience; Citations: 32].

    2013

    1. Kim, E.J.*, Horovitz, O.*, Pellman, B.A., Tan, L.M., Li, Q., Richter-Levin, G., and Kim, J.J. (2013). Dorsal periaqueductal gray-amygdala pathway conveys both innate and learned fear responses in rats. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (PNAS). 110(36): 14795-800 - (*equal contribution) [IF: 9.674; 5 years IF: 10.563; 4/57 – multidisciplinary sciences; Citations: 30].

    2014

    1. Horovitz, O., Tsoory, M.M., Yovell, Y., and Richter-Levin, G. (2012). A rat model of pre-puberty (juvenile) stress-induced predisposition to stress-related disorders: sex similarities and sex differences in effects and symptoms. World J Biol Psychiatry. 15(1): 36-48 [IF: 4.183; 5 years IF: 3.190; 26/139 - psychiatry; Citations: 17].

    2015

    1. Horovitz, O. and Richter-Levin, G. (2015). Dorsal Periaqueductal gray simultaneously modulates ventral Subiculum induced-plasticity in the Basolateral Amygdala and the Nucleus Accumbens. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 9 (53) [IF: 3.270; 5 years IF: 3.863; 12/50 – behavioural sciences; 102/252 - neurosciences; Citations: 2].

    2016

    1. Horovitz, O., Roitburd, B.L., Abend, R., Ziskind, D. and Shechner, T. Distraction versus training attention away from threat: How to best wait for the dentist. (Australian Journal of Psychology (AJP)) [IF: 0.719; 5 years IF: 1.188; 81/129 – psychology].
    2. Beuter, S., Ardi, Z., Horovitz, O., Wuchter, J., Keller, S., Saha, R., Tripathi, K., Anunu, R., Kehat, O., Kriebel, M., Richter-Levin, G. and Volkmer, H. Receptor tyrosine kinase EphA7 controls interneuron connectivity at specific subcellular compartments of granular cells. (Scientific Reports, IF: 5.578; 5 years IF: 5.597; 5/57 – multidisciplinary sciences).
    3. Saha, R., Knapp, S., Horovitz, O., Kriebel, M., Ehrlich, I.,  Volkmer, H. and Richter-Levin, G. GABAergic Synapses at the Axon Initial Segment of Basolateral Amygdala Projection Neurons Modulate Fear Extinction (Neuropsychopharmacology, IF: 7.048; 5 years IF: 8.168; 19/252 – neuroscience; 11/255 – pharmacology & pharmacy; 11/139 - psychiatry).

    2017

    1. Ritov, G., Ardi, Z., Horovitz, O., Albrecht, A. and Richter-Levin, G. Juvenile adversity and adult threat controllability in translational models of stress-related disorders. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 14.
    2. Horovitz, O., Richter-Levin, A., Xu, L., Jing, L. and Richter-Levin, G. Periaqueductal Grey modulation on Nucleus Accumbens and Basolateral Amygdala plasticity differentially under controllable and uncontrollable stress. (Scientific Reports, IF: 5.228; 5 years IF: 5.525; 7/63 – multidisciplinary sciences).

    2018

    1. Horovitz, O., Lindenfeld, I., Melamed, M. and Shechner, T. Developmental effects of stimulus gender and distractors' affective valence on threat detection in a visual search task (The British Journal of Developmental Psychology, IF: 1.719; 5 years IF: 2.304; 36/69 – psychology-developmental).

     

    Work in progress 

    Under review

    1. Dvir, M., Horovitz, O., Aderka, I., and Shechner, T. Fear Conditioning and Extinction across Development in Healthy and Anxious Population: Meta-Analysis. (Submitted to Depression and Anxiety, IF: 5.75; 5 years IF: 5.736; 26/493 - psychiatry and mental health; 8/252 – clinical psychology).
    2. Danon, S.*, Horovitz, O.*, Gafni, E. Richter-Levin, G., Pine, D. and Shechner, T. Return of Fear following extinction in youth: An Even-Related Potential study. (Submitted to Developmental Science, IF:3.808; 5 years IF: 2.782; 36/538 - neuroscience; 10/282 – developmental psychology).

