Tzfira Grabelsky-Lichtman

Tzfira Grabelsky-Lichtman
Associate Professor‎

Academic Background and Fields of Interest

Tsfira Grebelsky-Lichtman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research interests include verbal and nonverbal communication; congruence and incongruence communication; media performance; gender and political communication; persuasion and negotiation. Personal coacher for verbal and nonverbal communication expertise, enhancing public and media appearances and negotiation abilities for chief executives and politicians in both the public and private sectors.



  • 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. (2012). The Relationship of Verbal and Nonverbal Discrepancy and Non-discrepancy to Journalists’ Reactions: Hassan Nasrallah’s Television Appearances during the Second Lebanon War. Media Frames: Israeli Journal of Communication, 9, 99−131 [Hebrew].
  • 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.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2014). Children’s Verbal and Nonverbal Congruent or Incongruent Communication during Parent−Child Interactions. Human Communication Research, 40(4), 415−441.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T., Bar Shalom, Y., & Bar Shalom, A. (2015). Dilemmas in School Counseling: The Case of Motivations Underlying Choice of Conflict Strategies in Two Jerusalem Schools. The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, 22(4), 17−27.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2015). Parental Response to Child’s Incongruence: Verbal versus Nonverbal Primacy in Parent−Child Interactions. Communication Monographs, 82(4), 484−509.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2015). The Role of Verbal and Nonverbal Behavior in Televised Political Debates. Journal of Political Marketing, 15(4), 362−387.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2016). An Advanced Framework for Verbal Communication and Nonverbal Gestures in Parent–Child Interactions. Studies in Media and Communication, 4(1), 82−98.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2016). Communication as a Discourse and a Discourse as Communication − Book review. Megamot, 50(3), 420−423 [Hebrew].
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Grebelsky-Lichtman, T. (2017). Female politicians: A mixed political communication model. The Journal of International Communication, 23(2), 272−297.
  • 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. (2018). The relationship of social differences and verbal/nonverbal parental communication patterns: Indicators of perpetuating social differences and of social change. Keshet, 1, 5−30 [Hebrew].
  • 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.


Honors and awards

  • 1998-2019 - Outstanding Teaching Awards − 21 consecutive years − of the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2014 - Top paper award for the Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Association (ICA)
  • 2017 - Top paper award for the Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Association (ICA)