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Dr. Gabriela Spector-Mersel

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Gabriela Spector-Mersel, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the school of social work at Sapir College. She is the Chairperson of the interest group in Qualitative Research and advisor of narrative research interest groups, in Mofet institute. Her research interests include narrative identity, narrative gerontology, narrative analysis and life story reflection. She has published papers and chapters in these fields and authored the book, Sabras Don't Age: Life Stories of Senior Officers from Israel’s 1948 Generation (2008ת Magnes). She also co-edited the first comprehensive book in Hebrew on narrative research, titled, Narrative Research: Theory, Production and Interpretation (2010, Magnes and Mofet).

Areas of Interest

  • gerontology
  • narrative theory and methodology
  • life story reflection
  • mascilinities in old age
  • narrative gerontology

Teaching

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Research

Research in progress

1. Life stories and perceptions of life and self of Israeli older adults (with Dr. Irit Regev).

2. Life story reflection in human professions education (with Dr. Smadar Ben-Asher).

3. Diyurit Tel Aviv: The life stories of young women with no family backing who are excluded from housing (with Dr. Shmulik Szeintuch).

4. Loneliness and PTSD among older persons living in a continuous traumatic reality (with Dr. Irit Regev and Dr. Jakob Shtein).

Awards

2018 Outstanding Teacher–Elected by Students,  School of Social Work, Sapir Academic College

2008 The 'Excellent qualitative research' award, The Israeli association for researching the multidimensional person

2005 Pruchovnik Award for the best research on aging, Israel Gerontological Society

Publications

Selected publications

Spector-Mersel, G. & Ben-Asher, S. (2018). Styles of crafting life stories. Qualitative Research in Psychology. doi: 10.1080/14780887.2018.1545064

Spector-Mersel, G. (accepted for publication). Life story reflection in human profession education: Theoretical and practical considerations. To be published in: N. Dvir & A. Gidron (Eds.), Narrative pedagogy. Tel-Aviv: Mofet (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (2018). Guest Editor`s introduction: Special issue: Narrative inquiry in Israeli society. Israel Studies in Language and Society, 11(2), 8-35 (Hebrew and English).

Gilbar, O., Dekel, R. & Spector-Mersel, G.& Levy, O. (2018). The crisis in achieving a sense of manhood among Israeli military veterans who suffer from posttraumatic stress symptoms. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. doi: 10.1037/men0000148

Spector-Mersel, G. (2018). The masculine identities of senior officers from 48` generation: A non-aging masculinity. Welfare & Society, 38(2), 369-399. (Hebrew).

Gilbar, O., Spector-Mersel, G., Levi, O. & Dekel, R. (2018). From crisis to transformation: Masculine identity among veterans who suffer from posttraumatic stress symptoms due to participation in combat. Welfare & Society, 38(2), 401-427. (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. & Knaifel, Y. (2017). Narrative research on mental health recovery: Two sister paradigms. Journal of Mental Health. doi:
10.1080/09638237.2017.1340607

Spector-Mersel, G. (2017). Life story reflection in social work education: A practical model. Journal of Social Work Education, 53(2), 286-299. doi: 10.1080/10437797.2016.1243498

Spector-Mersel, G. (2014). “I was… Until… Since then…”: Exploring the mechanisms of selection in a tragic narrative. Narrative Works, 4(1), 19-48.

Spector-Mersel, G. (2014). Guest Editor`s introduction. Special issue: Multiplicity and commonality in narrative interpretation. Narrative Works, 4(1), 1-18.

Spector-Mersel, G. & Doron, I. (2014). Guest Editors` introduction. Society &Welfare: Aging in Israel: Research and practice, 34(2), 147-151. (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (2012). The story is not the whole story: The narrative identity card. Megamot, 48(2), 227-250. (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (2012). The question of truth and narrative research. In N. Barzel (Ed.), Memory, culture, and the therapeutic discourse (pp. 9-14). Oranim College. (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (2011). Mechanisms of selection in claiming narrative identities: A model for interpreting narratives. Qualitative Inquiry, 17(2), 172-185.


