Dr. Moran Bodas - researcher and scientist at the Department of Emergency & Disaster Management, School of Public Health, Tel Aviv University.
Nice to meet you. My name is Moran, and I am a researcher at the Department of Emergency & Disaster Management at Tel-Aviv University. I am the former director of the Israel National Center for Trauma & Emergency Medicine Research at the Gertner Institute of Epidemiology and Health Policy Research. For over seven years, I held the position of Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of PrevenTech Ltd, a CBRN Defense company based in Israel. I also served six years as a CBRN Defense Officer at the Office of Assistant Minister of Defense for CBRN Defense, where I remain a reserved Major.
I have ample administrative experience stretching back to my military service through my positions in the private and public sectors, the Gertner Institute, and currently at Tel-Aviv University. I headed a research center, led and participated in administrative bodies to prepare for local and national drills, organized various activities, events, and conferences, and composed different policy papers. I participated in numerous think tanks, round tables, simulation exercises, and national drills and gained experience facilitating and conducting thinking processes resulting in policy change.
As a researcher, my interest and main focus revolve around disaster psychology, public health, disaster management, trauma, and emergency medicine. I am keen on deciphering the psychosocial determinants of preparedness behavior and developing newer and more refined behavioral models that could explain why disaster risk communication falls short of achieving its goal of promoting public readiness for emergencies.
I teach in the multi-disciplinary program for emergency and disaster management at Tel-Aviv University. The courses I cover include Introduction to Disaster Management, Disaster Psychology, CBRN Disasters, Scientific Writing, Thesis Seminar, and Final Project Seminar.
In addition, I serve as faculty of the European Master's in Disaster Medicine (EMDM) at Università del Piemonte Orientale (Italy) and the Vrej University (Belgium).
In 2018, I performed my post-doctoral fellowship at The Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine (CRIMEDIM) in Novara, Italy. My research there focused on the Italian population's preparedness for earthquakes.
Dean's award for outstanding teaching (2019)
I hold a B.Sc. in Life Sciences, a Master's diploma in Public Health (M.P.H.) with an emphasis in Emergency and Disaster Management, and a Ph.D., all from Tel Aviv University, Israel. My Ph.D. thesis focused on evaluating the efficacy of psychological interventions in promoting household preparedness for armed conflicts in Israel.