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Granek, Leeat, Ph.D.


Leeat Granek, PhD is the head of the gerontology department and an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Dr. Granek’s expertise and research areas are in grief and loss, psycho-oncology, women’s mental health, and qualitative methods. She is currently the Principal Investigator on several mixed-methods studies examining among other topics: oncologists experiences of patient death; how oncologists, nurses and social workers identify suicide risk in cancer patients; and barriers and facilitators to mental health care among Jewish and Arab women with breast cancer. Her academic published works focus on the emotional lives of  healthcare  professionals, the pathologization of grief and mourning, qualitative methodologies, and how families of cancer patients cope with  caregiving. She frequently presents her work at oncology centers around the globe including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Cancer in New York, and Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. She has published about her work extensively in academic journals and in the popular press including in the New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Slate Magazine.