Visual Artist and Presenter
Arieh Y. Shalev, M.D. is Barbara Wilson professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and former Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem Israel. He earned his medical degree from the University of Montpellier in France, was trained in psychiatry and psychotherapy in Tel Aviv University, served in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) Medical Corps as field surgeon and, later, as Head of Clinical Psychiatry. He is the founding Editor of Israel Journal of Psychotherapy, fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), and member and former chair of both Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry and the Israel Association of Psychotherapy.
Prof. Shalev is clinician, therapist, teacher and mentor of young psychiatrists. Following years of clinical work and research in Jerusalem, he currently runs a busy research lab at the Department of Psychiatry of NYU Langone Health, focused on the early aftermath of traumatic events, the emergence of traumatic stress disorders and ways to prevent them. He published extensively on clinical, biological, psycho-physiological, brain imaging and genetic aspects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more recently on PTSD prevention, prediction-models, and early neurobehavioral interventions. For this work he won the Robert J. Lauer Memorial Award for outstanding scientific achievement in the field of PTSD, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Prof. Shalev’s research work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the US Department of Defense, the European Union FP7 program, the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Health in Israel and other sources.
Prof. Shalev’s clinical work with schizophrenia and other serious mental disorders, and his encounters with traumatized survivors, confronted him with the myriad of ways in which perception and cognitions are taken hostages by mental illness and trauma, but also with the ephemeral and painful beauties of their fragmented realities. His work as a photographer explores the magic of those fragments and the beauties of instances that we perceive without knowing. He is endlessly grateful to his patients who taught him how brittle are our perceptions, and how humbled and content we should be for the gift of making some sense of such sensory chaos.