About Compass Institute

About Compass Institute for the Study and Application of Meaning

Compass Institute for the Study and Application of Meaning


The institute was established in 2018 in cooperation with the Tel Aviv University. It was founded by Dr. Pninit Russo-Netzer, who serves as the head of the institute and Academic Director, and by Dror Shaked, who serves as the Manager of the institute

This is the first institute in Israel to lead the study, application and integration of meaning in broad perspectives and populations. The team includes professional researchers, practitioners and facilitators from various fields, devoted to develop and make up-to-date meaning-oriented empirical study, conceptualizations and intervention practices accessible for individuals, organizations and society in Israel and worldwide


:The institute’s main objectives

Theoretical and empirical exploration of meaning-oriented conceptualizations, measures, and interventions to promote coping and thriving, based on the fields of existential and positive psychology, philosophy, and other fields

Development and facilitation of applied tools and methods to a variety of contexts and populations in Israel and worldwide

The Institute operates in cooperation with research institutes around the world in the field of meaning in life, develops knowledge and practical interventions, holds meetings and seminars, and conducts training and continuing education


Dr. Pninit Russo-Netzer, Ph.D., is a positive psychology senior lecturer and researcher. She is passionate about building bridges – between disciplines and between theory and “real life”practice, in therapy, organizations, and education throughout the lifespan. She is especially keen about creating a synergistic integration between the fields of positive psychology, spirituality, and existential psychology, which she believes allows for a more holistic view of human growth and development than any one of these separately. Her main research and practice interests focus on meaning in life, positive psychology, spiritual development, positive change and growth. Dr. Russo-Netzer is  a clinical logotherapist, the head of the Compass Institute for the Study of Meaning in Life and the academic training program for logotherapy (meaning-oriented psychotherapy), and the former chairperson of the Logotherapy Association in Israel. She serves as academic advisor and consultant to academic and non-academic institutions, develops training programs and curricula for various organizations and is the co-editor of several books on these topics.



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