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Kathrin Boerner

  • ASSOCIATE CLINICAL PROFESSOR Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
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    Dr. Boerner is a Senior Research Scientist at the Jewish Home Research Institute on Aging, and Associate Clinical Professor at the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her research expertise is in adult development and aging, with a particular focus on coping with bereavement and chronic disability.

    Dr. Boerner has successfully published conceptual and empirical work on adaptation to bereavement and chronic disability in middle and late adulthood for over a decade. She is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIA-funded two-year study that focuses on how direct care workers respond and adapt to patient death. Recently completed studies include an NIMH-funded two-year study on coping with disability in midlife, as well as two five-year studies (funded by NIMH and NIA) on managing late-life disability.

    Dr Boerner is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 20; Adult Development and Aging) and the Gerontological Society of America. She is also an Advisory Board Member for the journal Clinical Rehabilitation (Oxford, UK).

    Dr. Boerner completed most of her undergraduate and graduate training in Germany between 1993 and 2000. She earned a BA in Psychology from the Christian Albrechts University to Kiel, an MA in Psychology from the University of Trier, and a PhD in Adult Development and Aging from the Free University of Berlin. While completing her dissertation research on family dynamics following parental loss, she also held the position of Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. Before taking her current position as Senior Research Scientist at Jewish Home Lifecare, she was a Research Associate at the  Arlene R. Gordon Research Institute of Lighthouse International, New York (2000 to 2007).


Boerner , Mock S. Impact of patient suffering on caregiver well-being:The case of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients and their caregivers. Psychology, Health, & Medicine 2011 Nov 25;.

Boerner K, Wang S. Goals with limited vision: A qualitative study of coping with vision-related goal interference in midlife. Clinical Rehabilitation 2011 Aug 24;.

Boerner K, Brennan M, Horowitz A, Reinhardt JP. Tackling vision-related disability in old age:An application of the life-span theory of control to narrative data. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences PMC Journal 2010; 65B(1): 22-31.

Boerner K, Wang S. How it matters when it happens: Life changes related to functional loss in younger and older adults. International Journal of Aging and Human Development 2010; 70(2): 227-243.

Boerner K, Schultz R. Caregiving, bereavement, and complicated grief. Bereavement Care 2009; 28(3): 10-13.

Boerner K, Jopp D. Improvement/maintenance and reorientation as central features of coping with major life change and loss: Contributions of three life-span theories. Human Development 2007; 50: 171-195.

Boerner K, Wang S, Cimarolli VR. The impact of functional loss: Nature and implications of life goals. Journal of Loss & Trauma 2006; 11: 265-287.

Boerner K, Wortman CB, Bonanno G. Resilient or at risk? A four-year study of older adults who initially showed high or low distress following conjugal loss. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 2005; 60B: P67-P73.

Boerner K. Adaptation to disability among middle-aged and older adults: The role of assimilative and accommodative coping. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 2004; 59B: P35-P42.

Boerner K, Schulz R, Horowitz A. Positive aspects of caregiving and adaptation to bereavement. Psychology and Aging 2004; 19: 668-675.

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