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Gil, Sharon

Sharon Gil (University of Haifa) – Welfare and Social Work

Sharon Gil, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Work, University of Haifa and a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and clinical supervisor; head of the clinical social work specialization in the MA program. My research projects have consistently derived from my clinical work. While working at the psychiatric clinic in Rambam Medical Center, I treated trauma patients. Accordingly, my doctoral research and the publications that followed (see sample list below), focused on the relationship between dissociative amnesia, caused by traumatic head injury, and the development of PTSD. Later on, I have expanded my research to include various personality features as risk factors for subsequent PTSD. In recent years, both my clinical work and my research efforts focus on adults' survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Below is a sample list of recent or most contributing publications.  

Sample list of recent or most significant publications

Gil, S., Caspi, Y., Ben-Ari, I., Koren, D., & Klein, E. (2005). Does memory of a traumatic event increase the risk for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in patients with traumatic brain injury? A prospective study. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162(5),  963-969.

Gil, S. (2005). Evaluation of pre-morbid personality factors and pre-event posttraumatic stress symptoms in the development of posttraumatic stress symptoms associated with a bus explosion in Israel. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 18(5), 563-567.

Gil, S. (2005). Pre-traumatic personality as a predictor of posttraumatic stress disorder among undergraduate students exposed to a terrorist attack: A prospective study in Israel. Personality and Individual Differences, 39, 819-827.

Gil, S. (2014). Male Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse by a Male or Female Perpetrator. Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorder & Treatment, 3(3), 1-6.

Gil, S. (2015). Is secondary traumatization a negative therapeutic response?  Journal of Loss and Trauma, 19(5), 1-11.

Gil, S. (2015). Risk Factors for Traumatic Exposure and for Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms (PTSS). Journal of Loss and Trauma, 20, 245-252.

Weinberg, M., & Gil, S. (2015). Trauma as an Objective or Subjective Experience: The Association between Types of Traumatic Events, Personality Traits, Subjective Experience of the Event, Levels of Dissociation and Posttraumatic Symptoms. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 21(2), 137-146.

Gil, S., Weinberg, M. Shamai, M. Ron, P. Harel, H. Or-Chen, K. (2016). Risk factors for DSM 5 Posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) Among Civilians During the 2014 Israeli-Hamas war. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 27, 1-6.

Gil, S. (2016). Building Concern Free of Force in the Treatment of Adult Survivors of Childhood Incest. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 32(2), 175-186.