Death, Dying and Loss

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Death is one of the ubiquitous experiences in life. Everyone has or knows someone who has lost a loved-one. The loss of parent, spouse, child, or sibling is also quite an idiographic phenomenon, which requires the use of a versatile compendium of methods to investigate why, how, and under what circumstances loss can contribute to adverse physical and physiological health outcomes. The goal of this research program is to understand the relationship between death and loss, and physical health outcomes.

I would like to thank Dr. Jeffrey Ennis who passed away on April 21, 2019. This research program is dedicated to commemorate his continuous kindness, support, and mentorship throughout the years I knew him.

Planned Projects

  1. Systematic Review of Meaning in Life and Physical Outcomes: What life changes occur after the diagnosis of a chronic medical condition? 
  2. Commentary on Meaning in Life in Rehabilitation: How can meaning in life concepts improve rehabilitation program design and delivery?
  3. Systematic Review on Spousal Loss and Physical/Physiological OutcomesWhat physical, clinical, and physiological health outcomes or correlates are associated with spousal bereavement? 
  4. Commentary on Stress and Attachment: How can the literature on stress, marital quality, and attachment be used to explain the widowhood effect and other adverse physical health outcomes?
  5. Qualitative Evidence Synthesis on Meaning in Life, Loss, and Physical HealthHow does meaning-making contribute to widows’ physical well-being? 
  6. Qualitative Evidence Synthesis on Post-Traumatic Growth: What are the common dimensions of post-traumatic growth after loss?
  7. Qualitative Evidence Synthesis on Loss through Suicide: How do individuals who experience loss through suicide make meaning?
  8. Qualitative Evidence Synthesis on Anticipatory Grief: How does anticipatory grief differ between distinct medical conditions


*indicates supervising/corresponding author

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