Prof. Ronny Geva

Full Professor
Geva Ronny
Reception hours: 







Communication disorders

Tel Aviv University


Communication disorders

Tel Aviv University


Neuropsychology-clinical tract

City University of New York

Post Doc

Child Development

Sourasky medical center





Research assistant and fellow at the NYS Institute for Basic Research


Head of psychological research of the longitudinal IUGR project at the Child Development Center, Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv University


Assistant, Department of Psychology, BIU


Lecturer, BIU


Senior Lecturer, Tenure, BIU


Head, The Developmental Neuropsychology lab, The Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center


Chair of the Child and Adolescence Clinical Psychology program, Psychology Department, Bar Ilan University


Associate Professor, BIU



Merit award for excellence in studies towards the MA, School of Communication disorders, Sackler school of Medicine


Helena Rubinstein Fellowship (Tuition Award)


US-Israel Fulbright Scholar                   


Recipient of the Dolores Luiz Prize for best original research from the Association for Research in Infant and Child Association


Co-Recipient of 1st prize for best poster at the 24th meeting by the European Academy of Childhood Disability. 


Mentored the recipient of the Mary Korkman inaugural award in Pediatric neuropsychology of the International society of neuropsychology (INS)


Mentored the recipient of the Falling Walls, 3rd prize winner





1)      Gardner, J. M., Karmel, B. Z., Freedland, R. L. and Geva, R. (1998). Neonatal neurobehavioral assessment and its relation to developmental outcome in infants with CNS injury. In M. V. Perat (Ed.), New Developments in Child Neurology (83-87). Bologna, Italy: Monduzzi Editore S.P.A

2)     Geva, R., Gardner, J. M., Karmel, B. Z., Feldman, I. J., & Freedland, R. L., (1999). Inhibitory control of cocaine-exposed infants at 3 years. In L. S. Harris (Ed.), Problems of drug dependence 1998: NIDA Research Monograph, No. 179, p. 98). Washington, DC: Department of Health and Human Services.

3)     Geva R., and Feldman, R. (2008). Circadian Sleep-Wake Rhythms in Preterm Infants. In A. L. Leglise (Ed.) Progress in Circadian Rhythm Research.  NOVA science publishers, pp. 67 - 82.

4)     Geva, R. (2010). Intrauterine growth restriction. In R. D. Nass, and Y. Frank (Eds.). Cognitive and Behavioral abnormalities of Pediatric Diseases. Oxford University Press. pp. 426 - 435.

5)     Geva, R. (2012). Children Born With Intrauterine Growth Restriction: Neuropsychological outcome In Victor R. Preedy (Ed.), The Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease, 177-192, Springer Press.

6)     Geva, R. (2012). Short Term Memory. In S. Norbert (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning, 19, 3058-3061. Springer Science+ Business Media Press

7)     Geva, R., Leitner, Y., & Harel, S. (2012). In. Victor R. Preedy (Ed.), Children with Intrauterine Growth Restriction: Neurodevelopmental outcome. The Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease, 193-208, Springer Press.

8)     Shaffer, Y., and Geva, R. (Accepted) Short and Long Term Memory in Pediatric Idiopathic Epilepsy: Functions and Effect of Interventions
Invited chapter in Long-and Short-Term Memory: Functions, Differences and Effects of Injury, NOVA publishers


9)     Geva, R., Gardner, J. M. and Karmel, B. Z.  (1999). Feeding-based arousal effects on visual recognition memory in early infancy. Developmental Psychology, 35 (3), 640-650.

10)   Geva, R., Gardner J. M., and Karmel B.Z. (1998). Inhibitory control at 34 months of cocaine-exposed neonates. Infant Behavior and Development, 21, 431.

11)   Leitner, Y., Fattal-Valevski, A., Geva, R., Bassan, H., Posner, E., Kutai, M., Many, A., Yaffa, A. J., Harel S. (2000). A six year follow-up of children with intrauterine growth retardation- A long-term prospective study. Journal of Child Neurology, 15(12), 781-786.

