Itay Kohane, Psy.D., is a 2020 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Santa Barbara.


Dr. Itay Kohane

Dissertation Committee

Sandra Kenny, PhD, MBA, Committee Chair

Angela DeVita, PhD, LMFT, Committee Member

Richard V Grazi, MD, Committee Member


Orthodox, Jewish, infertility, stress, couples, IVF, anxiety, depression, faith, support, treatments, halacha, halachic, relationship, relationships, fertility, religion, religious, phenomenological, quantitiative, qualitative, research, treatment

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This dissertation discusses an issue that is of importance to many people throughout their lifetime—infertility. One in every eight couples (12%) is incapable of carrying a pregnancy to term after one year of natural attempts. This paper further examines the prevalence of infertility among couples, bringing into focus more common variables such as gender and age. But, going beyond these, the present study will demonstrate that other variables including stressors such as social factors, interpersonal dynamics, and personal judgment affect couples in a manner which indirectly reduces their chances of conceiving a child. This research will touch on a number of such stressors, but it will focus in particular on the factors that account for infertility among Orthodox Jewish couples. Using thorough personal interviews, the present study discovered themes of protective factors and stressors that result from the traditions and laws of the Orthodox Jewish population; some of the themes were found to be unique to this population. This study emphasizes the importance of higher awareness of infertility in the Orthodox Jewish community, and discusses important clinical implications and recommendations in providing this information to the community. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA, and OhioLINK ETD Center,


ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5445-6335


Itay Kohane moved to the US to finish his doctorate in Clinical Psychology, following eight years of service in the Israeli Air Force.
He began his clinical work volunteering with Sudanese refugees in Israel. In the US, Itay began working with addiction at inpatient and outpatient settings. He continued working with children, adolescents, and families, focusing on trauma related issues. Later, Itay worked at a LGBTQ+ and HIV+ center in Santa Barbara.

He has a private practice in Los Angeles, working with children, adolescents and adults, where he specializes in trauma related issues, chronic pain and addiction, and uses empathy and curiosity as key for successful outcomes. Itay also works at Alo House Recovery Centers for addiction, where he provides individual, family and group psychotherapy, as well as psycho-diagnostic testing.

Itay’s passion is to heal and prevent trauma, and is trained in Somatic Experiencing, which is body-mind trauma focused treatment. He is an Ironman finisher, loves outdoor activities, and enjoys implementing music in his life