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tamar shochat

 Research Interests:

  • Sleep and development
  • Sleep, health & functioning
  • Development of insomnia
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
  • Circadian rhythm sleep disorders


Academic Rank: Associate Professor

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1987-1990   University of Haifa, Department of Psychology and General Studies; B.A.

1985-1989  Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Biology; D.Sc. (Direct doctoral Program)

1997-2000  University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry; Post Doctoral Fellowship




  • Shochat, T., Luboshitzky, R. & Lavie, P. (1997) Nocturnal melatonin onset is phase-locked to the primary "sleep gate". American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 273:R364-R370.
  • Haimov, I., Shochat, T. & Lavie, P. (1997) Melatonin - a possible link between sleep and the immune system. Israel Journal of Medical Sciences, 33(4)246-250.
  • Pat-Horenczyk, R., Klauber, M.R., Shochat, T. & Ancoli-Israel, S. (1998) Hourly profiles of sleep and wake in severely vs. mild-moderately demented nursing home patients. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 10(4):308-315.
  • Shochat, T. Haimov, I. & Lavie, P. (1998) Melatonin: the key to the "gate of sleep". Annals of Medicine, 30(1):109-114.
  • Martin, J., Shochat, T., Gehrman, P.R. & Ancoli-Israel, S.  (1999) Sleep in the elderly. Respiratory Care Clinics of North America., 5(3):461-472.
  • Luboshitsky, R., Shen-Orr, Z., Shochat, T., Herer, P. and Lavie, P. (1999) Melatonin administration in the afternoon decreases next-day luteinizing hormone levels in men: Lack of antagonism by flumazenil. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, 12:117-122.
  • Shochat, T., Umphress, J., Israel, A.G. & Ancoli-Israel, S. (1999) Insomnia in primary care patients. Sleep, 22: S359-S365.
  • Martin, J., Marler, M., Shochat, T., & Ancoli-Israel, S. (2000) Circadian rhythms of agitation in institutionalized patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Chronobiology International, 17(3):405-418.
  • Martin, J., Shochat, T., & Ancoli-Israel, S. (2000) Assessment and treatment of sleep disturbances in older adults. Clinical Psychology Review, 20(6):783-805.
  • Shochat, T., Martin, J., Marler, M. & Ancoli-Israel, S. (2000) Illumination levels in nursing home patients: effects on sleep and activity rhythms. Journal of Sleep Research, 9:373-379.
  • Cohen-Zion, M., Stepnowsky, C., Marler, M., Shochat, T., Kripke, D.F., Ancoli-Israel, S. (2001) Changes in cognitive function associated with sleep disordered breathing in elderly. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 49:1622-27.
  • Shochat T, Loredo, J. & Ancoli-Israel, S. (2001) Sleep disorders in the elderly. Current Treatment Options in Neurology, 3(1):19-36. (invited paper).
  • Shochat, T., Hadas, N., Kerkhofs, M., Herchuelz, A., Penzel, T., Peter, J.H.,  Lavie, P. (2002) The SleepStrip™: An Apnoea Screener for the Early Detection of Sleep Apnoea Syndrome. European Respiratory Journal, 19:121-6.
  • Gehrman, P.R., Martin, J.L., Shochat, T., Nolan, S., Corey-Bloom, J., Ancoli-Israel, S.  (2003) Sleep disordered breathing and agitation in institutionalized adults with Alzheimer's disease.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 11(4):426-33.
  • Shochat, T., Pillar, G. (2003) Sleep Apnoea in the Older Adult: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, Consequences and Management.  Drugs and Aging, 20(8):551-60 (invited paper).
  • Shochat, T., Oksenberg, A., Hadas, N., Molotsky, A., Lavie, P. (2003) The KickStrip®: A novel testing device for periodic leg movements disorder (PLMD). Sleep, 26(4):480-483.
  • Ancoli-Israel, S., Martin, J.L., Gehrman,P., Shochat,T., Corey-Bloom, J., Marler, M., Nolan, S., Levi, L.  (2003) Effect of light on agitation in institutionalized patients with severe Alzheimer's disease.   American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry   11:194-203.
  • Ancoli-Israel, S., Gehrman, P., Martin, J., Shochat, T., Marler, M., Corey-Bloom, J., Levi L. (2003) Increased light exposure consolidates sleep and strengthens circadian rhythms in severe Alzheimer’s disease patients. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 1(1), 22-36.
  • Gehrman, P., Marler, M., Martin, J.L., Shochat, T., Corey-Bloom, J., Ancoli-Israel, S. (2004) The timing of activity rhythms in patients with dementia is related to survival. Journals of Gerontololy Series A- Biological  Sciences and Medical Sciences, 59(10):M1050-5.
  • Gehrman, P., Marler, M., Martin, J., Shochat, T., Corey-Bloom, J., Ancoli-Israel, S. (2005) The relationship between dementia severity and rest/activity circadian rhythms.  Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 1(2):155-163.
  • Margel, D., Shochat, T., Getzler, O., Livne, P.M., Pillar, G. (2006) CPAP reduces nocturia in obstructive sleep apnea patients. Urology,  67:974-977.
