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Research Interests:

  • Geriatric syndromes, frailty
  • Caring for frail older adults in hospital and long-term settings
  • Life Routine and its influence on physical and mental function of older adults
  • Instrument development and testing

Academic Rank: Senior Lecturer

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1992-1995  University of Tel-Aviv, "Sheba" School of nursing, Medical Center in Tel-HaShomer; B.A.

1995-1998  University of Tel-Aviv, Department of nursing, Sackler school of Medicine; M.A.

2001-2005  University of Washington, Seattle, WA, School of Nursing; Ph.D.




  • Zisberg, A., Bar Tal, Y., & Krulik, T. (2003). The presence of nursing students and its influence on the quality of care provided by staff nurses. Nursing Outlook, 51(3), 102-107. 
  • Zisberg, A., Young, H.M, Schepp, K., & Zysberg, L. (2007) A concept analysis of routine: relevance to nursing. Journal of Advanced nursing, 57(4), 442-453. 
  • Zysberg, L. & Zisberg, A. (2008). Nursing students’ expectations of college. Journal of Nursing Education, 47(9), 389-395. 
  • Van der Steen, J.T., Toscani, F., Boogaard, J.A., Werner, P., Zisberg, A., & Volicer, L. (2008). Treatments in patients dying with dementia: A cross-cultural perspective, (Letter to the Editor). Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55(8), 1316-1317. 
  • Shadmi, E., Zisberg, A., & Coleman, E. (2009). Translation and validation of the Care Transition Measure into Hebrew and Arabic. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 21(2), 97-102. 
  • Zisberg, A., Young, H.M., & Schepp, K. (2009). Development and testing of the Scale of Older Adults’ Routine. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65(3), 672-683. 
  • Zisberg, A., Young, H.M., Schepp, K., & Zysberg, L. (2009). Trait routinization, functional and cognitive status in Older Adult. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 69(1), 17-29. 
  • Zisberg, A., Shochat, T., & Gur-Yaish, N. (2010). Contribution of routine to sleep quality in community elderly. Sleep, 33(4), 509-514. 
  • Zysberg, L., Levy, A., & Zisberg, A. (2010). Emotional intelligence in applicant selection for care-related academic programs. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 29(1), 27-38. 
  • Zisberg, A., Shadmi, E., Gur –Yaish, N., Sinoff, G., Srulovici, E., & Admi, H. (2011). Low mobility during hospitalization and older adults' functional decline. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59(2), 266-273. 
  • Zisberg, A., Gur-Yaish, N., Sinoff, G., Admi, H., & Shadmi, E. (2011). In-hospital use of continence aids and new-onset urinary incontinence in adults aged 70 and older. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59(6), 1099-1104. doi: 
  • Shadmi, E. & Zisberg, A. (2011). In-hospital mobility and length of stay (Letter to the Editor). Archives of Internal Medicine, 171(14), 1298. 
  • Zisberg, A. (2011). Incontinence brief use in acute hospitalized patients with no prior incontinence. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 38(5), 1-6. 
  • Gur-Yaish, N., Zisberg, A., Sinoff, G., & Shadmi, E., (2012). Development and psychometric testing of a measure of informal caregiving for hospitalized older adults. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(4), 931-938. (Equal contribution). 
  • Zysberg, L. & Zisberg, A. (2012). Differential reaction patterns to September 11th’s events. International Journal of Peace and Development Studies, 3(1), 6-12. Open Access Journal.
  • Zisberg, A., Shadmi, E., Gur-Yaish, N., Sinoff, G T., Srulovici, E., & Shochat, T. (12). Hospitalization as a turning point for sleep medication use in older adults: Prospective cohort study. Drugs & Aging. 29(7):565-576. 
  • Zysberg, L., Zisberg, A. & Lang, T. (2012). Parent emotional intelligence and pre-adolescent type I diabetes management. Journal of Health Psychology, [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1177/1359105312459097. 
  • Gur-Yaish, N., Zisberg, A., Sinoff, G., & Shadmi, E. (2013). Effects of instrumental and psychological support on levels of depression for hospitalized older adults. Aging and Mental Health. 17 (5), 646-53. DOI:10.1080/13607863.2012.758234.
  • Bakerjian, D., & Zisberg, A. (2013). Applying the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Circle of Success to improving and sustaining quality. Geriatric Nursing, [Epub ahead of print]
  • Zisberg, A., Topaz, M., & Band-Wintershtein, T. Cultural differences in knowledge about and attitudes toward older adults among nursing students: Israeli perspectives. (2014). Journal of Transcultural Nursing.
  • Zisberg, A., Czlotnick, S., Gur-Yaish, N., Sinoff, G., & Shadmi, E. Satisfied with nursing care & in-hospital functional decline among older adults. (2014). International Journal of Nursing Practice. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12289
  • Gur-Yaish, N., Zisberg, A. & Levin, H. (2014). Attachment toward the informal caregiver and perception of the amount of support received after elective surgery. Journal of Health Psychology, DOI: 10.1177/1359105314525487
  • Zisberg A, Kaabiya W, Siegel EO. (2014). Trait of routinization and adaptation to life in continuing care communities among older adults in Israel. Geriatr Gerontol Int. doi: 10.1111/ggi.12289.
