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Shahar Lev-Ari

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Shahar Lev-Ari
שחר לב-ארי
Alma materHebrew University
Scientific career
InstitutionsTel Aviv University Stanford University

Shahar Lev-Ari is an Israeli public health scholar. He is a member and former Chair of the Department of Health Promotion at the School of Public Health, Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University.[1] He is a visiting scholar at Michael P. Snyder's Lab in the Department of Genetics at Stanford University.[2]


Lev-Ari was trained in cellular biology and medicine, and has expertise in biology, Public health research,positive psychology, and health promotion.[1] He has been an academic board member of the Israeli Healthy Cities Initiative,[3] treasurer of the Israeli Organization for Health Promotion and Education,[1][4] a participant in the National Council for Health Promotion,[1] member of the Global Working Group on Mental Health Promotion, and Section Editor of Public Health at the Journal of Clinical Medicine.[5]

Lev-Ari is the founder and former director of the Integrative Medicine Center & Laboratory of Medicinal Herbs and Cancer Research within the Institute of Oncology of Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.[6] He leads the Health Promotion research and consultation at the Integrated Cancer Prevention Center.[6] He received the Outstanding Scientist Award from the Israeli Society for Complementary Medicine under the auspices of the Israel Medical Association (2010).[7]

Lev-Ari's lab has developed and assessed the mechanisms and effectiveness of the inquiry based stress reduction intervention on well-being: from promotion to prevention, treatment, and recovery. He has co-authored over 75 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters[8] - among them 15 studies assessing the effect of inquiry based stress reduction on physical and mental health among healthy individuals,[9] teachers,[10] adults who stutter,[11] cancer patients and survivors,[12] and women carrying a mutation in the BRCA gene.[13] Further, his research interests include mmindfulness-based stress reduction,[14] cognitive behavioral therapy,[15] salutogenesis,[16] resilience,[17] well-being,[18] and mind body interventions.[19] His studies on longevity revealed its association with psychosocial factors and the satisfaction with one's marriage.[20][21]

Lev-Ari has been a student, practitioner, and teacher of mindfulness practices and inquiry (the work of Byron Katie) in Israel and around the world for many years.[22]


