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Laufer Yocheved, PT, D.Sc​

Eshkol Bld, Floor 9, Room 910
Office: 972-4-828-8091(8091)

Fax: 972-4-8288140

Research Areas

  • Geriatric and Neurological Rehabilitation;
  • Gait and Posture;
  • Electrotherapy


B.Sc. - 1967-1971: Columbia University, New York; College of Physicians and Surgeons, Department of Physical Therapy

M.Sc.- 1980-1981: Texas A&M University and Baylor School of Medicine, Texas; Department of Physical and Health Education

D.Sc.- 1991-1994: Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel; School of Medicine, Department of Neurophysiology

Ph.D. Dissertation:A Comparative Analysis of the Contribution of Kinesthetic and Visual Perception to the Accuracy of Reaching Movements

Academic Ranks

2000 - 2004: Lecturer

2004 – 2009: Senior Lecturer (with tenure)

2009 – present: Associate Professor

2015 - present: Full Professor


  1. Dickstein, R., Heffes, Y., Laufer, Y., Abulaffio, N., and Shabtai, E.L. (1997). Repetitive practice of a single joint movement for enhancing elbow function in hemiparetic patients. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 85, 771-85.
  2. Laufer, Y. and Hocherman, S. (1998). Visual and kinesthetic control of goal-directed movements to visually and kinesthetically presented targets. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 86, 1375-1391.
  3. Dickstein, R., Heffes, Y., Laufer, Y., and Ben- Haim, Z.(1999). Activation of selected trunk muscles during symmetrical functional activities in post-stroke hemiparetic and hemiplegic patients. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 66(2):218-21.
  4. Laufer, Y., Dickstein, Y., Resnik, S., Marcovitz, E. (2000). Weight bearing shifts of hemiparetic and healthy adults upon stepping on stairs of various heights. Clinical Rehabilitation 14: 125-129.
  5. Laufer, Y., Dickstein, Y., Heffes Y, Marcovitz, E. (2001). The effect of treadmill training on the ambulation of stroke patients in the early stages of rehabilitation. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 38(1) 69-78.
  6. Laufer, Y., Ries, J., Leininger, P., Alon, G. (2001). Quadriceps femoris muscle torques and fatigue generated by neuromuscular electrical stimulation with three different waveforms. Physical Therapy 81(7):1307-1316.
  7. Laufer, Y., Hocherman, S, Dickstein, R. (2001). Accuracy of reproducing hand position when using active compared with passive movement. Physiotherapy Research International 6(2):65-75.
  8. Laufer, Y, Gattenio L, Parnas E, Sinai D, Sorek Y, Dickstein R. (2001). Time related changes in motor performance of the upper extremity ipsilateral to the side of the lesion in stroke survivors. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 15(3):167-72.
  9. Laufer Y. (2002). Effects of one-point and four-point canes on balance and weight distribution in patients with hemiparesis. Clinical Rehabilitation,16:141-148.
  10. Laufer, Y. (2002). Professional and educational trends in the US: A historical overview. Journal of Israel Physical Therapy Society, 4(1):27-32. (in Hebrew).
  11. Laufer Y. (2003). The effect of walking aids on balance and weight bearing patterns of hemiparetic patients in various stance positions. Physical Therapy, 83(2):112-122.
  12. Laufer, Y. (2003). Age and gender related changes in the temporal-spatial characteristics of forward and backward gait. Physiotherapy Research International, 8(3):131-142.
  13. Laufer, Y. Sivan D., Schwartzmann R, Sprecher E. (2003). Standing balance and functional recovery of patients with right and left hemiparesis in the early stages of rehabilitation. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 17(4):207-13.
  14. Dickstein, R., Laufer, Y. (2004). Light touch and COM stability during treadmill locomotion. Gait & Posture, 20:41-47.
  15. Laufer, Y. (2004). The use of walking aids in the rehabilitation of stroke patients. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 14(2):1-8.
