Miriam Ballin is the Founder and National Director of the United Hatzalah Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit. Hailing originally from Houston, Texas, and San Francisco, California, Miriam spent five years in Australia before making Aliyah with her husband and children.
She received her dual degree in Psychology and Education from Thomas Edison State College. After much early success in both classroom and informal education, Miriam felt drawn to explore psychology further, completing a degree in Family Therapy here in Israel, and is a practicing marital and family therapies, specializing in couples and trauma.
Miriam has also accrued nine years of experience in Emergency Medical Services, first as a dispatcher and later as a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Miriam was recently featured in Ami Living Magazine and was recognized by the organization Nefesh B’Nefesh for her true heroism in pioneering something as innovative and integral as the Psychotrauma Unit.
After seeing and experiencing first-hand the dire need for psychological first aid and crisis intervention in the field, Miriam combined her passion for psychology, education and emergency medicine to become the founding Director of the United Hatzalah Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit.
Miriam travels both as inspirational speaker to encourage other young women to follow their dream, and continues to guide and mentor many such women.