Kathie Supiano, PhD, LCSW, FT

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

Kathie Supiano, PhD, LCSW, FT portrait
  • Director, Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program, College Of Nursing
  • Associate Professor, College Of Nursing



  • PhD , Social Work, University of Utah. Project: Complicated Grief in Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Complicated Grief Group Therapy
  • Master of Science, Child & Family Studies-Human Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Project: Thesis: The effect of pre-admission counseling on nursing home placement in the elderly.
  • Master of Science, Counseling & Guidance, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Certification in Gerontology, Faye McBeath Institute on Aging, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Honors & Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award. Utah Aging Alliance, 11/2016
  • University of Utah Health Sciences. Fellow-Academy of Health Science Educators, 01/2015
  • Scholar Advanced Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health. National Institute of Mental Health Weill Cornell Medical College, 12/2014
  • Honors for Nursing. College of Nursing, 05/2014
  • Scholar of Faculty Development Collaborative Program in Geriatrics . HRSA Geriatric Education Centers, 01/2014
  • Selected NIH Early Career Reviewer, 2013. NIH, 03/2013
  • PhD. University of Utah-College of Social Work, 10/30/2012
  • J A Hartford Doctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Social Work. 10/10/2011
  • Higher Education Teaching Specialist Certification. 06/30/2011
  • Project-Award of Merit. ACE: Advocating for Clinical Excellence in Transdisciplinary Palliative Care Education, 10/26/2010
  • Health Care Hero Award. Utah Business Magazine, 08/10/2009
  • Nursing Honors. College of Nursing, 05/06/2008
  • Social Worker of the Year. University of Michigan Health System , 05/23/2005


I am an Associate Professor and the Director of Caring Connections:  A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program, the bereavement care program of the University of Utah serving the intermountain west.  I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a BS in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Child and Family Studies (Human Development) and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance. I earned my PhD from  the University of Utah College of Social Work  in 2012.

I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years.  My clinical practice includes care of older adults with depression and multiple chronic health concerns, end-of-life care, and bereavement care.  In addition to counseling, I have worked in the areas of elder abuse and neglect, geriatric care management, nursing home advocacy and smoking cessation.  I am a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, a Fellow of Thanatology-Association of Death Education and Counseling, and a founding member of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network.

Prior to joining the faculty in 2007, I served as social worker to the University of Utah Hospital Palliative Care team.  Before coming to Utah, I was a clinical social work manager at Turner Geriatric Clinic-University of Michigan Health Center, and have also worked in the mental health system and in long-term care.




  • Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), Fellow of Thanatology, 2007 - present
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Fellow-Social Research, Policy and Practice, 1975 - present
  • Social Work Hospice and Palliative Network (SWHPN), Founding Member, 01/2007 - present
  • Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW), member, 2008 - present
  • University of Utah-Center on Aging (COA), Faculty member, 2007 - present
  • Utah Aging Alliance (UAA), member, 2007 - present
  • Utah Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (UHPCO), member, 2006 - present
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Associate member, 2003 - present
  • American Association of Suicidology (AAS), Member, 03/2015 - present

In the Media


  • English, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • India
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea