Dr. Katherine Shear will speak at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills on Friday, March 8th at 5:30 pm.  This visit has been postponed from November 2012.  Dr. Shear will deliver the sermon entitled Complicated Grief during the Erev Shabbat Service.

Dr. Katherine Shear is the Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University School of Social Work and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  She is also the Director of the Bereavement and Grief Program and Director of the Complicated Grief Research and Training Program at Columbia University School of Social Work.

In the mid-1990s, Dr. Shear and her colleagues identified the syndrome of complicated grief, an intense long-lasting form of grief. She developed and tested a novel treatment for the newly identified condition which culminated in the publication of the first randomized controlled treatment study for complicated grief in June 2005.  Dr. Shear is also Director of the Complicated Grief Treatment Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.