Spector-Mersel, G. (2011). Narrative research as an interpretive paradigm. Shvilei Mechkar, 17, 63-72. (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (2011). Guest Editor. Shvilei Mechkar, 17. Special issue: Qualitative Research. (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (2010). Narrative research: Time for a Paradigm. Narrative Inquiry, 20(1), 205-225.

Spector-Mersel, G. (2010). Narrative research and social work. Society & Welfare, 30(1), 75-110. (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (2010). Old age in Israel as a cultural phenomenon. Adult Education in Israel, 11, 15-34.

Tuval-Mashiach, R & Spector-Mersel, G. (2010). Narrative research: Theory, production and interpretation. Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press and Mofet. (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (2010). Mechanisms of selection in claiming a storied identity. In L. Kacen & M. Krumer-Nevo (Eds), Analyzing data in qualitative research (pp. 63-96). Beer-Sheva: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (2010). From a Narrative perspective towards a narrative paradigm. In R. Tuval-Mashiach & G. Spector-Mersel (Eds.), Narrative research: Theory, production and interpretation (pp. 45-80). Jerusalem: Magnes and Mofet. (Hebrew).

Tuval-Mashiach, R, & Spector-Mersel, G. (2010). Introduction: Narrative research – Definitions and contexts. In R. Tuval-Mashiach & G. Spector-Mersel (Eds.), Narrative research: Theory, production and interpretation (pp. 7-42). Jerusalem: Magnes and Mofet (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (2008). Sabras don't age: Life stories of senior officers from 1948`s generation. Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press. (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (2006). Never-aging stories: Western hegemonic masculinity scripts. Journal of Gender Studies, 15(1), 67-82

Spector-Mersel, G. (2006). Israeli old age: Three sources of meaning. Gerontology, 33(2), 11-34. (Hebrew).

Presentations

Selected Lectures and Presentations

Spector-Mersel, G. (July, 2018). Life story reflection in forming human services professionals. Narrative Matters, Enschede, The Netherlands.

Spector-Mersel, G. & Ben-Asher, S. (July, 2018). Styles of narrative selection in crafting life stories. Narrative Matters, Enschede, The Netherlands.

Spector-Mersel, G. & Regev, I. (February, 2018). A dialogue with time: A retrospective journey between life-times following a joint academic course to young and older students. The 22st biennial conference of the Israel Gerontological Society, Tel Aviv.

Spector-Mersel, G. (February, 2018). Life story reflection in human professions` education. The 7th Israeli conference for Qualitative Research, Beer Sheva.

Spector-Mersel, G. (February, 2018). Identifying the mechanisms of selection as a method for analyzing narratives. The 7th Israeli conference for Qualitative Research, Beer Sheva.

Gilbar, O., Spector-Mersel, G. & Sa`ar-Heyman, Y. (February, 2018). How to respond to the needs of Doctoral students conducting qualitative research? A dialogic session. The 7th Israeli conference for Qualitative Research, Beer Sheva.

Ben Asher, S. & Spector-Mersel, G. (February, 2018). The art of crafting life stories. The 7th Israeli conference for Qualitative Research, Beer Sheva.

Spector-Mersel, G. (June, 2017). Enhancing life story reflection in social work education: Theoretical and practical considerations. EASSW-UNAFORIS, Social work education in Europe: Challenging boundaries, promoting a sustainable future, Paris, France.

Spector-Mersel, G. (November, 2017). Growing old without being old: A-integration among Sabra elderly. The 19th conference of social workers, Tel-Aviv.

Spector-Mersel, G. & Regev, I. (October, 2017). Students and veterans from Gaza envelope learning development: A qualitative evaluation research. Sapir College academic faculty conference: Research exposure day, Sderot.

Spector-Mersel, G. (June, 2017). "Since then I'm bound to the chair": Narrative time and physical disability in a life story of Sabra Older man. Somatic Times, Jerusalem, Israel.

Gilbar, O, Dekel, R, Spector-Mersel, G & Levy, O. (May, 2017). The crisis in masculine identity among Israeli military veterans who suffer from PTSS. International conference on trauma and mental health, Jerusalem, Israel.

Spector-Mersel, G. (December, 2016). Caregiving for the older person by family members: An inter-cultural view. Familial Panorama: A conference on family members caring for the older person. Sapir Academic College, Sderot (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (November, 2016). Preserving a masculine self in face of illness and disability: The case of older Sabra men. International conference on narratives of health and illness, Tenerife, Spain.

