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Awards and Credentials

  1. Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution in Psychology, awarded by the American Psychological Association
  2. Women in Science Award, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Psychological Association
  3. Service Award for “Providing Assistance to Families Who Lost Loved Ones in the Attacks of September 11, 2001," awarded by the Board of Directors of Trial Lawyers Care
  4. Teacher of the Year Awards from the Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, 1976, and the Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University, 2003

Camille Wortman Ph.D.

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Dr. Wortman received her Ph.D. from Duke University in 1972. She served on the faculty at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan before moving to Stony Brook in 1990. She is an expert on grief and bereavement, and has published more than 100 articles and book chapters on this topic. She conducted a large study on spousal loss that followed respondents for 7-10 years to identify the predictors of successful adjustment. Her main area of expertise concerns how people react to the sudden, traumatic death of a loved one. Her research demonstrates that those who experience this type of loss show enduring difficulties in many areas of their lives. Consequently, Dr. Wortman has been working to develop more effective mental health treatment approaches for this population. She is collaborating on a book for clinicians entitled Treating Survivors of Sudden, Traumatic Loss, to be published by Guilford Press.

Camille Wortman Ph.D.'s Content (Recent - Older)

Communicating with the Deceased

  • By: Camille Wortman Ph.D.
  • Suppose you speak with a neighbor who tells you that she has weekly discussions with her deceased mother. Or you talk with a close friend whose daughter was ...

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Positive Emotions: Do They Have a Role in the Grieving Process?

  • By: Camille Wortman Ph.D.
  • Research on grief has focused primarily on negative emotions, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and guilt.  But what about positive emotions, such as ...

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Getting Through the Holidays: Advice from the Bereaved

  • By: Camille Wortman Ph.D.
  • The signs of the holiday season are ubiquitous:  holiday decorations in the stores, piped in Christmas carols, holiday displays at the malls, TV ...

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Offering Support to the Bereaved: What Not to Say

  • By: Camille Wortman Ph.D.
  •     Suppose there is someone in your social network who has lost a loved one.  You want to support that person during the grieving ...

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Coping with the Death of a Loved One: The Seductiveness of Stages

  • By: Camille Wortman Ph.D.
  • One of the most widely held assumptions about the grieving process is that people proceed through a series of stages as they attempt to come to terms with ...

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