Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D.

Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

Phone: (901) 678-4680
Fax: (901) 678-2579

Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., holds a Dunavant University Professorship in the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. Since completing his doctoral training at the University of Nebraska in 1982, he has conducted extensive research on the topics of death, grief, loss, and suicide intervention.

Neimeyer has published 18 books, including Meaning Reconstruction and the Experience of Loss (American Psychological Association), Lessons of Loss: A Guide to Coping (Brunner Routledge), and Dying: Facing the Facts, and Treatment of Suicidal People (both with Taylor & Francis). The author of over 200 articles and book chapters, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process.

Neimeyer is the Editor of the respected international journal, Death Studies and served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (1996-1997). He presently serves on the American Psychological Associationís Task Force on End-of-Life Issues, where he is helping implement a research and practice agenda for psychology in this critical area. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Distinguished Research Award (1990), the Distinguished Teaching Award (1999), and the Eminent Faculty Award (2002) by the University of Memphis, elected to the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement (1993), designated Psychologist of the Year by the Tennessee Psychological Association (1996), made a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association (1997), and given the Research Recognition Award by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (1999). Neimeyer currently serves on the Committee on End-of-Life Issues of the American Psychological Association, the Scientific Advisory committee of the Grief Research Program of the Center for the Advancement of Health, and the Evaluations and Outcomes Committee of Last Acts, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.