12)   Fattal-Valevski, A., Leitner, Y., Geva, R., Bassan, H., Goez, H., Jaffa, A. J., Harel, S. (2001). The effect of intra uterine growth restriction on the development and health of Children, Nutrition & Health, 15,169-175.

13)   Geva, R., Eshel, R., Leitner, Y., Fattal-Valevski, A., & Harel, S. (2005). Prenatal diagnosis and management of intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR): A long-term prospective study on outcome and maternal coping. Infant Mental Health Journal, 26(5), 481-495

14)   Geva, R., Eshel, R., Leitner, Y., Fattal-Valevski, A., & Harel, S. (2006). Neuropsychological outcome of children with intrauterine growth restriction: A 9 Year Prospective Study. Pediatrics, 118(1), 91-100.

15)   Geva, R., Eshel,R., Leitner, Y, Fattal Valevski, A & Harel, S. (2006) Memory functions in children born with intra uterine growth restriction (IUGR). Brain Research, 1117(1), 186-194.

16)   Leitner, Y, Fattal-Valevski, A, Geva, R, Eshel, R, Toledano-Alhadef, H, Rotstein, M, Bassan, H, Radianu, B, Bitchonsky, O , Jaffa, A. J, Harel, S. (2007)  Neurodevelopmental outcome of children with intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR): A longitudinal, 10-year prospective study, Journal of Child Neurology, 22, 580-587.

17)   Geva, R., and Feldman, R. (2008). A neurobiological model for the effects of early brainstem functioning on the development of behavior and emotion regulation in infants: Implications for prenatal and perinatal risk.  In Special Issue on Pre- and Peri-natal Processes in Child Mental Health and Disorder. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49, 1031-1041.

18)   Geva, R., Eshel, R., Leitner, Y, Fattal-Valevski, A.,Harel, S. (2008). Verbal Short-Term Memory Span in Children: Long-term Modality Dependent Effects of Intrauterine Growth Restriction Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49, 1321-1330.

19)  Silberstein, D, Geva, R, Feldman, R., Gardner, J. M., Karmel, B. Z., Rozen, R, and Kuint, J (2009). The transition to oral feeding in low-risk premature infants: Relation to infant neurobehavioral functioning and mother-infant feeding interaction. Early Human Development.85(3), 157-162.

20)  Geva, R., Yosipof, R., Eshel, R., Leitner, Y, Fattal-Valevski, A, Harel, S. (2009) Readiness and adjustments to school of children with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) - An extreme test case paradigm. Exceptional Children, 75(2), 211-230.

21)  Fattal-Valevski, A., Toledano-Alhadef, H., Leitner, Y., Geva, R., Eshel, R., Harel, S. (2009). Growth Patterns in Children with Intrauterine Growth Retardation and their correlation to Neurocognitive development. Journal of Child Neurology, 24, 846-851.

22)  Silberstein, D., Feldman, R., Geva, R., Gardner, J. M, Karmel, B. Z., Rozen, R., and Kuint, J. (2009). The relational basis of feeding problems in low-risk premature infants across the first year. Infancy, 14, 501-525.

23)   Geva, R, Gardner, J. M., and. Karmel, B. Z. (2010). Load and Order in Rapid Automatized Naming: A Large-Scale Prospective Study of Toddlers with Brain Injury. Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 9, 2, 166-182.

24)  Geva, R. (2010). Attention regulation deficits in infants born preterm: fetal and perinatal processes. Chinese Medical Journal, 123, S2, 250-251.

25)  Harel, H., Gordon, I., Geva, R. & Feldman, R. (2011). Gaze Behaviors of Preterm and Full Term Infants in Nonsocial and Social Contexts of Increasing Dynamics: From Visual Recognition to Gaze Synchrony. Infancy, 16(1), 69–90,

26)  Ramon, D., Geva, R., Goldstein, A. (2011). Trait and State Negative Affect Interactions Moderate Inhibitory Control Performance in Emotionally Loaded Conditions. Personality and Individual differences, 51, 95-101.

