Arik Cheshin - Head of the Lab

Arik Cheshin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Services. His research focuses on the social aspects of emotions in organizations. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Psychology and with a love for research. He completed his graduate work at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and enjoyed a wonderful postdoc at the University of Amsterdam in the EASI lab. As the head of the research lab he hopes that the lab will help in understanding and solidifying the impactful role emotions play in our world and more specifically in the workplace, while growing a new generation of researchers in the field.  

Lab Manager

Gal Avital 

Gal is a B.A sociology and Human Resources student in the two-discipline track. Gal is a lab manager and as part of her role, she works on analyzing interviews with the rest of the team. In her spare time, Gal loves to travel. 

PhD Students

Hiba Rashed

Hiba is a PhD student at the department of Human Services. My PhD research focuses on the role of emotions in customer to customer electronic-commerce (C2C). Within this project, we would like to test how an emotional description and references to previous ownership shape critical processes of developing trust and affect in e-commerce C2C which in part, might influence consumer purchasing intention and the value attributed to a used item

Master’s degree in Human services (Cum Laude, 2015-2018). The Department of Human Services, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Administration (Cum Laude, 2010-2013). The Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel.

MA Students

Sorin Solomon

Sorin is an M.A. graduate in Human Services department (B.A. in the same field). His thesis deals with the interpersonal emotion regulation in service teams. His field of interest is emotions in the workplace. He is working on further expanding the research of his thesis to make it publishable. In the lab, Sorin is a researcher and the “techie guy”. Outside the lab, Sorin works as the Head of Networks and Operations Team in the Library.” 

Meirav Rovner-Pollak 

Meirav Rovner-Pollak, 43 years old, she is currently completing her master's thesis and aspires to pursue a PHD.  Researches the field of emotion expression in the digital service system in a large public organization.

Ma'ayan Keshet-Bert

she has a BA in management from Ben Gurion University. 

she is studying for her MA in Human Services at Haifa University. 

she has entered the emotion research lab as part of her thesis that deals with the study of anger.

Reserach Affiliates

Amit Tchizick 

Amit is a PhD student in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Haifa. His doctoral research focuses on finding biological and objective markers that might predict the quality of the bond formed between therapist and patient during treatment. Additionally, he loves sports badly and is interested in the emotional aspect of it. In his study, he wishes to test if emotional inappropriateness is used as a Strategic Advantage. In his spare time, Amit loves to run and cook. Not simultaneously.  

Aya Gharra

Aya Gharra:

She is a physiotherapist who graduated from Tel Aviv University since 2014. currently studying for a master’s degree in a Department  of  Physical Therapy at University of Haifa

Her research "The emotional content of text messages while walking"  in collaboration with Dr. Tal Krasovsky (Department of Physical Therapy, university of Haifa) and Dr. Arik Cheshin (Head of the Department of Human Services, University of Haifa), evaluating the effect of emotional content of text messages while walking on task performance (texting, walking) among young adults.

Research Assistants

Abrar Bader

B.A student in sociology and human services. 

Focused and responsible for research in Rambam Hospital.

Sara Willy

Sara willy is a student at the  University of Haifa, she is studying BA in Political Science and Human Services.

Tasneem Abu Elhija

Tasneem is a B.A student in the Department of Sociology and Human Services at the University of Haifa. She is a research assistant to Dr. Arik Cheshin and takes an active part in missions related to his research.


Noy Nissimov 

Noy was the first lab manager, who helped form the lab!  She completed her BA in psychology at The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC). She later went on to study Holocaust Studies in the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program at the University of Haifa.  She is currently studying for her MA in clinical psychology at Reichman University.  

Eden Cohen

Eden has a BA in human services and political science in a two-discipline track at the University of Haifa. She was a research assistant in the field of emotions in organizations with Dr. Arik Cheshin. As part of the role, Eden compares data received, collects questionnaires from subjects, and looks for potential questionnaires for research.