Ruth Gottfried, Ph.D.

Director, M.A.A.T Program in Dance Movement Therapy

The David Yellin Academic College of Education

Dr. Ruth Gottfried is a faculty member at the David Yellin Academic College of Education in Jerusalem, Israel, where she directs the M.A.A.T program in Dance Movement Therapy. Following her University of Haifa graduate studies, she completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Tel Aviv and Georgia State Universities, where she focused on the topic of secondary traumatic stress. She was awarded multiple scholarships throughout her graduate studies from the University of Haifa, as well as a postdoctoral research scholarship from the Haruv Institute. In addition to her work in Israel, Dr. Gottfried serves as a consultant for the Secondary Traumatic Stress Innovations and Solutions Center (STS-ISC), at the University of Kentucky’s Center on Trauma and Children’s (CTAC) Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) Practice Lab. Moreover, Dr. Gottfried is a graduate of the Applied Compassion Training (ACT), a flagship program of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. Dr. Gottfried’s research focuses primarily on trauma, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion and has been published in international refereed journals.