Profile for Erica Srinivasan

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Specialty area(s)

Developmental Psychology, Gerontology and Thanatology (disenfranchised grief, ambiguous loss, aid-in-dying, Grief & COVID-19, end of life issues, writing tools for grief, intergenerational relationships, gerontology, dementia)

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

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-


MacKinnon, C., Ummel, D., Vinit, F., Srinivasan, E.G. (in press). 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.



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