Ph.D, Philosophy, Haifa University, 2003; MSW, Hebrew University, 1999; BA, Occupational Therapy, Hebrew University, 1986
Shirley Avrami /
Welfare Policy Program Fellow
Dr. Shirley Avrami has served as the head of the Research and Information Center at the Knesset since 2006. She has served in various capacities since 1997, including as Director of the Committee of Labor, Social Affairs and Health, and Director of the Parliamentary Research Committee on the Implementation of the Health Insurance Act. In that capacity, she participated in the International Visitor’s Program of the US State Department as part of a Knesset delegation in 2003 and 2011. Dr. Avrami teaches in the Political Science Department of the Hebrew University. She holds a PhD from the University of Haifa (2003), and an MSW (cum laude) from the School of Social Work, Hebrew University (1999). She is also a graduate of Occupational Therapy Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1986). Dr. Avrami has won a variety of prestigious awards and scholarships including, in 2005, the prize of the Israeli Association for Parliamentarianism for her doctoral thesis, which dealt with the decision-making process in the Knesset. Recently she was appointed a member of the steering committee of the International Women’s Parliament, which will convene at the Israeli Knesset in the summer of 2016. She has published two books: His Last Letter Remains(Aharon Michtevo Yalbin) and Coins of Memory(Matbe’ot HaZikaron).