First Name: Wendy
Last Name: Lichtenthal
Position Title: Assisting Attending Psychologist
Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research, Patient Care, and Other
About Me/My interests: I am a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in end-of-life and bereavement research and clinical work, with a focus on meaning-making and intervention development. I am currently conducting an NCI-funded mixed methods study of parents bereaved by cancer designed to inform adaptation of a meaning-centered intervention for this population. Bereaved parents are being recruited from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute Pediatric Oncology Branch (Site PI: Lori Wiener, PhD).
Training Opportunities: Yes
My Contact Information:
Phone: (646) 888-4812
Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Bereavement, prolonged grief disorder, bereaved parents, meaning-making, intervention development
Publications that may be of interest to others:
Lichtenthal WG, Cruess DG, Prigerson HG. A case for establishing complicated grief as a distinct mental disorder in DSM-V. Clin Psychol Rev 2004; 24(6):637-662.
Kissane D, Lichtenthal WG, Zaider T. Family care before and after bereavement. OMEGA: J Death Dying. Special Issue: "Hospice Heritage" In Memory of Dame Cicely Saunders 2007-2008; 56(1):21-32.
Lichtenthal WG, Cruess DG. Effects of directed written disclosure on grief and distress symptoms among bereaved individuals. Death Stud 2010; 34(6), 475-499.
Lichtenthal WG, Currier JM, Neimeyer RA, Keesee NJ. Sense and Significance: A mixed methods examination of meaning making after the loss of one’s child. J Clin Psychol 2010; 66(7):791-812.
Lichtenthal WG, Nilsson M, Kissane DW, Breitbart W, Kacel E, Jones EC, Prigerson HG. Underutilization of mental health services among bereaved caregivers with prolonged grief disorder. Psychiatr Services 2011; 62(10):1225-1229.