Dr. Moran Bodas

School of Public Health
ביה"ס לבריאות הציבור סגל אקדמי בכיר

Disaster Psychologist

Senior lecturer at the Department of Emergency & Disaster Management. The research conducted by Dr. Moran Bodas focuses on understanding the psycho-social aspects of emergency situations and disasters. Why don't people get prepared for disasters? How can you motivate individuals to assume personal health and protective behaviors? Which factors influence personal, familial, communal, and national resilience? etc.

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Professional background

Dr. Bodas is a senior lecturer at the Department of Emergency & Disaster Management, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University. Dr. Bodas holds a B.Sc. in Life Sciences, a Master in Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in emergency and disaster management, and a Ph.D. in Disaster Management, all from Tel-Aviv University. His Ph.D. thesis focused on the evaluation of the efficacy of psychological interventions in the promotion of household preparedness for emergencies in Israel. Successfully completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine (CRIMEDIM) in Novara, Italy. 

His studies focus mainly on social psychology, human motivation, and resilience in the context of emergency and disaster management.

Dr. Bodas is the former director of the Israel National Center for Trauma & Emergency Medicine Research, Gertner Institute of Epidemiology in Israel. Previously, held the position of Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of PrevenTech ltd, a CBRN defense company in Israel. Prior to that, served as a CBRN Defense Officer at the Office of Assistant Minister of Defense for CBRN Defense (reserved Major).

Research Interests

Disaster psychology, Emergency & Disaster Management, Public Health, Trauma & Emergency Medicine, Disaster Medicine, CBRN (Chem, Bio, Rad, Nuclear)


