David Oppenheim, PhD

The Center for Research in Child Development | The School of Psychological Sciences

University of Haifa, Israel

About Me


I am a Developmental Psychologist and currently Head of the Center for the Study of Child Development. My primary research interests are in parent-child relationships during early childhood and their impact on children's socioemotional development. My interests are in parenting of Typically Developing children but also those with Atypical Development, such as children with Autism.


I see parental insightfulness – the capacity to see and feel things from the child's point of view as a powerful factor that underlies sensitive parenting and provides children a deep feeling of being understood and secure.. Read More

David Oppenheim

נהנינו מההרצאות מרתקות של Prof. Jonathan Green ביום העיון של מרכז "מילמן" והמרכז שלנו על עבודה עם הורים של ילדים עם אוטיזם.

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Latest Publications

  • Oppenheim, D., et al., (2022). Attachment to fathers and mothers in preschoolers with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. Attachment & Human Development. View

  • Cohen, L., et al., (2022). Emotional availability in dyads of nursing aide-resident with dementia: Old tool, new perspective. Dementia. View

  • Cohen, L., et al., (2022). Nursing Aides’ Mentalization, Expressed Emotion, and Observed Interaction with Residents with Dementia: A Quasi-Experimental Study. Geriatric Nursing. View

  • Oppenheim, D. & Koren-Karie, N. (2021). Parental Insightfulness and Parent-Child Emotion Dialogues: Shaping children's Internal Working Models. In R. Thompson, J. Simpson, & L. Berlin (Eds.), Attachment: The fundamental questions (pp. 120 - 127). View

  • Ariav-Paraira, I., et al. (2021). Disrupted Affective Communication Characterizes Mothers of Infants with Disorganized but also Ambivalent Attachments: An Israeli study. Child Development. View

  • Sher-Censor, E., et al. (2020). The reaction to diagnosis questionnaire: a preliminary validation of a new self-report measure to assess parents’ resolution of their child’s diagnosis, Attachment & Human Development, 22:4, 409-424. View

  • Levi, G., et al. (2020). Disrupted Maternal Communication and Attachment Disorganization in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Attachment and Human Development, 22:5, 568-581. View

Current Projects

  • Family interactions with preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Read more..


  • The effectiveness of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) in a community setting: Relation with maternal sensitivity, child social responsiveness and the moderating role of maternal insightfulness. (Yamit Karabeknik, PhD project). Read more..