    In preparation

    1. Ritov*, R., Ashkenazy*, S., Horovitz, O., Vered, R., and Richter-Levin, G. Juvenile adversities impair adult threat-coping ability and strengthen its relation to long-term changes in anhedonic behavior. (In preparation for Neuroendocrinology, IF: 4.373; 5 years IF: 3.615; 31/128 – endocrinology and metabolism sciences; 52/252 - neuroscience).
    2. Horovitz, O., Marzan, D., and Shechner, T. Spontaneous resting state-EEG activity in healthy and anxious youth. (In preparation for Depression and Anxiety, IF: 5.75; 5 years IF: 5.736; 26/493 - psychiatry and mental health; 8/252 – clinical psychology).
    3. Danon, S.*, Horovitz, O.*, Gafni, E. Richter-Levin, G., Pine, D. and Shechner, T. Return of Fear following CBT treatment in clinically anxious youth: An Even-Related Potential study. (In preparation Biological Psychology, IF: 3.339).

    Book chapters

    Horovitz, O., Tsoory, M., and Richter-Levin, G. (2014). The Early adolescent or “Juvenile stress” translational animal model of posttraumatic stress disorder. In: Safir, M.P., Wallach, H.S. and Rizzo, A., (Ed.) Future Directions in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Springer US. (CH. 3): 65-77; Citations: 0.

    Conference publications

    Horovitz, O., Ashkenazi-Karni, S. and Richter-Levin G. (2010). How do we react to stress? Possibility for differential activation of primal emotional circuits in the brain. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience. 45(1): 1-135 [IF: 2.34 – conference publication; Citations: 0].

     

    Horovitz, O., Strominger, I., Ashkenazi-Karni, S. and Richter-Levin G. (2011). Exposure to stress differentially affects behavior and brain activity in male and female rats. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience. 48(1): 1-132 [IF: 2.34 – conference publication; Citations: 0].

     

    Horovitz, O., Ashkenazi-Karni, S. and Richter-Levin, G. (2013). Stress exposure and GABA-A alpha 2 receptor protein expression in emotional neural circuits. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience (21st Annual Meeting of the Israel-Society-for-Neuroscience / 1st, Volume: 51) - [IF: 2.34 – conference publication; Citations: 1].

     

    Ashkenazi-Karni, S., Horovitz, O., Metzger, N., Vered, R., Anunu, R. and Richter-Levin, G. (2013). Exposure to stress differentially affects behavior and expression of Kappa Opioid Receptor and GABA-A receptor in male rats. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience (21st Annual Meeting of the Israel-Society-for-Neuroscience / 1st, Volume: 51) - [IF: 2.34 – conference publication; Citations: 0].

     

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  • 2006

    The 16th Annual meeting of the Israel society for neuroscience, Israel. Horovitz, O., Tsoory, M.M., Jacobson-Pick, S., and Richter-Levin, G. Exposing rats to juvenile stress affect body weight and open field indices both soon after the exposure and in adulthood but in opposite directions.

    2007

    The 17th Annual meeting of the Israel society for neuroscience, Israel. Horovitz, O., Tsoory, M.M., and Richter-Levin, G. Individual differences in stress responsiveness affect the consequences of juvenile stress on coping with stress in adulthood.

    2008

    The 12th Annual meeting of the Israeli society for biological psychiatry, Israel. Horovitz, O., Tsoory, M.M., and Richter-Levin, G. The influences of sex and individual differences in stress responsiveness on the effects of exposure to stressors during juvenility.

    2008

    The 18th Annual meeting of the Israel society for neuroscience, Israel. Horovitz, O., Tsoory, M.M., and Richter-Levin, G. Sex differences in the long term consequences of exposure to ‘juvenile stress’.

    2008

    [Invited talk] Germen-Israeli year of science and Technology conference, GIF’s 20th anniversary celebration within the 60th anniversary celebrations of the state of Israel, Israel. Horovitz, O. and Richter-Levin, G. The long term consequences of exposure to juvenile stress. 

    2009

    The 3rd International meeting of the Haifa forum for Brain and Behavior, Israel. Horovitz, O., Tsoory, M.M., and Richter-Levin, G. ‘Juvenile stress’ has different long term effects in male and female rats.

    2009

    The 13th Annual meeting of the Israeli society for biological psychiatry, Israel. Horovitz, O., Tsoory, M.M., and Richter-Levin, G. ‘Juvenile stress’ has different long term effects in male and female rats.

    2010

    The 7th FENS forum of European Neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Horovitz, O., Tsoory, M.M., and Richter-Levin, G. Applying sex-specific criteria for the assessment of the effects of exposure to stress in juvenility, adulthood and their combination.

    2010

    The 3rd France-Israel Binational Conference & In Neuroscience, Neurology Psychiatry, Israel. Horovitz, O., Tsoory, M.M., and Richter-Levin, G. Applying sex-specific criteria for the assessment of the effects of exposure to stress in juvenility, adulthood and their combination.

