PhD, Senior Research Associate
Dr. Rona Stein brings a keen interest in people’s lives to her role as Senior Research Associate at Age Wave. Driven by her curiosity and love of learning, Rona’s training as a professional researcher spans across the social sciences, with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, anthropology, and English literature and a master’s in social psychology, both from Bar-Ilan University, and a doctorate in public policy from Tel-Aviv University.
Rona was awarded several honorary fellowships and grants for outstanding research, including the prestigious Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fellowship for Better Government and the Citizens’ Empowerment Center in Israel scholar grant for research on governance issues. Rona has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Public Administration, Journal of Management Studies, and Israeli Sociology, and presented her research at numerous professional conferences, including “Networks in Political Science” at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Among her research projects are comparative socio-economic explorations of human services for the elderly. Rona’s motivation for improving aging-related attitudes and practices is driven by her wish to live in a society that gives adequate space for the full life cycle and honors humans at every age.
Prior to joining Age Wave, Rona conducted post-doctoral research at the Mack Center on Nonprofit & Public Sector Management in the Human Services at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare in Berkeley, CA. She also served as faculty member at Palo Alto University, where she taught courses in social and cognitive psychology.
Rona lives in Palo Alto with her husband, Meir, and their three young children. A folk dance enthusiast, she loves sharing movement and joy with her dance community.