Interdisciplinary in character and international in scope, the Transitions Team studies risk factors for complicated bereavement, factors that promote resilience, and processes of meaning reconstruction in grief therapy.

As an academic and practicing psychologist, I am keenly interested in how people construct meaning in their lives, especially in the wake of loss and bereavement. This focus is reflected in my research, teaching, training and psychotherapy.

Projects & publications

Check out the Research page for current and completed work by the Transitions Team. 


Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. Neimeyer also serves as Director of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, which offers training and certification in grief therapy.  Since completing his doctoral training at the University of Nebraska in 1982, he has published 30 books, including a series of volumes on Techniques of Grief Therapy and Grief and the Expressive Arts, the latter with Barbara Thompson, and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies. The author of over 500 articles and book chapters, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process, both in his published work and through his frequent professional workshops for national and international audiences.  Neimeyer served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and Chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement. In recognition of his  contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, made a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

Workshops & presentations

The Training page describes my keynotes and workshops on meaning reconstruction and grief therapy.

Counseling & psychotherapy

Information on counseling and consultation for grief and other problems appears on the Therapy page.

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Course syllabi

​The Teaching page offers full descriptions and weekly schedules for both graduate and undergrad classes.

In the context of my private practice as a psychologist, I consult with individuals and families negotiating loss and transitions of all kinds.  I also provide continuing education workshops in grief therapy to a broad range of professionals in the U.S. and abroad.