Graduate Student, Social Psychology
Faculty Advisor: Mary-Frances O'Connor
B.Sc. Psychology, M.Sc. Psychology
I am a 4th year PhD candidate in Psychology at the University of Arizona studying bereavement and the factors that affect coping with loss. My dissertation research is focused on investigating interpersonal emotion regulation processes during bereavement. In my second line of research, I am studying cross-cultural factors that affect prolonged grief disorder. In 2018, I spent one year working as a visiting scholar at the University of Zurich where I coordinated the cross-cultural "Measurement and Assessment of Prolonged Grief in Asia" (MAPAsia) study.
Selected peer-reviewed publications:
Stelzer, E., Zhou, N.*, Merzhvynska, M., Rohner, S., Sun, H. L., Wagner, B., Maercker, A., & Killikely, C. Clinical utility and global applicability of prolonged grief disorder in the ICD-11 from the perspective of Chinese and German-speaking health care professionals. Psychopathology, in press.
Stelzer, E., Atkinson, C. A., O’Connor, M.-F., & Croft, A. Gender differences in grief narrative construction: A myth or reality? European Journal of Psychotraumatology, in press.
Maxfield, M., Stelzer, E., & Greenberg, J. The final challenge of aging: Death and Dying. In K. W. Schaie & S. Willis (Eds.), Handbook of the Psychology of Aging. In press.
Shi, G., Wen, J., Xu, X., Zhou, N., Wang, J.*, Shi, Y., & Stelzer, E. (2019). Culture-related grief beliefs of Chinese Shidu parents: Development and psychometric properties of a new scale. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10(1): 1626075. doi: 10.1080/20008198.2019.1626075
Stelzer, E. *, Knowles, L. M., Wilson, D. T., & O’Connor, M.-F. (2019). Recruitment and retention in clinical and experimental bereavement research: Lessons learned from creating a registry. Death Studies, 36(7), 1-7. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2019.1609138
Stelzer, E. *, Palitsky, R., Rodriguez, E., Long, E. N., & O’Connor, M.-F. (2019). The role of personal and communal religiosity in the context of bereavement. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 48(1), 1-17. doi: 10.1080/10852352.2019.1617523
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
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.c
Selected research grants, fellowships and awards:
Heritage Dissertation Research Award: Society for Social and Personality Psychology 2019
Network for International Collaborative Exchange (NICE) 2019: Winner of the Psi Chi’s 2019/2020 CROWD funding project
University of Zurich Graduate Campus Project Grant 2018: 8,798 CHF from the University of Zurich
Galileo Circle Scholars Merit Award from the University of Arizona
Psychology of Death and Loss, Personality Psychology, Developmental Psychopathology