  16. Laufer Y., Lahav M., Lenger R. Sprecher, E. (2005). Functional recovery following pertrochanteric hip fractures fixated with the Dynamic Hip Screw vs. the Percutaneous Compression Plate. The Scientific World Journal. 19(5):221-9.
  17. Laufer, Y., Zilberstein R., Porat, R., Nahir, A.M. (2005). Effect of pulsed short-wave diathermy on pain and function of subjects with osteo-arthritis of the knee: a placebo-controlled double-blind study. Clinical Rehabilitation 19(3):255-63.
  18. Laufer Y. (2005). Effect of age on characteristics of forward and backward gait at preferred and accelerated walking speed. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 60(5):627-32.
  19. Laufer, Y., Schwarzmann, R., Sivan, D., Sprecher E. (2005). Postural control of patients with hemiparesis: Force plates measurements based on the clinical sensory organization test. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 21(3):1-9.
  20. Dickstein, R., Laufer, Y., Katz, M. (2006). TENS to the poster aspect of the legs decreases postural sway during stance. Neuroscience Letters, 393(1):51-5.
  21. Laufer, Y., Barak, Y., Chemel, I (2006). Age related differences in the effect of a perceived threat to stability on postural control. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences; 61(5):500-4.
  22. Laufer, Y., Rotem-Lehrer, N., Ronen, Z., Kyayutin, G., Rozenberg, I. (2007). Effect of attention focus on acquisition and retention of postural control following ankle sprain. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; 88(1):105-8.
  23. Rotem-Lehrer, N., Laufer, Y. (2007). Effect of focus of attention on transfer of a postural control task following an ankle sprain. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy; 37(9):564-569.
  24. Laufer, Y. Dickstein R. (2007). TENS applied to the medio-lateral aspects of the knees during stance attenuates postural sway in young adults. The Scientific World Journal; 7:1904-11.
  25. Laufer, Y, Ashkenazi, T., Josman N. (2008). The effects of a concurrent cognitive task on the postural control of young children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Gait & Posture; 27:347-351.
  26. Laufer, Y. (2008). Effect of cognitive demand during training on acquisition, retention and transfer of a postural skill. Human Movement Science; 27:26-141.
  27. Laufer, Y. (2008). The effect of somatosensory electrical stimulation on recovery following a Stroke: a systematic review. Journal of Israel Physical Therapy Society; 10(1):18-27 (in Hebrew).
  28. Laufer Y., Elboim M. (2008). Effect of burst duration and frequency of a medium-frequency alternating current on perceived discomfort, maximal strength and fatigue of the wrist extensors. Physical Therapy; 88(10):1167-1176.
  29. Reibman, L., Natan, D., Marcs, Y., Laufer, Y. (2008). Success of respiratory physical therapy combined with saline lavage in a premature baby: a case study. Journal of Israel Physical Therapy Society 10(3):3-6 (in Hebrew).
  30. Laufer, Y., Hausdorff, JM., Ring, H. (2009). "Effects of a foot drop Neuroprosthesis on functional abilities, social participation and gait velocity: A one-year follow-up" American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; 88(1):14-20.
  31. Sarig-Bahat , H., Weiss, PL, Laufer, Y. (2009) Cervical motion assessment using virtual reality. Spine;34(10):1018-24.
  32. Laufer, Y., Hausdorff, JM., Sprecher, E., Ring, H. . (2009) Gait in individuals with chronic hemiparesis: one year follow-up of the effects of a neuroprosthesis that ameliorates a foot-drop. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy;33:104-110.
  33. Sarig-Bahat , H., Weiss, PL, Laufer, Y. (2010). Neck pain assessment in a virtual environment. Spine; 35(4):E105-12.
  34. Laufer, Y., Snyder-Mackler, L. (2010). Response of male and female subjects after total knee arthroplasy to repeated neuromuscular electrical stimulation of the quadriceps femoris muscle. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; 89(6):464-72.