Selected publications from the past five years

  • Bodas M, Siman-Tov M, Peleg K, & Kreitler S. (2018). The Role of Victimization in Shaping Household Preparedness to Armed Conflicts in Israel. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 12, 67–75.
  • Peleg K, Bodas M, Shenhar G, Adini B. (2018). Wisdom of (Using) the Crowds: Enhancing Disasters Preparedness through Public Training in Light Search and Rescue - A Case Study. International J. of Disaster Risk Reduction. 31, 750-757.
  • Bodas M. (2018). The Dark Side of the (Preparedness) Moon: Why Promoting Public Preparedness Remains Challenging. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 13(3), 593-595.
  • Bodas M, Siman-Tov M, Kreitler S, & Peleg K. (2018). Evaluation of the Efficacy of Psychological Interventions in Promoting Preparedness to Armed Conflicts - A Randomized Control Study. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 13(4), 713-723.
  • Bodas M, Peleg K, Shenhar G, Adini B. (2019). Light Search and Rescue Training of High School Students in Israel – Longitudinal Study of Effect on Resilience and Self-Efficacy. International J. of Disaster Risk Reduction, 36. 101089.
  • Bodas M, Giuliani F, Ripoll-Gallardo A, Caviglia M, Farah Dell'Aringa M, Linty M, Della Corte F, and Ragazzoni L. (2019). Threat Perception and Public Preparedness for Earthquakes in Italy. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 34(2), 114-124.
  • Roditi E+, Bodas M+, Jaffe E, Knobler HY, Adini B. (2019). Impact of Stressful Events on Motivations, Self-Efficacy, and Development of Post Traumatic Symptoms among Youth Volunteers in Emergency Medical Services. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(9). 1613. +Joint first authors
  • Siman-Tov M, Bodas M, Wang A, Alkan M, Adini B. (2019). Impact of Traumatic Events Incurred by Asylum-Seekers on Utilization of Medical Services. Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 27, 85.
  • Bodas M. (2020). Pictorial Representation of Threat Perception and its Association with Emergency Preparedness. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 10.1017/dmp.2019.149.
  • Bodas M, Kirsch T, Peleg K. (2020) Top Hazards Approach – Rethinking the Appropriateness of the All-Hazards Approach in Disaster Management. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101559
  • Bodas M & Peleg K. (2020). Public Compliance with Self-Isolation during COVID-19 depends on Financial Compensation – Cross Sectional Survey in Israel. Health Affairs, 39(6). 10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00382
  • Bodas M, Kimhi Y, Robin G, Krasner E. (2020). Bridging Gaps in the Development of CBRN Defense Technologies through Multi-Sectorial Collaboration - A Call for Action. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 10.1515/jhsem-2020-0009
  • Bodas M, Givon A, ITG, Peleg K. (2020). Are Casualties from Mass-Casualty Motor Vehicle Crashes Different from Casualties of other Motor Vehicle Crashes? Journal of Transport & Health, 10.1016/j.jth.2020.100928
  • Bodas M and Peleg K. (2020). Income Assurances are a Crucial Factor in Determining Public Compliance with Self-Isolation Regulations during the COVID-19 Outbreak – Cohort Study in Israel. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 9(54):1-10. 10.1186/s13584-020-00418-w
  • Bodas M, Velan B, Kaplan G, Ziv A, Rubin C, Peleg K. (2020). Assisted Life Termination and Truth Telling to Terminally Ill Patients – A Cross-Sectional Study of Public Opinions in Israel. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 9(57). 10.1186/s13584-020-00419-9
  • Peleg K+, Bodas M+, Hertelendy A, Kirsch TD. (2021). The COVID-19 Pandemic Challenge to the All-Hazards Approach for Disaster Planning. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102103.             +Joint first authors
  • Bodas M, Peleg K, Adini B, Ragazzoni L. (2021). Training Package for Emergency Medical Teams Deployed to Disaster Stricken Areas – Has "TEAMS" Achieved its Goals? Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 10.1017/dmp.2020.359
  • Rozenfeld M, Peleg K, Givon A, Bala M, Shaked G, Bahouth H, & Bodas M. (2021). COVID-19 Changed the Injury Patterns of Hospitalized Patients. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 10.1017/S1049023X21000285
  • Nissan D, Siman-Tov M, Spitz A, Weiss G, Bodas M, Shenhar G, Adini B. (2021). Differences in Levels of Distress, Perceived Safety, Trust and Efficacy amongst Hospital Personnel during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Research in Nursing & Health. 10.1002/nur.22165
  • Bodas M & Peleg K (2021). Pandemic Fatigue – The Effects of the Chronic Nature of COVID-19 on Public Trust and Compliance with Health Regulations. Health Affairs 40(8), pp.1225-1233.
  • Savitsky B, Radomislensky I, Goldman S, ITG, Bodas M. (2021). Electric bikes and motorized scooters - popularity and burden of injury. Ten years of National Trauma Registry experience. Journal of Transport & Health 22, 101235.
  • Rozenfeld M, Bodas M, Shani M, Radomislensky I, Israel A, Israeli A, & Peleg K. (2021). Introduction of Hospital Quality Measures may Lead to a Temporary Decrease in Patient Outcomes. Public Health, 200, pp.71-76.
  • Savitsky B, Radomislensky I, Goldman S, Kaim A, ITG, Bodas M. (2021). The surfacing portion of the Iceberg of the Domestic Violence Phenomenon - data from the Israeli National Trauma Registry. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 10:69. 10.1186/s13584-021-00499-1
  • Bodas M, Ragoler M, Rabby Y, Krasner E, and Peleg K. (2021). The Effect of Risk Communication on Public Behavior to Non-Conventional Terrorism—Randomized Control Trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, 342
  • Bodas M, Peleg K, Stolero N, Adini B. (2022). Risk Perception of Natural and Human-made Disasters - Cross Sectional Study in Eight Countries in Europe and Beyond. Frontiers in Public Health. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.825985
  • Bodas M, Peleg K, Stolero N and Adini B (2022). Understanding Societal Resilience—Cross-Sectional Study in Eight CountriesFrontiers in Public Health. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.883281
  • Bodas M*, Kaim A*, Velan B, Ziv A, Jaffe E & Adini B. (2022). Overcoming the effect of pandemic fatigue on vaccine hesitancy—Will belief in science triumph?Journal of Nursing Scholarship. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12778     *Joint first authors
  • Bodas M, Adini B, Jaffe E, Kaim A  & Peleg, K. (2022). Lockdown Efficacy in Controlling the Spread of COVID-19 May Be Waning Due to Decline in Public Compliance, Especially among Unvaccinated Individuals: A Cross-Sectional Study in Israel. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19(9), 4943. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19094943
  • Bodas M, Wine L & Peleg K. (2023). Public Conformism with Health Regulation is Crumbling as COVID-19 Becomes a Chronic Threat: Repeated Cross-Sectional Studies. Isr J Health Policy Res 12(7):1-10. Doi:10.1186/s13584-023-00555-y 
  • Tawil Y#, Bodas M#, Shaulov A, Ziv A, Kaplan G, Velan B. (2023). Agencies Displayed by Patients, Medical Teams, and Caregivers at the End of Life - The Perspectives of Family Members. OMEGA- Journal of Death and Dying Doi: 10.1177/00302228231166736 
  • Kaim A#, Bodas M#, Bieler D, Radomislensky I, Matthes G, Givon A, Trentzsch H, ITG, Waydhas C, and Lefering R. (2023). Severe Trauma in Germany and Israel – Are We Speaking the Same Language? A Trauma Registry Comparison. Frontiers in Public Health Doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1136159  
  • Bodas M, Ziv A, Rubin C, Oberman B, Tawil Y, Shaulov A, Kaplan G, and Velan B. (2023). Polarization in Public Attitudes toward End-of-Life Decisions in Israel – A Cross-Sectional Study. Palliative and Supportive Care 10.1017/S1478951523000780
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