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Prof. Gurit Birnbaum

“Tell me your fantasies and I will tell you what you want out of relationships and how to get your needs met.”

Gurit Birnbaum completed her university studies in Israel and received a PhD degree in Psychology at Bar-Ilan University in 1998. She published more than 35 articles and book chapters.

Her main research interests are: romantic relationships, human sexuality, and evolutionary psychology. More specifically, her research focuses on the convoluted role played by sexuality in the broader context of close relationship. 


Prof. Birnbaum was a post-doc at the University of Rochester. She was a lecturer at the Psychology Department, Bar-Ilan University and the head of its Experimental Psychology Program, as well as a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota and Northwestern University. From 2013, she is an Associate Professor at the School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, where she received the outstanding researcher and lecturer awards.

Prof. Birnbaum frequently contributes to international academic journals and she was an associate editor of Personal Relationships and serves as a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

“My greatest passion is understanding humans. Sex? Is there a better way
to know a person? ;-)
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