Dr. Tamar Bar Shalita

חוג לריפוי בעיסוק סגל אקדמי בכיר
Dr. Tamar Bar Shalita
Phone: 03-6405447
Fax: 03-6409933
Office: Health Professions, 326


Lecturer, Department of Occupational Therapy. School of Health Professions, Sackler Faculty of Medicine


Investigating Sensory Modulation Disorder (SMD) Over Life Span

SMD is a health condition in which abnormal responses to naturally occurring stimuli is demonstrated in a manner that interferes with daily life, affecting 10% of otherwise healthy individuals. Our lab studies a unique perspective associating SMD with pain. Our research is aiming to better understand the underlying mechanisms by identifying biomarkers that would specify this health condition, applying psychophysical and neurophysiological methodologies in children and adults. New biomarkers found guide new therapeutic modalities for this population, ameliorating intervention opportunities. Specifically we are developing a neurofeedback system for treating SMD, based on our findings of EEG components that characterize individuals with SMD.


Moreover, in trying to understand the potential role of SMD in neurodevelopmental and other disorders trajectories, we study SMD as a risk factor in other health conditions such as chronic pain, mental health, substance abuse, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Research is performed in the Sensory Integration Laboratory at TAU and in hospitals.


Awards and Prizes


  1. Bar-Shalita T, Cermak SA. (2020) Multi-sensory Responsiveness and Personality Traits Predict Daily Pain Sensitivity. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. 2020. 13:77. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2019.00077.
  2. Assayag N, Bonneh Y, Parush S, Mell H, Kaplan Neeman R, Bar-Shalita T. Perceived sensitivity to pain and responsiveness to non-noxious sensation in substance use disorder. Pain Medicine 2019, 1–11. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnz292.
  3. Ben Ziv N, Weissman-Fogel I, Granovsky Y, Bar-Shalita T. Pain perception and sensory modulation in autism: A literature review. Israeli Journal of Occupational Therapy 2019; 28 (1): H 60.
  4. Bar-Shalita T, Granovsky Y, Parush S, Weissman‐Fogel I. Sensory modulation disorder (SMD) and pain: A new perspective.An invited paper to a special topic: Sensory-Motor Aspects of Nervous Systems Disorders: Insights from Biosensors and smart technology in the dynamic assessment of disorders, their progression, and treatment outcomes.                                                                                  Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. 2019.  13:27. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2019.00027                                                                                  
  5. Kalig-Amir M, Berger I, Rigbi A, Tami Bar-Shalita T. An exploratory study of parent-child association in sensory modulation disorder involving ADHD related symptoms. Pediatric Research.   2019. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41390-019-0397-5
  6. Issachar G, Bar-Shalita T, Baruch Y, Horing B, Portnoy S. Design and Implementation of  a Novel Subject-Specific Neurofeedback Evaluation and Treatment System. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10439-019-02228-x        
  7. Granovsky Y, Weissman‐Fogel I, BarShalita T.  Resting-state EEG in individuals with sensory over-responsivity: an exploratory study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2019; 73, (1):1-11.  
  8. Bar-Shalita, T., Anatoly Livshitz, A., Yulia Levin-Meltz, Y., Rand, D., Deutsch L., Vatine, J-J. Sensory modulation dysfunction is associated with Complex-Regional-Pain-Syndrome. PLOS ONE. 2018. 13(8): e0201354.
  9. Granovsky, Y., Shor, M., Shifrin, A., Sprecher, E., Yarnitsky, D., and Bar-Shalita, T. Assessment of responsiveness to everyday non- noxious stimuli in pain-free migraineurs with versus without aura. The Journal of Pain. 2018. www.jpain.org.
  10. Hertzog, D., Cermak, S., and Bar-Shalita, T. Sensory modulation, physical activity, and participation in daily occupations in young children. The Canadian journal of Occupational Therapy. 2018. Accepted. 
  11. Granovsky, Y., Weissman‐Fogel, I., BarShalita, T. Resting-state EEG in individuals with sensory over-responsivity: an exploratory study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2018. In press.                                                                                                                                                 
  12. Weissman‐Fogel, I., Granovsky, Y., BarShalita, T. Sensory over‐responsiveness among healthy subjects is associated with a pro‐nociceptive state. Pain Practice. 2018, 18: 473–486.
  13. Trabelsi M, Ziv N, Bar-Shalita, T. Increasing awareness and knowledge of Sensory modulation disorder among occupational therapists in mental health settings– A project development. Israeli Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2017.
  14. Bart, O., Bar-Shalita, T., Darr, R. Relationships among sensory responsiveness, anxiety, and ritual behaviors in children with and without atypical sensory responsiveness. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. Physical & occupational therapy in pediatrics. 2017, 37 (3):322-331.
  15. Bar-Shalita, T., Cermak, S. Atypical sensory modulation and psychological distress in the  general population. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2016, 70 (4):1-9.                 
  16. Bar-Shalita, T., Deutsch, L., Weissman-Fogel, I. Ecological aspects of pain in sensory                modulation disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 2015, 45–46:157–167.
  17. Lipskaya-Velikovsky, L., Bar-Shalita, T., Bart, O. Sensory modulation and daily-life     participation in people with schizophrenia. Comprehensive Psychiatry. 2015, 58:130-137.
  18. Bar-Shalita, T., Vatine, J.J., Yarnitsky, D., Parush, S., Weissman-Fogel, I. Atypical central               painprocessing in sensory modulation disorder: absence of temporal summation and higher after- sensation. Experimental Brain Research. 2014, 232(2):587-595.
  19. Bar-Shalita, T., Vatine, J.J.,   Parush, S., Deutsch, L., Seltzer, Z.  Psychophysical correlates in  adults with sensory modulation disorder. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2012, 34:943-950
  20. Bar-Shalita, T., Yochman, A., Shapiro-Rihtman, T., Vatine, J.J., Parush, S. The Participation in        Childhood Occupations Questionnaire (PICO-Q): A Pilot Study. Physical and Occupational        Therapy in Pediatrics. 2009, 29:295- 310.    
  21. Bar-Shalita, T., Vatine, J.J., Seltzer, Z., Parush, S. Psychophysical correlates in children with         sensory modulation disorder (SMD). Physiology and Behavior. 2009, 98:631-639.           
  22. Bar-Shalita, T., Seltzer, Z., Vatine, J.J., Yochman, A.,  Parush, S.  Development and psychometric properties of the Sensory Responsiveness Questionnaire (SRQ). Disability and  Rehabilitation. 2009, 31:189-201.
  23. Bar- Shalita, T., Vatine, J.J., Parush, S.  Sensory modulation disorder: a risk factor for       participation in daily life activities. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 2008, 50:932– 937.
  24. Bar-Shalita, T., Goldstand, S., Hahn-Markowitz, J., & Parush, S.  Typical Children’s        Responsivity Patterns of the Tactile and Vestibular Systems. American Journal of Occupational       Therapy. 2005, 59:148-156. 
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