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

Research Statement

As reflected in the Caring Connections mission statement, I am committed to research which promotes greater understanding of loss, grief and bereavement, and methods to facilitate constructive grief.

Research Keywords

  • grief, end-of-life care, group therapy, interdisciplinary care.

Presentations

  • Supiano, K. P., Haynes, L. B., Andersen, T. A., & Luptak, M. “Transforming the Meaning of Loss: Complicated Grief Group Therapy With Bereaved Dementia Caregivers.” The Gerontological Society of America's 69th Annual Scientific Meeting. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2016.
  • Dassel, K., Utz, R., Supiano, K. P., & McGee, N. “The Influence of Death Trajectories on End-of-Life Care Preferences.” The Gerontological Society of America's 69th Annual Scientific Meeting. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2016.
  • Caserta, M., Donaldson, G., Utz, R., Lund, D., Supiano, K. P. & Latimer, S. “Bereaved Cancer Caregivers' Preparedness for Spouse/Partner Loss.” The Gerontological Society of America's 69th Annual Scientific Meeting. Poster, Presented, 11/2016.
  • Felsted, K. F. & Supiano, K. P. “Has mindfulness been shown to reduce symptoms of urinary urge incontinence in adults? A synthesized review of the literature.” Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science State of the Science Congress. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/2016.
  • Supiano, K. P. Complicated Grief Group Therapy with Bereaved Dementia Caregivers. Symposium presentation, European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy annual meeting. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2016.
  • Supiano, K. P. “Care of donor families: placing grief in context or tissue donation.” Utah Lions Eye Bank. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/2016.
  • Supiano, K. P. “When a client dies by suicide” Utah Zero Suicide Learning Collaborative-Utah Department of Human Services-Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2016.
  • Supiano, K. P. “When Grief Isn’t Working: Care & Treatment Strategies for those who are “Stuck.” Generations Conference: Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/2016.
  • Head, B., Supiano, K., & Waldrop, D. “Aging Matters: Palliative Care in Older Adults.” Pre-conference session. Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network, General Assembly. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/2016.
  • Clayton, M. F., Supiano, K. P., Wilson, R., Lassche, M., Latendresse, G. "Simulating Responsible Conduct of Research Principles in Doctoral Education" American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2016 Doctoral Education Conference. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/2016.
  • Supiano, K. P., Farrell, T. W., Brunker, C., Wong, B. Luptak, M., Andersen, T., Wilby, F. & Yang, R. The Relationship Between Interprofessional Team Process and Quality of Care Transition Plans. The Gerontological Society of America's 68th Annual Scientific Meeting. Poster, Presented, 11/2015.
  • Lassche, M., Clayton M., Supiano, K, Latendresse, G., & Wilson R.D. Simulation in PhD Scientific Education Curricula to Reinforce Responsible Conduct of Research and Ethics. 16th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2016); Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). Poster, Presented, 11/2015.
  • Farrell, T. W., Brunker, C., Supiano, K. P. & Wilson, R. “Approaches to Teaching and Assessing Best Practices in Transitional Care.” Academy of Health Science Educators 2nd Annual Education Symposium, University of Utah. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/2015.
  • “Understanding what has been lost….building on what is left.” 13th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2015.
  • Keynote Address “Learning from Loss: Growing Resilience As We Age.” Utah Aging Alliance-state conference. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2015.
  • Farrell, T.W., Brunker, C. P., Wong, B., Luptak, M., Supiano, K. Health Professions Trainees’ Satisfaction with the Geriatric Transitions Objective Structured Video Examination (GT-OSVE) and Self-Efficacy in Care Transitions Domains. American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting. Poster, Presented, 05/2015.
  • Supiano, K. P. “Honoring Grief, Honoring Ourselves: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Education for Grief Group Clinician-Facilitators. Association of Death Education and Counseling Annual Meeting. Poster, Presented, 04/2015.
  • Blacker, S., Jones, B., Head, B., Remke, S., & Supiano, K. “Advancing Social Work Leadership in Interprofessional Education and Practice in Hospice and Palliative Care.” Plenary Session. Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network, General Assembly. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/2015.
  • Clayton, M.F., Supiano, K., Latendresse, G., Lassche, M., Wilson, R., “Incorporating Simulation into PhD Education.” University of Utah Symposium on Emerging Technology Trends in Higher Education. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/2015.
  • Selected panelist; Hospice Foundation of America 22nd annual Living with Grief Program: “The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.”. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2015.
  • Supiano, K. P. “Loss as a Path Toward Resilience” National Alliance on Mental Illness-Utah meeting. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2014.
  • “The Grief Experience of Long-term Caregivers: Our Care Continues.” Utah Aging Alliance-state conference. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Palmer, A., Supiano, K. P., Cowan, A., Talliac, P. “Advance Care Planning.” Utah Governor’s Health Summit. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Supiano, K. P. “Educating BS-Nursing students in EOL: Simulation of patient death.” Association of Death Education and Counseling Annual Meeting Baltimore, MD. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/01/2014.
  • Utah Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (UHPCO) Keynote Address “The grief experience of prison hospice inmate caregivers.”. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/20/2013.
  • National Alliance On Mental Illness-state conference, Salt Lake City, UT. “Suicide Post-vention is Good Prevention”. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2013.