  35. Perumal, R., Wexler, A., Kesar, TM., Jancosko, A., Laufer, Y., Binder-Macleod. SA. (2010). A phenomenological model that predicts forces generated when electrical stimulation is superimposed on submaximal volitional contractions. Journal of Applied Physiology;108(6):1595-604.
  36. Laufer, Y., Snyder-Mackler, L. (2010). Factors affecting responsiveness of the quadriceps femoris muscle to neuromuscular electrical stimulation following total knee arthroplasty. Journal of Israel Physical Therapy Society; 12(4):17-22, (in Hebrew).
  37. Sarig Bahat , H., Weiss, PL, Laufer, Y. (2010). The effect of neck pain on cervical kinematics, as assessed in a virtual environment. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; 35(4):E105-12.
  38. Laufer, Y., Weiss PL. (2011). Virtual reality in the assessment and treatment of children with motor impairment: A systematic review. Journal of Physical Therapy Education; 25(1):59-71.
  39. Laufer Y., Tausher H., Esh R., Ward AR. (2011) Sensory TENS fails to decrease discomfort associated with neuromuscular electrical stimulation in healthy individuals. American Journal Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; 90(5):399-406.
  40. Laufer Y., Elboim – Gabizon, M. (2011) Does Sensory Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS) Enhance Motor Recovery following a Stroke: A Systematic Review. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair; 90(5):399-406.
  41. (a)Laufer, Y., Dar, G. (2012) Effectiveness of thermal and athermal short-wave diathermy for the management of knee osteoarthritis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage; 20(9):957-966..
  42. (b)Laufer, Y., Dar, G. (2014) Response to comments on Laufer et al. entitled "Effectiveness of thermal and athermal short-wave diathermy for the management of knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis". Osteoarthritis and Cartilage; 22(4):607-8.
  43. Laufer, Y., Abu Elheiga-Na'amne, B., Rozen, N. (2012) Translation and Validation of the Arab Version of the Fear Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation; 25(3): 201-208.
  44. Springer S., Vatine, J.J., Lipson R., Wolf, A., Laufer, Y. (2012). Effects of dual-channel functional electrical stimulation on gait performance in patients with hemiparesis . The World Scientific Journal; ID 530906.
  45. Elboim-Gabizon M, Rozen N, Laufer Y. (2012). Gender differences in pain perception and functional ability in subjects with knee OA. ISRN Orthopedics; ID 413105, 4 pages.
  46. Elboim-Gabizon M, Rozen N, Laufer Y. (2013). Does neuromuscular electrical stimulation enhance the effectiveness of an exercise program in subjects with knee osteoarthritis? A randomized controlled trial" Clinical Rehabilitation; 2013 Mar;27(3):246-57.
  47. Springer, S., Laufer, Y., Becher, M., Vatine, JJ. (2013) Dual-channel functional electrical stimulation improvements in speed-based gait classifications. Clinical Interventions in Aging; 8:271-27.
  48. Springer S., Vatine JJ., Wolf A., Laufer Y. (2013) The effects of dual channel functional electrical stimulation on stance phase sagittal kinematics in patients with hemiparesis. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology;23(2):476-82.
  49. Laufer Y. (2013). A brief inter-phase interval interposed within biphasic pulses enhances contraction force of the quadriceps muscle. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice; 29(6):461-8.
  50. Elboim-Gabizon M, Rozen N, Laufer Y (2013)– Muscle fatigue in subjects with knee osteoarthritis. Clinical Interventions in Aging; 8:1071-1077.
  51. Springer S., Khamis, S., and Laufer, Y.(2013). Improved ankle and knee control with a dual-channel functional electrical stimulation system in chronic hemiplegia: A case report. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine; 8:271-7.
  52. Ashkenzai T., Weiss, PL, Orian, Laufer, Y. (2013). Low-cost virtual reality intervention program for children with developmental coordination disorder: A pilot feasibility study. Pediatric Physical Therapy; 25(4):467-73.
