Deborah Heifetz, Ph.D., C.M.A.
Director Of Research

Deborah Heifetz holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, M.A. (Dance), B.A. (Genetics) and is a Certified Movement Analyst (C.M.A.). Trained as a mediator she serves as a special advisor to the Crisis Management Team of the Israeli Police, has acted in Track II negotiations, co-founded the peace-building and community development NGO - HiMaT - with projects in Azad Kashmir and the Northern Provinces of Pakistan and is currently mobilizing the creation of the Transition Initiative's Israeli Hub. She brings over 30 years experience as a peace activist and social scientist working at the interface between inner and outer peace.

Heifetz is co-founder and director of Bravehearts International, an organization that supports the transformative process towards a more sustainable and caring world. She holds adjunct faculty positions at Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, where she teaches courses on Culture, Conflict and Community. Her pedagogy and business trainings integrate her diverse background to work with individuals, groups and communities in creativity, communication and conflict resolution using gender identity and expressive movement as a baseline.  Heifetz is a Chevening Scholar (Cambridge University).

She is involved through personal learning, applied research and activism in the therapeutic models of Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Systemic Constellation Work (SCW). These tools add depth and experience with the ‘Felt Sense’ and inspire her current exploration to develop the concept of ‘somatic mindfulness’.

Heifetz practices Tai Chi and Qigong and plays classical piano. She has 3 sons and 4 step-children with Frieder Krups.




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