Senior Research Scientist
2000 Ph.D. in Psychology, Free University of Berlin, Germany
1997 M.A. in Psychology, University of Trier, Germany
1993 B.A. in Psychology, Christian Albrechts University to Kiel, Germany
- Adaptation to major life changes involving loss and decline in adulthood, with a focus on functional loss/chronic disability, end-of-life, and bereavement
- Family caregiving and support needs in the context of serious illness
- Long-term care workforce issues around dealing with patient suffering and death
“Second Heidelberg Centenarian Study” funded by Robert Bosch Foundation & Dietmar Hopp Foundation, Germany (Co-Investigator; 1/11-1/13)
“Bereavement in Direct Care Workers: Quality of Care and Workforce Issues” funded by NIA (1R03AG034076) and Trustee gifts; Principal Investigator; 5/10-4/13)
“Depression, Disability & Coping in Midlife”; funded by NIMH (1R03-MH76794-01A1; Principal Investigator; 1/07-12/09)
“Driving Transitions and Mental Health in Disabled Elders”; funded by NIA (1R01-AG020579; Co-Investigator; 5/04-4/10)
“Control Strategies & Mental Health in Impaired Elders”; funded by NIMH (R01 MH64437; Co-Investigator & Project Director; 5/02-2/10)
“Life Goals, Disability, and Rehabilitation in working-age adults with vision impairment”; funded by Mr. Edward Ferris (Principal Investigator; 5/05-5/06)
“Vision Loss, Coping Tendencies, and Mental Health”; funded by NIMH (R03 MH65382; Principal Investigator; 12/01-12/02)
Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications:
Cimarolli, V., Boerner, K., Brennan, M, Reinhardt, J. P., & Horowitz, A. (2011). Challenges Faced by Older Adults with Vision Loss: Implications for Rehabilitation. Clinical Rehabilitation, Dec 14 [Epub ahead of print].
Boerner, K. & Mock, S. (2011). Impact of patient suffering on caregiver well-being: The case of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients and their caregivers. Psychology, Health, & Medicine, Nov 25 [Epub ahead of print].
Boerner, K. & Wang, S. (2011). Goals with limited vision: A qualitative study of coping with vision-related goal interference in midlife. Clinical Rehabilitation, Aug 24 [Epub ahead of print].
Schilling, O.K., Wahl, H.-W., Horowitz, A., Reinhardt, J. P. & Boerner, K. (2010). The adaptation dynamics of chronic functional impairment: What we can learn from older adults with vision loss. Psychology and Aging, 26(1), 203-13.
Popivker, L., & Wang, S. W., & Boerner, K. (2010). Eyes on the prize: Life goals in the context of disability in midlife. Clinical Rehabilitation, 24(12), 1127-35. [PMC3178195].
Boerner, K., Brennan, M., Horowitz, A., & Reinhardt, J. P. (2010). Tackling vision-related disability in old age: An application of the life-span theory of control to narrative data. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 65B(1), 22-31. [PMC2794889].
Boerner, K. & Wang, S. (2010). How it matters when it happens: Life changes related to functional loss in younger and older adults. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 70(2), 227-243. [PMC3202214].
Mock, S. E., & Boerner, K. (2010). Sense Making and Benefit Finding among Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and their Primary Caregivers. Journal of Health Psychology, 15(1), 115-121.
Stroebe, M., Schut, H., & Boerner, K. (2010). Continuing bonds in adaptation to bereavement: Toward theoretical integration. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 259-268.
Boerner, K. & Schulz, R. (2009). Caregiving, bereavement, and complicated grief. Bereavement Care, 28(3), 10-13.
Carr, D., & Boerner, K. (2009). Do spousal discrepancies in marital quality assessments affect psychological adjustment to widowhood? Journal of Marriage and Family, 71, 495-509.
Reinhardt, J. P., Boerner, K., & Horowitz, A. (2009). Personal and social resources and adaptation to chronic impairment over time. Aging & Mental Health, 13(3), 367-375.
