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Sleep Disturbance

Germain, A., Shear, M.K., Walsh, C., Buysee, D.J., Monk, T.H. et al. (2013). Dream Content in Complicated Grief: A window into loss-related cognitive schemas. Death Studies, 37(3), 269-284. Link

Germain A, Shear MK, Caroff K, Sleep Quality in Complicated Grief, Journal of Traumatic Stress 18(4): 343-346, 2005. Link

Germain A, Shear M, Monk TH, Houck PR, Reynolds CF, Frank E, Buysse DJ, Treating Complicated Grief: Effects on Sleep Quality, Behavioral Sleep Medicine 4(3):152-63, 2006. Link

Complicated Grief in parents who child died in an ICU

Meert, K. L., Donaldson, A. E., Newth, C. J., Harrison, R., Berger, J., Zimmerman, J., et al. (2010). Complicated grief and associated risk factors among parents following a child’s death in the pediatric intensive care unit. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 164(11), 1045-1051. Link

Meert, K. L., Shear, K., Newth, C. J., Harrison, R., Berger, J., Zimmerman, J., et al. (2011). Follow-up study of complicated grief among parents eighteen months after a child’s death in the pediatric intensive care unit. J Palliat Med, 14(2), 207-214. Link

Prolonged Grief in Outpatients with Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Sung, S. C., Dryman, M. T., Marks, E., Shear, M. K., Ghesquiere, A., Fava, M., et al. (2011). Complicated grief among individuals with major depression: Prevalence, comorbidity, and associated features. J Affect Disord, 134(1-3), 453-458. Link

Dell’osso, L., Carmassi, C., Musetti, L., Socci, C., Shear, M. K., Conversano, C., et al. (2012). Lifetime Mood Symptoms and Adult Separation Anxiety in Patients with Complicated Grief and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Preliminary Report. Psychiatry Res. 198:436-440 Link

Carmassi, C., Shear, M. K., Socci, C., Corsi, M., Dell’osso, L., & First, M. B. (2013). Complicated grief and manic comorbidity in the aftermath of the loss of a son. J Psychiatr Pract, 19(5), 419-428. Link

Shear, M. K., & Skritskaya, N. A. (2012). Bereavement and Anxiety. Curr Psychiatry Rep, 14(3), 169-175. Link

Shear, M.K. Getting straight about grief (2012). Getting straight about grief. Depress Anxiety, 29(6), 461-464 Link

Shear, M. K. (2012). Grief and mourning gone awry: pathway and course of complicated grief. Dialogues Clin Neurosci, 14(2), 119-128 Link

Bui, E., Leblanc, N. J., Morris, L. K., Marques, L., Shear, M. K., & Simon, N. M. (2013). Panic-agoraphobic spectrum symptoms in complicated grief. Psychiatry Res, 209(1),118-120. Link

Possbible contributors to treatment outcome

O’Connor, M. F., Shear, M. K., Fox, R., Skritskaya, N., Campbell, B., Ghesquiere, A., & Glickman, K. (2013). Catecholamine predictors of complicated grief treatment outcomes. Int J Psychophysiol, 88(3), 349-352. Link

Bui, E., Simon, N. M., Robinaugh, D. J., Leblanc, N. J., Wang, Y., Skritskaya, N. A., . . . Shear, M. K. (2013). Periloss dissociation, symptom severity, and treatment response in complicated grief. Depress Anxiety, 30(2), 123-128. Link

Criteria Development Papers

Cozza, S. J., Fisher, J. E., Mauro, C., Zhou, J., Ortiz, C. D., Skritskaya, N., . . . Shear, M. K. (2016). Performance of DSM-5 Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder Criteria in a Community Sample of Bereaved Military Family Members. American Journal of Psychiatry AJP,173(9),919-929. Link

Cozza, S. J., Fisher, J. E., Mauro, C., Zhou, J., Ortiz, C. D., Skritskaya, N., … & Shear, M. K. (2016). Toward a Better Recognition of Clinically Impairing Grief: Response to Smid and Boelen. The American journal of psychiatry, 173(11), 1150. Link

Cozza, S. J., Shear, M. K., Reynolds, C. F., Fisher, J. E., Zhou, J., Maercker, A., … & Lebowitz,  B. (2019). Optimizing the clinical utility of four proposed criteria for a persistent and impairing grief disorder by emphasizing core, rather than associated symptoms. Psychological medicine, 1- 8. Link

Our clinical perspective on diagnostic criteria along with ways to understand grief and it’s treatment

Shear, M. K. (2015). Clinical practice. Complicated grief. N Engl J Med, 372(2), 153-160. Link

Shear, M. K., Muldberg, S., & Periyakoil, V. (2017). Supporting patients who are bereaved.  BMJ: British Medical Journal (Online), 358. Link

Reynolds, C. F., Cozza, S. J., & Shear, M. K. (2017). Clinically Relevant Diagnostic Criteria for a Persistent Impairing Grief Disorder: Putting Patients First. Jama psychiatry, 74(5), 433-434. Link

Anxiety sensitivity and panic symptoms in prolonged grief

Bui, E., Horenstein, A., Shah, R., Skritskaya, N. A., Mauro, C., Wang, Y., . . . Simon, N. M. (2015). Grief-related panic symptoms in Complicated Grief. J Affect Disord, 170, 213-216. Link

