Ken Doka

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      Summary of expertise:
      Kenneth J. Doka is Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America and Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle. Dr. Doka is an internationally-known speaker in the field of death, dying and bereavement. His extensive knowledge enables him to speak comfortably on the subjects with both professionals and consumers. He has written or edited more than a dozen books on various aspects of grief and loss, and has published over 100 articles. Dr. Doka serves as the lead panelist on HFA's National Bereavement Teleconference, hosted annually by Frank Sesno of CNN. The Association for Death Education and Counseling presented him with an Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education, and he is a member of the International Work Group on Dying, Death and Bereavement. He has appeared on CNN and NBC, and been interviewed by with The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and keynotes conferences around the world.
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      White paper/research:
      Diversity and End of Life Care
      Children and Loss
      Coping with Grief During the Holidays
      Surviving the Loss of a Child

      Books/articles published:
      Books include: Living with Grief: Children and Adolescents; Living with Grief: Before and After Death; Pain Management at the End-of-Life: Bridging the Gap between Knowledge and Practice; Living with Grief: Ethical Dilemmas at the End of Life; Living with Grief: Alzheimers Disease; Living with Grief: Coping with Public Tragedy; Men Dont Cry, Women Do: Transcending Gender Stereotypes of Grief; Living with Grief: Loss in Later Life; Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing Hidden Sorrow; Living with Life Threatening Illness; Death and Spirituality; Living with Grief: After Sudden Loss; Living with Grief: When Illness is Prolonged; Living with Grief: Who We Are, How We Grieve; Living with Grief: At Work, School and Worship; Caregiving and Loss: Family Needs, Professional Responses; AIDS, Fear and Society; Aging and Developmental Disabilities; and Disenfranchised Grief: New Directions, Challenges, and Strategies for Practice.
      Past President, Association for Death Education and Counseling
      Member, International Work Group on Dying, Death and Bereavement
      Received the Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education from ADEC

      Prior media experience:
      Serves as lead panelist on National Bereavement Teleconference hosted annually by Frank Sesno of CNN (formerly hosted by Cokie Roberts)
      Appeared on national television, including CNN and NBC
      Interviewed by national media, including Washington Post and Wall Street Journal

      Educational background:
      PhD, MDiv
      licensed mental health counselor in New York state
      Ordained Lutheran minister

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