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Center for the Study of Loss & Transition

Interdisciplinary in character and international in scope, the Transitions Team studies risk factors for complicated bereavement, factors that promote resilience, and processes of meaning reconstruction in grief therapy.

Meet The Transitions Team

Robert Neimeyer, Ph.D.

Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he maintains an active clinical practice. He also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, which provides training internationally in grief therapy.  Neimeyer has published 30 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy:  Assessment and Interventionand Grief and the Expressive Arts:  Practices for Creating Meaning, the latter with Barbara Thompson, and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies. The author of nearly 500 articles and book chapters and a frequent workshop presenter, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process.  Neimeyer served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and Chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement.  In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, made a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

 

Jamison Bottomley, M.S.

Jamison Bottomley, M.S., is a clinical psychology graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. His research has largely focused on the experience of exposure to suicide broadly, with a particular emphasis on how survivors of suicide loss adjust and find meaning in the wake of suicide loss.  Jamison’s current research concentrates on how people who have lost a close other to traumatic means utilize formal and informal support systems, such as psychotherapy and peer support groups, respectively, to meet their bereavement needs and how these various modes of support facilitate meaning reconstruction and adaptation to loss.

 

Jessie Sawyer, B.A.

Jessica Sawyer is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health program at the University of Memphis.  Her main area of interest revolves around bereavement counseling, with a particular concentration on researching the implications Near Death Experiences and their aftereffects may have for experiencers and non-experiencers, alike, in the form of meaning making and constructivist therapy.  She also expresses an interest on the impact of interpersonal relationships within grief levels, nonfinite and disenfranchised losses, and how one uses religion/spirituality to cope with the discrepancies in one’s life narrative.

 

Katy Higgins, B.S.

Katy Higgins is completing her masters in general psychology with a clinical focus. She is currently a research assistant in the Loss and Transition Lab and the Psychotherapy Research Lab at The University of Memphis. She is currently working on a tandem project in which she will be assessing and looking into a grief therapy technique involving writing letters to the deceased.

 

Paige Shreifels, B.S.

Paige Schreifels is completing her second year as a student in the Masters of Science in General Psychology at the University of Memphis, where she is concentrating on psychotherapy. Her research concentrates on the process of meaning reconstruction in bereavement, with a special focus on its relation to the outcome of grief therapy.

Kiera Aycock

Kiera Aycock is a senior studying psychology at The University of Memphis. She has previously worked as a research assistant in the Center for Health Promotion and Evaluation and is currently working in the Center for the Study of Loss and Transition. She hopes to continue her education in psychology following graduation.

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