Wang, S. & Boerner, K. (2008). Staying connected: Re-establishing social relationships following vision loss. Clinical Rehabilitation, 22, 816–824.
Schulz, R., Hebert, R. S., & Boerner, K. (2008). Bereavement after caregiving. Geriatrics, 63(1), 20-22.
Boerner, K., & Jopp, D. (2007). Improvement/maintenance and reorientation as central features of coping with major life change and loss: Contributions of three life-span theories. Human Development, 50, 171-195.
Bonanno, G. & Boerner, K. (2007). The stage theory of grief (Letter to the Editor). Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 297(24), p. 2693.
Boerner, K., Reinhardt, J. P., & Horowitz, A. (2006). The effect of rehabilitation use on coping patterns over time among older adults with age-related vision loss. Clinical Rehabilitation, 20(6), 478-487.
Boerner, K., Wang, S., & Cimarolli, V. R. (2006). The impact of functional loss: Nature and implications of life goals. Journal of Loss & Trauma, 11, 265-287.
Cimarolli, V. R., Boerner, K., & Wang, S. (2006). Life goals in vision rehabilitation: Are they addressed and how? Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 100(6), 343-352.
Reinhardt, J. P., Boerner, K., & Horowitz, A. (2006). Good to have but not to use: Differential impact of perceived and received support on well-being. Journal of Personal and Social Relationships, 23(1), 117-129.
Schulz, R., Boerner, K., Shear, K., Zhang, S., Gitlin, L. N. (2006). Predictors of complicated grief among dementia caregivers: A prospective study of bereavement. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 14(8), 650-8.
Boerner, K., & Cimarolli, V. (2005). Optimizing rehabilitation for adults with visual impairment: attention to life goals and their links to well-being. Clinical Rehabilitation, 19 (7), 790-798.
Boerner, K., Wortman, C. B., & Bonanno, G. (2005). 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, 60B(2), P67-P73.
Cimarolli, V. R., & Boerner, K. (2005). Social support and well being in adults with visual impairment. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 99(9), 521-534.
Horowitz, A., Reinhardt, J. P., & Boerner, K. (2005). The effect of rehabilitation on depression among visually disabled older adults. Aging & Mental Health, 9(6), 563-570
Boerner, K. (2004). Adaptation to disability among middle-aged and older adults: The role of assimilative and accommodative coping. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 59(1), P35-P42. [PMC3182571]
Boerner, K., Reinhardt, J. P., Horowitz, A., & Raykov, T. (2004). Stability and change in social negativity in later life: Reducing received while maintaining initiated negativity. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 59(4), S230-S237.
Boerner, K., Schulz, R., & Horowitz, A. (2004). Positive aspects of caregiving and adaptation to bereavement. Psychology and Aging, 19(4), 668-675.
Travis, L. A., Boerner, K., Reinhardt, J. P., & Horowitz, A. (2004). Exploring functional disability in older adults with low vision. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 98(9), 534-545.
Boerner, K., & Heckhausen, J. (2003). To have and have not: Adaptive bereavement by transforming mental ties to the deceased. Death Studies, 27(3/April), 199-226.
Boerner, K., & Reinhardt, J. P. (2003). Giving while in need: Support provided by disabled older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 58B(5), S297-S304.
Horowitz, A., Reinhardt, J. P., Boerner, K., & Travis, L. (2003). The influence of health, social support quality, and rehabilitation on depression among disabled elders. Aging & Mental Health, 7(5), 342-350.
Reinhardt, J. P., Boerner, K, & Benn, D. (2003). Predicting individual change in received support over time among chronically impaired older adults. Psychology & Aging, 18(4), 770-779.
Horowitz, A., Boerner, K., & Reinhardt, J. P. (2002). Psychosocial aspects of driving transitions in elders with low vision. Gerontechnology, 1, 262-273.