    2010

    The 19th Annual meeting of the Israel society for neuroscience, Israel. Horovitz, O., Ashkenazi-Karni, S., and Richter-Levin, G. How do we react to stress? Possibility for differential activation of primal emotional circuits in the brain.

    2011

    The 20th Annual meeting of the Israel society for neuroscience, Israel. Horovitz, O., Strominger, I., Ashkenazi-Karni, S., and Richter-Levin, G. Exposure to stress differentially affects behavior and brain activity in male and female rats.

    2012

    The 21st Annual meeting of the Israel society for neuroscience, Israel. Ashkenazi-Karni, S., Horovitz, O., Metzger, N., Vered, R., Anunu., R., and Richter-Levin, G. Exposure to stress differentially affects behavior and expression of kappa opioid receptor and GABA-A receptor in male rats.

    2012

    The 21st Annual meeting of the Israel society for neuroscience, Israel. Horovitz, O., Ashkenazi-Karni, S. and Richter-Levin, G. Stress exposure and GABA-Aα2 receptor protein expression in emotional neural circuits.

    2012

    Frontiers in Stress and Cognition: From Molecules to Behavior conference (under EBBS), Ascona, Switzerland. Horovitz, O., Strominger, I., Ashkenazi-Karni, S., and Richter-Levin, G. Exposure to stress differentially affects behavior and brain activity in male and female rats.

    2013

    The 17th Annual meeting of the Israeli society for biological psychiatry, Israel. Horovitz, O. and Richter-Levin, G. Dorsal Periaqueductal gray (dPAG) modulation of plasticity in the Nucleus Accumbens (NAcc) and the Basloateral Amygdala (BLA)  induced by Ventral Subiculum (vSub) stimulation.

    2013

    The 22nd Annual meeting of the Israel society for neuroscience, Israel. Horovitz, O., Richter-Levin, A. and Richter-Levin, G. dPAG priming differentially modulates plasticity in the BLA and the NAcc, under controllable & uncontrollable stressful conditions.

    2014

    The 4th International meeting of the Haifa forum for Brain and Behavior, Israel. Horovitz, O., Richter-Levin, A., and Richter-Levin, G. Factors that affect plasticity: Controllability and positive/negative affect-related aspects of limbic midbrain modulation of higher limbic regions.

    2014

    The 18th Annual meeting of the Israeli society for biological psychiatry, Israel. Horovitz, O., Richter-Levin, A., and Richter-Levin, G. Factors that affect plasticity: Controllability and positive/negative affect-related aspects of limbic midbrain modulation of higher limbic regions.

    2015

    The 19th Annual meeting of the Israeli society for biological psychiatry, Israel. Horovitz, O., Lindenfeld, I. and Shechner, T. Developmental effects of contextual affective valance and stimuli gender on latency to target’s fixation in a visual search task.

    2015

    The 23rd Annual meeting of the Israel society for neuroscience, Israel. Saha, R., Horovitz, O., Knapp, S., Kriebel, M.,  Ehrlich, I.,  Volkmer, H. and Richter-Levin, G. Effects of in vivo Neurofascin knockdown on fear extinction and synaptic plasticity in the basolateral amygdala.

    2016

    The 25th Annual meeting of the Israel society for neuroscience, Israel. Horovitz, O., Lindenfeld, I., Melamed, M. and Shechner, T. Developmental differences in a social visual search task.

    2017

    The 21st Annual meeting of the Israeli society for biological psychiatry, Israel. Horovitz, O., Kim, J.J. and Richter-Levin, G. Complex emotional brain: facets of FEAR.

    2017

    The 9th European meeting on human fear conditioning (EMHFC), Germany. Horovitz, O. and Shechner, T. Spontaneous EEG-resting state activity in pediatric anxious subjects.

    2018

    The 7th International Meeting of the Integrated Brain and Behavior Research Center, Israel. Horovitz, O., Marzan, D. and Shechner, T. Spontaneous resting state EEG activity in healthy and anxious youth.

    2018

    The 7th International Meeting of the Integrated Brain and Behavior Research Center, Israel. Ritov, G., Ashkenazi, S., Horovitz, O., Vered, R., and Richter-Levin, G. Juvenile adversities impair adult threat-coping ability and strengthen its relation to long-term changes in anhedonic behavior.

    2018

    The 10th European meeting on human fear conditioning (EMHFC), Germany. Horovitz, O. and Shechner, T. Spontaneous resting state EEG activity in pediatric healthy and anxious youth.

    2018

    Brain research and Behavior: Trauma, Consciousness and Cognition conference, Israel.  Horovitz, O. and Richter-Levin, G. The function of GABAergic cells in the hippocampus in stress and resilience.