Dr. Harel is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and received graduate degrees from The University of Michigan (M.S. W.) and Washington University (Ph.D.), St. Louis, Missouri. He has been at C.S. U .for more than twenty-five years. He has been teaching gerontology and social work courses and has been serving as a consultant for service and educational institutions and on editorial boards of aging and social work journals.
Dr. Harel has conducted research, presented and written extensively on extreme stress and aging, ethnicity and aging and vulnerable populations. He has more than sixty refereed journal articles and book chapters and more than sixty invited national and international presentations.
Dr. Harel has been serving in leadership roles with local, state and national organizations in social work and aging. Dr. Harel, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, has been honored with the Arnold Heller Memorial Award by Menorah Park; the Outstanding Researcher in the State of Ohio; a NASW Lifetime Achievement Award; AGHE Distinguished Teacher Award; the Golden Achievement; and the Elie Wiesel Award.