Hila Rimon-Greenspan

הילה רימון גרינשפן

Research Associate, Disabilities Team (Family Group)


Research associate, Disabilities Team, Family Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.

Hila’s primary research area is disability policy and services including supported decision making and mental health care. Prior to working at the Institute, she worked for several years as a disability policy researcher at Bizchut, the Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities, where she authored two comprehensive policy studies: Trauma in care – Sexual abuse and psychiatric hospitalization: Mapping services and health policy, and Mechanisms for the protection of the rights of people with disabilities living in housing arrangements and institutions.

Hila has published several articles on the topic of disabilities and co-edited a book on ethical questions in mental health care. Since July 2007, she has served as a co-founder and coordinator of the Israeli Disability Studies Network (IDSN), a disability studies community of scholars and activists.

Hila is the recipient of the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute Jack Habib Award for Excellence for 2021.

Hila holds a BA in sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MA in Disability Studies from York University, Toronto, Canada.

She can be contacted at [email protected] or by telephone at 972-2-655-7431.

Journal Articles

Rimon-Greenspan, H. & Ravitsky, V. (2013). New frontiers in posthumous reproduction: The ethics of creating genetic grandchildren using deceased son’s sperm.  BioNews, 709. Retrieved from https://www.bionews.org.uk/page_94167

Young, M., Sisti, D.A., Rimon-Greenspan, H., Schwartz, J. & Caplan, A.L. (2012). Immune to addiction: The ethical dimensions of substance abuse vaccines.  Nature Immunology, 13(6), 521-524.

 Rimon-Greenspan, H. (2007). Disability politics in Israel: Civil society, advocacy, and contentious politics. Disability Studies Quarterly, 27(4). http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/47/47


Sisti, D.A., Caplan, A.L. & Rimon-Greenspan, H. (Eds.). (2013). Applied ethics in mental health care : an interdisciplinary reader . Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Book Chapters

Yalon-Chamovitz, S., Avidan-Ziv, O., Tenne Rina, M., & Rimon-Grinspan, H. (2022). Thinking differently, cognitive accessibility: Evidence-based model and practical implications for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In Al-Yagon, M., & Margalit, M. (Eds.) Intellectual Developmental Disorders: Theory, research and implications (625-657). Keren Shalem. (Hebrew)


Rimon-Greenspan, H. (2011). Transforming the system: The ethical challenges of the recovery approach in mental healthcare. Annual Conference of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). Minneapolis, MN.

Mor, S. & Rimon-Greenspan, H. (2008). “See you in court…: Ten year anniversary for the Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Law -1998. 21st Annual Conference of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS). New York City, NY.

Rimon-Greenspan, H. (2006). Claiming a place in the public sphere: Israeli disability politics between advocacy and contentious politics. 19th Annual Conference of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS). Washington, DC.

Rimon-Greenspan, H. (2006). The Israeli disability movement: Between needs and rights. 3rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Disability Studies Association. Toronto, ON.

Rimon-Greenspan, H. (2005). Disability policy in Israel: The place of civil society organizations in advancing policy change in Israel. 2nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Disability Studies Association. London, ON.


Rimon-Greenspan, H. (2005). Disability policy and legislation in Israel. 1st Annual Conference of the Critical Disability Studies Program. Toronto, ON.