Professor Mooli Lahad has PhDs in Psychology and in Human and Life Science, and is a psychologist, a teacher, an author, a humanitarian and a world expert on treating trauma in the aftermath of crises or disaster.
Mooli champions the use of creative techniques such as dramatherapy and bibliotherapy in the treatment of trauma and is Professor of Psychology and Dramatherapy at Tel Hai College in the Upper Galilee, Israel and formerly professor at Roehampton University, London.
He is considered one of the world leading experts on community and public behaviour and coping with disasters. He has led many international psychosocial projects following crises or disasters, focusing on the empowerment of local peoples through training local professionals to train others in their community. His disaster related work includes in the USA, after the 9/11 terrorist incident (2001-2005), after Hurricane Katrina (2006-2010), and also in Sri Lanka (2004-2007) and Japan (2011-2014) following the tsunamis in both countries.
In 1979 he founded the Community Stress Prevention Center (CSPC) in Kiryat Shmona, Israel, of which he is the current president, and is a former vice president of the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC).
Mooli developed the Integrative Model of Coping and Resiliency ‘BASIC PH’ and the ‘SEE FAR CBT’ psychotrauma treatment protocol, adopted by other practitioners worldwide, including by NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme.
Mooli Lahad is the recipient of six professional prizes including The Israeli Psychology Association – Bonner Prize for outstanding contributions to Education in Israel; The Adler Institute for the welfare of the child award; Tel Aviv University and the Israeli Lottery Prize for innovations for developing telepsychology services; and recently the World WIZO and WHO for his humanitarian work in disaster areas.
Mooli is the author or co-author of 35 books and dozens of articles, including writings on communities under stress; community recovery and rehabilitation following disasters; treatment methods & protocols for PTSD with children, adolescents, adults, families and communities; the integration of art therapies in post-disaster treatment.