  • Utah Aging Alliance-state conference, Park City, UT. “Suicide in the Elderly”. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2013.
  • Intermountain Donors Services Regional Symposium, West Valley City, UT. “Care of donor families: placing grief in context.”. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2013.
  • 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. "Transitions at End of Life”. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2013.
  • IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Seoul, Korea. “Addressing the need for universal interdisciplinary team training in geriatric professional education.” Supiano, K. P. & Supiano, M. A. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2013.
  • “Addressing the need for universal interdisciplinary team training in geriatric professional education.” American Geriatrics Society, Grapevine, TX. Montagnini, M., Kaiser, R., Supiano, K. P. & Ruth Ann Tsukuda, R. A. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/2013.
  • Association of Death Education and Counseling Annual Meeting, Hollywood, CA. “An RCT of complicated grief group therapy in older adults.” . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2013.
  • Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network, General Assembly, New Orleans, LA. “The grief experience of prison hospice inmate caregivers.”. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/2013.
  • The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration: Educational Conference and Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, UT. “End-of-life issues, goals of care discussions and hospice decisions.”. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2013.
  • Complicated Grief in Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Complicated Grief Group Therapy. 65th annual meeting, Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, CA. Poster, Presented, 11/2012.
  • “Supporting Caregivers: Ways to Improve Bereavement Outcomes.” 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2012.
  • Making a difference through interprofessional education: Advancing geriatric practice and shaping aging health/behavioral health policy.Society for Social WorkResearch, Washington, D.C. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/2012.
  • “Practical Approaches to End-of-Life Decision Making.” Utah Hospice and Palliative Care Organization-Annual Meeting. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/09/2010.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness-Utah meeting “A new understanding of complicated grief.” . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/04/2010.
  • Supiano, K. P. (2010, Oct). “Developing interdisciplinary skills and professional confidence in palliative care social work students.” ACE: Advocating for Clinical Excellence in Transdisciplinary Palliative Care Education-Reunion Conference, Pasadena, CA. Poster, Presented, 10/26/2010.
  • Supiano, K. P. & Carroll, A. M. "The highly demanding client: Meeting the care management challenge of the older client with personality disorder.” National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers- Annual conference, Albuquerque, NM. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/2010.
  • Supiano, K. P. “Understanding grief and prolonged grief disorder: Compassionate care following traumatic loss.” National Organization of Victims’ Advocates-Annual conference, Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2010.
  • Supiano, K. P. (2009, Oct). “A new understanding of complicated grief: Theory, diagnosis and treatment”. Utah Geriatrics Society/Utah Aging Alliance- Annual Conference, Midway, UT. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2009.
  • Supiano, K. P. (2009, May). “Dealing with Challenging Behaviors in Older Adults with Later-stage Dementias”. Veterans Administration Health Care System-Utah Cooperative Healthcare Educational Program, Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2009.
  • Nov 22, 2008 “An Interdisciplinary Course in Palliative Care: Determining Discipline-specific and Interdisciplinary Learning Outcomes for Graduate Students in Nursing, Social Work and Pharmacy”. 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, Gerontological Society of America, Wash, DC. With Patricia Berry, PhD. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2008.
  • Sept 5, 2008 “Facilitating Communication between Providers and Caregivers” Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference, Salt Lake City, UT . Conference Paper, Presented, 2008.
  • Jan 2008 “An Interdisciplinary Course in Palliative Care” Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine-Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Tampa, FL. With Patricia Berry, PhD. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/2008.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Complicated Grief Group Therapy for Bereaved Dementia Caregivers. PI: Katherine Supiano. National Alzheimer’s Association-Early Career Investigator Award, 03/2014 - 08/2016. Total project budget to date: $0.00 Nugget: Bereaved Dementia Caregiver Research Study.pdf
  • Complicated Grief in Survivors of Suicide: An Evaluation of the Treatment Effectiveness of Complicated Grief Group Therapy. PI: Katherine Supiano. Groups Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, 02/2014 - 08/2016. Total project budget to date: $0.00 Nugget: Suicide Grief group Research Advertisement with definition of complicated grief .pdf
  • Complicated Grief In Suicide Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Trial Of Complicated Grief Group Therapy. PI: Katherine Supiano. Fahs-Beck Fund Faculty Research Grant, 01/2014 - 05/2016. Total project budget to date: $0.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program. PI: Ginny Pepper. 07/2012 - 06/2015.
  • Aging and Dying in Prison: Toward an Effective and Sustainable Model of Prison Hospice. PI: Kristin Cloyes. Co-PI(s): Patricia Berry & Katherine Supiano. 01/2012 - 12/2013.
  • Integrating High-Fidelity Simulation into Interdisciplinary End-of-Life Care Education . PI: Kathie Supiano. Co-PI(s): Patricia Berry & Lynda Oderda. 03/2013 - 12/2013.
  • Complicated Grief in Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Complicated Grief Group Therapy . PI: Katherine P. Supiano. 12/03/2010 - 12/02/2011.
  • Sense-making in Suicide Survivorship: A Qualitative Study of the Effect of Grief Support Group Participation . PI: Katherine Supiano. 09/26/2010 - 09/26/2011.

