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Joanne Cacciatore

Assoc Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Biography

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore is an Associate Professor at ASU in the School of Social Work and has been with ASU since 2008.  

She is the founder and president of the international nonprofit organization, the MISS Foundation, and she also specializes in counseling those affected by traumatic losses, most often the death of a child. Her therapeutic interventions are all mindfulness-based including ATTEND and other mindfulness-based bereavement care systems. She is starting the very first carefarm in teh world for traumatic grief - www.MISSFoundation.org/carefarm -

As the founder of the MISS Foundation, she is an advocate of “green” mental health care and a member of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the National Center for Crisis Management. She is regarded as an expert in traumatic loss and child death in families, and has been counseling and aiding  individuals and families since 1996.  She spearheaded and now directs the Certificate of Trauma and Bereavement graduate program and is a faculty affiliate in the Family Communication Consortium at ASU. 

Dr. Cacciatore is an acclaimed public speaker and provides expert consulting and witness services in the area of traumatic loss. Her research has been published in peer reviewed journals such as The Lancet, Death Studies, Omega Journal of Death and Dying, Birth, Affilia, Social Work and Healthcare, Social Work, and Families in Society. Her new book, Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief, hit Amazon's best seller in four categories https://www.amazon.com/Bearing-Unbearable-Love-Heartbreaking-Grief/dp/16...

Dr. Cacciatore received her Doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Masters degree and Bachelor's degree in psychology from Arizona State University. Her work has been featured in major media sources such as People and Newsweek magazines, the New York Times, Boston Globe, CNN, National Public Radio, and the Los Angeles Times. She received the prestigious Hon Kachina Award in 2007, and the Sr Teresa Compassionate Care Award in 2008. She is a mother to five children, now mostly grown, she notes “ four who walk and one who soars ”. On a personal note, she has been a vegetarian since 1976 and enjoys hiking, reading, surfing, and rock climbing. 

Her life changed profoundly in 1994 when her infant daughter, Cheyenne, died. 

Research Interests

Perinatal death, child death, mindfulness-based psychosocial caring, becoming, culturally competency, trauma, mindfulness, meditation, community and social support, policy and advocacy, carefarming