  53. Sarig-Bahat, H, Weiss, PL., Sprecher, E., Krasovsky, A., Laufer, Y. (2014). Do neck kinematics correlate with pain intensity, neck disability or with fear of motion? Manual Therapy Journal;19:252-258.
  54. Abu Elheiga-Na'amne, B., Laufer, Y. (2014). Reliability and validity of the Oswestry Disability Questionnaire in Arabic. Journal of Israeli Physical Therapy Society;16(1):3-18. (in Hebrew).
  55. Shtarker H., Elboim-Gabyzon, M., Bathish, e., Laufer, Y., Rahamimov, N., Volpin G. (2014). Ulnar nerve monitoring during percutaneous pinning of supracondylar fractures in children. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics; 34(2):161-5.
  56. Laufer Y. Shtarker, H., #Elboim_Gabyzon, M. (2014). The effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on pain and function of individuals with chronic osteoarthritis: a one year follow-up. Clinical Interventions in Aging; 17;9:1153-61.
  57. Laufer, Y. Dar, G, Kodesh E. (2014). The effect of virtual reality based treatment on balance control of elderly adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 23;9:1803-1813.
  58. Spinger, S., Braun-Benyamin, O., Abraham, C., Becher, M., Laufer Y. (2014). The role of electrode placement and inter-phase interval on force production during stimulation of the dorsi-flexors muscles. Artificial Organs, 38(11):E142-6.
  59. Kodesh, E, Laufer, Y. (2015). The reliability of a hand held dynamometer for strength assessment during electrically induced muscle contractions. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 31(1)61-6.
  60. Kafri M., Laufer Y. (2015). Functional electrical stimulation as a therapeutic modality in stroke rehabilitation. Annals of Biomedical Engineering ,43(2):451-66.
  61. Shtarker H., Laufer, Y., Rahamimov, N., Volpin G., Elboim-Gabyzon M.(2015).Hemipelvectomy after severe pelvic injury in a toddler with Factor VII deficiency. Acta Orthopaedica, 46(6):1178-82.
  62. Elboim-Gabyzon, M., Agmon, M., Azaiza, F., Laufer Y. (2015).Translation and Validation of the Arab Version of the Late-Life Function and Disability Instrument: A Cross Sectional Study. BMC Geriatrics, 24;15:51.
  63. Springer S., Laufer Y., Elboim-Gabyzon, M. (2015). Clinical Decision Making for Using Electro-Physical Agents, An Israeli Survey. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 15;4:14.
  64. Debbi E., Bernfeld B., Herman A., Laufer Y., Greental A., Sigal A., Zaulan Y., Salai S., Haim A., Wolf A.(2015). Frontal plane biomechanics of the operated and non-operated knees before and after unilateral total knee arthroplasty. Clinical Biomechanics, 30(9):889-94.
  65. Gruener, H., Zeilig,G., Laufer, Y., Blumen,N., Defrin, R. (2016). Differential pain modulation properties in central neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury. Pain, 157(7):1415-1424.
  66. Etrog, O. Laufer Y.(2016). Attitudes and Perceptions of Family Physicians Regarding Physical Therapy Treatment for Musculoskrletal disorders. Journal of the Israeli Physical Therapy Society,18(2): 4-16. (in Hebrew).
  67. Spector, P., Laufer, Y., Elboim-Gabyzon, M., Kittelson, A. Stevens-Lapsley, J., Maffiuletti, N.A. (2016 ). Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Therapy to Restore Quadriceps Muscle Function in Orthopedic Surgery Patients: A Novel Structured. Approach. Submitted to Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 7;98(23):2017-2024..
  68. Becher, M., Springer, S., Braun-Benyamin, O., Laufer, Y. (2016). The effect of an interphase interval on electrically induced dorsiflexion force an fatigue, in subjects with upper motor neuron lesion. Artificial Organs, Aug;40(8):778-85.
  69. Hutzler Y, Korsensky O,Laufer Y. (2017). Rapid stepping test towards virtual visual objects: Feasibility and convergent validity in older adults.Technol Health Care,25;1:49-58.
  70. Kafri, M., Hutzler, Y., Korsensky, O, Laufer, Y., Functional Performance and Balance in the Oldest-Old. Accepted in Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy.