Dr. Ella Cohn-Schwartz

Dr. Ella Cohn-Schwartz Profile


Department : Gerontology and the Study of Aging
Room : 309
בנין משרדי רפואה ע"ש אליה - M7
Phone : 972-8-6477423
Email : ellasch@bgu.ac.il
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2014-2018: PhD, the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

2011-2013: M.A. in Neuro-Clinical Psychology, Ben-Gurion University.

2008-2011: B.A. with honors in Psychology and International Relations, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Research Interests

- Social relationships and their changes in old age.

- Gender differences in social processes.

- Predictors of cognitive decline.

- Subjective perceptions of aging and ageism.

- Mental health in old age.

Publications and funding summary / representative publications and grants

Cohn-Schwartz, E., & Weinstein, G. (2020). Early-life exposure to hunger and cognitive performance among older Europeans. MATURITAS.

Cohn-Schwartz, E., Segel-Karpas, D. & Ayalon, L. (2020). Longitudinal dyadic effects of aging self-perceptions on health. 1-11. Journals of Gerontology: Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.

Cohn-Schwartz, E., Sagi, D., O'Rourke, N. & Bachner, Y. (2020). The Coronavirus Pandemic and Holocaust Survivors in Israel. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Cohn-Schwartz, E. (2020). Pathways from social activities to cognitive functioning: The role of physical activity and mental health. Innovation in Aging.

Ayalon, L., & Schwartz, E. (2020). The reciprocal temporal associations of subjective age and social relations in adult day care centers over a one-year period. International Journal of Behavioral Development.

Schwartz, E., Ayalon, L. & Huxhold, O. (2020). Perceptions of aging and social involvement: Exploring their reciprocal associations. 1-11. Journals of Gerontology: Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.

Mannheim, I., Schwartz, E., Xi, W., Buttigieg, S. C., McDonnell-Naughton, M., Wouters, E. J., & van Zaalen, Y. (2019). Inclusion of Older Adults in the Research and Design of Digital Technology. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(19), 3718.

Schwartz, E. & Litwin, H. (2019). Warfare exposure in later life and cognitive performance: The moderating role of social connectedness. Psychiatry Research.

Schwartz, E. & Shrira, A. (2019). Social connectedness moderates the relationship between warfare exposure, PTSD symptoms and health among older adults. Psychiatry: Biological and Interpersonal Processes, 82(2), 158-172.

Schwartz, E., Khalaila, R. & Litwin, H. (2019) Contact frequency and cognitive health among older adults in Israel. Aging & Mental Health, 23(8), 1008-1016.

Schwartz, E., and Litwin, H. (2018). Social network changes among older Europeans: The role of gender. European Journal of Ageing, 15(4), 359-367.

Schwartz, E. & Litwin, H. (2017). The reciprocal relationship between social connectedness and mental health among older European adults: A SHARE-based analysis. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 74(4), 694-702.

Schwartz, E. & Litwin, H. (2017). Are newly added and lost confidants in later life related to subsequent mental health? International Psychogeriatrics, 29(12), 2047-2057.

Litwin, H., Schwartz, E. & Damri, N. (2016). Cognitively stimulating leisure activity and subsequent cognitive function: A SHARE-based analysis. The Gerontologist, 57(5), 940-948.

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