Research Interests: I am a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology working primarily with Dr. Mary-Frances O'Connor in the Grief Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) lab. Prior to pursuing my doctorate at the University of Arizona, I worked at the Department of Palliative Medicine & Comprehensive Cancer Center Erlangen, Germany. In my current research, I am studying the effects of major life stressors, such as the death of a loved one, on mental and physical health. Within this area, I am particularly interested in how cognitive, affective and social processes promote or hinder adjustment during bereavement.
Stiel, S., Stelzer, E-M., Schneider, N., & Herbst, F. A. (2018). Exploring end-of-life interaction in dyads of parents and adult children: a protocol for a mixed-methods study. BMC Palliative Care, 17(68). doi: 10.1186/s12904-018-0322-4
Stelzer, E., Palitsky, R., Rodriguez, E., Long, E. N., & O’Connor, M.-F. (2020). The role of personal and communal religiosity in the context of bereavement. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 48(1), in press.
Stelzer, E., Book, S., Gräßel, E., Hofner, B., Kornberger, J., & Luttenberger, K. (2018). Bouldering psychotherapy reduces depressive symptoms even when general physical activity is controlled for: Results of a randomized waitlist-controlled intervention study. Heliyon, 4(3). doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00580
Stelzer, E., Lang, F. R., Hörl, M., Kamin, S. T., & Claxton-Oldfield, S. (2018). German version of the inventory of motivations for hospice palliative care volunteerism: Are there gender differences? American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 35(2), 305-314. doi: 10.1177/1049909117706958.
Knowles, L. M., Stelzer, E., Jovel, K., & O’Connor, M.-F. (2017). A pilot study of virtual support for grief: Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary outcomes. Computers in Human Behavior, 73, 650-658. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.04.005
Stelzer, E.-M. & Lang, F. R. (2016). Motivations of German hospice volunteers: How do they compare to nonhospice volunteers and US hospice volunteers? American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 33(2), 154-163. doi: 10.1177/1049909114559067.
Luttenberger, K., Stelzer, E., Först, S., Schopper, M., Kornhuber, J. & Book, S. (2015). Indoor rock climbing (bouldering) as a new treatment for depression: Study design of a waitlist-controlled group pilot study and the first results. BMC Psychiatry, 15(201). doi:10.1186/s12888-015-0585-8.
PSY456 Psychology of Death and Loss