Languages

  • English, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • India
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea

Publications

  • Supiano, K. P., Haynes, L. B., & Pond, V. (in press). The transformation of meaning in complicated grief group therapy for suicide survivors: Treatment process analysis using the Meaning of Loss Codebook. Death Studies. In press, 01/2017.
  • Dassel, K. B., Utz, R., Supiano, K. P., McGee, N. & Latimer, S. (in press). The Influence of Death Trajectory Type on End-of-Life Care Preferences. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.. In press, 12/2016.
  • Supiano, K. P., Haynes, L. B., & Pond, V. (2017). The process of change in Complicated Grief Group Therapy for bereaved dementia caregivers: An evaluation using the Meaning Loss Codebook. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Jan 4. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2016.1274930. [Epub ahead of print]. Published, 01/03/2017.
  • Cloyes.K. G., Rosenkranz, S. J., Supiano, K. P., Berry, P. H., Routt, M., Llanque, S. M. & Shannon-Dorcy, K. (2017). Caring to learn and learning to care: Inmate hospice volunteers and the delivery of prison end-of-life care. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 23(1) 43-55. Published, 01/02/2017.
  • Supiano, K.P., Haynes, L. B, & Larsen, P. (2016). Resolution of delusional parasitosis within Complicated Grief Group Therapy: A case analysis. Journal of Social Work with Groups. doi:10.1080/01609513.2016.1218814. [Epub ahead of print]. Published, 10/20/2016.
  • Blacker, S., Jones, B. L., Head, B., Remke, S., and Supiano, K. P. (2016). Advancing hospice and palliative care social work leadership in interprofessional education. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. 12 ,4, on-line release http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15524256.2016.1247771. Published, 12/01/2016.
  • Cloyes, K. G., Rosenkranz, S. J., Berry, P. H., Supiano, K. P., Routt, M., Shannon-Dorcy, K., & Llanque, S. M. (2016). Essential Elements of an Effective and Sustainable Prison Hospice Program. The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, 33(4), 390–402. doi.org/10.1177/1049909115574491. Published, 11/01/2016.
  • Clayton, M. F., Supiano, K. P., Wilson, R. D., Lassche, M., Latendresse, G. (2016). Using simulation in nursing PhD education: facilitating application of responsible conduct of research principles. Journal of Professional Nursing. (online pre-publication release) Vol 0, No. 0 (June), 1–6 DOI: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2016.05.010. Published, 04/01/2016.
  • Supiano, K. P., Andersen, T. C., & Hayes, L. B. (2015). Sudden-on-chronic death and complicated grief in bereaved dementia caregivers: Two case studies of complicated grief group therapy. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 11 (3-4), 267-282 doi: 10.1080/15524256.2015.1107810. Published, 09/2015.
  • Supiano, K. P. (2015). And I have lost him twice: Grief in dementia caregivers. In K. J. Doka and A. S. Tucci (Eds.), The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease.Washington DC: Hospice Foundation of America, 29-41. Published, 04/2015.
  • Supiano, K. P. (2015). Efficacy of Complicated Grief Therapy in Older Adults-Commentary. Evidence-Based Mental Health: BMJ Evidence Based Journals, on-line prepublication doi: 10.1136/feb-2015-102064.. Published, 02/2015.
