Senior Lecturer

Dr. Yaniv Efrati

Senior Lecturer
Bld 905, 1st Floor, Room 107
Reception Hours
Monday, 12:00-13:00


  • 2021- present - Senior Lecturer. Bar Ilan UniversityFaculty of Education, Ramat Gan, Israel. 
  • 2015-present - Founder and CEO of IHS – The Israeli Center for the Advancement of Healthy Sexuality 
  • 2010-2021 - Orot Israel College of Education, Graduate program for Educational Counseling
  • 2013-2021 - Senior Lecturer. Beit Berl College, M.Ed. program for Educational Counseling

  • 2018- 2021 - Shaanan college, M.Ed. program for Educational Counseling 

  • 2013-2014 - Talpiot College of Education. Undergraduate Education program


  • 2017-2019 - Post-doctoral studies. Institute of Psychology of Polish Academy of Sciences, with Professor Mateusz Gola, Head of the Clinical Neuroscience Lab.
  • 2012-2015 - Post-doctoral studies. Department of Psychology at the Reichman University (Interdisciplinary Center), Herzlia, Israel, with Professor Mario Mikulincer, Dean of the Department of Psychology and Provost.
  • 2010-2012 - PhD, School of Education, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Research: Dimensions of the Intra-personal Sexual Conflict in the Virtual Era Among Adolescents and its Relation to Ego Identity, Psychological Symptoms and Well-being (Prof. David Tzuriel). 
  • 2007-2009 - MA, Educational Counselling. School of Education, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Chapter in book


Efrati, Y. (2018). Hypersexual behavior. In Dannon, P. (Eds.), Chronicle of addiction in the 21st century: from pleasure to dependence and addiction (pp. 95-107). Helicon books. (In Hebrew).


Articles in periodicals

1. Efarti, Y., Kraus, W.S., Kaplan, G., (2022). Common features in compulsive sexual behavior, substance use disorders, personality, temperament, and attachment – a narrative review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 296.

2. Sassover, E., Abrahamovitch, Z., Amsel,Y., Halle, D., Mishan, Y., & Efrati, Y., & Weinstein, A. (2021). A study on the relationship between shame, guilt, self-criticism and compulsive sexual behaviour disorder. Current Psychology.

3. Efrati, Y., Kolubinski, C.D, Marino, C., & Spada, M.M. (2021). Modelling the contribution of metacognitions, impulsiveness, and thought suppression to behavioural addictions in adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health18, 3820.

4. Efrati, Y., & Amichai-Hamburger, Y. (2021). Adolescents who solely engage in online sexual experiences are at higher risk for compulsive sexual behavior. Addictive Behaviors. Volume 118, 106874.

5. Efrati, Y., Shukron, O., & Epstein, R. (2021). Early maladaptive schemas are highly indicative of compulsive sexual behavior. Evaluation & the Health Professions. 44, 142-151.

6. Efrati, Y., & Boniel-Nissim, M. (2021). Parents’ psychopathology promotes the adoption of ineffective pornography-related parenting mediation strategies. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 47, 117-129.

7. Efrati, Y. Kolubinski, C.D, Caselli, G., & Spada, M.M. (2020). Desire thinking as a predictor of compulsive sexual behaviour in adolescents: Evidence from a cross-cultural validation of the Hebrew version of the Desire Thinking Questionnaire. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 9, 797–807.

8. Zilberman, N., Yadid, G., Efrati, Y., Rassovsky, Y. (2020). Who becomes addicted and to what? Psychosocial predictors of substance and behavioral addictive disorders. Psychiatry Research. Volume 291, 113221.

9. Efrati, Y., & Amichai-Hamburger, Y. (2020). Are adolescents who consume pornography different from those who engaged in online sexual activities? Children and Youth Services Review. Volume 111, 104843.

10. Efrati, Y. (2020). Problematic and non-problematic pornography use and compulsive sexual behaviors among understudied populations: Children and adolescents. Current Addicton Reports, 7, 68–75.

11. Boniel-Nissim, M., Efrati., Y, & Dolev-Cohen, M. (2020). Parental mediation regarding children's pornography exposure : The role of parenting style, protection motivation and gender. Journal of Sex Research, 57, 42-51.

12. Efrati, Y. (2019). Normal Versus Abnormal Sexual Behavior in Adolescents. Psychiatric Times. 36, 9,14.

13. Zilberman, N., Yadid, G., Efrati, Y., Rassovsky, Y. (2019). Negative and positive life events and their relation to substance and behavioral addictions. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Volume 204, 107562.

14. Efrati, Y., Shukron, O., & Epstein, R. (2019). Compulsive sexual behavior and sexual offending: Differences in cognitive schemas, sensation seeking and impulsivity. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 8, 432–441.

15. Efrati, Y., & Gola, M. (2019). Adolescents’ compulsive sexual behavior: The role of parental competence, parents’ psychopathology, and quality of parent-child communication about sex. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 8, 420–431.

16. Efrati, Y., & Gola, M. (2019). The effect of early-life trauma on compulsive sexual behavior among members of a twelve-step group. Journal of Sexual Medicine. 16, 803-811.

17. Efrati, Y, Gerber., Z., & Tolmacz, R. (2019). The relation of intra-psychic and relational aspects of the self to compulsive sexual behavior. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 45, 618-631.

18. Efrati, Y. (2019). A response to Pirutinsky's (2019) religion and compulsive sexuality. Journal of Sex Research. 56, 144-145.

19. Efrati, Y., & Amichai-Hamburger, Y. (2019). The use of online pornography as compensation for loneliness and lack of social ties among Israeli adolescents. Psychological Reports, 122, 1865–1882.

