Phyllis R. Silverman, Ph.D., researcher and author, is currently a Scholar-in-Residence at Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, Professor Emerita at the Massachussetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions, and Associate in Social Welfare at the Department of Psychiatry, MGH, Harvard Medical School. She has a doctorate from the Heller School at Brandeis University, and master's degrees from Harvard School of Public Health and from Smith College School for Social Work. She is concerned with the interface between research and clinical practice.
She developed the concept of the widow-to-widow and from 1964 through 1972 she directed the research project that demonstrated its effectiveness. This work has been a model for programs in the United States and abroad. Her most recent research has focused on children and adolescents. She was been Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director of the Harvard/MGH Child Bereavement Study, and is still analyzing data from the study.
She has published extensively. In addition to her academic publications she has written both trade and professional books on bereavement. Her most recent book, published this year, is titled A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding Your Family After the Death of a Loved One, and was co-written with Madelyn Kelly. Her other books include Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children's Lives and Widow to Widow: How the Bereaved Help Each Other (2nd edition). With Scott Campbell, she wrote Widower: When Men Are Left Alone. With Dennis Klass and Steven Nickman, she co-edited Continuing Bonds: New Understandings of Grief, and she co-edited Living with Dying: A Handbook for Health Care Practitioners in End of Life Care with Joan Berzoff.