  • Cloyes, K. G., Berry, P. H., Martz, K. & Supiano, K. P. (2015). Characteristics of prison hospice patients: Medical history, hospice care and end-of-life symptom prevalence. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 21 (3), 298-308. doi: 10.1177/1078345815588842.. Published, 01/2015.
  • Supiano, K. P., Lentz, J. C., & Sumser B. (2015). Care of the family. In P. H. Berry and H. Martinez (Eds.), Core Curriculum for the Hospice and Palliative Nurse, 4th Ed. (pp. 213-236). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing. Published, 02/04/2015.
  • Supiano, K. P., Cloyes, K. G., & Berry, P. H. (2014). The grief experience of prison inmate hospice volunteer caregivers. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. 10:1, 80-94, doi:10.080/15524256.2013.877866. Published, 05/2014.
  • Montagnini, M., Clark, P.G., Dodd, M.A., Goodwin, C., Kaiser, R. M., Periyakoil, V. S., Ramsel, D., Sanchez-Reilly, S. E., Semla, T. P., Smith, H., Supiano, K., Tsukuda, R. A., & Zeiss, A. (2014). Position Statement on Interdisciplinary Team Training in Geriatrics: An Essential Component of Quality Healthcare for Older Adults. Developed by the Partnership for Health in Aging Workgroup on Interdisciplinary Team Training-American Geriatrics Society. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, doi: 10.1111/jgs.12822. Published, 06/2014.
  • Supiano, K. P., & Luptak, M. (2014). Complicated grief in older adults: a randomized controlled trial of complicated grief group therapy. The Gerontologist, 54 August 12, (5), 840-856, doi: 10.1093/geront/gnt076. Published, 08/2014.
  • Cloyes K.G., Rosenkranz S.J., Wold D, Berry P.H., Supiano K.P. (2014). To be truly alive: motivation among prison inmate hospice volunteers and the transformative process of end-of-life peer care service. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. Vol. 31, 735-48. doi:10.1177/1049909113506035. Published, 11/01/2014.
  • Supiano, K. P. (2013). Weaving interdisciplinary and discipline-specific content into palliative care education: One successful model for teaching end-of-life care. Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 67 (1, 2), 201-206. Published, 06/2013.
  • Supiano, K. P. & Berry, P. H. (2013). Developing interdisciplinary skills and professional confidence in palliative care social work students. Journal of Social Work Education, 49 (3), 387-396. Published, 02/2013.
  • Scheese, C. H. & Supiano, K.P. (2013). Utilizing a Simulation Learning Center for research on grief group therapy. Nursing Management, Feb, 32-37, doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000426139.60785.36. Published, 02/2013.
  • Supiano, K. P. (2012). Personal loss in health professions graduate students: Implications for clinical education in bereavement. Bereavement Care Journal, 31 (3), 104-108. Published, 12/2012.
  • Supiano, K. P. (2012). Sense-making in suicide survivorship: A qualitative study of the effect of grief support group participation. Journal of Loss & Trauma, 17 (6), 489-507, doi: 10.1080/15325024.2012.665298. Published, 06/2012.
  • Wilson, S. C. & Supiano, K P. (2011). Widows’ of veterans’ experiences in conjugal bereavement: A qualitative analysis. Journal of women and Aging, 23 (1), 77-93. doi: 10.1080/08952841.540479. Published, 06/2009.
  • Supiano, K. P. & Altilio, T. Care of the patient and family, (2010). In P. H. Berry, (Ed.), Core Curriculum for the Generalist Hospice and Palliative Nurse, 3rd Ed. Kendall Hunt: Dubuque, IA, 141-162. Published, 05/2010.
  • Supiano, K. P. & Cole, B. V. (2009). The impact of personal loss on the experience of health professions graduate students in end-of-life and bereavement care. Death Studies, 35 (1), 73-89. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2010.507321. Published, 01/2009.