20. Efrati, Y., (2019). God, I can't stop thinking about sex! The rebound effect in unsuccessful suppression of sexual thoughts among religious adolescents. Journal of Sex Research. 56, 146-155.

21. Efrati, Y & Dannon, P. (2018). Normative and clinical self-perceptions of sexuality and their links to psychopathology among adolescents. Psychopathology, 51 :380–389.

22. Efrati, Y., & Gola, M. (2018). Understanding and predicting profiles of compulsive sexual behavior among adolescents. Journal of Behavioral Addictions,7, 1004–1014.

23. Efrati, Y., & Gola, M. (2018). Compulsive sexual behavior: A Twelve-step Therapeutic Approach. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7, 445–453.

24. Efrati, Y., (2018). Adolescents with a disposition toward compulsive sexual behavior: The role of shame in willingness to seek help and treatment. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 25, 28-45.

25. Efrati, Y., & Gola, M. (2018). Treating compulsive sexual behavior. Current Sexual Health Reports, 10, 57–64.

26. Efrati, Y., (2018). Adolescent compulsive sexual behavior: Is it a unique psychological phenomenon. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. 44, 687-700.

27. Zilberman, N., Yadid, G., Efrati, Y., Neumark, Y., Rassovsky, Y., (2018).  Personality profiles of substance and behavioral addictions. Addictive Behaviors, 82, 174-181.

28. Efrati, Y., & Mikulincer, M. (2018). Individual-based compulsive sexual behavior scale: Its development and importance in examining compulsive sexual behavior. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 44, 249-259.

29. Tolmacz, R., Mahajna, S. & *Efrati, Y. (2017). The sense of entitlement in romantic relationships: ethnic and religious aspects, Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 20, 728-740.

30. Ein-Dor, T., Perry-Paldi, A., Zohar-Cohen, K., Efrati, Y., & Hirschberger, G. (2017). It takes an insecure liar to catch a liar: The link between attachment insecurity, deception, and detection of deception. Personality and Individual Differences. 113, 81–87.

31. Ein-Dor, T., Perry-Paldi, A., Merrin, J., Efrati, Y., & Hirschberger, G. (2017). Effective disengagement: Insecure people are more likely to disengage from an ongoing task and take effective action when facing danger. Journal of Personality. 86, 233–246.

32. Tolmacz, R., Efrati, Y., & Ben-David, B. (2016). The sense of relational entitlement among adolescents toward their parents (SREap) e Testing an adaptation of the SRE. Journal of adolescence, 53, 127-140.



  1. Efrati, Y. & Tzuriel, D. (2012).  From intra-personal conflict among adolescents in the age of virtual reality to formation of self-image and mental wellbeing. Sixth AMADOT Conference, Orot College, Israel. (In Hebrew).
  2. Efrati, Y. & Tzuriel, D. (2013). Dimensions of intra-personal conflict among adolescents in the era of virtual accessibility and their relationship to self-identity, mental symptoms, and mental wellbeing. ISRA (Israeli Society for Research on Adolescence) Conference. (In Hebrew).
  3. Doron, G., Efrati. Y., & Szepsenwol. O. (2013). Scrupulosity in religious Jews is linked with attachment anxiety and over-reliance on the morality self-domain for self-worth. Paper presented at the 7th World Congress of Behavioural & Cognitive Therapies, Lima, Peru.
  4. Efrati. Y., Doron, G., & Szepsenwol. O (2015). Relationship Obsession Within the Individual-God Context: Exploring Obsessive Tendencies about One's Relationship with God. Paper presented at the 45th Annual EABCT Congress CBT: A Road to Hope and Compassion for People in Conflict. Jerusalem, Israel.
  5.  Doron. G., Efrati. Y., & Szepsenwol. O. (2015). Obsessing about one’s relationship with God: Exploring individual-God obsessive compulsive phenomena in Israeli religious Jews. Paper presented at the 49th Annual Congress of the American Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (AACBT), Chicago, U.S.A.
  6. Efrati, Y. (2016). Adolescents with a propensity for hypersexual behavior: The role of shame in willingness to turn for help and counseling. The Scientific Conference of Educational Counselors, 2016. Hebrew University of Jerusalem (In Hebrew).
  7. Finch, S., & Efrati, Y. (2016). The place of capability of emotional regulation among detached Orthodox youth in hyper-internet activity. The Scientific Conference of Educational Counselors, 2016. Hebrew University of Jerusalem (In Hebrew).
  8. Doron, G., Efrati ,Y., & Szepsenwol, O. (2016). Relationship obsessions as an inter-related category of OCD: an experimental investigation. Paper presented at the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 2016, ‘Advances and Innovations in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies Across the World’ (WCBCT 2016), Melbourne, Australia, 22-25 June 2016.
  9. Efrati, Y., & Mikulincer, M. (2017). Adolescent hypersexuality: Is it a distinct   disorder? Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Behavioral     Addictions, Haifa, Israel. 20-22 February 2017.
  10. Efrati, Y., & Gola, M. (2018). Understanding and predicting profiles of compulsive sexual behavior among adolescent. Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, Cologne, Germany. 23-25 April 2018.
  11. Efrati, Y., & Gola, M. (2019). Adolescents’ compulsive sexual behavior: Family systemic approach. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, Yokohama, Japan. 17-19, June 2019.
  12. Efrati, Y. (2021). Compulsive sexual behavior and dangerous sexual behavior among young women with substance abuse disorder. Gender and addiction in the light of research, School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University. (In Hebrew).

2010 – Bar-Ilan University President’s scholarship for outstanding doctoral candidates (NIS 160,000)

2017 – Israel Authority for Prevention of Violence Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NIS 40,700)

Last Updated Date : 03/03/2022