Nirit Gradwohl Pisano, Ph.D.

Nirit Gradwohl Pisano

Nirit Gradwohl Pisano, Ph.D., received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Adelphi University’s Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, and completed an internship at Bronx Psychiatric Center as well as a postdoctoral fellowship at Pace University’s Counseling Center.

Nirit currently works in private practice in Scarsdale, NY. Her psychodynamically informed practice provides individual, family, couples, and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in working with individuals facing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, pregnancy/infertility/postpartum issues, loss and bereavement, and relationship difficulties. She also has significant training in working with children, adolescents, and young adults diagnosed with ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and various kinds of developmental delays.

For her dissertation, Nirit conducted research on the intergenerational transmission of Holocaust trauma, which later informed her clinical work with descendants of Holocaust survivors and survivors of other atrocities. In July of 2012, she published a book based on her findings, called, “Granddaughters of the Holocaust: Never Forgetting What They Didn’t Experience” (Academic Studies Press). She has presented her work at conferences in the United States and abroad, and recently began conducting related workshops at Jewish Community Centers in the New York Metropolitan area.


Granddaughters of the Holocaust: Never Forgetting What They Didn’t Experience. 
by Nirit Gradwohl Pisano
ISBN 9781936235889
200 pp. cloth

Publication Date: July, 2012

Granddaughters of the Holocaust: Never Forgetting What They Didn’t Experience delves into the intergenerational transmission of trauma to the granddaughters of Holocaust survivors. Although members of this generation did not endure the horrors of the Holocaust directly, they absorbed the experiences of both their parents and grandparents. Ten women participated in psychoanalytic interviews about their inheritance of Holocaust knowledge and memory, and their responses to this legacy. These women provided startling evidence for the embodiment of Holocaust residue in the ways they approached daily tasks of living and being. The resulting narratives revealed that frequently unspoken, unspeakable events are inevitably transmitted to, and imprinted upon, succeeding generations. Granddaughters continue to confront and heal the pain of a trauma they never experienced.

“Nirit Gradwohl Pisano offers penetrating interviews with ten women…She is insightful and wise, and tells an interesting story that deserves to be followed by additional work with men and with descendants of other genocides.”
-Michael Berenbaum, Director of Sigi Ziering Institute, Professor of Jewish Studies, American Jewish University

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