27)  Bassan, H, Stolar O, Geva, R, Eshel, R, Fattal Valevski A, Leitner A, Varon M, Yafo A, and Harel, S.  (2011). Intrauterine Growth Restriction born at Term versus Preterm; are they equal or different?  Pediatric Neurology, 44, 122-130.

28)  Artzi, M, Ben Sira, L., Bassan, H., Gross-Tsur, V., Berger, I., Marom, R., Leitner Y., Geva, R., Weinstein, M., Ben Bashat, D. (2011). Brain Diffusivity study in Infants with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy following Whole Body Hypothermia:  Preliminary results. Journal of Child Neurology, 26, 1230-1236.

29)  Geva, R., Sopher K., Kurtzman L., Galili, G., Feldman, R., Kuint J. Neonatal brainstem dysfunction risks infant social engagement (2012). Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8(2), 158-164.

30)  Leitner, Y., Harel, S., Geva, R., Eshel, R., Yaffo. A., Many, A. (2012). The neurocognitive outcome of IUGR children born to mother with and without preeclampsia. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, 25(11):2206-2208.

31)  Gavrilov, Y., Rotem, S., Ofek, R., and Geva, R. (2012). Socio- cultural effects on children's initiation of joint attention.  In Special research Topic on The Social Emotional Developmental and Cognitive Neuroscience of Socioeconomic Gradients: Laboratory, Population, Cross-cultural and Community Developmental Approaches. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00286

32)  Geva, R., Zivan M, Warsha, A, Olchik, D. (2013). Alerting, Orienting or Executive Attention: Differential Patterns of Pupil Dilations. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 14;7: 145.

33)  Geva, R., Yaron, H., and Kuint, J. (2013) Neonatal Sleep predicts attention orienting and distractibility. Journal of Attention disorders. DOI 10.1177/1087054713491493. 

34)  Geva, R., Schreiber, J., Segal-Caspi, L., Markus-Shiffman, M. (2013).  Neonatal brainstem dysfunction after preterm birth predicts behavioral inhibition. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 55, 802-810.

35)  Gurevitz, M., Geva, R., Varon, M., Leitner, Y. (2014). Early markers in infants and toddlers for development of ADHD. Journal of Attention disorders. 18, 14–22.

36)  Weinstein, M., Green, D., Geva, R., Schertz, M.,  Fattal-Valevski, A., Artzi, M., Myers, V., Shiran, S.,  Gordon, A., Gross-Tsur, V., Ben Bashat, D. (2014)  Interhemispheric and intrahemispheric connectivity and manual skills in children with unilateral cerebral palsy. Brain Structure and Function. 219, 1025-1040. DOI 10.1007/s00429-013-0551-5

37)  Weinstein, M., Gross-Tsur, V., Leitner, Y., Berger, I., Marom, R., Geva, R., Uliel, S., Myers, V., Artzi, M., Ben Bashat, D and Ben Sira, L. (2014). Isolated mild white matter signal changes in preterm infants: A regional approach for comparison of cranial ultrasound and MRI findings. Journal of Perinatology, 34(6), 476-82.

38)   Yaakoby –Rotem, S., and Geva, R. (2014). Asymmetric attention networks: The case of children. Journal of International Neuropsychology Society. 20 (4), 434-443.

39)  Leitner, Y., Weinstein, M. Myers, V. Uliel, S. Geva, K. Berger, I. Marom, R. Ben Bashat, D., Ben-Sira, L. Geva R. and Gross-Tsur, V. (2014). Diffuse excessive high signal intensity in low-risk preterm infants at term-equivalent age does not predict outcome at 1 year: a prospective study. Neuroradiology, 56(8), 669-678.

