Dr. Ayelet Dassa




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.


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.v17i1.88.

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-individual....

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.