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Erica Srinivasan

Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Erica Srinivasan

Associate Professor


Specialty area(s)

Developmental psychology, gerontology (dementia, caregiving, intergenerational relationships, ageism), thanatology (aid-in-dying, disenfranchised grief, ambiguous loss, prolonged grief disorder, COVID-19, medical ethics, writing tools for grief), qualitative methods, applied research impacting community programming and policy development. 

Current courses at UWL

Lifespan Development
Adulthood and Aging
Death, Dying and Bereavement


Ph.D. Human Development and Family Sciences (Oregon State University, Corvallis)
B.A. Psychology and French (Otterbein College, Columbus, Ohio)



Teaching history

Lifespan Development

Family Studies

Adulthood and Aging

Death and Dying

End of Life Issues

Health and Aging

Dementia and Caregiving

Gerontology internship


Research and publishing

Wheeler, R., Srinivasan, E.G. Bolkan, C., Decker, A. (2021) Young adults’ experiences with loss

            and grief during COVID-19. Death Studies

Gullekson, N., Kiersch, C., Manno, C., Srinivasan, E.G., Vianden, J.G. (2021) Exploring the

            differential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees with disabilities:

           A call for organizational action. Sociation

MacKinnon, C., Ummel, D., Vinit, F., Srinivasan, E.G. (2021) Suffering a death wish: The

            psychology of medical aid-in-dying. In Neimeyer, R. (Ed.), New techniques of grief

            therapy: Bereavement and beyond. New York, NY: Routledge.

Srinivasan, E.G. (2020) Grief and Medical Assistance in Dying: Lessons learned from Oregon.

             Canadian Virtual Hospice,

Srinivasan, E.G. (2018). Bereavement and the Oregon Death with Dignity Act: How does

      assisted death impact grief? Death Studies. Advance online publication.

      doi: 10.1080/07481187.2018.1511636.

Srinivasan, E.G. (2017). Assisted death and suicide: comparing grief reactions. In N.

      Thompson, G. Cox & R. Stevenson (Eds.), Handbook of traumatic loss: A guide to

       theory and practice (pp. 33-46). New York, NY: Routledge.

Bolkan, C., Srinivasan E.G., Dewar, A., Schubel, S. (2014). Learning through loss: Implementing  

       lossography narratives in death education. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 36(2), 124-





Grace Deason, Erica Srinivasan and Tanvi Thakkar, all Psychology, presented "The Women, Gender Minorities, and Allies in Science Symposium" at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology Mid-Winter Meeting on Feb. 13 in Orlando. Thakkar chaired the symposium, and Deason and Srinivasan presented "From Barriers to Opportunities: How Stereotypes Shape Women's Experiences in Science" and "Gender Discrimination and Gender Stereotypes: Exploring the Impact on Women in Academia."

Submitted on: Feb. 17, 2023


Nicole Gullekson, Christa Kiersch and Christine Manno, all Management; Erica Srinivasan, Psychology; and Jörg Vianden, Student Affairs; co-authored the article "Exploring the Differential Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Employees with Disabilities: A Call for Organizational Action" in Sociation published on March 22 by North Carolina Sociological Association.

Submitted on: Mar. 30, 2022


Erica Srinivasan, Psychology served as a panelist following the screening of the documentary film, "Defining Hope." In honor of National Palliative Care and Hospice Month, Viterbo University, the UWL Center for Death, Grief and Bereavement, the UWL Psychology Department and Gundersen Health System collaborated on the event. The film explored how people living with life-threatening illness and nurses navigate treatment decisions. The film was shown for one night across the U.S., and La Crosse was one of only six places in Wisconsin that participated.

Submitted on: Nov. 3, 2017