Dr. Michal Avrech-Bar

Department of Occupational Therapy
חוג לריפוי בעיסוק סגל אקדמי בכיר
Dr. Michal Avrech-Bar
Phone: 03-6405433
Another phone: 03-6409104
Fax: 03-6409933
Office: Health Professions, 313


Senior Lecturer, Department of Occupational Therapy, Stanley Steyer School of Health Professions, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University




1990-1993     B.O.T. - Dept. of Occupational Therapy Tel Aviv University
1997-2002 M.Sc.O.T. - Dept. of Occupational Therapy Tel Aviv University
2003-2009 Ph.D.- Dept. of Occupational Therapy Tel Aviv University
2012-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow- Dept. of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy   University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Since 2016 Member of the Occupational Science Europe (OSE) - Research Committee  



My primary area of research is exploring the relationship between occupation, health and well-being among women, especially as related to the role of mothering. I focus on the effects of occupational performance on life satisfaction and physical and mental health in various life-changing situations. The populations that I study include women who experienced a major change in their lives (such as transgender women or becoming a caregiver), single mothers, mothers of children who were diagnosed with ASD or ADHD, and healthy mothers from different social and cultural backgrounds. In my research I use qualitative (in-depth interviews) and quantitative (i.e. structural equation modeling) methods.

My second area of research is developing and evaluating advanced teaching methods in occupational therapy, specifically, testing the contribution of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to the development of health professions students’ learning skills, communication skills and preparedness for interprofessional collaboration. 


Selected Publications

  • Weinblatt, N., Ziv, N., & Avrech-Bar, M. (2000). The old lady from the supermarket - Categorization of occupation according to performance areas: Is it relevant for the elderly? Journal of Occupational Science7, 73-79.


  • Weinblatt, N., & Avrech-Bar, M. (2001). Postmodernism and its application to the field of occupational therapy. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy68, 164-170.


  • Weinblatt, N., Avrech Bar, M. (2003). Benefits of Leisure and their reflection in old age. Gerontology (Israel), 30, 47-61.


  • Weinblatt, N.,& Avrech-Bar, M. (2003). Rest: A qualitative exploration of the phenomenon. Occupational Therapy International10, 227-238.


  • Weinblatt, N., Avrech Bar, M. (2005). Where is rest in occupational therapy? Israeli Journal of Occupational Therapy14, 127-139.


  • Ratzon, N. Avrech Bar, M., & Halevy, Z. (2006). Accessibility surveys as a teaching tool and as a way to promote community accessibility. Israeli Journal of Occupational Therapy15, 83-91.


  • Bart, O., Avrech Bar, M., Rosenberg, L., Hamudot, V., & Jarus, T. (2011). Development and validation of the Documentation of Occupational Therapy Session during Intervention (D.O.T.S.I.). Research in Developmental Disabilities32, 719-726


  • Avrech Bar, M., Labock-Gal, D., & Jarus, T. (2011). Occupational performance, social support and satisfaction with life in single mothers compared with married mothers. Israeli Journal of Occupational Therapy, 20, 195-218.


  • Avrech Bar, M., Rubin, V., Gavrieal-Tyjchman, G., & Jarus, T. (2013). The validity and reliability of the modified version of the Role Checklist (M-RCL). Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 20, 454-462.


  • Lipskaya-Velikovsky, L. Avrech Bar, M., & Bart, O. (2014). Context and psychosocial intervention in mental health. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 21, 136-144.


  • Avrech Bar, M., & Jarus, T. (2015). The effect of engagement in everyday occupations, role overload and social support on health and life satisfaction among mothers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(6), 6045-6065.


  • Avrech Bar, M., Jlole Majadla, S.,& Bart, O. (2015). Managing everyday occupations as a predictor of health and life satisfaction among mothers of children with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders, September 4 [Epub ahead of print]. 


  • Avrech Bar, M., Shelef, L., & Bart, O. (2016). Do participation and self-efficacy of mothers to children with ASD predict their children participation? Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 24, 1-10. 


  • Avrech Bar, M., Jarus, T., Wada, M., Rechtman, L., & Noy, E. (2016). Male-to-female transitions: Implications for occupational performance history, health, and life satisfaction. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 83(2), 72-82. 