  • Shochat, T., Tzchishinsky, O., Oksenberg, A., Peled, R. (2007) Validation of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index Hebrew translation (PSQI-H) in a sleep clinic sample. Israeli Medical Association Journal, 9:853-856.
  • Shochat, T., Gavish, A., Arons, E., Hadas, N., Molotsky, A., Lavie, P., Oksenberg, A. (2007) Validation of the BiteStrip screener for sleep bruxism. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics,  104(3):e32-9.
  • Shochat, T., Pillar, G., Malhotra, A. (2007) Sleep and Aging. International Journal of Sleep Disorders, 1(3):92-101. (invited paper).
  • Tzchishinsky, O., Lufi, D., Shochat, T. (2008) Reliability of the Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire Hebrew Translation and Comparison of the Psychometric Properties. Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy, 3(3): 30-37.
  • Dagan, E. & Shochat, T. (2009) Quality of life in asymptomatic BRCA1/2 mutation carriers. Preventive Medicine, 48:193-196.
  • Gehrman, P.R., Connor, D.J., Martin, J.L., Shochat, T., Corey-Bloom, J., Ancoli-Israel, S. (2009) Melatonin Fails To Improve Sleep Or Agitation In A Double-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial Of Institutionalized Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 17(2):166-169.
  • Shochat, T., Tzichinsky, O., Engel-Yeger, B. (2009) Sensory hypersensitivity as a contributing factor in the relationship between sleep and behavioral disorders in normal schoolchildren. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 7(1):53-62.
  • Shochat, T. & Dagan, E. (2010) Sleep disturbances in asymptomatic BRCA1/2 mutation carriers: women at high risk for breast-ovarian cancer. Journal of Sleep Research 19(2):333-   
  • Shochat, T., Flint-Bretler, O. & Tzischinsky, O. (2010) Sleep patterns, electronic media exposure, and daytime sleep related behaviors among Israeli adolescents. Acta Peadiatrica 99:1396-1400.
  • Zisberg, A., Gur-Yaish, N. & Shochat, T. (2010) Contribution of routine to sleep quality in community elderly. SLEEP, 33(4):509-514.  
  • Tzischinsky, O. & Shochat, T. (2011) Eveningness, sleep patterns, daytime functioning, and quality of life in Israeli adolescents. Chronobiology International. (In Press)
  • Zisberg, A., Shadmi, E., Gur –Yaish, N., Sinoff, G T., Srulovici, E., & Shochat, T. (2012) Hospitalization as a Turning Point for Sleep Medication Use in Older Adults: prospective cohort study. Drugs & Aging (In press).
  • Engel-Yeger, B. & Shochat, T. (2012) The Relationship between Sensory Processing Patterns and Sleep Quality in Healthy Adults. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy (In press).
  • Shochat, T. (2012) Impact of lifestyle and technology developments on sleep.  Nature and Science of Sleep 4:19-31.
  • Shochat, T. (2013). Sleep Patterns and Daytime Sleep-Related Behaviors in Male and Female Arab and Jewish Adolescents in Israel. Sleep and Biological Rhythms11(2):82-29 (IF 0.479, Clinical Neurology, 157/193; Neurosciences, 217/252)
  • Shochat, T., Cohen-Zion & Tzischinsky, O. (2014). Functional consequences of inadequate sleep in adolescents: a systematic review. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 18: 75- (IF 8.68, Clinical Neurology, 7/193; Neurosciences, 15/252).
  • Gindin, J., Shochat, T., Chetrit, A., Epstein, S., Ben Israel, Y., Levi, S., Onder, G., Carpenter, I., Finne-Soveri, H., van Hout, H., Henrard, J-C.,  Nikolaus, T., Topinkova, E., Fialová, D.,  & Bernabei, R. for the SHELTER project. (2014). Insomnia in long term care facilities (LTCF): a comparison of seven European countries and Israel: The SHELTER study. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 62(11):2033-2039. (IF 3.913; Geriatrics & Gerontology, 9/45)
  • Zaslavsky, O., LaCroix, A.Z., Hale, L., Tindle, H., & Shochat, T. (2015). Longitudinal changes in insomnia status and incidence of physical, emotional or mixed impairment. Sleep Medicine 16(3):364-71.
  • Aviram, J., Shochat, T. & Pud, D. (2015). Pain sensitivity in healthy young men is modified by time-of-day and is modality dependent. Pain Medicine 16(6):1137-44.
  • Nadir, Y., Sacharov, G., Hoffman, R., Keren-Politansky, A., Tzoran, I., Brenner, B. & Shochat, T. (2015). Heparanase procoagulant activity, factor Xa and plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 are increased in shift work female nurses. Annals of Haematology 94(7):1213-9.
  • Ram-Vlasov, N., Tzischinsky, O., Green, A. & Shochat, T. (2016). Creativity and habitual sleep patterns among art and social sciences undergraduate students. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Art (IN PRESS).
  • Agmon, M., Shochat, T. & Kizony, R. (2016). Sleep quality is associated with walking under dual-task, but not single-task performance. Gait and Posture (IN PRESS).
  • Shochat, T., Shefer-Hilel, G., & Zisberg, A. (2016). Relationships between body mass index and sleep quality and duration in adults 70 years and older. Sleep Health, 2(4), 266-271.
  • Shochat, T., Barker, D.H., Sharkey, K.M., Van Reen, E., Roane, B.M., & Carskadon, M.A. (2017). An Approach to Understanding Sleep and Depressed Mood in Adolescents:  Person-Centered Sleep Classification. Journal of Sleep Research, (in press).