Spector-Mersel, G. (June, 2016). Sabra identity against “others”: Senior Officers of 1948 in Later Life. The 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Israel Studies, Jerusalem, Israel.

Spector-Mersel, G. (March, 2016). Re-thinking ethics in narrative research: The case of biographical research with older adults. The 3rd International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference, Galway, Ireland.

Spector-Mersel, G. (March, 2015). Life story reflection stimulating socio-political engagement: A three-phased model. Life History and Biography Network, ESREA – European Society for Research on the Education of Adults, Milano, Italy.

Spector-Mersel, G. (February, 2016). Silencing, omission and “appropriate” meaning attribution: Between the what and the why in narrative analysis. The 7th Israeli conference for Qualitative Research, Beer Sheva.

Spector-Mersel, G. (February, 2016). Life stories and identity needs among Israeli older adults. The 21st biennial conference of the Israel Gerontological Society, Tel Aviv.

Spector-Mersel, G. (January, 2016). Loneliness among older adults in Western Negev`s settlements. Challenges and opportunities unique to Social Work in peripheral areas: Roundtable (panel moderator and presentation), Sapir College.

Spector-Mersel, G. (June, 2014), (Still) exploring big stories: The narrative identity card. Narrative Matters, Paris, France.

Spector-Mersel, G. (February, 2014). Life story reflection in social work education: An application of narrative analysis. The 6th Israeli conference for Qualitative Research, Beer Sheva.

Gilbar, O., Dekel, R. and Spector-Mersel, G. (February, 2014). Navigating between identities: A proposal for a parallel process in post-traumatic growth. The 6th Israeli conference for Qualitative Research, Beer Sheva.

Spector-Mersel, G. (January, 2014). Life story research with older people: Reconsidering research ethics. The 20th biennial conference of the Israel Gerontological Society, Tel Aviv.

Spector-Mersel, G. (September, 2013). A-integration and the never-aging masculinity scripts (roundtable: Theorizing masculinities and ageing). British Gerontological Society, Oxford, England.

Spector-Mersel, G. (December, 2012). Narratives of coping (plenary lecture). Conference for the international day of people with disability, The open University, Ra`anana (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (May, 2012). Mechanisms of selection in claiming narrative identities. Narrative Matters, Paris, France.

Stern Perez, A., & Spector-Mersel, G. (May, 2012). Retelling, reprocessing, and resilience: An analytical tool for comparative assessment of narratives of trauma. Narrative Matters, Paris, France.

Spector-Mersel, G. (February, 2012). Reflective discourse: Conceptualization and practice (plenary lecture). A national learning day, Ministry of Education. Mofet, Tel-Aviv (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (February, 2012). Maintaining an adult and masculine identity among Israeli men from 1948`s generation who employ a foreign home worker. The 19th biennial conference of the Israel Gerontological Society, Tel Aviv.

Spector-Mersel, G. (February, 2012). Mechanisms of selection in claiming a narrative identity. The 5th Israeli conference for Qualitative Research, Beer Sheva.

Spector-Mersel, G. (February, 2012). Post-conference workshop: Mechanisms of selection in storied identities: A method for analyzing narratives. The 5th Israeli conference for Qualitative Research, Beer Sheva.

Spector-Mersel, G. (April, 2011). The question of truth and narrative research. Conference Memory, culture, and the therapeutic discourse, Oranim College, Tivon. (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (October, 2010). Narrative, identity, heroism. (plenary lecture). Conference on brain, trauma and memory, Open University, Raanana. (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (February, 2010). Mechanisms of selection in claiming narrative identity. (plenary lecture). The fourth Israeli interdisciplinary conference for Qualitative Research Methods, Beer Sheva. (Hebrew).

Spector-Mersel, G. (February, 2010). Between story and identity: On the limits of deducing from the stories our participants tell us. The 4th Israeli interdisciplinary conference for Qualitative Research Methods, Beer Sheva.

Spector-Mersel, G. (February, 2010). Body under control: Relations towards the body among men from the 1948`s generation. The 18th biennial conference of the Israel Gerontological Society, Tel Aviv.

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