  • Zisberg, A., Topaz, M., & Band-Wintershtein, T. (2015). Cultural differences in knowledge about and attitudes toward older adults among nursing students: IsraeliJournal of Transcultural Nursing.26(2):193-201, pii:Epub 2014 May 20
  • Zisberg, A., Kaabiya, W.($), Siegel, E.O. (2014). Trait of routinization and adaptation to life in continuing care communities among older adults inGeriatr Gerontol Int. doi: 10.1111/ggi.12289 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Zaslavsky, O., Zisberg, A., Shadmi, E. (2015). Impact of Functional Status Changes Before and During Hospitalization on Functional Recovery 1 Month Post Discharge, J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 70(3):379-84, doi: 10.1093/gerona/glu168. (Epub 2014 Sep 8).
  • Zisberg, A., Shadmi, E., Gur-Yaish, N., Tonkikh, O., &. Sinoff, G. (2015). Hospital Associated Functional decline: the role of hospitalization processes beyond individual risk factors. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 63(1):55-62.
  • Admi H, Shadmi E, Baruch H, Zisberg A. (2015). From research to reality: minimizing the effects of hospitalization on older adults. Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal. 29; 6(2):e0017. doi: 10.5041/RMMJ.10201.
  • Zisberg, A., & Shahaf, S. (2015). Caring for older adult: Between Gerontology to Geriatrics. In Practical Gerontology (ED) Miry Cohen. 35 pages.[In Hebrew]
  • Zisberg, A. & Sin-Hershko, A., (2015). Factors related to the mobility of hospitalized older adults: a prospective cohort study Geriatric Nursing. Geriatric Nursing. pii: S0197-4572(15)00367-5. doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2015.10.012.
  • Zaslavsky O, Rillamas-Sun E, LaCroix, A Z, Woods, NF, Tinker, LF,  Zisberg, A., Shadmi, E., Cochrane, B., Edward, BJ, Kritchevsky S., Stefanick, ML., Vitolins MZ., Wactawski-Wende J, Zelber-Sagi, S. (2016). The association of anthropometric measures with long-term survival among frail older women: observations from the Women’s Health Initiative Study" Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 64(2):277-284. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13930. PubMed PMID: 26889837.
  • Agmon, M., Zisberg, A. Sinoff, G., & Shadmi, E. (2016). Anxiety symptoms during hospitalization of elderly is associated with increased risk of post-discharge falls. International Psychogeriatric 28(6):951-8. doi: 10.1017/S1041610215002306.
  • Zisberg, A., Sinoff, G., Agmon, M., Shadmi, E., Gur-Yaish, N. (2016). Even a Small Change Can Make a Big Difference: The Case of In-Hospital Cognitive Decline and New IADL Dependency. Age & Aging. DOI 10.1093/ageing/afw063 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Siegel EO, Zisberg A, Bakerjian D, Zysberg L. [Epub ahead of print]. Nursing Home Administrator Quality Improvement Self-Efficacy Scale. Health Care Manage Rev. 2016 Jun 8.
  • Tonkikh, O., Shadmi, E., Flaks-Manov, N., Hoshen, M., Balicer R.D. & Zisberg A. (2016) functional status before and during acute hospitalization and readmission risk identification. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 11(9):636-41 DOI: 10.1002/jhm.2595
  • Zisberg, A. & Gur-Yaish, N. (2016). Older Adults' Personal Routine at Time of Hospitalization Geriatric Nursing. Geriatric Nursing. PII: S0197-4572, (16)30100-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2016.07.002. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Levine, H., Gur-Yaish, N., Agmon, M., Gil, E., Rand, D., King, B. & Zisberg, A. (Epub ahead of print). Development and psychometric testing of a measure of older adult patients: attitudes towards mobility during hospitalization (ATM-H). Geriatric Nursing. DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2016.08.015.
  • Topaz, M., Lai, K., Dowding, D., Lei, V., Zisberg, A., Bowles, K. & Zhou, L. (Epub ahead of print). Automated identification of wound information in clinical notes of patients with heart diseases: Developing and validating a natural language processing application. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 64:25-31. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2016.09.013.
  • Shochat, T., Shefer, G. & Zisberg, A. (2016). Relationships between BMI and sleep quality and duration in adults ages 70 and above. Sleep Health.2 (4)266-271.
  • Agmon, M., Zisberg, A., Gil, E., Rand, D., Gur-Yaish, N. & Azriel, M. (2016). The association between 900 steps a day and functional decline in older hospitalized patients. JAMA Internal Medicine. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.7266 

Chapters in Books:

  • Zisberg, A. & Young, H.M. (2005). Vulnerability among hospitalized older adults. In M. DeChesnay (Ed.), Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice and Research (pp. 303-311). Sutbury, MS: Johns and Bartlett.
  • Zysberg, L. & Zisberg, A. (2007). Experts and laypersons' decision making processes in information-rich settings: The case of HR selection. In G.R. Burthold (Ed.), Psychology of Decision Making in Legal, Health Care and Science Settings (pp. 233-248). NYC: Nova publishers.
  • Zisberg, A., Topaz, M., & Band-Wintershtein, T. (2011). Nursing students’ attitudes toward older adults: Comparison between freshmen students and young nurses. In L. Zysberg (Ed.), Student Attitudes (pp. 325-338). NY: Nova Publishers.
  • Zisberg, A., & Shahaf, S. Caring for older adult: Between Gerontology to Geriatrics. In Practical Gerontology (ED) Miry Cohen. 35 pages. [In Hebrow] (In press).

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