  • Avrech Bar, M., Forwell, S., & Backman, C. (2016). Ascribing meaning to occupation: An example from healthy, working mothers. OTJR: Occupation, participation and Health, 36, 148-158. 


  • Avrech Bar, M., Ratzon, N. Z. (2016). Enhancing occupational therapy students' knowledge, competence, awareness, and interest in accessibility. Hong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy, 27, 18-25.


  • Avrech Bar, M., Pade, M., Jarus, T., Gat, S., Kaufman Cohen, Y., & Lipskaya-Velikovsky, L. (2018). Problem-Based learning in occupational therapy curriculum – Implications and challenges. Disability and Rehabilitation40, 2098-2104.


  • Avrech Bar, M., Katz Leurer, M., Warshawski, S., Itzhaki, M. (2018). The Role of personal resilience and personality traits of healthcare students on their attitudes towards interprofessional collaboration. Nurse Education Today, 61, 36-42.


  • Rand, D., Givon, N., & Avrech Bar, M. (2018). A video-game group intervention: Experiences and perceptions of adults with chronic stroke and their therapists. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 85, 158-168.


  • Rosenberg, L., Pade, M., Reizis, H., & Avrech Bar, M. (2019). Associations between meaning of everyday activities and participation among children. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73.


  • Strauss, Z., Avrech Bar, M., Stanger, V. (2019). Fatherhood of a premature infant: “A rough rollercoaster ride”. Journal of Family Issues, 40, 982-1000.


  • Clouston, T. J., Avrech Bar, M., Dür, M., Jones, J., Ilper, N., Kristensen, H. K., & Whitcombe, S. W. (2019). Occupational science research and practice: A brief report on European perspectives based on an online-survey. Journal of Occupational Science26, 329-335.


  • Gat, S., Pade, M., & Avrech Bar, M. (2019). A picture paints a thousand words: Collage-making in higher education problem-based learning. Australian Journal of Adult Learning59(2), 170-196.


  • Treisman, H., Ratzon, N. Z., Itzkovich, M. & Avrech Bar, M. (2020). Performance of everyday occupations and perceived health of spouses of men with spinal cord injury at discharge and 6-months later. Spine, 45, 580-1586. 


  • Rosenberg, L., Avrech Bar, M. (2020). The perceived meaning of occupations among children: Correlations with children's socio-emotional characteristics and executive functions. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 67, 572-580.


  • Itzhaki, M., Katz Leurer, M., Warshawski, S., & Avrech Bar, M. (2020).  Preparedness of health professions students for Interprofessional Collaboration: A mixed method study. Teaching in Higher Education, doi: 10.1080/13562517.2020.1769057.


  • Avrech Bar, M., Dao, T. T., Vlodarchyk, L. R., & Backman, C. L. (2021). Fatherhood experiences of men with Inflammatory Arthritis: A preliminary grounded theory. Arthritis Care & Research, 73(6), 885-892.


  • Bart, O., Rosenfeld, M., Morag, I. Strauss, Z., & Avrech Bar, M. (2022). Do occupational performance and social support predict health and well-being among mothers of preterm infants? Journal of Child and Family Studies, 31, 1761-1770.


  • Maman, R., Rand, D., & Avrech Bar, M. (2022). A scoping review of the maternal role at older age; Perceptions and occupations. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 492.


  • Occupational Science Europe Research Committee:, Morville, A. L., Jones, J., Avrech Bar, M., Clouston, T., Dür, M., ... & Kaae Kristensen, H. (2022). A scoping review on occupational science research in European contexts. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1-16.


  • Rosenberg, M., Bar-Shalita, T., Weiss, M., Rahav, G., & Avrech Bar, M. (2023). Associations between daily routines and social support among women with chronic fatigue syndrome. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, DOI: 10.1080/11038128.2023.2200580


  • Gabis, L. V., Shaham, M., Attia, O. L., Kowal, T., David, S., Banet-Levi, Y., Shahar, S., Gabis, D., Mla-Topf, D., Avrech Bar, M., Bart, O. & Segal, O. (2023). An escalating continuum of learning and attention difficulties from premutation to full mutation in female carriers of FMR1 expansion. Frontiers in Neurology14.


  • ‏Maman R, Rand D, Avrech Bar M. (2023). How do older women perceive the occupations and activities within their maternal role? Findings from an exploratory survey. PLoS One, 18(5).
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