Dr. Rotem Kahalon

מרצה בכירה Senior Lecturer
Bar-Ilan Email
Fields of Interest
  • Social psychology
  • Inequality in health and medicine
  • Objectification
  • De-humanization
  • Stereotypes
  • Intergroup relations
  • Women's mental health in the transition to motherhood
Research field
Women's Health
Social Psychology
Research Center
Bar-Ilan University Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Safed

    Dr. Rotem Kahalon received her PhD in social psychology from Tel Aviv University in 2020. After completing her post-doctoral studies at the University of Zurich, and after working as a postdoctoral fellow at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) as part of project PRISM, she joined the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine as a faculty member in 2022.




    As a social psychologist, I’m interested in how subtle, often unnoticeable, social psychological mechanisms help maintain intergroup inequality, and how they contribute to disparities in health, mental health, and well-being.

    More specifically, I focus on how different social factors, such as social norms and group stereotypes, affect peoples’ explicit and implicit perceptions, goals, and motivations and how these, in turn, affect their behaviors. This includes, for example, how societal beauty norms affect women’s and men’s health and mental health, how stereotypes about specific social groups (gender, racial, or ethnic stereotypes) affect medical decision making and behaviors towards patients who belong to these groups, and how gender stereotypes affect doctors’ career choices.


    The psychological processes that facilitate or hinder equality

    Kahalon, R., Shnabel, N., Sharvit, K., Halabi, S., & Wright, S. (2022). High-quality contact with fellow majority group students is associated with better academic performance of minority group students Personality and Social Psychological Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1177/01461672221115943

    Adar, R., Kahalon, R., Izenberg, V., Ulllrich, J., & Afek, A. (2022). Gender bias in the evaluation of interns in different medical specialties: An archival study. Medical Teacher, 44, 893-899. https://doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2022.2046715

    Kahalon, R., Becker, J., & Shnabel, N. (2022). Appearance comments presented as compliments at work: How are they perceived by targets and observers in and outside of workplace settings? Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 52, 751–762.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12732

    Kahalon, R., Klein, V., Ksenofontov, I., Ulllrich, J., & Wright, S. (2022). Mentioning the sample’s country in the article’s title leads to bias in research evaluation. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 13, 352–361. https://doi.org/10.1177/19485506211024036

    Kahalon, R., Shnabel, N., & Becker, J. (2020). The effects of exposure to positive gender stereotypes on women’s and men’s performance in counter-stereotypical tasks and pursuit of agentic and communal goals. Social Psychology51, 50-62. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000394

    Kahalon, R., Bareket, O., Vial, A. C., Sassenhagen, N., Becker, J., & Shnabel, N. (2019). The Madonna-whore dichotomy predicts patriarchy endorsement: evidence from Israel, the United States and Germany. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 43, 348-367doi.org/10.1177/0361684319843298

    Kahalon, R., Shnabel, N., Halabi, S., & Siman Tov-Nachlieli, I. (2019). Power does matter: Competitive victimhood in minority-majority relations stems from both power and morality needs. British Journal of Social Psychology, 58, 452-472. doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12276

     Shnabel, N., Kahalon, R., Ullrich, J., & Aydin, A. L. (2019) When two groups hurt each other: Understanding and reducing the negative consequences of collective victimhood in dual conflicts. In J. Vollhardt (Eds.) The Social Psychology of Collective Victimhood. Oxford University Press.

    Bareket, O., Kahalon, R., Shnabel, N. & Glick, P. (2018) The Madonna-whore dichotomy reflects men’s support for patriarchy but reduces their sexual and relationship satisfaction, Sex Roles, 79, 519-532. doi.org/10.1007/s11199-018-0895-7

    Kahalon, R., Shnabel, N., & Becker, J. (2018). Don’t bother your pretty little head: Appearance compliments lead to improved mood but impaired cognitive performance. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 42, 136-150. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361684318758596

    Kahalon, R., Shnabel, N., & Becker, J. (2018). Positive stereotypes negative outcomes: Reminders of the positive components of complementary gender stereotypes impairs performance in counter-stereotypical tasks. British Journal of Social Psychology, 57,482-502. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12240

    Kahalon, R., Shnabel, N., & Becker, J. (2018). Experimental studies of state self-objectification: A review and an integrative process model, Frontiers in Psychology9:1268. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01268

    Women’s health in the transition to motherhood

    Kahalon, R., Preis, H., & Benyamini, Y. (2022). Mother-infant contact after birth can reduce postpartum post-traumatic stress symptoms through a reduction in birth-related fear and guilt. Journal of Psychosomatic Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2022.110716‏

    Kahalon, R., Yanushevsky Cnaani, G., Preis, H., & Benyamini, Y. (2022). The complex effects of maternal expectations on postpartum depressive symptoms: When does a protective factor become a risk factor? Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 43, 74-82. https://doi.org/10.1080/0167482X.2020.1795826

    Kahalon, R., Preis, H., Shilo, G., & Benyamini, Y. (2021). Maternal expectations among pregnant women from single, lesbian, and heterosexual parented families. Journal of Family Issues. 42, 863-880. doi.org/10.1177/0192513X20933927

    Kahalon, R., Preis, H., & Benyamini, Y. (2020). Who benefits most from skin-to-skin mother-infant contact after birth? Survey findings on skin-to-skin and birth satisfaction by mode of birth. ‏Midwifery, 92; 102862https://doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2020.102862


    Last Updated Date : 23/07/2023