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  2. ^ "Dr. Shahar Lev Ari | Stanford Directory". stanfordwho.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2022-09-11.
  3. ^ "תוכניות ופעילות הרשת". www.healthycities.co.il (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2022-09-11.
  4. ^ "International Union for Health Promotion and Education - IUHPE". www.iuhpe.org. Retrieved 2022-09-11.
  5. ^ "Journal of Clinical Medicine". www.mdpi.com. Retrieved 2022-09-11.
  6. ^ a b "Laboratory of Herbal Medicine and Cancer Research" (PDF).
  7. ^ "ד"ר שחר לב-ארי". www.tau.ac.il (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2022-09-11.
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  9. ^ Smernoff, Eric; Mitnik, Inbal; Kolodner, Ken; Lev-ari, Shahar (2015-01-01). "The Effects of "The Work" Meditation (Byron Katie) on Psychological Symptoms and Quality of Life—A Pilot Clinical Study". Explore. 11 (1): 24–31. doi:10.1016/j.explore.2014.10.003. ISSN 1550-8307. PMID 25497228.
  10. ^ Zadok-Gurman, Tzofnat; Jakobovich, Ronit; Dvash, Eti; Zafrani, Keren; Rolnik, Benjamin; Ganz, Ariel B.; Lev-Ari, Shahar (January 2021). "Effect of Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction (IBSR) Intervention on Well-Being, Resilience and Burnout of Teachers during the COVID-19 Pandemic". International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18 (7): 3689. doi:10.3390/ijerph18073689. ISSN 1660-4601. PMC 8037267. PMID 33916258.
  11. ^ Feldman, Omrit; Goldstien, Eran; Rolnik, Benjamin; Ganz, Ariel B.; Lev-Ari, Shahar (January 2021). "Inquiry Based Stress Reduction (IBSR) Improves Overall Stuttering Experience among Adults Who Stutter: A Randomized Controlled Trial". Journal of Clinical Medicine. 10 (10): 2187. doi:10.3390/jcm10102187. ISSN 2077-0383. PMC 8158472. PMID 34070161.
  12. ^ Lev-ari, Shahar; Zilcha-Mano, Sigal; Rivo, Larisa; Geva, Ravit; Ron, Ilan (2013-12-01). "A prospective pilot clinical trial of "The work" meditation technique for survivors of breast cancer". European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 5 (6): 487–494. doi:10.1016/j.eujim.2013.07.003. ISSN 1876-3820.
  13. ^ Landau, Carla; Novak, Anne Marie; Ganz, Ariel B.; Rolnik, Benjamin; Friedman, Eitan; Lev-Ari, Shahar (2021-12-28). "Effect of Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction on Well-being and Views on Risk-Reducing Surgery Among Women With BRCA Variants in Israel: A Randomized Clinical Trial". JAMA Network Open. 4 (12): e2139670. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.39670. ISSN 2574-3805. PMC 8715352. PMID 34962562.
  14. ^ Sanilevici, Maya; Reuveni, Omer; Lev-Ari, Shahar; Golland, Yulia; Levit-Binnun, Nava (2021-11-11). "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Increases Mental Wellbeing and Emotion Regulation During the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Synchronous Online Intervention Study". Frontiers in Psychology. 12: 720965. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.720965. ISSN 1664-1078. PMC 8631924. PMID 34858260.
  15. ^ Epel, Naomi; Zohar, Ariela Abir; Artom, Adi; Novak, Anne Marie; Lev-Ari, Shahar (November 2021). "The Effect of Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy on Children's Self-Esteem". Children. 8 (11): 958. doi:10.3390/children8110958. ISSN 2227-9067. PMC 8617969. PMID 34828671.
  16. ^ Novak, Anne Marie; Katz, Adi; Bitan, Michal; Lev-Ari, Shahar (2022-06-30). "The Association between the Sense of Coherence and the Self-Reported Adherence to Guidelines during the First Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Israel". International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19 (13): 8041. doi:10.3390/ijerph19138041. ISSN 1660-4601. PMC 9265674. PMID 35805697.
  17. ^ Kaim, Arielle; Lev-Ari, Shahar; Adini, Bruria (January 2023). "Distress following the COVID-19 Pandemic among Schools' Stakeholders: Psychosocial Aspects and Communication". International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 20 (6): 4837. doi:10.3390/ijerph20064837. ISSN 1660-4601. PMC 10049332. PMID 36981747.
  18. ^ Novak, Anne Marie; Lev-Ari, Shahar (2023-01-16). "Resilience, Stress, Well-Being, and Sleep Quality in Multiple Sclerosis". Journal of Clinical Medicine. 12 (2): 716. doi:10.3390/jcm12020716. ISSN 2077-0383. PMC 9864697. PMID 36675644.
  19. ^ Smernoff, Eric; Mitnik, Inbal; Kolodner, Ken; Lev-ari, Shahar (2015-01-01). "The Effects of "The Work" Meditation (Byron Katie) on Psychological Symptoms and Quality of Life—A Pilot Clinical Study". Explore. 11 (1): 24–31. doi:10.1016/j.explore.2014.10.003. ISSN 1550-8307. PMID 25497228.
  20. ^ Lev-Ari, Shahar; Novak, Anne Marie; Zemer, Adva; Gerber, Yariv; Goldbourt, Uri (2021-12-05). "Reaching 80 Years of Age: Clinical, Behavioral, and Psychosocial Related Risk Factors in a Large Cohort of Israeli Working Men". Journal of Clinical Medicine. 10 (23): 5706. doi:10.3390/jcm10235706. ISSN 2077-0383. PMC 8658640. PMID 34884408.
  21. ^ Lev-ari, Shahar; Gepner, Yftach; Goldbourt, Uri (2021-04-16). "Dissatisfaction with Married Life in Men Is Related to Increased Stroke and All-Cause Mortality". Journal of Clinical Medicine. 10 (8): 1729. doi:10.3390/jcm10081729. ISSN 2077-0383. PMC 8073503. PMID 33923661.
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