Chapters in Books:

  • Shochat, T. (2012) Sleep in Adolescents. In: Latzer, Y. & Tzischinsky, O. (eds). The dance of sleeping and eating among adolescents: normal and pathological perspectives. Book series: Health and Human Development. Editor-in-chief: Professor Joav Merrick. Nova Science Publishers---New York .
  • Ancoli-Israel,S. and Shochat,T. (2011) Insomnia in Older Adults. In: Kryger,M.H., Roth,T. and Dement,W.C. (eds.)  Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine.  St. Louis: Elsevier, pp. 1544-1550.
  • Shochat,T. and Ancoli-Israel,S. (2003) Sleep and Sleep Disorders. In: Cassel,C.K., Leipzig,R.M., Cohen,H.J., Larson,E.B. and Meier,D.E. (eds.)  Geriatric Medicine: Evidence Based Approach.  New York: Springer, pp. 1031-1042.
  • Lavie, P., Haimov, I. & Shochat, T. (1997) Melatonin - shutting off the wakefulness system. In: Maestroni, G.J.M., Conn, A., Reiter, R.J. (Eds): Therapeutic Potential of Melatonin. Front Horm. Res., Basel, Karger, 23:149-160.
  • Shochat, T. & Ancoli-Israel,S. (2015) Insomnia in Older Adults. In: Kryger,M.H., Roth,T. and Dement,W.C. (eds.)  Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, (6th edition). St. Louis: Elsevier.


1. Personalized, diet-induced alterations in the microbiota for insomnia in older adults and identification of cognitive and physiological functional pathways

  • Years of study: 2017-2019
  • Researcher's Names: Prof. Tamar Shochat, , Prof. Iris Haimov. Prof. Snait Tamir
  • Co Researchers: Dr. Maayan Agmon
  • Foundation: Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

 2. Multisystem Manifestations of Aging and their Common Underlying Biological Mechanisms: The Kibbutzim Family Study

  • Years of study: 2017-2019
  • Researcher's Names: Prof. Yechiel Fridlander, Prof. Ram Weiss, Dr. Maayan Agmon, Dr. Hagit Hochner),
  • Co Researchers: Dr. Rachel Kizony, Prof. Tamar Shochat
  • Foundation: Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)


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