Full Professor

Prof. Ronny Geva

Full Professor
Room 2 /Brain Research Building / Room 304
Reception Hours
By Appointment





    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



    2018- to date Chair, Department of Psychology, Bar Ilan University, Israel
    2017-2018 Visiting Prof., Department of Psychology, Institute of Human Development, UC Berkeley, California
    2016 ISA Senior Fellow at The Advanced Studies Center of Excellence, Bologna, Italy
    2015 PI, Diagnostic Revision of IDF candidate's evaluation, EF module
    2014-to date Associate Editor, Infancy Journal, The official Journal of the International Society of Infant Studies


    Member of the MAMDA's think-tank committee revising the IDF psychological evaluation protocol of Candidates for army service



    Springer editorial board member of the Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning


    Springer editorial board member of the Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease Editorial Board


    Member of the reviewing panel of Health Issues of the International Society for Research of Child Development


    Accredited ARID member and certified in administration of the Griffiths Mental Development scales, London, UK


    Reviewer of grant applications: GIF; BSF; ISF


    Reviewer of international Journals: Pediatrics, Journal of Pediatrics, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology; European Review of Applied Psychology, Child Neuropsychology, Developmental Neuropsychology, Brain Research; Personality and Individual Differences; Personality and Individual Differences, European Journal of Child Neurology; Journal of Pediatric Neurology, Journal of International Neuropsychology Society



    Member of the Steering committee for development of the intelligence test WISC-IV Heb version



    Member of the Psychology department committee for Research Development



    Member of Bashaar : Scientific Community  for the Society in Israel




    Accredited Specialist in Developmental Psychology, Israel Psychological Association (IPA)



    Member of the Israeli Psychological Association



    Member of the International Society of Research in Child Development (SRCD); International Society For Infant Studies (ISIS), International Neuropsychology Society (INS)



    Neuropsychological consultant to research funded by the NIH, Awarded to Gardner & Karmel




    Clinical neuropsychological extern at Mount Sinai Hospital, NY; Allen Pavilion, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, NY; Manhattan Learning Center, N.Y.; and the Institute for Head Injury, NJ



    Speech & hearing clinician, Sourasky Medical Center, Tel-Aviv University



    Psychometric diagnostician and interviewer, IDF





    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. (2016) 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., Schreiber, J., Segal-Caspi, L., Markus-Shiffman, M. (2014).  Neonatal brainstem dysfunction after preterm birth predicts behavioral inhibition. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 55, 802-810.

    34)  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.

    35)  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

    36)  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.

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

    38)  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.

    39)  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.

    40)  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.

    41)  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 

    42)  Orr, E and Geva, R. (2015). Symbolic play and language development. Infant Behavior and Development, 38, 147-161.

    43)  Schaffer*, Y., Ben Zeev, B., Cohen, R; Shuper, A., and Geva, R. (2015). Auditory verbal memory and psychosocial symptoms are related in children with Idiopathic Epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior, 48, 53-60.

    44)  Weisman, O., Feldman, R., Burg-Malki, M., Keren, M., Geva, R., Diesendruck, G., and Gothelf, D. (2015). Mother-child interaction as a window to a unique social phenotype in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome and Williams Syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10803-015-2425-6.  

    45)  Geva, R. (2016) Contemplating the GANE model using an extreme case paradigm. Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 39m e209.

    46) Gal-Lazar*, S., Stein, D., Gur, E., Ramon*, D., and Geva., R. (2016). Innovative Day-Night Task food related modification among patients with Binge-Purge Eating Disorder. Clinical Neuropsychologist, 30, 782.

    47) Gal-Lazar*, S., Stein, D., Gur, E., and Geva., R. (2016). Harm avoidance and reward dependence in patients with eating disorders. Clinical Neuropsychologist, 30, 783.

    48)  Geva, R., Yaron*, H., and Kuint, J. (2016) Neonatal sleep predicts attention orienting and distractibility. Journal of Attention disorders, 20, 138-150.

    49)  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, 26, 286-317.

    50)  Miron*, O., Ari-Even Roth, D., Gabis, L.V., Henkin, Y., Shefer, S., Dinstein, I, and Geva, R. (2016) Prolonged auditory brainstem responses in infants with autism. Autism Research, 9, 689-695.

    51) Geva, R., and Or, E. (2016), Talk the Walk: Does Socio-Cognitive Research Reallocation facilitate the development of walking? PlosOne, 11, 1-17.  

    52) Weinstein*, M., Ben-Sira, L., Artzi, M., Berger, I. Marom, R. Geva, R., Gross-Tsur, V., Leitner, Y. and Ben Bashat, D. (2016), The motor and visual networks in preterm infants: an fMRI and DTI study, Brain Research, 1642, 603-611.  

    53) Yarmolovsky*, J., Szwarc, T*., Schwartz, M., Tirosh, E., and Geva R. (2017).  “Hot executive control and response to a stimulant in a double-blind randomized trial in children with ADHD. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 267, 73-82.  

    54) Schaffer*,Y., Ben-Zeev, B., Cohen, R., Shufer, A., and Geva, R., (2017) Memory, executive skills and psychosocial phenotype in children with pharmacoresponsive epilepsy: Reactivity to intervention. Frontiers in Neurology, 8, 86.  

    55) Gat-Lazer, S., Geva, R., Gur, E., Stein, D. (2017). Reward Dependence and Harm Avoidance among Patients with Binge-Purge Type Eating Disorders. European Eating Disorders Review, 25, 205-213.

    56) Subery*, M., Morag, I., Strauss, T., and Geva R. (2017). Feeding imprinting: The extreme test case of premature infants born with very low birth weight. Child Development. 

    57) Geva, R., Dital, A., Ramon*, D., Yarmolovsky*, J., Gidron*, M., and Kuint, J. (2017). Brainstem as a developmental gateway to social attention. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58, 1351-1359. 

    58) Weisman, O., Feldman, R., Burj-Malki, M., Keren, M., Geva, R., Diesendruck, G., and Gothelf, D. (2017). Comparing the broad socio-cognitive profile of youth with Williams syndrome and 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 61, 1083-1093.




    B.A: Research practicum on self-regulation; Clinical child research practicum; Seminar on abnormal developmental processes; Clinical child psychology field practicum; Attention


    M.A. and Ph. D: Cognitive diagnosis and evaluation; Learning disabilities: Theoretical models and clinical implications; Developmental neuropsychology; Attention: development and pathology

    Research Interests



    1. Self regulation

    2. Developmental neuropsychology

    3. Attention disabilities

    4. Impulsivity

    5. Prematurity and Development at risk

    6. Long-term follow-up research

    7. Early social difficulties
    8. Arousal
    9. Social attention
    10. Neonatal neurophysiology 
    11. Executive functions




    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    


    Last Updated Date : 25/05/2022