http://ssw.asu.edu/filelib/faculty/joanne_cacciatore_vita.pdf

Publications
  • Blood, C., & Cacciatore, J. "I didn't realize it was normal": Qualitative analysis of bereavement photography after perinatal death. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (2014).
  • Blood, C.,* & Cacciatore, J. Parental grief and memento mori photography: Narrative, meaning, culture, and context. Death Studies (2014).
  • Fox, M., Cacciatore, J., & Lacasse, J. The economic burden of child death in the U.S. Death Studies (2014).
  • Huberty, J., Lieferman, J., Gold, K., Rowedder, L., Cacciatore, J., McClain, D. Physical activity and depressive symptoms after stillbirth: Informing future interventions. BMC Childbirth (2014).
  • Lacasse, J., & Cacciatore, J. TEARS: A retrospective, observational study of psychiatric medication in treating bereaved mothers. Death Studies (2014).
  • Thieleman, K.* & Cacciatore, J. When a child dies: A critical analysis of grief-related controversies in the DSM5. Research on Social Work Practice (2014).
  • Thieleman, K.*, & Cacciatore, J. A witness to suffering: Mindfulness and compassion fatigue amongst traumatic bereavement volunteers and professionals. Social Work (2014).
  • Thieleman, K., Cacciatore, J., & Wonch, T. Traumatic bereavement and mindfulness: A preliminary study of mental health outcomes. Clinical Social Work Journal (2014).
  • Cacciatore, J. Selah: An invitation toward fully inhabited grief. (2014).
  • Cacciatore, J. The dead lay still: Psychological effects of perinatal death. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine (2013).
  • Cacciatore, J., Erlandsson, K., & Radestad, I. Fatherhood and Suffering: Men’s experiences of care after the death of a baby. International Journal of Nursing (2013).
  • Erlandsson, K., Warland, J., Cacciatore, J., & Radestad, I. Seeing and holding a stillborn baby: Mothers’ feelings in relation to how their baby was presented at birth. Midwifery (2013).
  • Thieleman, K.* & Cacciatore, J. DSM5, Bereaved Parents, and the Bereavement Exclusion. Social Work (2013).
  • Thieleman, K.* & Cacciatore, J. When a Child Dies: A critical analysis of grief-related controversies in the DSM5. Research on Social Work Practice (2013).
  • Cacciatore, J. & Flint, M. ATTEND: A mindfulness-based bereavement care model. Death Studies (2012).
  • Cacciatore, J. & Flint, M. Mediating Grief: Postmortem ritualization after a child’s death. Journal of Loss and Trauma (2012).
  • Cacciatore, J. & Ong, R. Through the Touch of God: Traumatic bereavement and ritual in a Hutterite colony. Omega (2012).
  • Cacciatore, J. & Thieleman, K. The use of psychiatric medications in treating acute traumatic bereavement: A case series. Journal of Loss and Trauma (2012).
  • Carlson, B., Cacciatore, J., & Klimek, B. Unaccompanied refugee minors: A call to action for trauma intervention. Social Work (2012).
  • Nordlund, E., Börjesson, A., Cacciatore, J., & Radestad, I. When a baby dies: Motherhood, psychosocial care, and negative affect. British Journal of Midwifery (2012).
  • Pullen, S.,* Golden, M., & Cacciatore, J. Death notification following the stillbirth of a baby. Journal of End of Life in Palliative Care (2012).
  • Shreffler, K., Hill, T., Cacciatore, J. The impact of infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, and child death on marital dissolution. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage (2012).
  • Cacciatore, J. & Raffo, Z. The experiences of maternally bereaved lesbians. Social Work (2011).
  • Cacciatore, J., Carlson, B., Smith, Sara, Michaelis, E. Crisis intervention by social workers: An innovative role. Social Work (2011).
  • Froen, F., Cacciatore, J., Fretts, R.C., & Flenady, V. Response to Association between maternal sleep practices and risk of late stillbirth: a case-control study. BMJ (2011).
  • Froen, F., Cacciatore, J., McClure, E., et al. Still births: Why they matter. Lancet (2011).
  • Lietz, CA., Lacasse, JR., & Cacciatore, J. Social support and successful reunification: A qualitative study. Journal of Family Social Work (2011).
  • Umphrey, L. & Cacciatore, J. The Ultimate Deprivation: A critical analysis of a bereaved parent support group. Omega (2011).
  • Cacciatore, J. Stillbirth: Clinical recommendations for care in the era of evidence-based medicine. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology (2010).
  • Cacciatore, J. Unique stories of women and their families after the death of a baby. Journal of Healthcare Social Work (2010).
  • Cacciatore, J. Appropriate bereavement practice after the death of a Native American child. ,. Families in Society (2009).
  • Cacciatore, J. The silent birth. Social Work (2009).
  • Cacciatore, J. , Schnebly, S., & Froen, F. The effects of social support on maternal anxiety and depression after the death of a child. Health and Social Care in the Community (2009).
  • Barr, P., & Cacciatore, J. Personal fear of death and grief in bereaved mothers. Death Studies (2008).
  • Cacciatore, J. Stillbirth: A sociopolitical issue. Affilia (2008).
  • Cacciatore, J. , DeFrain, J., & Jones, K. Boundary ambiguity and the death of a child. Marriage and Family Review (2008).
  • Cacciatore, J. , DeFrain, J., Jones, K., Jones, H. The couple and the death of a baby. Journal of Family Social Work (2008).
  • Cacciatore, J. , Froen, F., Radestad, I. Effects of contact with their stillborn babies on maternal anxiety and depression. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care (2008).
  • Cacciatore, J., Froen, F., & Killian, M. The effects of self-blame on anxiety and depression among women who have experienced stillbirth. Journal of Mental Health Counseling (0).
  • . . Review of: Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: A creative activity workbook for kids and teens on the autism spectrum (0).
  • . . Review of: Marriages and families: Intimacy, diversity and strengths (6th ed.) (0).
  • . . Review of: Practitioner as Researcher (0).
  • . . Review of: Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (0).
  • Joanne Cacciatore. ATTEND: Toward a patient-centered model of psychosocial care. Stillbirth: Prediction, prevention, and management 1e (0).
  • Joanne Cacciatore. Selah: A mindfulness-based grief model. Techniques in Grief Therapy: Creative strategies for counseling the bereaved (0).
  • Joanne Cacciatore. The Barefoot Walkabout. Techniques in Grief Therapy: Creative strategies for counseling the bereaved (0).
  • Joanne Cacciatore. The Kindness Project. Techniques in Grief Therapy: Creative strategies for counseling the bereaved (0).
  • John DeFrain, Joanne Cacciatore, Erica DeFrain. Death. Death. New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (0).
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 511Foundation Practice II
SWG 577Traumatic Death
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 510Foundation Practice I
SWG 591Seminar
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 502Macro Human Behav Soc Environ
SWG 577Traumatic Death
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 502Macro Human Behav Soc Environ
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 577Traumatic Death
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 577Traumatic Death
SWG 614Adv Generalist Soc Wk Prac IV
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 510Foundation Practice I
SWG 511Foundation Practice II
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 501Micro Human Behav Soc Environ
SWG 591Seminar
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 501Micro Human Behav Soc Environ
SWG 510Foundation Practice I
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