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Joanne Cacciatore

Joanne Cacciatore

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Curriculum Vitae

Joanne Cacciatore, Ph.D., LMSW, FT
Faculty Associate and Program Coordinator


Arizona State University, B.A

ASU at the West Campus
Social Work
P.O. Box 37100
Phoenix, AZ 85069-7100

Contact Information
Office: FAB S170
Phone: 602-543-6659
Email: joanne.cacciatore@asu.edu

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore studies traumatic loss and child death in families and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. Her research has been published in peer reviewed journals such as Death Studies, Omega Journal of Death and Dying, and Families in Society. She received her Doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Masters degree and Bachelor's degree in psychology from Arizona State University.

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • SWU420: Research Methods

  • SWU 301: Human Behavior I

  • SWU 498: Death & Dying

  • SWU 402: Human Behavior II

  • SWU 291: Social Service Delivery SWU 171: Introduction to Social Work SWU 415: Field Seminar II

Graduate Courses Taught

  • SWG501: Human Behavior I
  • SWG502: Human Behavior II
  • SWG690: Readings in Death Studies
  • SWG598/591: Traumatic Loss and Death: Practice, Theory, and Research 
  • SWG510: Social Work Foundation Practice I
  • SWG511: Social Work Foundation Practice II SWG603: Social Work Practice in Healthcare Settings

Recent Publications:

Cacciatore, J. & Thieleman, K*. (in press). The use of psychiatric medications in treating acute traumatic

Articles in Refereed Journals bereavement: A case series. Journal of Loss and Trauma.

Carlson, B., Cacciatore, J., & Klimek, B. (in press). Unaccompanied refugee minors: A call to action for trauma intervention. Social Work.

Erlandsson, K., Warland, J., Cacciatore, J., & Radestad, I. (in press). Seeing and holding a stillborn baby: Mothers’ feelings in relation to how their baby was presented at birth. Midwifery

Cacciatore, J. & Flint, M. (2012). Mediating Grief: Postmortem ritualization after a child’s death. The Journal of Loss and Trauma, 17(2), 158-172.

Shreffler, K., Hill, T., Cacciatore, J. (2012). The impact of infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, and child death on marital dissolution. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 53(2), 91-107.

Cacciatore, J. & Ong, R.* (2012). Through the Touch of God: Traumatic bereavement and ritual in a Huttertite colony. Omega Journal of Death and Dying, 64(3), 185-202.

Cacciatore, J. & Flint, M. (2012). ATTEND: A Mindfulness-based bereavement care model. Death Studies, 36(1), 61-82.

Froen, F., Cacciatore, J., McClure, E., et al. (2011). Still births: Why they matter. The Lancet, 377(9774), 1353- 1366.

Cacciatore, J. & Raffo, Z. (2011). *The experiences of maternally bereaved lesbians. Social Work, 56(2), 169-177. Umphrey, L. & Cacciatore, J. (2011). The Ultimate Deprivation: A critical analysis of a bereaved parent

support group. Omega Journal of Death and Dying, 63(2), 141-160.

Cacciatore, J., Carlson, B., Smith, Sara, Michaelis, E. (2011). *Crisis intervention by social workers: An innovative role. Social Work, 56(1), 81-88.

Lietz, CA., Lacasse, JR., & Cacciatore, J. (2011). Social support and successful reunification: A qualitative study. Journal of Family Social Work, 14(1), 3-20.

Achievements and Pursuits

2012 Empathic Therapist of the Year Award, Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Living, and Education

2012 Women Who Move the Valley Award, Arizona Foothills Magazine

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Member, ADHS Infant Death Advisory Council

  • Founding member, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation

  • Founding Member, International Stillbirth Alliance

  • Former Member, Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team

  • Member, Association for Death Education and Counseling

  • Member, National Association of Perinatal Social Workers

  • Member, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

  • Former Member, Psi Chi National Honors Society in Psychology

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