  • Supiano, K. P. & Carroll, A. M. (2009) Personality disorders in older clients and their families: A challenge for geriatric care managers. Case Management Journals, 10 (4), 146-150. DOI: 10.1891/1521-0987.10.4.146. Published, 08/2009.
  • Thomas, L. A., Supiano, K.P., Chasco, E.E., Beer, M.C., and McGowan, J. (2009) Smoking cessation programs for seniors: A group model that works. Clinical Gerontologist, 32 (1), 118-125. Published, 01/2009.
  • Supiano, K. P. and Gregory, J. Transitions of care: Optimal communication between hospital and hospice. (2008) Home Health Care Management and Practice, 20, (5), 389-393.DOI: 10.1177/0123456789123456. Published, 04/2008.
  • Carroll, A. M., Vetor, K., Holmes, S. & Supiano, K. P. (2005). Ask the consumer: An innovative approach to dementia-related adult day service evaluation. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias, 20, (5), 274-278. Published, 07/05/2005.
  • Supiano, K. P. & Blomquist, A. (2003). The social work role in a hospital delirium prevention program. Social Work Leader, 29, (3), 11. Published, 04/22/2003.
  • Supiano, K. P. (2003) Revenue generation in social work: The example of a university-based geriatric center. Social Work Leader, 29, (3), 13. Published, 04/07/2003.
  • Buttar, A. M., Hickey, K., Supiano, K. P., Lazaro, M., & Tomy, S. (2002) Interdisciplinary team care for the older adult. In D.E. Rosenblatt and V.S. Natarajan (Eds.), Primer on geriatric care: A clinical approach to the older patient. Printer’s Castle Press, Cochin (Kerala), India, 27-41. Published, 12/02/2002.
  • Supiano, K. P. (2001) Maintaining family ties: Intervening with elder neglect. In B. Ingersoll-Dayton and R. Campbell (Eds.). The delicate balance: Case studies in counseling and care management for the elderly. Health Professions Press, 303-317 (also published in Japanese). Published, 04/02/2001.
  • Supiano, K. P. (2001) Relationship formation: The key to creative care management. In B. Ingersoll-Dayton and R. Campbell (Eds.), The delicate balance: Case studies in counseling and care management for the elderly. Health Professions Press, 279-302 (also published in Japanese). Published, 04/02/2001.
  • Ozminkowski, R. J., Supiano, K. P. & Campbell, R. (1991). Volunteers in nursing home enrichment: A survey to evaluate training and satisfaction. Activities, Adaptation and Aging, 15, (3), 13-43. Published, 10/22/1991.
  • Supiano, K. P. (1991). The end: Writing at life's closure. Clinical Gerontologist, 11, (2), 43-46. Published, 04/23/1991.
  • Supiano, K. P., Ozminkowski, R. J., Campbell, R. & Lapidos, C. (1989). Effectiveness of writing groups in nursing homes. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 8, (3), 382-400. Published, 10/24/1989.
  • Supiano, K. P. & Peacock, N. L. (1981). Discharge planning for residents of a long-term care facility. Quality Review Bulletin, 7, (10), 17-25. Published, 11/17/1981.
  • Supiano, K. P. (1980). The counseling needs of elderly nursing home residents. In C. J. Pulvino & N. Colangelo (Eds.), Counseling for the growing years: 65 and over. Minneapolis: Educational Media Corporation, 233-246. Published, 05/01/1980.
  • Perrone, P. A & Supiano, K. P. (1980). Retirement as a transition point in human development. In C. J. Pulvino and N. Colangelo (Eds.), Counseling for the growing years: 65 and over. Minneapolis: Educational Media Corporation, 95-102. Published, 05/01/1980.