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Natalie Ulitsa, Ph.D.


Biographical Note

Natalie Ulitsa is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine. Natalie received her Bachelor’s (2001), Master’s (2009), and Doctorate (2018) degrees from the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare & the School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Natalie has a teaching experience at Hadassa Academic College (Department of Social Work and Social Welfare) in Jerusalem.

After receiving her Ph.D. in 2018, Natalie started to work as a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Community Mental Health, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, at the University of Haifa for four years. During this period, she was the research coordinator in Israel of the joint Germany-Israeli project “Stakeholders’ attitudes towards prodromal dementia diagnosis: psycho-social and ethical implications in cross-cultural comparison” funded by the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF) to Prof. Silke Schicktanz, and Prof. Perla Werner.

During her current research stay in the department, she plans to  (1) explore and compare the views of experts (leading professionals and decision-makers) in the context of diagnosis and treatment of dementia in Germany and Israel regarding early diagnosis of dementia through the use of biomarkers, (2) examine and compare the perceptions of dementia caregivers belonging to minority groups in Germany and Israel regarding the disease, ways of treatment and care and (3) explore and compare attitudes of experts and laypersons in Germany and Israel regarding Advance Care Planning and use of Advance directives in dementia.

  • Psycho-social and cultural aspects of aging
  • Context-informed perspective on dementia, people with dementia, and dementia care
  • Cultural competence in the health care system and dementia care
  • Culture change and dementia care in nursing homes

Nesterko, Y., Ulitsa, N., Friedrich, M., & Glaesman, H. (2018).  Do they feel the same way? Health-related quality of life and satisfaction with life in Jewish Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union in Germany and Israel. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49(4), 618-634.

Werner, P., Ulitsa, N., Shefet, D., AbuJabel, H., Alpinar Sencan, Z., & Schicktanz, S. (2020). Fear about Alzheimer's disease among (not yet) diagnosed Israeli and German stakeholders: A qualitative study. International Psychogeriatrics, 1-16. doi:10.1017/S1041610220003397

Ulitsa, N., Werner, P., Raz, Y. (2021). "From living in a hotel to living in a home”: Stakeholders’ views of living and working in a nursing home which is undergoing cultural change. Geriatric Nursing, 42, 1-7.

Ulitsa N., Werner .P, Shefet D., Kermel Shiffman I. (2021). Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and the use of biomarkers: The views of Israeli experts in the field.  Gerontology and Geriatrics: Journal of Aging Studies, 48(1), 61-81. (Hebrew)

Alpinar-Sencan, Z.*, Schicktanz, S.*, Ulitsa, N., Shefet, D., and Werner, P. (2021). Moral motivation regarding dementia risk testing among affected persons in Germany and Israel. Journal of Medical Ethics, 1-7.  (*shared first authorship)

Werner, P., Ulitsa., N., AboJabel, H. (2022). Exploring the motivations for completing dementia advanced care directives: A qualitative study of non-affected majority/minority Israeli laypersons. Frontières of Psychiatry. 13:864271. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.864271