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


Research Summary

My primary area of research is care of persons experiencing complicated grief, a persistent and disabling grief experience. We have completed randomized-controlled trials examining Complicated Grief Group Therapy (CGGT) in two populations; suicide survivors and bereaved dementia caregivers. We are beginning a study adapting CGGT into a prevention model for dementia caregivers at risk for complicated grief, funded by the National Alzheimer's Association.

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., Interest Level: 5

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.