Prof. Tsfira Grebelsky-Lichtman

Prof. Tsfira Grebelsky-Lichtman
Prof. Tsfira

Tsfira Grebelsky-Lichtman is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and the Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Ono Academic College. Her works have won Top Paper Awards from the Divisions of Interpersonal Communication and Feminist Scholarship at the International Communication Association. She has won Outstanding Teaching Awards − 23 consecutive years − of the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also works as a personal coach on verbal and non-verbal strategies of persuasion, negotiation and impression management with high-level executives and politicians in both the public and private sectors.


Research Interests

  • The relationship of verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Political communication
  • Leadership
  • Gender
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict management


Selected Publications

  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2010). The Relationship of Verbal and Nonverbal Behavior to Political Stature: The Political Interviews of Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Journal of Political Marketing, 9(4), 229−253.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2014). Parental Patterns of Cooperation in Parent-Child Interactions: The Relationship between Nonverbal and Verbal Communication. Human Communication Research, 40(1), 1−29. doi:10.1111/hcre.12014.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2014). Children’s Verbal and Nonverbal Congruent or Incongruent Communication during Parent−Child Interactions. Human Communication Research, 40(4), 415−441. doi:10.1111/hcre.12035.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2015). Parental Response to Child’s Incongruence: Verbal versus Nonverbal Primacy in Parent−Child Interactions. Communication Monographs, 82(4), 484−509. doi:10.1080/03637751.2015.1041538.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2015). The Role of Verbal and Nonverbal Behavior in Televised Political Debates. Journal of Political Marketing, 15(4), 362−387. doi:10.1080/15377857.2014.959688.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T., Bar Shalom, Y., & Alayan, F. (2017). Intercultural encounters as a “Mind Body” experience: A case study in Jerusalem. Intercultural Education, 29(1), 139-147. doi:10.1080/13572334.2017.1358979
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2017). Verbal Versus Nonverbal Primacy: Children’s Response to Parental Incongruent Communication. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 34(5), 636−667. doi: 10.1177/0265407516651158.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. & Bdólach, L. (2017). Talk like a man, walk like a woman: An advanced political communication framework for female politicians. Journal of Legislative Studies, 23(3), 275−300. doi: 10.1080/13572334.2017.1358979.  
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. & Cohen, A. A. (2017). Speaking Under Duress: Verbal and Visual Elements of Personal and Political Messages in Captive Videos. Visual Communication, 16(1) 27−56. doi: 10.1177/1470357216671842.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2017). Female politicians: A mixed political communication model. The Journal of International Communication, 23(2), 272−297. doi: 10.1080/13216597.2017.1371625.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. & Shenker, E. (2017). Patterns of Nonverbal Parental Communication: A Social and Situational Contexts Approach. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1−26
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. & Avnimelech, G. (2018). Immediacy Communication and Success in Crowdfunding Campaigns: A Multimodal Communication Approach. International Journal of Communication, 12, 4178–4204.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T., & Katz, R. (2019). When a Man Debates a Woman: Trump vs. Clinton in the first mixed gender presidential debatesJournal of Gender Studies, 28(6), 699-719. doi:10.1080/09589236.2019.1566890.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T., Adato, Z., & Traeger, S. (2020). Extending Impression-Management theory: The need for privacy vs. the need to express information on instant messaging apps. Studies in Media and Communication, 8(1). doi:10.11114/smc.v8i1.4853.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T., & Katz, R. (2020). Gender Effect on Political Leaders’ Nonverbal Communicative Structure during the COVID-19 Crisis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(21), 7789. doi:10.3390/ijerph17217789.  


Awards and Prizes

  • Outstanding Teaching Awards − 23 consecutive years − of the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • Top paper awards from the Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Association (ICA).
  • Top paper awards from the Feminist Scholarship Division, International Communication Association (ICA).