Gurit E. Birnbaum, Ph.D.

Gurit Birnbaum, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya (Israel). Her research is guided by complementary questions: How does the functional significance of sex change as relationships progress from initial encounters to long-term commitments and what are the processes whereby the sexual behavioral system contributes to relationship development, maintenance, and deterioration?

Prof. Birnbaum was a post-doc at the University of Rochester. She was the head of the Experimental Psychology Program at Bar-Ilan University, as well as a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota and at Northwestern University. Now, she is the Head of the Psychology-Law Program at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, where she received the outstanding researcher and lecturer awards. Prof. Birnbaum frequently contributes to international academic journals and serves as a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Archives of Sexual Behavior. She was also an associate editor of Personal Relationships. Prof. Birnbaum's research has been cited in leading media outlets, including The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, and Time magazine.

You may watch Prof. Gurit Birnbaum's TEDx talk on why humans make sex so complicated here.

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