40)  Weinstein, M., Marom, R., Berger, I., Ben-Bashat, D., Gross-Tsur, V., Ben Sira, L., Artzi, M., Uliel, S., Leitner, Y., Geva, R. (2014). Neonatal Neuropsychology: Emerging Relations of Neonatal Sensory-Motor Responses to White Matter Integrity. Neuropsychologia, 62, 209-219.

41)  Litmanovitch, E, Geva, R, Rachmiel, M. (2015) Short and Long Term Neuro-Behavioral Alterations in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Pediatric Population. World Journal of Diabetes, 15, 259-270.

42)  Orr, E and Geva, R. (2015). Symbolic Play and Language Development. Infant Behavior and Development, 38, 147-161.

43)  Schaffer, Y and Geva, R. (2015). Memory Outcomes Following Cognitive Interventions in Children with Neurological Deficits: A Review with a Focus on Under-Studied Populations. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 2:1-32.

44)  Weisman, O., Feldman, R., Burg-Malki, M., Keren, M., Geva, R., Diesendruck, G., Gothelf, D. (2015).Mother-Child Interaction as a Window to a Unique Social Phenotype in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome and in Williams Syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10803-015-2425-6.  

45)  Schaffer, Y., Ben Zeev, B., Cohen, R; Shuper, A., Geva, R. (2015). Auditory Verbal memory and Psychosocial Symptoms are related in Children with Idiopathic Epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior, 48, 53-60.

46)  Weinstein, M., Myers, V., Green, D., Schertz, M., Shiran, S.I., Geva, R., Artzi, M., Gordon, A. M., Fattal-Valevski, A., Ben Bashat, D. (2015). Brain Plasticity Following Intensive Bimanual Therapy in Children with Hemiparesis: Preliminary Evidence. Neural Plasticity 

47)  Miron, O., Ari-Even Roth, D., Gabis, L.V., Henkin, Y., Shefer, S., Dinstein, I, and Geva, R. (2015) Prolonged Auditory Brainstem Responses in Infants with Autism. Autism Research doi: 10.1002/aur.1561.

48)  Geva, R. Contemplating the GANE model using an extreme case paradigm (Accepted). Invited comment on Norepinephrine ignites local hot spots of neuronal excitation: How arousal amplifies selectivity in perception and memory. Behavioural and Brain Sciences




B.A: Research Practicum on self-regulation; Clinical Practicum; Seminar on Abnormal developmental processes; Clinical child psychology field practicum

Graduate: M.A. and Ph. D: Cognitive diagnosis and evaluation; Learning Disabilities: theoretical models and clinical implications; Developmental Neuropsychology 




1. Self regulation

2. Developmental neuropsychology

3. Attention disabilities

4. Impulsivity

5. Prematurity and Development at risk

6. Long-term follow-up research




Fellowship of Center for Developmental Disabilities/ NYS Institute for Basic Research


PI: Grant from The Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Foundation (Co PIs: Weller, Feldman and Quint) on brainstem dysfunction and Language



PI: US-Israel Bi-national Science Foundation grant (Co-PIs: Feldman, Gardner & Karmel) on brainstem dysfunction and behavioral dysregulation




Co- PI: Grant from The Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Foundation  (Co- PIs: Diesendruck, Feldman,  Gothelf & Keren) social cognition and Williams syndrome   


PI: Grant from The Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Foundation on ADHD, arousal and Methylphenidate       



Shalem foundation on the development of social competence of children diagnosed with Williams syndrome and VCF syndrome (Co-PI)


PI: The Israel Science Foundation on the Development of Attention Functions in Childhood                                                            


Israel Science Foundation on the autonomic regulation of attention using gaze monitoring and dynamic pupilometry (PI)                                         Grade: Very good


March of Dimes on Prematurity, brainstem dysfunction and social engagement risk  (PI)- Dean's preparation fund 




PI: Infrastructure grant of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space On Social Cognition of typical and at-risk children



PI: IDF candidate diagnostics module, Israel Defense forces