Eli Somer

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Eli Somer
Scientific career
FieldsClinical psychology, Maladaptive daydreaming, trauma and dissociation
InstitutionsUniversity of Haifa
Doctoral advisorCarolyn M. Tucker

Eli (Eliezer) Somer (Hebrew: אלי זומר; born 1951) is an Israeli Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Haifa, School of Social Work.[1] He is the former President of both the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation[2] (ESTD, 2009-2011) and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD, 2005-2006),[3] and serves as scientific advisor in Trauma and Dissociation Israel.[4]


Personal life[edit]

Somer was born in Israel, a son of Holocaust survivors.[5]

Academic and professional life[edit]

Somer received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The University of Haifa in Israel (1976, 1980).[6] He received his PhD at the University of Florida in 1984. Somer’s doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Carolyn M. Tucker was on "Spouse Marital Adjustment and Patient Life Engagement as Factors in Dietary Compliance of Chronic Hemodialysis Patients."[7]

Between 1987 and 2007 he was a Clinical Director of Maytal - Israel Institute for Treatment and Study of Stress.[8][9] Somer's service at the University of Haifa began in 1987, when he joined the R.D. Wolfe Centre for the Study of Stress.[10] He has been a faculty member of the University of Haifa School of Social Work since 1992.[6]

Somer is a Ministry of Health (Israel) certified supervisor in both clinical psychology and hypnosis.[11][12]

Currently, he is a clinical professor of psychology at the University of Haifa School of Social Work. He is also a Clinical Director at Somer Counseling and Psychotherapy,[13] and serves as scientific advisor in Trauma and Dissociation Israel.[4]

Eli Somer has conducted research on maladaptive daydreaming,[14] and is credited with coining the term.[15]

Honors and awards[edit]




Some of Somer's more notable publications:

  • Somer, Eli, and Anat Braunstein. "Are children exposed to interparental violence being psychologically maltreated?." Aggression and Violent Behavior 4.4 (1999): 449-456.
  • Somer, Eli, and Meir Saadon. "Therapist-client sex: Clients' retrospective reports." Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 30.5 (1999): 504.
  • Somer, Eli, and Meir Saadon. "Stambali: Dissociative possession and trance in a Tunisian healing dance." Transcultural Psychiatry 37.4 (2000): 580-600.
  • Somer, Eli, and Sharona Szwarcberg. "Variables in delayed disclosure of childhood sexual abuse." American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 71.3 (2001): 332.
  • Somer, Eli, Michael Dolgin, and Meir Saadon. "Validation of the Hebrew version of the Dissociative Experiences Scale (H-DES) in Israel." Journal of Trauma & Dissociation 2.2 (2001): 53-65.
  • Somer, Eli, et al. "The stress and coping of Israeli emergency room social workers following terrorist attacks." Qualitative Health Research 14.8 (2004): 1077-1093.
  • Somer, Eli, et al. "Terrorism, distress and coping: High versus low impact regions and direct versus indirect civilian exposure." Anxiety, Stress, and Coping 18.3 (2005): 165-182.
  • Somer, Eli, et al. "Brief cognitive-behavioral phone-based intervention targeting anxiety about the threat of attack: A pilot study." Behaviour Research and Therapy 43.5 (2005): 669-679.


  1. ^ "Eli Somer at Haifa University". Archived from the original on 2015-02-14. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  2. ^ "ESTD - board". Archived from the original on 2013-09-08. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
  3. ^ "Slander and Betrayal".
  4. ^ a b TDIL - officers
  5. ^ I wanted to look into the Nazi monster's eyes, YNET, Moran Rada, 26 Feb 2007
  6. ^ a b Eli Somer CV, Haifa University
  8. ^ "- פסיכותרפיה בחיפה - טיפול בטראומה - פסיכותרפיה - פסיכולוג בחיפה - פסיכולוגים מומלצים - טיפול פסיכולוגי בחיפה - טיפול בחרדה - טיפול בדיכאון - מ.י.ט.ל". www.somer.co.il. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  9. ^ [Somer, Eli, and Meir Saadon. "Therapist-client sex: Clients' retrospective reports." Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 30.5 (1999): 504. http://www.somer.co.il/articles/1999.tcs.pdf
  10. ^ "Somer, Eli, Hannah Ben-Aryeh, and Dov Laufer. "Salivary composition, gender and psychosocial stress." International Journal of Psychosomatics 40 (1993): 17-17". Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  11. ^ Girl claims: Instructor at boarding school threatened to hit me, Walla, Kobi David, 13 March 2012
  12. ^ "Israel ministry of health license information". Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  13. ^ Somer – Counseling and Psychotherapy: about, somer.co.il
  14. ^ Somer, Eli (2002). "Maladaptive Daydreaming: A Qualitative Inquiry". Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. 32 (2/3): 197–212. doi:10.1023/A:1020597026919.
  15. ^ When Daydreaming Becomes a Problem, Wall Street Journal, Sumathi Reddy, 9 May 2016
  16. ^ a b Annual Awards Archived 2019-02-04 at the Wayback Machine, ISSTD
  17. ^ ISSTD Fellows, ISSTD

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