Awards and Honors

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore of the MISS Foundation confers the Phoenix Award:  Rising to the Service of Humanity, to Neimeyer for his contributions to the study and treatment of parental bereavement.

Lifetime Achievement Award (2014), Association for Death Education and Counseling

Lifetime Achievement Award (2014), International Network on Personal Meaning

Phoenix Award: Rising to the Service of Humanity (2012), MISS Foundation


Honorary Associate, Viktor Frankl Association (2012)

Annual APPEX award for Education & Training Electronic Media & Video Publications (2011)

Clinical Practice Award (2011), Association for Death Education and Counseling

Dr. Robert Fulton Founder’s Award for Outstanding University Teaching, Research, Publication and Professional Service (2008), Center for Death Education and Bioethics

George A. Kelly Award for Outstanding Contributions to Constructivist Psychology (2006), Constructivist Psychology Network

Cashdollar Visiting Professorship (2006), University of Tennessee School of Health Sciences

Chair, International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement (2003-2005)

Board of Visitors Eminent Faculty Award (2002), University of Memphis

Dunavant University Professorship (Endowed Chair) (2000-2002), College of Arts & Sciences, University of Memphis

Distinguished Teaching Award (1999), University of Memphis

Research Recognition Award (1999), Association for Death Education and Counseling

Fellow, Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) (1997), American Psychological Association

President, Association for Death Education and Counseling (1996-1997)

Psychologist of the Year (1996), Tennessee Psychological Association

Research Award (1990), Memphis State University

Distinguished Research Award (1990), Catalan Society for Behavioral Research & Therapy  - Spain

Neimeyer's contributions to the fields of psychology and thantatology (the study of death and dying) have been recognized through the receipt of numerous awards for his scholarship, his teaching, and his leadership by several national and international associations and institutions.  He also has served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and as Chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying and Bereavement, as well as on national task forces for formulating a role for psychology in end-of-life care and for developing guidelines for best practices in intervention, research, and public health initiatives to mitigate the impact of suicide bereavement.