On the heels of a previous article in The New York Times in which Dr. Holly Prigerson discussed the topic of prolonged grief disorder, Dr. Prigerson has been highlighted again in a new NYT article, “How Long Should It Take to Grieve? Psychiatry Has Come Up With an Answer” (March 18, 2022).
Dr. Prigerson, who has been working to include prolonged grief disorder as a classified, diagnosable psychiatric disorder, provided perspective and insights on the topic based upon her research studies over the years. The article also explored the recent addition of prolonged grief disorder as a diagnosis in the latest edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It is expected that this development will lead to increased funding for research as well as improved treatments.
Holly G. Prigerson, Ph.D., is the Irving Sherwood Wright Professor of Geriatrics II, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, WDOM, and Director, Cornell Center for Research on End-of-Life Care, at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has served as a Principal Investigator on numerous NIH investigations, including studies that justified the inclusion of Prolonged Grief Disorder in ICD-11 and DSM-5-TR and which have examined psychosocial influences on and outcomes of end-of-life care. She received the Harvard Medical School’s Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award, the 2012 NHPCO’s Distinguished Researcher Award, the NCI’s R35 Outstanding Investigator Award, and the 2018 AAHPM award for excellence in scientific research.