Dr. Reuven Gal

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Dr. Reuven Gal

Dr. Reuven Gal holds a BA and MA both in Psychology and Sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. His PhD dissertation, written under the supervision of Prof. Richard S. Lazarus was titled The Effects of Various Coping Activities on Reactions during a Stressful Anticipatory Period.

He served as the IDF's Chief Psychologist and subsequently founded and commanded the Department of Behavioral Studies (MAMDA). Dr. Gal retired from active duty at 1983 with the rank of Colonel. He founded and subsequently headed the Israeli Institute for Military Studies (IIMS), later renamed the Carmel Institute for Social Studies (1985- 2002).

In 2002 he was appointment as Deputy Head of Israel's National Security Council, responsible for domestic and social policy. In 2007, Dr. Gal was invited by the Israeli government to establish a universal framework for National Youth Service in Israel. Consequently, he has been appointed (January 2008) as the General Director of this framework, called "The Authority for National Civic Service", at the Prime Minister's office. In August 2009 he resigned from this position.

He is the author of numerous books and articles, among themA Portrait of the Israeli Soldier(Greenwood Press, Westport 1986) and Service without Guns(2006).