Silverman, P. R., Baker, J., Cait, C. A., & Boerner, K. (2002-2003). The effects of negative legacies on children’s adjustment after parental death. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 64, 359-376.
Boerner, K., & Silverman, P. R. (2001). Gender specific coping patterns in widowed parents with dependent children. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 43(3), 201-216.
Book Chapters and Other Publications:
Boerner, K. (in press). Umgang mit Verwitwung [Coping with widowhood]. In H. W. Wahl, C. Tesch-Rösch, & J. P. Ziegelmann (Eds.), Angewandte Gerontologie, 2 [Applied Gerontology, 2nd edition]. Stuttgart, Germany: Kohlhammer.
Boerner, K., Mancini, A., Bonanno, G. A. (in press). On the nature and prevalence of uncomplicated and complicated grief. In M. Stroebe, H. Schut, P. Boelen, & J. van den Bout (Eds.), Complicated Grief: Scientific Foundations for Health Care Professionals. Routledge Publications.
Boerner, K. (2011). Bereavement and Grief. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Psychology. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199828340-0011
Wortman, C. B., Boerner, K. (2011). Reactions to the death of a loved one: Myths of coping versus scientific evidence. In H. S. Friedman (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology (pp. 441-479). Oxford University Press.Boerner, K. & Jopp, D. (2010). Resilience in response to loss. In J. W. Reich, A. J. Zautra, & J. Hall. Handbook of Adult Resilience: Concepts, Methods, and Applications (pp. 126-145). Guilford Publications.
Boerner, K. & Jopp, D. (2009). Paul and Margaret Baltes. In D. Carr (Ed.-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. Macmillan Reference USA.
Bonanno, G. A., Boerner, K., & Wortman, C. B. (2008). Trajectories of grieving. In M. Stroebe, Hansson, R., Schut, H., & Stroebe, W., Handbook of bereavement research and practice: 21st century perspectives (pp. 287-307). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.
Schulz, R., Boerner, K, & Hebert, R. S. (2008). Caregiving and bereavement. In M. Stroebe, Hansson, R., Schut, H., & Stroebe, W., Handbook of bereavement research and practice: 21st century perspectives (pp. 265-285). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.
Boerner, K., & Schulz, R. (2006). The role of positive aspects of caregiving in adaptation to bereavement. In B. Vellas, L. J. Fitten, H. Feldman, E. Giacobini, M. Grundman, B. Winblad, & A. Kurz (Eds.), Research and practice in Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, Vol. 11 (pp. 332-335). Paris: Serdi Publisher.
Wortman, C. B., Boerner, K. (2006). Reactions to the death of a loved one: Myths of coping versus scientific evidence. In H. S. Friedman, & R. C. Silver (Eds.), Foundations of health psychology (pp. 285-324). Oxford University Press.
Boerner, K. (2005). Chronic disability in old age. In C. B. Fisher & R. M. Lerner (Eds.), Encyclopedia of applied developmental science (pp. 252-254). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Boerner, K., Horowitz, A., Reinhardt, J. P., & Brennan, M. (2004). Coping behavior and mental health in elders with vision loss: Preliminary findings from a longitudinal study. Maximizing Human Potential, 12(2), pp. 3, 7.
Boerner, K. (2003). Perspectives on Bereavement. In J. R. Miller, R. M. Lerner, L. B. Schiamberg, & P. M. Anderson (Eds.), Human ecology: An encyclopedia of children, families, communities, and environments (pp. 70-74). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.
Boerner, K. (2003). The importance of compensatory strategies to maintain quality of life. Aging & Vision, 15(2), 4-5.
Boerner, K., & Wortman, C. B. (2001). Bereavement. In N. J. Smelser & P. B. Baltes (Eds.-in-Chief), International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences (pp. 1151-1155). Oxford: Elsevier Science.
Boerner, K., & Wortman, C. B. (1998). Grief and loss. In H. Friedman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of mental health (pp. 289-300). New York: Academic Press.