Dr. Gershfeld-Litvin Avital
Fields of Research
Dr. Gershfeld-Litvin Avital
School of Behavioral Sciences
  • Psychological issues related to breast cancer

  • Psychological issues related to disabilities and illness

  • Disenfranchised grief and bereavement processes, especially in the medical context (e.g., pregnancy loss, physical losses due to illness).

Short Bio

Dr. Gershfeld-Litvin is a faculty member at the School of Behavioral Sciences in The Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo. She holds a Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University for a dissertation on breast loss from a perspective of loss and grief (Breast loss following cancer: grief and meaning making process - a qualitative study). Dr. Gershfeld-Litvin teaches courses related to psychotherapy in Loss Grief and bereavement, such as Introduction to loss and mourning studies and prenatal loss and to Medical Psychology, such as Women's health, Key issues in medical psychology, and Case formulation in medical psychology.

Dr. Gershfeld-Litvin is a medical psychologist. Her clinical expertise is focused on treating patients with physical illnesses and their family members and dealing with loss and grief. She works as a psychologist in the Department of Neurological Rehabilitation at Tel Hashomer Hospital, and also owns a private clinic.

Selected Publications


  1. Gershfeld -Litvin, A. (2017) Breast loss following breast cancer: grief and meaning making process, Resling publishing (in Hebrew).

Refereed Articles:

  1. Gershfeld-litvin, A. (2020). Multi-learning experience course for psychology undergraduates: Combining experiential learning and theory-based research learning about disabilities. Journal of Disability Studies, 6(1), 36-39. Retrieved from http://pubs.iscience.in/journal/index.php/jds/article/view/1015

  2. Gershfeld Litvin, A., & Jacoby, R. (2020). Immediate Breast Reconstruction: Does It Restore What Was Lost? A Qualitative Study. Illness, Crisis & Loss, 28(2), 141–157. https://doi.org/10.1177/1054137317705876

  3. Gershfeld-Litvin, A. (2018). Women’s Experiences Following Mastectomy: Loss, Grief, and Meaning-Reconstruction. Illness, Crisis & Loss. https://doi.org/10.1177/1054137318799046