Baker, A. W., Goetter, E. M., Bui, E., Shah, R., Charney, M. E., Mauro, C., Shear, M. K., Simon, N. M. (2016). The Influence of Anxiety Sensitivity on a Wish to Die in Complicated Grief. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204(4), 314-316. Link

The clinical presentation of participants who lost a child to other losses and compares those who lost a loved one to suicide to other losses

Zetumer, S., Young, I., Shear, M. K., Skritskaya, N., Lebowitz, B., Simon, N., . . . Zisook, S. (2015). The impact of losing a child on the clinical presentation of complicated grief. J Affect Disord, 170, 15-21. Link

Tal, I., Mauro, C., Reynolds III, C. F., Shear, M. K., Simon, N., Lebowitz, B., … & Glorioso, D. (2016). Complicated grief after suicide bereavement and other causes of death. Death studies, 1-9. Link

A series of secondary analyses of data from our first clinical trial that contributed important preliminary data related to effects of PGT on depression and anxiety, the role of the treatment alliance and mediators of treatment outcome

Glickman, K., Shear, M. K., & Wall, M. (2016). Exploring Outcomes Related to Anxiety and Depression in Completers of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Complicated Grief Treatment. Clin Psychol Psychother, 23(2), 118-124. Link

Glickman, K., Shear, M. K., & Wall, M. M. (2018). Therapeutic Alliance and Outcome in Complicated Grief Treatment. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 11(2), 222-233. Link

Glickman, K., Shear, M. K., & Wall, M. M. (2017). Mediators of outcome in complicated grief treatment. Journal of clinical psychology, 73(7), 817-828. Link

Colleagues doing their own bereavement studies

Erlangsen, A., Runeson, B., Bolton, J. M., Wilcox, H. C., Forman, J. L., Krogh, J., … & Conwell, Y. (2017). Association between spousal suicide and mental, physical, and social health outcomes: a longitudinal and nationwide register-based study. Jama psychiatry. Link

Fisher, J. E., Mauro, C., Cozza, S. J., Wall, M., Simon, N. M., Ortiz, C. D., … & Katherine Shear,  M. (2017). Examination of factor structure of the inventory of complicated grief (ICG) in a sample of bereaved military family members with persistent and elevated grief. International journal of methods in psychiatric research, 26(3). Link

Patton, D. U., MacBeth, J., Schoenebeck, S., Shear, K., & McKeown, K. (2018). Accommodating Grief on Twitter: An Analysis of Expressions of Grief Among Gang Involved Youth on Twitter Using Qualitative Analysis and Natural Language Processing. Biomedical informatics insights, 10, 1178222618763155. Link

Patel, S. R., Cole, A., Little, V., Skritskaya, N. A., Lever, E., Dixon, L. B., & Shear, M. K. (2018). Acceptability, feasibility and outcome of a screening programme for complicated grief in integrated primary and behavioural health care clinics. Family practice, 36(2), 125-131. Link

Schneck, N., Tu, T., Bonanno, G. A., Shear, M. K., Sajda, P., & Mann, J. J. (2019). Self- generated unconscious processing of loss linked to less severe grieving. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 4(3), 271-279. Link

Additional study analyses

Skritskaya, N. A., Mauro, C., Garcia de la Garza, A., Meichsner, F., Lebowitz, B., Reynolds, C. F., … & Shear, M. K. (2020). Changes in typical beliefs in response to complicated grief treatment. Depression and Anxiety, 37(1), 81-89. Link

Lechner-Meichsner, F., Mauro, C., Skritskaya, N. A., & Shear, M. K. (2021). Change in avoidance and negative grief-related cognitions mediates treatment outcome in older adults with prolonged grief disorder. Psychotherapy Research, 1-13. Link

Szuhany, K. L., Young, A., Mauro, C., García de la Garza, A., Spandorfer, J., Lubin, R., … & Zisook, S. (2020). Impact of sleep on complicated grief severity and outcomes. Depression and anxiety, 37(1), 73-80. Link

Special issue of the Journal Depression and Anxiety focused on prolonged grief

Iglewicz, A., Shear, M. K., Reynolds III, C. F., Simon, N., Lebowitz, B., & Zisook, S. (2020). Complicated grief therapy for clinicians: An evidence,based protocol for mental health practice. Depression and Anxiety, 37(1), 90-98. Link

Simon, N. M., Shear, M. K., Reynolds, C. F., Cozza, S. J., Mauro, C., Zisook, S., … & Lebowitz, B. (2020). Commentary on evidence in support of a grief-related condition as a DSM diagnosis. Depression and anxiety, 37(1), 9-16. Link 

Additional papers

Denckla, C. A., Averkamp, N. M., Slopen, N., Dice, A. L. E., Williams, D., Shear, M. K., & Koenen, K. C. (2022). Social Determinants Associated With Exposure to Childhood Parental Bereavement and Subsequent Risk for Psychiatric Disorders. JAMA Network Open, 5(10), e2239616-e2239616. Link

Na, P. J., Fischer, I. C., Shear, K. M., & Pietrzak, R. H. (2023). Prevalence, correlates, and psychiatric burden of prolonged grief disorder in US Military veterans: results from a nationally representative study. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Link

Xu, X., Wen, J., Skritskaya, N. A., Zou, X., Mauro, C., Wang, J., & Shear, M. K. (2021). Grief- related beliefs in shidu parents with and without prolonged grief disorder: Psychometric properties of a Chinese version of the Typical Beliefs Questionnaire. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy Link