Dr. Ayelet Dassa

    קורות חיים


    Ph.D., Music Therapy, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Dissertation: The Impact of Singing in Music Therapy Group on Language Abilities of Alzheimer's Patients in Moderate to Severe Stages. Supervisor: Prof. Dorit Amir
    M.A., Music Therapy, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Thesis: The Narrative of Female Music Therapists Regarding their Choice to Work with Alzheimer's Patients. Supervisor: Prof. Dorit Amir
    Music and Dance Therapy Certificate, Levinsky College, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
    Teaching Diploma in Music, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
    B.A., Musicology and multi-disciplinary studies, The Hebrew University of  Jerusalem, Israel.
    Professional Experience
    Bar-Ilan University. Lecturer.  Music therapy MA program. 
    Ramat-Gan Alzheimer's Center. Director of Creative Arts Therapies and Research Coordinator. 
    David-Yellin Academic College of Education. Lecturer. Music therapy MA program. 
    Beit-Yedidim Hostel for Psychiatric Adult Patients.
    Sourasky Rehabilitation Center for Elderly Patients.
    Margoletz Psychogeriatric Center for Dementia Patients.
    Gilad Day-Care Center for Dementia Patients.

    Gum, A. M., Green, O., Dassa, A., Klausner, K., Gewirtz-Meydan, A. & Ayalon, L. (2022): Behavioral activation for live-in migrant home care workers and care recipients in Israel: a pilot study, Home Health Care Services Quarterly, DOI: 10.1080/01621424.2022.2054393 

    Cohen, L., Sher-Censor, E., Oppenheim, D., Dassa, A., Ayalon, L., & Palgi, Y. (2022). Nursing Aides’ Mentalization, Expressed Emotion, and Observed Interaction with Residents with Dementia: A Quasi-Experimental Study. Geriatric Nursing, 45, 100-107 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2022.03.002     

    Cohen, L., Sher-Censor, E., Oppenheim, D., Dassa, A., Ayalon, L., & Palgi, Y. (2022). Emotional availability in dyads of nursing aide – Person with dementia: Old tool, new perspective. Dementia https://doi.org/10.1177/14713012211065396,  

    Riabzev, A., Dassa, A., & Bodner, E. (2022). "My voice is who I am" – Vocal improvisation group work with 'healthy' community-dwelling older adults. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 22(1). https://doi.org/10.15845/voices.v22i1.3125  

    Dassa, A., Kay, R., & Clements-Cortes, A. (2021). Reflections on the challenges of the new music therapy setting for people with dementia. Music & Medicine – Special issue

    Dassa, A., & Amir, D. (2021). The impact of singing on language abilities of people with Alzheimer's disease in moderate-severe stage. Music & Medicine – Special issue

    Ray, K., Girija, K., Dassa, A., Slaughter-Acey, J., & Mittelman, M. (2021). Evaluating the use of music-assisted caregiving interventions by certified nursing assistants caring for nursing home residents with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders and depressive symptoms: A mixed-methods study. Music & Medicine, 13(3), 184-200.

    Dassa, A., Rosenbach, M., & Gilboa, A. (2020). Towards sustainable implementation of music in daily care of people with dementia and their spouses.  The Arts in Psychotherapy, 71

    Dassa, A. (2020). Music therapy in dementia and end-of-life care – A report from Israel. Approaches – Special feature: Music therapy in dementia and end-of-life care: Mediterranean perspectives.1-11.

    Allalouf, M., Cohen, A., Sabban-Cohen, L., Dassa, A., Marciano, S., & Melnitzer-Beris, S. (2020). Music recommendation system for old people with dementia and other age-related conditions. HEALTHINF 2020 - The 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, Conference Proceedings.

    Dassa, A., & Harel, D. (2019). People with dementia as ‘Spect-Actors’ in a musical theatre group with performing arts students from the community. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 65:101592 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aip.2019.101592

    Dassa, A., & Harel, D. (2019). Side-by-side on stage – Music and drama form a bridge between acting students and people with dementia in an intergenerational group work. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships 18(2). Doi: 10.1080/15350770.2019.1627268

    Dassa, A. (2018). “Opening our time capsule” – Creating an individualized music and other memory cues database to promote communication between spouses and people with dementia during visits to a nursing home. Frontiers in Medicine 5:215. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2018.00215

    Dassa, A. (2018). Musical Auto-Biography Interview (MABI) as promoting self-identity and well-being in the elderly thorough music and reminiscence. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy 10.1080/08098131.2018.1490921

    Kavé, G., & Dassa, A. (2017). Severity of Alzheimer’s disease and language features in picture  descriptions. Aphasiology. doi: 10.1080/02687038.2017.1303441

    Weiss, C., Dassa, A., & Gilboa, A. (2017). The clinical and theoretical trends of music therapists: The Israeli case. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy 17(1). doi:10.15845/voices.v17i1.889.

    Ray, K., Dassa, A., Maeir, J., Davis, R., & Ogunlade, O. (2016). Caring for individuals with dementia on a continuum: An interdisciplinary approach between music therapy and nursing. Update on Dementia,  D. Moretti (Ed.), InTech Publisher.  Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/books/update-on-dementia/caring-for-individua….

    Dassa, A. & Blum, N. (2016). A project training caregivers and relatives to incorporate music in the daily care of a person with dementia (In Hebrew). Gerontology & Geriatric – Journal of Aging Studies 43(1), 11-28..

    Dassa, A. & Amir, D. (2015). The impact of singing in music therapy group on language abilities of Alzheimer’s patients in moderate to severe stages – Mixed methods research (In Hebrew). Gerontology & Geriatric – Journal of Aging Studies 42(3), 19-46.

    Dassa, A. (2015). Jewish-Israeli folklore songs. In C. A., Lee & S. Pun (Eds.). Creative explorations and resources for music therapists. Barcelona Publishers.

    Dassa, A. & Amir, D. (2014). The role of singing familiar songs in encouraging conversation among people with middle to late stage Alzheimer's disease. Journal of Music Therapy, 51(2), 131-153.

    Dassa, A., Even-Zahav, A., Berg, Y., & Snir, G. (2013). The impact of background music during lunchtime on behavioral problems of Alzheimer's patients (In Hebrew). ISRAELI Nursing Updates, 5, 3-9.

    Dassa, A. (2012). The narrative of female music therapists regarding their choice to work with Alzheimer's patients. In D. Amir, & C. Elefant (Eds.). Listen to my voice: New research studies in music therapy (In Hebrew). (pp. 230-256). Qiryat-Bialik, Israel, Ach Books.

    Dassa, A. (2008). Music therapy with the elderly. Adult Education in Israel, 11, 131-144.

    Ziv, N., Granot, A., Hai, S., Dassa, A., & Haimov, I. (2007). The effect of background stimulative music on behavior in Alzheimer's patients. Journal of Music Therapy, 44(4), 329-343.


    Last Updated Date : 11/02/2024